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    • Connie Bruck interview, 2003 August

    • Wasserman, Lew; Music Corporation of America - History; Chief executive officers - United States - Biography
    • Connie Bruck discusses her book “When Hollywood Had a King.” She explains that the book tells the story of Lew Wasserman and the Music Corporation of America, more commonly known as the MCA. Bruck describes how Wasserman, a visionary...
    • Connie Briscoe interview, 2002

    • African American families - Fiction; Mistresses - Fiction; Adultery - Fiction
    • Connie Briscoe discusses her book, “P.G. County.” “P.G.” stands for Prince George County and the book follows the lives of four black families living in a privileged gated community called Silver Lake. Briscoe goes on to describe the...
    • Connie Bruck interview, 1988 June

    • Milken, Michael; Drexel Burnham Lambert Incorporated; Consolidation and merger of corporations - United States; Junk bonds - United States; Stockbrokers - United States
    • Connie Bruck discusses her book, “The Predators’ Ball: The Junk-bond Raiders and the Man Who Staked Them.” Bruck says Michael Milken helped raise funds for Steve Wynn to open a casino in Atlantic City. She talks about Milken’s network of...
    • Paula Gunn Allen interview, 1994 July

    • Indians of North America - Fiction; American fiction - Indian authors; American fiction - 20th century
    • Editor Paula Gunn Allen discusses her volume, Voice of the Turtle, an overview of American Indian literature, from early oral histories to bestsellers. Voice of the Turtle explores the works of 17 authors, of which Connie and Paula discuss four,...
    • Cecilia Rasmussen interview, 1998 November

    • Los Angeles (Calif.) - History; Los Angeles County (Calif.) - History;
    • Cecilia begins the interview talking the sometimes “unique” and often “unknown” people that contributed to the development of LA. Connie and Cecilia spend the majority of the interview talking about the unconventional individuals, like...
    • Joyce Jillson interview, 1983 January

    • Women – Humor; Femininity – Humor;
    • Connie and Joyce’s discussion of ‘Real Women’, a witty, tongue-in-cheek look at sexism, covers a variety of topics ranging from why real women don’t pump gas to the direct impetus behind writing the book. In particular, Joyce highlights...
    • Russell Banks interview, 1991 September

    • School bus accidents - Fiction; Community life - Fiction; New York (State) - Fiction
    • Connie and Russell’s discussion begins with a school bus accident. Using four different narrators, Russell describes how he created a small town morality play, which Connie describes, “in a funny way,” as a little bit Thornton Wilder and...
    • Elizabeth Chiu King interview, 1986

    • Cooking, Chinese
    • For the majority of the interview, Elizabeth discusses the importance of cooking in and to Chinese culture as well as her own experiences learning to cook. Elizabeth and Connie also discuss the impact of communism on Chinese cooking and culture....
    • Noah Hawley interview, 2004 June

    • Wedding photography - Fiction; Commitment (Psychology) - Fiction; Women photographers - Fiction; Weddings - Fiction
    • Noah begins the interview talking about how he wanted to write a book, a dark comedy that explored the reality of modern relationships as an alternative to the trite artifice of Hollywood romantic comedies. Noah and Connie spend the majority of...
    • Lionel Rolfe interview, 1991 July

    • American literature - California - Los Angeles - History and criticism; American literature - 20th century - History and criticism; Authors, American - Homes and haunts - California - Los Angeles; Bohemianism - California - Los Angeles; City and...
    • Lionel begins the interview discussing the important roll living and writing in California and especially Los Angeles has had on American Literature. Lionel and Connie spend majority of interview tracing out the different writers who lived in...
    • Russell Andrews interview, 2004 February

    • Police - New York (State) - Long Island - Fiction; Serial murders - Fiction; Long Island (N.Y.) - Fiction
    • Russell and Connie begin the discussion talking about the plot and characters in Russell’s thriller about the murder of a young female journalist, that draws Russell’s protagonist, a small-town Long Island cop, into a dangerous investigation...
    • Peter Biskind interview, 1998 April

    • Motion picture producers and directors - United States - Biography; Motion pictures - United States - History
    • Peter and Connie begin the interview talking about how Peter “captured the opening of the gates” that would become the “New Hollywood” in the 1970s and early 1980s, as the pioneers gave way to a new guard more in tune with the era, “Easy...
    • Mallory Tarcher interview, 1994 July

    • Mothers and daughters - Fiction; Las Vegas (Nev.) - Fiction
    • Mallory Tarcher discusses her book, Starring Mom, which is about a teenage girl, Dena, spending a summer with her real mother, Shena, in Las Vegas. Among the many themes discussed are loss of innocence, the transformation of familial relationships,...
    • David Yoken interview

    • Drum - Performance; Drum set music; Music experimental
    • David Yoken visits Connie Martinson and plays a percussion piece. He discusses how he brought several different international percussion instruments. He shows his bongo drums, wind chimes, a gong, and an altered set of castanets. He plays an...
    • Elinor Donahue interview, 1998 November

    • Donahue, Elinor, 1937 - Anecdotes Cooking
    • Elinor begins the interview talking about her life in Hollywood and the specific recipes that accompanied the different stages of her life in Los Angeles and Hollywood. For example, she discusses going to high school with Elizabeth Taylor, Jane...
    • Dorothy Rice interview, 1998

    • Rice, Dorothy - Themes, motives; Beverly Hills (Calif.) - In art; Beverly Hills (Calif.) - Description and travel
    • Dorothy Rice discusses her book, “Beverly Hills with Love.” She describes how she wanted to do a series of paintings on her hometown of Beverly Hills, California. She picked memorable landmarks in the city and posed her friends outside them...
    • Barbara Goldsmith interview, 1980 July

    • Vanderbilt, Gloria, 1924–; Artists – United States – Biography
    • Using the narrative track of her book, which traces out the custody battle over Gloria (Little Gloria) Vanderbilt, Connie and Barbara spend the majority of the interview discussing Barbara’s efforts to capture and demystify the culture and...
    • Budd Schulberg interview, 1980 July

    • Schulberg, Budd; Authors, American – 20th century – Biography; Screenwriters – United States – Biography; Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Biography;
    • Budd begins the interview discussing his desire to meticulously document the early years of Hollywood as well as write a personal history of the era and movies. For the majority of the interview, Connie and Budd discuss his experiences in Hollywood...
    • Paula Nelson interview, 1982 December

    • Loans, Personal - Handbooks, manuals, etc.; Credit - Handbooks, manuals, etc.
    • Connie and Paula’s discussion centers on understanding the lending process and the different sources of capital available in the early 1980s. Paula begins the discussion emphasizing that lending institutions are in the business of lending money,...
    • George Minot interview, 2004 May

    • Conflict of generations - Fiction; Parent and adult child - Fiction; Brothers and sisters - Fiction; Fathers - Death - Fiction; Trials (Murder) - Fiction; Painters - Fiction; New England - Fiction
    • George Minot discusses his novel, “The Blue Bowl” He shares the plot of the book, which follows a young painter, Simon Curtis, who becomes the prime suspect in his father’s murder trial. In the novel, Minot portrays children scarred by their...

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