Saul Bellow was a self-taught writer, whose prose remade American fiction in his own image and created many literary “sons” who were influenced by him. Now Bellow’s oldest biological son has written a memoir titled, Saul Bellow’s Heart, which seeks to enlighten the world about his father’s inner life. Bob talks with Greg Bellow about family stories, literary legacies and the man he loved and still misses today. Saul Bellow was born 100 years ago – June 10, 1915.
Bob talks with Emily Bingham about her brand new book. It’s a biography of her great aunt Henrietta who lived life to the fullest during the Jazz Age. She was both intoxicating and often intoxicated as she tore through love affairs with men and women of the 1920s and 30s. Bingham’s book is titled Irrepressible and it will be released next week.
Then, Bob talks with artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude about their life together and their bigger-than-life art projects. During their decades together, the couple wrapped bridges and temporarily draped massive amounts of fabric over mountains, valleys, coastlines, rivers and parks. Both artists were born 80 years ago - June 13th in 1935. Christo’s partner Jeanne-Claude died in 2009.