Audio Short Cuts!
Image of cassette tapes used courtesy of Seth Illys on WikiMedia Commons
One of the most frustrating things about compelling interviews is editing. Often there is so much great video or audio (aka "tape," in the parlance of audiophiles) that a lot of wonderful sound and images get cut. It's a painful occupational hazard some editors refer to as "shooting puppies." With the NEA Shortcuts series, our objective is simple: save the puppies through sonic housekeeping. Here you'll find self-contained anecdotes, curious quotes, songs, videos, and other good, but fun audio that has ended up without a home. After you check out the three new pieces highlighted here, which includes a Shakespearean reading by actress Zooey Deschanel, take a scroll through rest of the Shortcuts archive. We listed five of our archived favorites at the bottom of this post.
Actress and musician Zooey Deschanel reads a monologue from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. [1:58]
Writer Nick Flynn discusses the story behind his first touching memoir, which was recently adapted into the film, Being Flynn. In the film, Paul Dano plays Nick and Robert De Niro plays his father, Jonathan. [2:56]
Historian Gordon Wood chats with NEA Media Producer Jo Reed at the National Book Festival about George Washington and the founding of the Republic. [3:14]
Yu Ming Is Ainm Dom (My Name is Yu Ming): Yu Ming moves from his native China to Dublin, Ireland. He's worked hard at mastering the Irish language only to find Dubliners can't understand a word he says. [3:02]
Bayard Rustin: Here's a rare recording of the great civil rights leader Bayard Rustin singing an old spiritual in a live concert. [2:18]
Jimmy Owens: 2012 Jazz Master Jimmy Owens shares his thoughts on his latest CD, The Monk Project. [2:58]
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Junot Díaz talks about the profound impact reading has had on his writing. [2:17]
Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops reflects on the importance of engaging with older musicians. [1:31]