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26:23

The Word Tsar of the New York Times.

Assistant Managing Editor of The New York Times, Allan Siegal. He oversees usage and style at the Times. A revised and expanded edition of his “The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage” (Times Books) has just been published.

16:48

From the Archives: John McPhee Chronicles Human Attempts to Control Nature.

Writer John McPhee has won this year's Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction for his book "Annals of the Former World." (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) Some of his best-known books include A Sense of Where You Are, about Rhodes Scholar and basketball star Bill Bradley, Coming into the Country, about Alaska, and Pieces of the Frame," about curator Thomas Hoving and the world of high art. This originally aired 8/11/89.

11:58

One of the Greatest of Living Newspaper Men.

Columnist and commentator Murray Kempton. The New Yorker says he's "surely among the greatest of all living newspapermen" . . . "the one true original in the business." For years he wrote a column for the old New York Post. Now he writes for New York Newsday and The New York Review of Books. At 76, he bicycles around Manhattan in his elegant attire to gather material for his columns on the City's "rebels, losers and rascals." His latest book is a collection of his newspaper pieces.

16:19

Pauline Kael Retires.

Film critic Pauline Kael talk to us from her house in Massachusetts. Kael spent years reviewing movies for The New Yorker. Her final collection of New Yorker reviews has just been published. It's called "Movie Love: Complete Reviews 1988-1991. (It's published by William Abrahams).

22:13

John McPhee Chronicles Human Attempts to Control Nature.

Writer John McPhee. He's a classic example of a "writer's writer," one whose style is endlessly studied and mimicked, and whose effortlessness in moving between subjects as diverse as Alaskan geology, oranges, and birch-bark canoes is the envy of every freelancer. He's worked at The New Yorker magazine since the late 60s and is one of its most popular contributors.

22:35

John McPhee Chronicles Human Attempts to Control Nature.

Writer John McPhee. He's a classic example of a "writer's writer," one whose style is endlessly studied and mimicked, and whose effortlessness in moving between subjects as diverse as Alaskan geology, oranges, and birch-bark canoes is the envy of every freelancer. He's worked at The New Yorker magazine since the late 60s and is one of its most popular contributors.

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