Internet Flaneur – September 9, 2013

  • At 60, ‘Challenges Are Opportunities’ For John Zorn : NPR 090313
    At 60, New York City-based composer is wiser, sure, but no less prolific, thoughtful and antagonistic than before. His oeuvre is fantastically wide, from cutthroat jazz improvisation and pummeling noise-rock to gorgeous chamber music and, believe it or not, a genuine Christmas album. The saxophonist also runs the prolific label, which releases Zorn’s many works — including his latest album, Dreamachines — and highlights a vast swath of avant-garde and experimental music. started earlier this summer, but continue through September, with events at places ranging from the to the . He tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross that, at his age, “there are no more doubts.”
  • Interview: John Bradshaw, Author Of ‘Cat Sense’ : NPR 090513
    Cats have come a long way from being animals charged with catching mice to treasured, adorable creatures that snuggle with us in our beds. But this relatively new arrangement is creating issues for cats and the people who live with them. John Bradshaw has studied the history of domesticated cats and how the relationship between people and cats has changed. He’s the author of the new book Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet, which is a follow-up to his book Dog Sense. Bradshaw is the foundation director of the Anthrozoology Institute at the University of Bristol in England. As an anthrozoologist, he studies the interactions between people and animals. He’s also the former science chairman of the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations. He joins Fresh Air’s Terry Gross to talk about how our relationship with cats has evolved over time and how toning down cats’ hunting instincts will ensure them a future on an increasingly crowded planet.
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