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Andrei Codrescu

  • As Google invests in a startup called Improbable, a digital simulation of real cities, economies and biological systems, commentator Andrei Codrescu thinks of Communism and that dream of a new world.
  • Snow a novel by the Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk, explores the convoluted world of Turkish Muslims torn between the West and their beliefs. It focuses on a young poet returning to his homeland after years in Europe.
  • Commentator Andrei Codrescu's son, Tristan, grew up in New Orleans. Codrescu says that bringing up children in the Crescent City presented special challenges.
  • Commentator Andrei Codrescu gives a guided tour of his adopted hometown, New Orleans. He talks about what has changed since Katrina and ponders the future of his adopted hometown.
  • Commentator Andrei Codrescu offers his memory of actor Al Lewis, who has died at age 82. Lewis played Grandpa on the 1960s TV comedy The Munsters. Codrescu says that Lewis gained fame in the Spanish-speaking world in dubbed versions of the show.
  • Commentator Andrei Codrescu remembers time spent with writer Hunter S. Thompson, who committed suicide earlier this week. He remarks on the honesty and brilliance of the unique journalist's writings.
  • Commentator Andrei Codrescu used to be philosophically opposed to golf, but now he is thinking of taking it up. The Kabul Golf Club formally reopens next year, and then there's the thrill of the Prison View golf course, near Louisiana State Penitentiary.
  • Commentator Andrei Codrescu tells about an opera called Violet Fire, based on the life of pioneering inventor Nikola Tesla. Tesla lived from 1856 to 1943. While he has been relegated to obscurity, Tesla helped create the bedrock of modern technology.
  • Commentator Andrei Codrescu describes discovering a new sound called "Mesh Music" in New York. It's a combination of Balkan and Gypsy melodies, and he thinks it will be the big thing later this year.
  • Commentator Andrei Codrescu recalls his meeting with George Plimpton, who died last week. As a novice writer in the 1960s, newly arrived on these shores, Codrescu sent a long manuscript to The Paris Review. At first he was told that Plimpton, the editor, loved it but thought it too long. Codrescu convinced Plimpton to come downtown and meet him in a bar. They hit it off, and the whole novella was published uncut.