Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel

Outtakes: Pulitzer Prize Night

Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize in the spring of 1937 for Gone With the Wind, to the dismay of some critics and the delight of others. Mitchell received news of the prize by phone, along with multiple requests for interviews. Hating publicity, she fled to a gospel concert at a small black church in […]

John Hammond: From Bessie Smith to Bruce Springsteen

About John Hammond

John Hammond was responsible for discovering Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Robert Johnson, Bessie Smith, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Pete Seeger, and Bruce Springsteen, among others. As a producer, writer, critic, and board member of the NAACP, he was credited as a major force in integrating the music business. An early inductee into the […]

The Ten Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend of The Algonquin Round Table

About the Algonquin

Robert Sherwood, reviewing cowboy hero Tom Mix: “They say he rides as if he’s part of the horse, but they don’t say which part.” Dorothy Parker: “That woman speaks eighteen languages and can’t say ‘no’ in any of them.” George S. Kaufman: Once when asked by a press agent, “How do I get my leading […]