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A Conversation with MATT ZOLLER SEITZ (WES ANDERSON COLLECTION Author): On Criticism and the Legacy of ROGER EBERT

Of his next broadcast (Monday, February 24), Ted Coe, producer/host of “The Freak Power Ticket” writes:

Reproduced with permission from The Wes Anderson Collection; ABRAMS; Fall 2013)

Matt Zoller Seitz (Photo Credit: Dave Bunting Jr.) – CLICK TO ENLARGE

“This past weekend, I had the pleasure of interviewing author Matt Zoller Seitz, who came to town to discuss his recently-published work The Wes Anderson Collection (Abrams Books, 2013).

Writer, critic, and filmmaker Matt Zoller Seitz is the staff television critic at New York Magazine and its sister website Vulture.com; editor-in-chief at RogerEbert.com; and a champion of the ‘video essay’ — a YouTube-era creative form that we also discuss over the course of our conversation.”

Monday’s program will air the first half of that interview, which focuses on:

• Matt’s career as a film/television critic and journalist;

• his Pulitzer nomination in 1994;

• comparisons between cinema’s “American New Wave” movement (the late 1960s-early 1980s) and the current creative renaissance in American television;

• the role and responsibilities of media/arts critics; and

• his refections on the life and influence of iconic film reviewer and writer Roger Ebert, who died last April at the age of 70, after a long and tenacious battle with cancer.

Courtesy Photo.

Roger Ebert (1942-2013) (Photo Courtesy RogerEbert.com).

“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the winter from 11am-12noon.