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Author Podcast: Katie Hafner

abstract:Join me for this week's BookBuffet author interview with Katie Hafner, as we discuss her fifth book, A Romance on Three Legs: Glenn Gould's Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano (McClelland & Stewart 2008, Canada; Bloomsbury in the USA and the UK) The quest for perfection is always a fascinating story - and here you have three stories in one. Katie Hafner is a journalist and author who's been known to write about technology and its effect on social behavior. Inspired by the idea of "writing a story through the prism of an inanimate object," she came upon CD318, a concert grand piano crafted by Steinway. What was so special about this piano? What were the demands of its owner, and who were they both reliant upon? Hafner tenderly unveils this three-pronged mystery for you today. Meet Glenn Gould, renowned Canadian pianist and one of the most complex, brilliant artists of the twentieth century. Famous for his bizarre habits, Hafner describes Gould's obsessive quest to obtain the perfect sound. Meet the blind Saskatchewan piano tuner, Verne Edquist, who labors with CD318 to produce her exquisite tone and responsiveness.


November 03, 2008
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  • PART I: How Katie Came To Write This Story
  • PART II: Gould's Fascinating Upbringing and Career
  • PART III: The Near Blind Piano Tuner, Vern Edquist
  • PART IV: CD318 Is Immortalized and the Steinway Legacy Told: Story Resolved

Interview Transcript: Katie Hafner: PART I

BB: This is Paula Shackleton podcasting for Today I am speaking with five-book author Katie Hafner. When she’s not writing books, Katie is a seasoned correspondent who has worked for Wired Magazine, Newsweek and Business Week and The New York Times. Her first three books deal with topics on the internet community titled, "CYBERPUNK: Outlaws and Hackers on the Computer Frontier, Revised" ((Simon & Schuster 1991), Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet (Simon & Schuster 1996), and The Well: A Story of Love, Death & Real Life in the Seminal Online Community (Carroll & Graf Publishers 2001). Her forth book is titled, The House at the Bridge: A Story of Modern Germany (Scribner 1995). Today we are speaking with Katie about her fifth book. A Romance on Three Legs: Glenn Gould's Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano. It is published by McClelland & Stewart 2008 in Canada, and by Bloomsbury in the USA and the UK.

Katie joins us from her home in the San Francisco Bay area. Goodmorning Katie.

[The transcript of this interview will be posted shortly.]




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