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Stories for August 23, 2008

The Beer Is Really Good

Aug. 23
By Kathi Diamant and KPBS Commentaries

The first ten days of the Kafka Project Research was pure tour, and & our Travel Director Corky Lang kept a & "Magical Mystery" journal, which he has shared with us. A former San Diegan and theatre producer/production manager now living and working in Chicago, Corky leads tours all over the world. Corky designed, organized and led the first & Magical Mystery Literary History Tour for us this summer. He kept & everything moving smoothly and effortlessly--for us. It's not as easy as it looks. One of the key phrases that Corky was able to repeat in every city we visited began to resonate with all of us by the time we reached Berlin. And here it is: &

Death Race

Aug. 23
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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KPBS Commentaries

Aug. 23
By Kdiamant and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Aug. 23
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A Man Named Pearl

Aug. 23
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Pearl tells us, "There's always gonna be obstacles. The thing is, you don't let those obstacles determine where you go." So Fryar is a man who's chosen his own eccentric path. The tiny rural community of Bishopville, South Carolina, provides the unlikely setting for Pearl Fryar's inspired topiary garden. With no formal training, Fryar picked up plants dumped by the local nursery and just started creating an elaborate garden. He began trimming and sculpting tress and shrubbery that horticulturalists said he couldn't, and the results are often spectacular - some of the abstract shapes looking like they came right off the page of a Dr. Seuss book. Fryar soon won local fame for transforming a field where cows used to graze into a garden to rival almost any in the world. The son of a sharecropper, Fryar didn't let any stereotypes or social expectations keep him from pursuing not just a big dream but a unique one as well.

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

Aug. 23
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting