Marshall Arisman on The Leonard Lopate Show

March 24, 2011

On Wednesday, March 23, MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department Chair Marshall Arisman visited The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC to discuss his new book, The Divine Elvis: An Illustrated Novel.

The book includes over 200 illustrations and tells a coming-of-age story about a boy named Marshall and his monkey twin, Elvis. “It’s a true story,” said Arisman with a laugh. In discussing the origins of the unusual story, he referenced the Dalai Lama, René MagritteCharlie Parker and his own grandmother, a spiritualist minister and medium, all of whom inspired characters in the novel. Lopate also talked to Arisman about his other book projects, art exhibitions and an in-progress documentary film about Lilly Dale, NY, the spiritualist community where his grandmother lived. To listen to Arisman’s WNYC segment, visit the show online here.

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