That's Daniel Wolff (pictured) speaking by phone from his home in Nyack, New York. "Jonathan" is Jonathan Demme, the film director. And it's taken another five years for Wolff and Demme to put together their new documentary, I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful, which aired this week on the PBS series POV (and airs locally on WKNO2 tonight, Sunday, September 23rd, at 9 p.m.).
A lively essay that compares public-school education to a deconstructed hamburger with all the trimmings: That's "An Education on Education," by an author, with a master's in education, named Shelonda Richardson. (Lesson learned: Let's make that burger — our kids' educations — well-done.)
Addison Odum's "Wedding Cake": That's the fictional story of a photographer, a wedding crasher, and a woman with a sex-toy fetish. (Lesson learned: Crasher and fetishist make for a handsome couple — and good photo.)
A 14-year-old girl in the back seat of a car barreling down a gravel road and taking her first hits off of a cigar: That's Paulette Regan's "First Cigar." (Lesson learned: "You're better than any old boy," says the girl's Uncle George and to his niece's delight.)
"I'm booked for months. It's exciting," author Kristen Iversen reported in a recent email.
"I've been on NPR's Fresh Air and C-Span, and I've done interviews all over the country. Lots of radio. In recent weeks, I've done readings in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Boulder, Los Alamos, and San Francisco. And I just returned from Richmond, where I gave a talk to the incoming freshman class for Virginia Commonwealth University's 2012-2013 Reading Program (5,000 people had read the book!)."