Hersch began his jazz career in the closet, but nearly 30 years ago, when people in the jazz world were afraid to come out, he identified himself as gay and HIV positive. Nine years ago he spent several weeks in a medically-induced coma; later he wrote songs inspired by his coma dreams. His memoir is 'Good Things Happen Slowly.' TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new Ken Burns documentary series on the Vietnam War.
Tur was at a rally in South Carolina when Trump called her name and pointed at her from the podium. Then, she says, "The entire place turns and they roar as one ... like a giant, unchained animal." Her new memoir about the campaign is 'Unbelievable.' Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Claire Messud's new novel, 'The Burning Girl.'
Five days after the Sept. 11 attacks, while working at ground zero, an 8,000 lb. piece of steel fell on Feal's foot, crushing it. He became septic and almost died. Feal turned to activism when he was denied medical compensation by the government, and successfully lobbied for the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act for other first responders. "About 2,000 people have died because of their illnesses," Feal says. "They too are heroes."
Bestselling novelist John Le Carré is familiar with the moral tension inherent to working in the espionage community. "I felt I had to suppress my humanity," Le Carré says of his time as a spy. His new book is 'A Legacy of Spies.' In Mike White's new film, 'Brad's Status,' a father starts to experience status anxiety while taking his son on a college tour. White says it's a universal situation, "but it's definitely a waste of time and energy."
Adlon's FX series (which she co-created with Louis C.K.) is based on her own experience raising three girls as a single mom. The new season starts September 14. Also, John Powers reviews the new season of 'Top of the Lake,' and film critic Justin Chang reviews 'The Unknown Girl.'