Short Fuse Podcast #38: Cultural Concierge — Jesse Kornbluth’s Lens on the Oscars
By Elizabeth Howard
Pop a bowl of popcorn, pour coke over a tall glass of ice, and listen to author and screenwriter Jesse Kornbluth’s irreverent and amusing take on the Oscars, from the red carpet, as Tina Brown’s date, to what streaming will mean for the Academy Awards. Who will receive the Oscar for best picture? Best actor? What documentary made Bill Gates cry? After 93 years are the Oscars still relevant? What will people wear during this COVID season?
Jesse Kornbluth has written or collaborated on 14 books and a dozen screenplays. He has worked with Paul Newman, Robert De Niro, ABC, PBS, and Warner Bros. After stints at The New York Times Magazine, New York and Vanity Fair, he discovered the Internet. In 1997, a few months after co-founding bookreporter.com, he became editorial director of America Online. He launched Head Butler in 2004 as a cultural concierge “for people with more taste than time.” He admits he thought he would write a few reviews and move on, yet 2,000 reviews later he is still sharing his favorite books, music and products through the week. He is finishing a novel. His most recent novel is JFK and Mary Meyer, A Love Story (Skyhorse Publishing, 2020).
Elizabeth Howard has never had boundaries between her life, work, art, and writing. Experience, sense of place, and exploration define the choices she makes, seeking collaboration, flexibility, and spontaneity. She is an author, journalist, and creative director. Elizabeth has organized programming around the arts and social issues for organizations in the United States and internationally.