When Anderson Cooper’s mother, the designer and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, reached her 91st birthday, they began a correspondence, breaking a wall of silence between them. This 2016 conversation covered life in the spotlight, suicide, money, and grieving for a parent and a child. Vanderbilt Died in June at age 95.
Essayist Stephen Miller traces the history of conversation from ancient Athens and Sparta to the age of the cell phone and the iPod. He’ll explain why he believes the art of conversation is in decline in this country and what some Americans are doing about it.
- Steven Miller Essayist and author of "Conversation"
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