Recorded on April 10th, 2016
Back in 2004, James Lipton appeared on an episode of “Survival Kit”, WNYC’s take on the idea of “desert island discs”. Ever since then, his interview has been my favorite. Lipton is a huge reason I paid attention to Fred Astaire and George Ballanchine, after hearing him heap praise on them.
I can’t find the audio for this anywhere, unfortunately, but here’s my favorite quote:
“I think that when the 20th century is assessed, 500 years from now, two of the, say, ten great creative geniuses of the 20th century will be Charlie Chaplin and George Ballanchine.”