Anna Nicole Smith, Lowbrow Gossip or Classic Fiction?

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The travails of Anna Nicole Smith--in life and death--have moved from the tabloids and cable TV to the Washington Post and New York Times.  Media critics have wondered why the coverage now blankets all of journalism, from the sensational to the supposedly serious.  John Sutherland, Professor of English Literature, says the Anna Nicole Smith story is, quite simply, the stuff of classic literature.

Credits

Guest:
John Sutherland - Visiting Professor of Literature at CalTech

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Dan Konecky, Vanessa Romo, Christian Bordal