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Alone Like a Stone in the New World (aka All These Things)

Writer Margy Rochlin wonders why her family is selling her grandmother's house in Arizona.

1989 / Jay Allison / Margy Rochlin / Soundprint, USA

Writer Margy Rochlin wonders why her family is selling her grandmother's house in Arizona.

And while she's at it, why are her favorite buildings in Los Angeles being torn down? And why do the things in our lives, and places we've known, matter so much - or so little?

Alone Like a Stone in the New World (aka All These Things) was written and narrated by Margy Rochlin, produced and mixed by Jay Allison with consulting producer Christina Egloff, for American Landscapes, and originally broadcast on SoundPrint, 1989.

Find out the origin of the phrase "Alone like a stone in the new world," and read about Rochlin and Allison's uber-collaborative process, and how Alone Like a Stone... sounds to their ears twenty years later, Behind the Scenes.


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Margy Rochlin

Margy Rochlin is an award-winning print journalist who started in radio in the 80's when then-NPR producer Ira Glass asked her to contribute commentaries to Morning Edition. In 1991, they co-produced an eight-part series Liars, which Glass often cites as a precursor for This American Life, for which Rochlin was an original contributing editor. (Robert Altman borrowed dialogue from Liars for a key storyline in his Los Angeles mosaic Shortcuts.) Over the years, Rochlin has worked with radio producer greats: Glass, Jay Allison, Alix Speigel and Bob Carlson, host of KCRW's UnFictional. She lives in Los Angeles.


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