R. Tyler Mack
Posted on March 28, 2005 at 12:30 PM
Jeanine Cornillot has written and recorded a beautiful piece here (with help from veterans Viki Merrick and Jay Allison). Radio novice Cornillot interviews her father after 16 years without contact. In moments that are intensely personal to Cornillot, she delicately measures questions before she asks them, and he offers surprisingly truthful, unemotional answers and insights. He is entirely unhesitating in his responses and seems to completely understand and is unregretting of his motives. Cornillot is initially surprised by his honesty and machismo, but learns to accept it as part of his character. In the end, though she is nt substantially closer to the man, she finds that she maintains the same concern for his well-being that she had while he was in prison even now that he is out.