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  • mono 2:01 pm on December 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: American culture, , consciousness, conversation, , Living Hero, Morris Berman, ,   

    Morris Berman: Audio Interview/Conversation 

    Today I discovered an excellent audio interview/conversation from June 2008 with author and professor Morris Berman. If you are familiar with Berman’s books, then you may have already found this insightful audio piece for yourself, but if not, here is the link: Morris Berman Audio Interview/Conversation.

    Berman discusses his books, American culture, politics, consciousness and more. Personally, I am not too familiar with a lot of his works, so this audio piece has helped me to better understand his way of thinking and approach to social and human critique.

    UPDATE: Here is another Berman audio interview from a radio program called “Against the Grain.” The first several minutes is a recap of recent news (from that particular day), and after that, a very thorough conversation with Berman. Listen here: Morris Berman on Against the Grain.

    Also, please visit Berman’s official blog: Dark Ages America.

    Thank you. If you find any other audio interviews, please post a comment or get in touch.

    • Meri 9:24 am on June 5, 2011 Permalink

      Thanks for posting this. I wish more people could have access to Berman’s ideas. But the corporate media in the U.S. largely has ignored him.

  • mono 8:30 pm on October 29, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Bricoleur, conversation, , , , Polymath, Yvonne Divita   

    The Bricoleur 

    What is a bricoleur? How is a bricoleur different from a polymath? Who are some famous bricoleurs? Are our schools educating children to be bricoleurs? Are you a bricoleur?

    Listen to Dr. Lee Thayer and Yvonne DiVita discuss the above questions and more in this five part podcast:

    The Bricoleur: Conversation with Lee Thayer

    Dr. Thayer writes:

    “The Bricoleur

    Let us latch onto a different kind of concept.
    It is useful. It is powerful.

    A bricoleur is a person who accomplishes what has to be accomplished, when it has to be accomplished, with the tools and resources at hand. This means that when you invest in bricoleurs, you get a full return on your investment. Otherwise your investment has to be discounted. A bricoleur is a fully empowered person.” Read more

    • Yvonne DiVita 12:06 am on October 30, 2008 Permalink

      Thanks for this call-out on my conversation with Lee Thayer. I am intrigued by the Bricoleur concept and love listening to Thayer discuss it. Your post is very timely, considering the state of our economy at the moment.

    • jgrefe 6:58 am on October 30, 2008 Permalink

      Yvonne, thank YOU and great point about the state of the economy and its relevance to the Bricoleur concept. Please get in touch if you and Thayer record any more conversations.

  • mono 6:21 pm on October 17, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , conversation, , , , Riding Toward Everywhere, Rising Up Rising Down, Royal Family, william vollmann   

    William T. Vollmann: 8 Audio Links (Interviews/Conversations) 

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    A working list of William T. Vollmann audio pieces drawn from various websites. I have not listened to all of these interviews/conversations in their entirety yet, so cannot vouch for which one is “better” than the other. With that said, as always, if you know of any Vollmann audio links that I have missed, please drop a comment or get in touch via email. Thank you and happy listening.

    Eight William T. Vollmann Audio Links

    NPR: Riding Toward Everywhere

    Drinks with Tony Vollmann Interview

    Vollmann discussing his book “Uncentering the Earth”

    Vollmann on Trains

    On Rising Up Rising Down

    Another Piece on Rising Up Rising Down

    Vollmann on The Royal Family

    Vollmann on The Bat Segundo Show

  • mono 8:54 am on October 5, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , conversation, , , Gary Kamiya, , , , , , , Tree of Smoke: A Novel   

    Denis Johnson: Two More Audio Pieces (Readings + Conversation) 

    Two more Denis Johnson audio pieces have come to my attention.

    1. The first, readings from The Incognito Lounge, Jesus’ Son, and more, was generously introduced to me by the artist behind the website, Horse of Bone. It is an hour long reading well worth listening to. The audio file can be found by following this link:

    A Beautiful Magical Hour of Denis Johnson

    2. The second, I found simply by searching via Yahoo. It is an hour and twenty minute reading/conversation with Denis Johnson. The reading is a long excerpt from Johnson’s magnum opus, “Tree of Smoke,” read by Johnson himself. This is followed by a conversation between Johnson and executive editor and founder of Salon.com magazine, Gary Kamiya. The conversation, in particular, is insightful as they discuss the craft of writing, the success of Jesus’ Son, influences and much more.
    The audio file can be found here:

    Lannan Foundation: Readings and Conversations – Denis Johnson

    Thank you and enjoy.

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    • maudkristina 12:02 am on October 6, 2008 Permalink

      In the spirit of synchronicity we both found the second link on the same day – I was just going to send it to you. Thanks for the kind comment and the link-back! Have a wonderful day. M :)

    • jgrefe 7:53 pm on October 6, 2008 Permalink

      Thank you again, too, for the initial spur into action that set this in motion. The piece you provided and the reading/conversation are both great treasures. Keep an ear to the ground and keep in touch. J.

  • mono 7:37 pm on May 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , conversation, friendship, , , , shiritori, social, , Word game   

    Shiritori and Connection 

    Today I observed two people playing the game known as “Shiritori.” I was not involved in the game, only an observer. Basically, the game known as “shiritori,” involves connecting words by their last letter. In this way, “snake” can connect to “elephant” and so on creating a chain of connected words. The two people drew little pictures above each word they passed to each other and this served as a mode of communication between them. That is to say, they were not randomly choosing the words as I just did (“snake”/”elephant”) but carefully choosing each word as something relevant to their daily life. So, words and pictures were drawn of their favorite animation characters, food they liked, objects they owned, etc. This was a representation of their selves.

    At the end of their playing, they studied the piece of paper commenting on the overall choices of words/images and their faces shined with delight at the completed project as identity was blossoming and the list of images/pictures served to bring them together, opened up a new space between them and their friendship. I think that this kind of play is healthy for us and can perhaps bring things out of us that we didn’t know were there while at the same time it can conjure up things from our lives that we have perhaps forgotten about. Moreover, we can connect.

    How we connect to each other through shared interests under the rule-umbrella of this game can also be seen as a metaphor for how we talk to each other in our daily lives. That is, how we relate to the other and how we can inspire each other and grow together.

    What exists between you and I, even though it may seem far apart, can be brought together through our interaction and gestures. Moreover, what can be created in the space between us can be realized; something can come into existence through us. Also, in this way, by carefully choosing the words that we say, we can learn to have better control over our speech and perhaps participate in more fruitful conversations, more enriching conversations, more aesthetically pleasing conversations and more humanizing conversations with each other.

    Photo by Dan Strange (CC)

    • claytonian 8:46 pm on May 1, 2008 Permalink

      You may be able to find a very funny shiritori video by doing a search on my blog or looking through my youtube favorites.

    • jgrefe 9:17 pm on May 2, 2008 Permalink

      Thank you Claytonian. I will definitely search for the video. Have a great Golden Week.

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