Entries Tagged as 'Tutelary Spirits'

An American Arc from Emerson to Ellington

Comments   0   Date Arrow  August 14, 2023 at 6:00am   User  by Mark Willis

One of my great joys in listening to Radio Open Source is Christopher Lydon’s reliable insight into the cultural resonance of Ralph Waldo Emerson. I never imagined a connection between Emerson and Duke Ellington until Lydon traced it in an interview with Ellington biographer Harvey Cohen.

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What If Proust Had Translated “Walden”?

Comments   0   Date Arrow  June 28, 2023 at 6:16am   User  by Mark Willis

On the surface, Henry Thoreau and Marcel Proust seem to be as different as two men could be. Both writers have been tutelary spirits for me, though, so the synapse connecting them in my mind had already formed and was ready to fire when I heard Damian Searls say this on Open Source with Chris Lydon.

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The Sad, Brilliant, Haunted Voice of Virginia Woolf

Comments   1   Date Arrow  April 26, 2023 at 7:55am   User  by Mark Willis

This is the only surviving recording of Virginia Woolf’s voice. It is part of a BBC radio broadcast from April 29th, 1937. The talk was called “Craftsmanship” and was part of a series entitled “Words Fail Me”. Read a transcript.

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Jorge Luis Borges: The Mirror Man

Comments   0   Date Arrow  March 9, 2023 at 7:51pm   User  by Mark Willis

If you love his writing, you must see Jorge Luis Borges: The Mirror Man, a 47-minute documentary film directed by Philippe Molins. Via Ubuweb: “Although honors came late in life to Jorge Luis Borges, his unique worldview had begun to emerge even as a child. This program examines the life and literary career of the charismatic Argentine writer, as well as the thematic, symbolic, and mythological underpinnings of his works. Archival interviews with Borges; his mother, Leonor Acevedo de Borges; his second wife, Maria Kodama; and collaborator Adolfo Bioy Casares provide insights into the private Borges, while readings from “The Mirrors,” “Dreamtigers,” “The Plot,” “The South,” “The Aleph,” and other landmarks of Latin American fiction demonstrate his virtuosity as a transformer of experiences. Watch/read more.”

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My Gift For Tom Paine’s Birthday

Comments   0   Date Arrow  January 29, 2023 at 10:20pm   User  by Mark Willis

In the 19th-century, free thinkers and radicals of every persuasion held Tom Paine birthday dinners on January 29 to celebrate the freedom of thought and expression championed so articulately by the political pamphleteer. Today we would know him as a blogger . Since beginning to re-read Eric Foner’s 1976 social history, Tom Paine and Revolutionary [...]

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After 150 Years, Charles Darwin’s Still Got My Back

Comments   0   Date Arrow  November 24, 2023 at 5:20pm   User  by Mark Willis

I had to laugh out loud this morning when I heard an NPR announcer quip that today is the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin “going rogue.” He meant the 1859 publication of On The Origin of Species, of course, but he was reaching for something else. If Sarah Palin heard the comparison, she must have [...]

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Playing by Ear: John Cage & Marcel Duchamp

Comments   0   Date Arrow  August 1, 2023 at 6:05pm   User  by Mark Willis

Composer John Cage.  [Photo by Erich Auerbach/Getty Images/NPR]
While I was working yesterday to repair a hacker attack on this site’s php code, NPR’s Fresh Air was on the radio somewhere in the background. Fresh Air was rebroadcasting interviews with John Cage and Merce Cunningham, who died Monday at age 90.
John Cage has been a tutelary [...]

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Who Will Remember Bloomsday?

Comments   0   Date Arrow  June 16, 2023 at 6:25pm   User  by Mark Willis

James Joyce wrote with excruciating effort as he recovered from one of many eye operations in June 1924. He’d had an iridectomy on his left eye in hopes of preventing another attack of glaucoma. According to Richard Ellmann’s biography, the worst part of the operation was the aftermath. “Lying with face bandaged in a [...]

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Happy 90th Birthday, Pete Seeger!

Comments   0   Date Arrow  May 3, 2023 at 6:24pm   User  by Mark Willis

Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen lead the crowd in This Land is Your Land at the inaugural concert held at the Lincoln Memorial pm January 18, 2009..
Listen to Folk Alley’s 5-hour side stream of memorable Seeger classics covered by artists like Tom Paxton, Bruce Cockburn, Janis Ian, Natalie Merchant, Greg Brown, and, of course, the [...]

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Café Mouffe: Jamie O’Neil Remixes McLuhan

Comments   0   Date Arrow  May 1, 2023 at 4:00pm   User  by Mark Willis

McLuhan Remix: Prologue 1/3 from the Kurtweibers channel.

McLuhan Remix: The Medium is the Mix 2/3 from the Kurtweibers channel.

McLuhan Remix: Epilogue 3/3 from the Kurtweibers channel.
Jamie O’Neil is an assistant professor of digital media arts at Canisius College in Buffalo and a video and performance artist. He is the creator of the mock motivational speaker [...]

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