We are living a path blindly. Sarah Troedson Haynes relates how the advice from a revered figure gave her comfort and freedom at a time in her life, much like Franz Xaver Kappus did with Rainer Maria Rilke in the early 20th century. She reads an excerpt from Letters from a Young Poet.
Have you ever been un-dragoned? Jeremy Nilson reads an excerpt from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the third book in The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis, in which the character of Eustace recounts how he was changed back from a dragon into a boy. Jeremy uses the tale as a parallel for his own experiences […]
The Year of Magical Thinking is a memoir from Joan Didion, describing the time after her husband passed away. She gives clear and direct words to the tangle of emotions we experience during a period of mourning. The last year or so certainly hasn’t been magical, and for far too many people, it has involved the loss […]
“One death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.” Versions of this quote, sometimes attributed to Joseph Stalin in 1947 or a French diplomat or German satirist in 1925, depending on who you ask, succinctly explains the numbness that the world feels at the death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic, which stands at […]
Art can be visual, auditory, tactile, or kinetic. Dr. Edward Mathis tells us how a simple bike ride can be an expression of art, and reads “A Wanderer,” by Indian poet Hashim ZK. Music in this episode by Andy Wicks.
Words can take you down the same path multiple times to different destinations. Words are a time machine. In this episode, we hear from two wonderful people: Alex Oana and Chris Collin. Alex and Chris were college classmates, and he recorded her reading Margaret Atwood’s poem “Variation on the Word ‘Sleep’” as a part of his major. […]