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The Troubadour Podcast
22 minutes | a month ago
The Princess and the Puma by O. Henry
O. Henry is a romantic writer, not because he writes epic tales of our medieval past, or that his stories always are love stories (though this one is!) but rather, because of his unique usage of language.He never wanted to accept that the ordinary had to be ordinary. He wanted it to be extraordinary, exotic, exciting, filled with wonder and imagination. Even a tale about a man meeting a woman on a cattle ranch can be placed in the same realm as Aeneas meeting Dido.Listen to this very simple tale, one with lessons for those of us dating today in the 21st century, and rekindle your wonder for the everyday.
47 minutes | a month ago
8. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville (Chapter 4: The Inquiry)
This is the final reading of Benito Cereno by Herman Melville.
44 minutes | a month ago
7. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville (Ch 3 Summary and A Closer Look)
The primary narrative of this novella ends with this chapter. Next is a series of deposition documents describing the inquiry into the slave revolt.In the summary I condense the key events of this chapter. In the closer look, I discuss three key points that are helpful in understanding this piece by Melville.1) The core epistemological quandary I posed at the beginning, "A man who is incapable of comprehending a certain series of events is put in a situation where he must do exactly that." Throughout all three chapters we learn there are numerous reasons, Captain Delano is incapable of understanding the predicament he is in. But one that becomes explicit in this chapter is his racism.2) The mystery is revealed in a general way, and this alters the image of all the bizarre events we have seen in the story.3) the third point I make in the closer look section is a severe scrutiny of a particular image of Captain Deleno in the moments before he has his revelation regarding what has occurred on board The San Dominick.
55 minutes | a month ago
5. Benito Cereno By Melville ("Ch 2 Summary" and "A Closer Look")
Here I give a quick summary of chapter 2: The Gordian Knot. Then we dive into the mind of Captain Amasa Delano.One of the key values of reading great literature is the ability to enter the consciousness of another person. This is something we are unable to do in our daily lives. In Captain Delano you may find an unnerving similarity to the way that your mind (and mine!) works.
90 minutes | a month ago
4. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville (Chapter 2: The Gordian Knot)
This is my reading of chapter 2 of "Benito Cereno" by Herman Melville.Please note that this is part 4 of the series on this novella. In part One I have created an introduction for the text. In Part Two I have read Chapter 1: A Ship in Distress. In Part Three I have created a summary of Chapter 1 and a Closer Look into that chapter. This is part Four.Please note that the Chapters breakdown and titles are my own creation they are not Melville's. I have broken it down this way to make it easier to digest. Up next will be a summary of Chapter 2 as well as a closer look into the chapter.
66 minutes | a month ago
3. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville ("Ch 1 Summary" and "A Closer Look")
In this episode we go over the first "Chapter" which I have titled "A Ship in Distress." Make sure you have listened to parts 1 & 2. Part 1 is my introduction to Melville's Novella. Part 2 is my reading of Chapter 1. And this part, 3, is my quick summary followed by a closer look into the chapter. I broke the Closer Look into 4 categories:1) The Odd Ship2) Aboard the Ship3) Benito Cereno - First Surmises4) Captain Amasa Delano, Whaling Ship Captain ExtraordinaireNext up will be a reading of "chapter 2."Please note these chapters are my own inventions and not Melville's. He has written this story in one non-stop narrative. I am breaking it up to help make it a little more easy too digest.
52 minutes | a month ago
2. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville (Chapter 1: Ship in Distress)
This is the first reading of the novella by Herman Melville. In part 1 I argued why this remains a classic story we should all read. It may help to listen to my introduction.Visit troubadourmag.com for a list of important terms, including nautical terms, that may help you to better understand the text.In the next episode I will give you a summary of this section of the story, and then an exploration of some key themes in the text so far.
71 minutes | 3 months ago
Hawthorne, Vonnegut and Griggs - Science Fiction Comparison
On this episode I talk with Troubadour Magazine's new Assistant Editor, Joe Dimon, about the three short stories we selected for his upcoming course on Science Fiction Literature. The three stories areNathaniel Hawthorne's "Rappaccini's Daughter"Kurt Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron,"David Griggs's "A Song Before Sunset."In this episode we discuss each short story and compare them. Whether or not you have read them,we give you an overview and explain there signifance.
23 minutes | 3 months ago
Song: Spring by William Shakespeare
In this short episode we explore the poem "Spring" by Shakespeare, from his play "Love's Labour Lost." This short two stanza poem will become clearer and clearer to you as we flesh out the four dimensions of poetry.
50 minutes | 4 months ago
The Beauty of The Nose With Kelsy Landin
Kelsy Landin is a sculptor who has recently found an unexpected niche: The Nose. On the social media platform TikTok her videos have been reaching millions of young people. She had been making 60 second videos teaching different aspects of sculpting, when suddenly, one video she posted reached 4.5 million views and almost 17,000 comments.What happened? On this show we discuss that particular video (and I play the video for you) and we discuss how finding the beauty of a nose led to some very important discoveries about ourselves and art.Enjoy this conversation with Kelsy Landin.Support her work on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/SculptrixBuy a bronze https://www.thesculptrix.com/sculptures/bronzeWatch her Tiktoks @ landinartWatch her on youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEotHcs3DgZQcJpOc1PsB5g
21 minutes | 5 months ago
The Ballad of Birmingham by Dudley Randall
Don't just read news articles, read poetry.
112 minutes | 6 months ago
Creating Art in The Time of Quarantine W/ Jeremiah Cobra
Jeremiah Cobra is the author of the book—written during quarantine—"And Then he Shot his Cousin." We discussed the creative process for this story, the background and even the style and content. I had a wonderful time exploring the artist creations of Jeremiah. He's a literary artist worth reading.Purchase his book on amazon today: https://www.amazon.com/Then-He-Shot-His-Cousin/dp/0999904302/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=jeremiah+cobra+and+then+he+shot+his+cousin&qid=1591160007&sr=8-1
31 minutes | 6 months ago
Sonnet 129: 'The Expense of Spirit in a Waste of Shame' by William Shakespeare
Shakespeare in LUST!When most of us think of Shakespeare we think of the great love poet. He is known as one of the greatest romantic love poets of all time. Yet in this poem he rails against sex. Not romantic sex of course, but sex devoid of spirit.By the end of watching this video you'll be able to talk about this poem with anyone, and you'll have a better understanding of how Shakespearean sonnets are structured and how they operate.
72 minutes | 6 months ago
The Practical Value of Reading Literature W/ Deanna Heikkinen
Ask someone the following two questions. First, "Is reading literature a good thing?" Then, "Do you read literature?" And it is amazing that everyone will answer affirmative in the former and negative in the latter.Do that with anything else in life and you will likely find a wide range of answers. "Is riding horseback a good thing?" Some will say yes and some will say no and some will be neutral. Then follow with the second question "Do you horseback ride,? And again you'll get a variety of answers. Try the question with 'working hard,' 'following your passion,' 'exercise,' 'eating healthy.'There is a huge disconnect in our society. We all know that reading literature is a Good and yet very few of us actually read literature. On today's episode I talked with Deanna Heikkinen from Pisan Academy to talk about the value of literature. Both Deanna and I share the missoin of attempting to bring literature to non-academics. At the Pisan Academy, they focus on creating curriiculum for homeschoolers.
35 minutes | 6 months ago
Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day by William Shakespeare
Who remembers those magic eye illusions from the 90s? On this episode I use Shakespeare's most famous poem to illustrate how poetry is like those illusions.Poetry begins as a meaningless jumble of lines on a page, but it ends with deep meaning. As Frost puts it, a good poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom. But how can we reach that "end?" And is it truly worth it?These are some questions I discuss with you as I explore this great and short 14 line sonnet by the great bard himself.
64 minutes | 6 months ago
Surprised by Art! With Luc Travers
On this episode, Luc Travers and Kirk Barbera surprise each other (and hopefully you too!) with art. They chose a topic—Memory and Loss—and each chose a work of art to surprise the other with. Luc chose a painting and Kirk chose a poem. Memory and loss are part of the human experience. Whether you're 15 or 100 how we deal with loss and how we remember that which we have lost will change. In this episode Luc and Kirk will discuss two artists conception of this topic, and explore the ways in which it impacts our lives.
17 minutes | 6 months ago
The Clod and the Pebble by William Blake
Poets are thinkers. We don't see them as thinkers. But great poets have a special way of thinking that can benefit us all.In this poem we see that type of thinking at its clearest. The poem is a simple poem about two types of love, but expressed in the way that only a poet can express it.
37 minutes | 7 months ago
Songs of Experience 'Introduction' and 'Earth's Answer' By William Blake
William Blake believed there were two contrary states battling it out within each and every individual human being. Innocence and experience. The way that we developed as unique individuals was by a "dialectic process." That is, there is a Thesis (a little boy is lost) and an Anti-thesis (The little boy is found) Together they can become a synthesis, or, a new thesis.We find this process all throughout this book of poetry by Blake.In today's episode we will be covering the two aforementioned poems. They are very short but reveal much of the way that Blake believed the human soul was developed.The Little Boy LostBY WILLIAM BLAKEFather, father, where are you going O do not walk so fast.Speak father, speak to your little boy Or else I shall be lost,The night was dark no father was there The child was wet with dew.The mire was deep, & the child did weep And away the vapour flew.Little Boy FoundBy William BlakeThe little boy lost in the lonely fen,Led by the wandering light,Began to cry, but God, ever nigh,Appeared like his father, in white.He kissed the child, and by the hand led,And to his mother brought,Who in sorrow pale, through the lonely dale,Her little boy weeping sought.
68 minutes | 7 months ago
Quarantine Tales: Old Man Traveling
In unusual times even the usual is extraordinary.
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