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Otis Brown's Podcast
8 minutes | Aug 2, 2022
My Last 20 Summers In The Sierra: aka Happy Anniversary To Me
Just a few thoughts on defending my doctoral dissertation twenty years ago today.Dedicated to the memory of Michael T. "Timo" Gilmore
9 minutes | Jun 22, 2022
Walk The Earth
A bit of news about my decision to walk the Earth--at least while I heal from shoulder surgery.
8 minutes | Dec 27, 2021
OBP Update and Wayne Thiebaud
Hey! Hope you are well. Here's a little update on the state of the Otis Brown Podcast!
2 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
I Ain't Dead, I'm Just Busy!
A quick note to my listeners.
22 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Otis Brown Classic: Woodscrewed Two
This week on Otis Brown Podcast, I rerun an (unfortunately) still relevant Podcast from July 15, 2020 on the state of the pandemic and some of the ways our response to it continues to be cultural rather than medical or epidemiological.Hope you enjoy. If you remember this podcast and don't care to listen to it again, please be patient. NEW CONTENT COMING SOON!!Thanks, as always.
10 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
I'm Going Through Changes: the future of the Otis Brown Podcast
Some news on the podcast along with my apologies for (finally and inevitably) missing my (self-imposed) deadline.Thanks!
21 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
The Memory of the Memory: an old friend makes a surprise visit
In this week's Otis Brown Podcast, I recount a chance meeting with an old friend and explore the complex feelings we have when new information does violence to old memories.Key words:J.D. Salinger. The Catcher in the Rye, Seymour: An IntroductionEugen Herrigel. Zen in the Art of ArcheryLooking Glass "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)"Dixie Fire
21 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
Take Me In Your Lifeboat: or, put on the lifejacket
Wear your lifejacket! In this week's Otis Brown Podcast, I tell only the latest story of having to help pluck someone out of a would-be watery grave. I also talk about a bunch of old dead New England writers and painters, just because I always do . . .
22 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Bezos Buys Moon: Let's All Eat Cake
Hey, what do you do if you get a tax break? Pay down your credit card? Go out to eat? Bezos and Branson build cool rockets that the rest of us can look at on our phone! What fun! In this week's Otis Brown Podcast, I offer some thoughts on the centibillionaire space race and make the (rather obvious) observation that Jeff Bezos is no John Glenn. Key words:Jeff BezosRichard BransonJohn Glenn Friendship 7 Gil Scott Heron: "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," "Whitey on the Moon"Lightnin' Hopkins: Walking This Road by Myself, "Happy Blues for John Glenn"
2 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Don't Be Fooled, It Really Is a Wonderful World
Just a little coda to the Wonderful World podcast. Image is Joe Everson's amazing "Louis Armstrong."
21 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Summer of Soul: the revolution is in your mind
In this week's Otis Brown Podcast, I explore the new Questlove film Summer of Soul, which makes visible, for the first time to a large audience, the Harlem Cultural Festival of 1969. Dubbed the "Black Woodstock," the HCF was truly its own unique thing and its invisibility in the American cultural landscape has been a tragedy. The podcast is intended as a primer for the film and doesn't really contain any spoilers and, I hope, it also offers some useful insights to those who have already seen it.Enjoy.
21 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
Mighty Armstrong: wonderful world of live music coming your way soon
The Louis Armstrong of your time might be living in your town right now, and if you don't find him, you will still come out more than conqueror (just to be clear, a reference to Zora Neale Hurston and the great song of the same name by Estelle!) . In this week's episode of Otis Brown Podcast, I think about Ralph Ellison's assertion that there was a Charlie Parker in every town. I also encourage my listeners to embrace local music and discuss a painting by the NOLA artist Todd Lyons.
2 minutes | Jul 4, 2021
Happy 4th of July
21 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
Truck Yeah: some thoughts on transportation and country music
An ad for Popeye's classic chicken sandwich? A rant about the Toyota Prius? No! It's this week's Otis Brown Podcast, wherein I think about my life behind the wheel of a pickup and the contemporary "list" country songs about trucks. Keywords:Blake Shelton "Boys Round Here"Tim McGraw "Truck Yeah"Jerry Jeff Walker/Ray Wylie Hubbard "Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother"Steve Goodman/John Prine/ David Allen Coe "You Never Even Called Me By My Name"Jefferson Airplane "We Can Be Together"Amiri Baraka "Black People" Patty Hearst Popeye's Classic Chicken Sandwich
2 minutes | Jun 26, 2021
A River Runs Through It
20 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Standing in a River Waiving a Stick: a lifetime of fly fishing
This week's Otis Brown Podcast borrows a title from the great fly fishing essayist John Gierach's 1999 book of the same name. Gierach's humorous and insightful writing casts a long shadow over the podcast and his 1986 book Trout Bum provided a practical handbook for much of my early life. The text I engage most this week, though, is Richard Brautigan's wild and scenic Trout Fishing in America. I hope I do justice to my passion for catch-and-release fly fishing by translating it into something edifying or at least enjoyable for you.As always, thank you so much for supporting the podcast!
1 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
(Fisher) Friends of Mine
21 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Bloomsday: you don't own the moon man
James Joyce's great novel Ulysses is set on today's date 1904; the date is observed around the world in what are called Bloomsday celebrations. In this week's Otis Brown Podcast, I reflect on my experiences with Bloomsday and wonder out loud why so many people celebrate a novel that so few read.
2 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Arcanum Nexum: Mysterious Connections To Bob Pickering Expand
21 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Listen To Bob Ross and Do A Terrible Job: don't poison your hobbies with a grade
In this week's Otis Brown Podcast, I think about why I get hung up on assessing my hobbies in terms of economics or A though F grading. I reflect on the toxicity of allowing academic or professional standards to rob us of the simple joy of doing something for its own sake. I also discuss the circus, Bob Ross and paint-by-numbers paintings.I hope you enjoy it!Thanks for sticking around for Season II of the Otis Brown Podcast.
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