Tomorrow night I'll be appearing with the comedy troupe Sea Tea Improv in a format requiring me to do little monologues based on prompts from the audience. The Sea Tea troupe will then improvise sketches based on my monologue.
There are musicians who believe in the idea of pure and original creation, but my anecdotal sense, after a lot of creations, is that far more of them see music as a kind of coral reef, constructed out of layers and layers of prior work and that if you hear something that sounds startling and unprecedented, chances are you just haven't heard the stuff it's based on.
Every time I turned on my TV this week, there was a Tom Cruise movie playing. Are they able to do that? And by "that" I mean react so quickly to celebrity news that they can move somebody's back catalogue into the movie rotation of a cable channel. Maybe it was just a coincidence. Maybe if I knew more about what Scientology says about coincidences... Well, actually, I do.
The Liar in Your Life: The Way to Truthful Relationships by Robert Feldman
In The Liar in Your Life, psychology professor Robert Feldman, one of the world's leading authorities on deception, draws on his immense body of knowledge to give fresh insights into how and why we lie, how our culture has become increasingly tolerant of deception, the cost it exacts on us, and what to do about it. His work is at once surprising and sobering, full of corrections for common myths and explanations of pervasive oversimplifications.
Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned by John A. Farrell
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography
The definitive biography of Clarence Darrow, the brilliant, idiosyncratic lawyer who defended John Scopes in the “Monkey Trial” and gave voice to the populist masses at the turn of the twentieth century, thus changing American law forever.
Join Faith, Rich Hanley and the gang to explore the mean boss syndrome. What is classic mean boss behavior, and how do you handle the power imbalance? Plus, how to capture the attention of your college students? Write a textbook for them called Theories of International Politics and Zombies. We'll have a look inside it.
There are many kinds of nudism - or naturism. There are people who just like doing stuff while not wearing clothes. And there are those who believe there are hygiene benefits. And people who link nudism with various utopian movements that break down barriers among people.
Jazz bassist and bandleader Linda Oh says her new album, Initial Here, is an exploration of her heritage. She was born in Malaysia to Chinese parents, but as a toddler, she moved with her family to Australia.
Oh started taking piano lessons there when she was 4. Music was just a hobby back then, but once her uncle strapped a bass guitar around her neck, that's when she fell in love.
Oh cut her teeth playing bass in both jazz and rock bands all over her hometown of Perth in Western Australia.
Pulitzer winner Garry Wills talks about his memoir observing and reporting on the great events of the modern era. And, if you wrote a guide to practical wisdom, what would be in it besides the golden rule?
What happens if your romantic partner buys and wants to display art you can't stand? Jane Stern is our special guest. Plus, the man who spent years working as a covert agent for MI6, the British Secret Service. He has stories to tell.
If you're looking for things to do, join Faith to hear which renowned artists are lined up for the free Flynn Concert Series in Clinton this summer. A little praise for Connecticut soil. And, the woman who advises CEOs worldwide tells us what they need to know.
We have a two-year running tradition of doing an episode in August gathering our music experts to argue about what song is the "Song of The Summer." (And on which critic Eric Danton suggests there is no such thing.)
First contact is probably not going to be like "Close Encounters" or any other sci-fi movie you can think of, because the likelihood of another civilization in the universe with technology even that close to ours is very low.
In the past month or so we've done shows about nuns, quitting as a good thing, procrastination, puns, lawsuits, putting a chip in your head, poetry, design flaws, invasive species and women who fall in love with prisoners.
And the month ahead will include shows about Nudism, First Contact with ETs, why songs get stuck in your head, urban beekeeping and the history and future of the TV remote.
Conversation that should not be missed. Faith interviews Augusten Burroughs about his prickly self-help book. And the remarkable stage and film actor Charles Roc Dutton, about his life story, and training at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.
One of the many interesting questions about procrastination is whether writers are, as a species, the absolutely worst culprits or whether writers are just better at describing procrastination than other people. Here's Paul Rudnick on the subject: