I am truly grateful to be able to write to you. And I hope to meet you one day and share views on the subjects of mutual interests, Hope to hear from you, Regards, Aqsa. This passage is the real breakthrough. Karla K. But if you do, thank you. They just don't know it. The show needs much more Kafka. As an Entitled Opinions fan, I'm writing to tell you what a revelation your show has been for me. Some five years ago in my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, I came to EO to learn more about Rorty, stayed, and cultivated a deep and abiding interest in the worlds of Dante, Stevens, and Ammons, among others.
I went on to earn a Humanities B. I'm unemployed, applying to graduate programs, and slowly learning the Italian language. And I must politely urge you, sir, to resume the show! I suffer from Attention Deficit Disorder as many do , and when I'm enduring a typical bout of poor reading comprehension, I find EO unmatched as an intellectually rewarding alternative. I wish you all the best, Dr. Perhaps after I finish my M. I will be admitted to Stanford's Italian program. Here's hoping! Sincerely, Simon M. Thank you. Dear Professor Robert Harrison, I wish I could express how I felt about your program, and why it has become so dear to me, but I am currently incapable of organizing and translating my thoughts into words.
It is exasperating, not being able to consciously know how one feels and why, and it engenders a destructive, corrosive internal turmoil, initially out of pure frustration and defeat, which then transforms into a feeling of guilt-guilt of perceiving these injustices, these problems, that enable one to recognize what you talk about, when everyone else seems to be content and grateful and happy; guilt of contemplating about oneself so intently, and therefore about others and the world when one feels as if one has no right or knowledge even to think about such abstract things; guilt of being discontent with authority when everyone else criticizes and complains about it but eventually assumes the same role.
No, I do not sound like this in person-I really do not know what I sound like, my voice is still in flux, unconsolidated and restlessly wandering and searching, trying to experience beyond this invisible mold I was born into, and to gradually overcome the power exerted on my thoughts and actions. Many will probably think it silly that I even feel this way because I have the most ordinary life in the most ordinary circumstances. I am not too old, a college student in South Korea. I have spent more of my life in the United States, and Korean colleges are no friendlier to genuine intellectual thinking than are the suburbs of New Jersey.
If anything though, because Korea is so highly concentrated and aggregated, in almost every way-the economy, education, politics, the people-some of the phenomenon are more apparent. Numbers definitely lack the ability to capture the complexity of human beings-high GDP, high standardized test scores, high enrollment numbers to Ivy League schools, et cetera et cetera-it is a country obsessed with the exterior, the superficial, yet it has completely lost internal, and I hate to use this word, but moral, direction.
There are so many deep contradictions, abuses and injustices in this country, yet everyone is too busy trying to race forward, blindly, ruthlessly, tearing each other apart and it is becoming an intellectual, moral wasteland. But aside from the fact that it is a concentration, and a conspicuous case of this type of tragedy, humans, at least from what I have seen and read and experienced in my short life, seem so similar regardless of this man-made label of nationality.
But I think it best if I not be too specific here, because I think I can argue the contrary while still keeping the overall idea intact. If I had expressed any of this while I was in the US, people probably would have thought that I was odd because I was "Korean," and if I express it here, people would probably think I am odd because I am from "the States. Anyway, when I first came across Foucault in a scholarly article, everything felt right. It struck me and I felt free, like I was not alone in seeing the world in such a way, that someone was able to organize how I felt so brilliantly and eloquently though I am in no way claiming that I am now "enlightened," for I am still narrow minded, and I have only started to taste philosophy and literature in between my other obligations--though, increasingly, I find myself unable, unwilling to deny this aspect more and more--and I still feel the same as I did before I started reading philosophy in many ways.
I had been immersed in Hugo, Bronte, and so on sporadically since I was young although I always tried to deny this and concentrate on my "real life" , but through Foucault, Socrates Plato , Dostoyevsky, Schopenhauer, Kant, Thoreau but only one or two books by each so far I was able to see literature in an entirely different way-as if philosophy connected the world of literature and my reality.
Thoreau, Dostoyevsky and other thinkers that I have been influenced by are more writers than philosophers, but great minds are great minds beyond any one specific discipline or genre the idea of which draws me to the poets whom you talk about. And finally, I felt like I was living "deliberately. I am not ready to talk about him, because I have only read a couple of his works as well, and I am not quite sure what happened when I read him last year, but I know I must learn German to hear his genuine, or at least the closest to his genuine, voice and I cannot describe the excitement--the elation and sublimity--I felt when I heard you talk about him in the manner that you do after I found your program.
I have so much I want to learn and experience and read, and I know this appreciation for literature has developed in me pretty late, but your show has given me immense hope that passion for knowledge does not have to be strictly for the academia, that it can be applied to life in general. Your show has expanded all of your listener's scope immensely, and though I still do not study literature or philosophy in college yet due to personal circumstances, listening to your program has allowed me to embrace the intense passion for them, instead of feeling guilty about it, and instead of straying away from philosophy because of the analytic trend of the overall discipline.
I always felt as if I did not even deserve to read these works but now I no longer think about that. I really don't know how much your program has influenced me because everything-Entitled Opinions, books, experiences, personal interactions-worked simultaneously over a couple months I stumbled upon Entitled Opinions last spring while I was searching for Foucault on iTunes University , but I am sure it has had a profound affect on me in incomprehensible ways, expanding and deepening my perspective on literature and philosophy and a lot of other things.
I started to listen to the episode on Foucault, and had to stop because I felt like I had found some kind of hidden treasure, could not believe I had stumbled on something so precious, and I was overwhelmed with the same sense of liberation, freedom, genuine happiness and intellectual stimulation that I experienced when I read him. I stopped that particular episode and I subscribed to the whole corpus immediately, listening to every single Entitled Opinions episode over a span of a couple months, and it has become the one of the most valuable and penetrating sources of light amid the suffocating intellectual darkness that I am living in--and not just because of the content and the topics, but because of your own philosophy behind the show, and your dedication to the democracy of knowledge, in the most beautiful sense, in a time when scholars opt to hide behind their books or modern sophists abuse knowledge purely for economic reasons.
Have you heard of Internet lectures, not by professors, but by "lecturers"? I am overgeneralizing, but they have replaced high school and college education in Korea because of the broken public and the private education system, where, though I am largely overgeneralizing again, only a small fraction of professors genuinely care about what they do.
There are, no doubt, brilliant professors here in Korea, undeserving of the system they are trapped in, but to the vast majority of any leader, be it political, scholarly, legal, business, or otherwise, only the exterior matters. The most disturbing thing is that because of this facade of "success" and "modernity," this international recognition of being an "economic miracle," we as a nation are completely unaware that we are so entirely foolish.
But again, I am not criticizing this nation per se, but just lamenting about us as a human species in general. All this-I don't quite know what to call it-is still deeply a personal endeavor and I am reluctant to express anything in words, especially to you, but I have finally caught up with the episodes and the one on Foucault, which started this all, and wanted to express my deep, genuine appreciation for everything you have done.
The way the world breathes amazes me-how a student in Korea can read Foucault, a French philosopher, in English, and have the sudden whim to look him up on iTunes a couple years later while listening to a political philosophy lecture on iTunes University which exposed me to Hana Arendt, whom I was able to become more acquainted with through your program, though I have yet to read any of her works , and how a single inadvertent click could lead one to Entitled Opinions.
I wish I could have said all of this in a way that sounded more like myself, but my voice is just starting to become conscious of itself. I hope to write to you again when does find itself, if it does, but for now, thank you for sharing your soulful, nuance, passionate, sophisticated, intellectual, and most gratefully, genuine, voice on literature, philosophy, history, music and so much more.
It is a wonderful programm. I am engineer and lawyer and I hear it from Barcelona, Spain. Salut, Daniel B. I wish all the best to you.
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I am doing philosophy on the run. A show on John Cage could also be very interesting. Keep em coming. Dear Prof. My favorites thus far are: 1. Thomas Sheehan on the Resurrection, 2. Erwin Schrodinger, 3. Martin Heidegger. Stan Grof or Ralph Metzner? Thanks for the good work, Mark L. I usually listen to podcasts at the gym or when I'm running and EO has been on constant rotation, perhaps even causing me to run a little further and lift a little heavier.
Other than encomium, I've got a couple of subject requests to offer. I'm sure I can't be the only person to make such a request, so I hope you'll excuse my pedestrianism. The first: I'd really love to hear what you might have to say on the subject of the original Earth First! Judging by your book on the forest which I've just ordered and the super fascinating talk you had on the Unabomber with Jean-Marie Apostolides, I think you'd have quite a bit to add to the subject.
He is also a devotee of Hanna Arendt, as you can probably tell by his blog's title. I would love to hear him on the show! Thank you for the hours of good entertainment. You deserve a raise, whatever your salary. Greetings from the mountains of Montana. Eagerly awaiting your new season- Every blessing on the endeavor! Hi Robert Mt name is Zach G, I have lived in Israel my whole life, both my parents are US born and raised I have been a big fan of your show "entitled opinions" for quite some time now.
Dear Robert if may , i followed yr entlited opinions back in I recently listened to the Italian Cinema conversation; as you said we must apologize to all the others that for time constraints were not mentioned. Franco Franchi and Ciccio Ingrassia were a duo that, besides a lot of trash, worked with Pasolini, Fellini and Comencini. Many more wait in line Enis K. Robert: Your show is my salvation! A rare gem, truly Gratitude to you.. I greatly enjoyed the two shows where your brother was a guest: Pink Floyd and I thought how great would it be if you did something on the German group Can or composer Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Definitely rich territory when seen in relation to Pink Floyd and Arnold Schoenberg.. Best regards, Rob Weingart. Dear Mr. Harrison, I would like to congratulate you with your wonderful radio show. Does that introduction, by any chance, exist in written form? Anyway, please keep up with the show. You truly fulfill a need. Sincerely yours, Sander K. Hello Robert Thank you for the always stimulating and engaging Entitled Opinions. In this message from the antipodes I wanted to let you know how valued your work is. My favourite shows were the ones on Hannah Arendt and on Dante - both providing a path to new experiences for me.
The recent programs on Post-Humanismand Hermaphroditism were compelling - it is brilliant how you connect studies in new areas in the humanities with the broad audience of Entitled Opinions. It is in bushland. This morning as I listened to the Petrarch show three black cockatoos flew by; several sulphur crested cockatoos and galahs screeched from the gum trees; and in the woodland area swarms of finches flitted by. At the ripe age of 57 I had decided that if I wasn't ready to read Proust now, then I will never be ready; and if I started now, then I might finish all the volumes before dying.
On a lark, I typed "Proust" into the iTunes store. I listened to the discussion on Proust, and then another on Borges. At first, I was a little put off by the scent of intellectual arrogance detectable in your preambles and in some comments by Hans Gumbrecht. However, it was a small price to pay for the highest quality topics and discussions. Now, after listening to discussions on Moby Dick, Homer, Virgil, Hermaphroditism, Post-humanism, and general whatnot sic , I must say that I am obsessed by your program.
I will even admit to now listening to your preambles in rapt attention and anticipation of the themes to be developed within the body of the discussion. I will say that as a veteran of the Columbia College Core Curriculum, your program brings me back to the early years of my undergraduate education. We were warned at that time that what we were reading would become more meaningful later in life.
At the age of 19, it was hard to imagine but now true. Sincerely, Michael S. Harrison, Listening to your shows always lifts me above the mundane concerns of life and takes me to the world of ideas which I would never have come across in my day to day existance. I just want to thank you so so so much for bringing a unique voice in the world of random cacophany. Would like to suggest a show on 'Steppenwolf' by Herman Hesse!!
Professor Harrison, I wanted to thank you for your show "Entitled Opinions about Life and Literature; " I have only been listening to it for a few weeks now, but I am very glad to have found these programs on itunes. I attended a Liberal Arts university in Dallas and have recently had to move to West Texas to take a job. In my current position, I do quite a bit of driving, and your program has been a faithful part of my daily commute to place that it seems heaven itself has forgotten.
Out here in West Texas, it is very hard to have conversations like I used to have with my peers in Dallas. I know a program like "Entitled Opinions" requires a lot of attention and huge commitment of time. I wanted to thank you and all of the other people involved in the program. I especially have enjoyed the discussions concerning: Homer, Hegel, Machiavelli, and many others. I am especially grateful for your program on Moby Dick; it has been my favorite books since I read it as junior In college. Anyway, thank you for the time and energy you put into the show. Doug R. I'd like to thank you for your show a feast of civility and reason which I listen to by podcast in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Thanks again for a wonderful listening experience. Gerald C. I started listening to them, and I just got hooked. So, there's my praise. You have already shown your admiration for the Greeks in previous episodes on ancient Athenian theatre and democracy, and of course one cannot forget the wonderful two-part episode on Byzantium. However, I do regret that there haven't been any shows yet on modern Greek literature and culture. It would be a great joy for me to listen to you explore the works of Nikos Kazantzakis, the most tragic of Greece's authors, whose immense love for Christ led to his excommunication from the church.
Or you could have a show on Konstantinos Kavafis, in my opinion the greatest poet of the modern era, unsung to a certain degree because of his Alexandrian birth and his homosexuality. It would be even more delightful to listen to you dwell into the heartfelt blues-like genre of Rembetiko music, from its primary form of hashish-smugglers' songs to its later embellished serenades. I do think however that modern Greeks deserve a more varied representation than simply being branded as Europe's black sheep, notorious only for their tremendous debt and their inefficient taxation system.
I would like you to introduce to your listeners the vibrant complexity and not to forget, beauty, of the modern Greek soul. Once again, thank you for your show. With great admiration, Konstantin Lucas M. But yesterday I listened to two shows on the theme of listening - Gabriella Safran, and EO listener Sasha Borovik, in conversation with you - and I would like to thank you for these two wonderful conversations. I am hooked again. Both talks were full of resonances for me, for reading poetry, for making music, and for listening to this programme.
I loved Gabriella Safran's idea that listening has a cultural history, whose development can be traced through different stages of development. The notes about Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy,'s appreciation of Chekhov were a revelation to me, and chimed with other texts I thought your listeners might like to know about.
Above all, I thought of George Eliot's Daniel Deronda, which is saturated with thoughts about music and the ethics of listening. And they both read the work of H. Helmholtz, On the sensations of tone as a physiological basis for the theory of music, which is full of precise observations like these: Stiff elastic hairs project into the vestibule where the nerves terminate.
This seems to me pretty closely connected with the idea that reading people, novels is a question of empathy, of being open to the other - and that Eliot and Lewes thought of this as an auditory rather than a visual capacity. It would have made sense to the English Romantic poets, Keats and Wordsworth, maybe. I agree with your intuition that reading as listening to a voice may not survive into the next generation of readers, who if they are like my students largely read visually, on screen.
But listening to the beyond in music seems to be flourishing, despite the general din. Perhaps the auditory imagination just shifts its ground, rather than withers and dies. Such a fascinating life. And I completely agree with his description of his experience listening to EO: the sense of ceremony, of savouring a pleasure, and of being open to a Socratic voice that stimulated his thinking, and helped him to affirm himself, and to expand his mental horizons, in the midst of such grim experiences.
There are other good radio broadcasts but none that 'took me so high': absolutely right, Sasha. I first came across Entitled Opinions when I was looking for ideas for an undergraduate lecture on The Waste Land in I went from the show about Eliot, to Conrad's Heart of Darkness, to Nietzche, and then on through nearly the whole archive. It took me a year to catch up. It helped me out of an intellectual limbo, and in to a life where many of my dreams have become possible, and those ideas about the intellectual life, realisable.
Hearing from another listener closed the circle of the radio format, or rather opened it up: so now I can listen, enchanted not only by the music of the words and music itself! To continue the tradition of suggesting topics not that there is anything lacking in your choices : a programme on listening in Romantic poetry and philosophy? With many thanks!!! Rachel F, Lausanne. Harrison, I'm hooked on the show.
I can think of so many topics that would be great for the show, but I thought I would throw out one particular musician that would be an interesting match for the show: Trey Spruance. He's the main composer of the group Secret Chiefs 3 and has a serious background in mysticism and Pythagoras. I feel like Spruance interviews only begin to scratch the surface of his ideas.
I like that the writers in discussion Bataille or Nabokov are sometimes not your favorites. The defense that the guests offer to your questions often lead to a more complex and interesting understanding of the subjects. The Beckett show is a particular favorite, especially since so much of it is devoted to Murphy--I just don't hear the novels discussed that often. Again, thanks! All my best, Stephen McC. He relates this to a possible product of the stress for certain individuals of living in a left hemisphere dominant society. He has developed this theme throughout his talk and it's fascinating and related to Professor Harrison's comment, so perhaps there are connections.
Thanks again for all of you who bring Entitled Opinions to us, your listeners!
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De quelqu'un d'autre? Autrement dit : A. Jean L. June 1st, I just listened to your Entitled Opinions podcast on "listening". A completely auditory experience. Or was it? Certainly there was no video as I was obtaining the podcast entirely through my sense of audition using an IPOD. However, I was also walking on the side of a mountain overlooking a river and dawn was breaking. All 5 of the senses simultaneously experienced through the manifold of perception. I listened to the podcast and could maintain a reasonable "sense" of attention to what was being said. But I could also feel the temperature and the wind and the ground beneath my feet.
At once I could also smell the river and the blooming Syringa and wild rose as well as see the mountains and the clouds and the colours of dawn and the cliff and the river and anything I attended my eyes toward. As for gustation, I had just finished a cup of coffee and I could taste it quite intensely when I attended to it. So, all of my senses were functioning even though I listened carefully to the podcast. Indeed, having only one listen, I went about my morning chores and only after some deliberation lasting a few more hours, did I decide to write this email.
When you read it, you will see the words and you will "hear" them spoken. You will also be attending to whatever else is in front of you, such as lunch, the touch of the keypad and maybe music playing on some radio. My point is that we never really stop using all of our senses except when unconscious and even then, we can startle to sound and light and smell and touch and I suppose if someone put bitter lemon on our tongue, we might even wake up to that sense! Therefore "listening" is always happening as part of the background of experience and often also as part of the network of sensation.
Which brings me to the second point. This involves the "theory" of perception. It goes something like this. There is first a stimulus, then a sensation, felt by the observer through his senses. This sensation is then processed through the manifold of the mind largely unconsciously to generate perceptions which are further processed both consciously and unconsciously into an "understanding".
This "understanding" is what we attend to with our knowledge and reason to generate the space-time that we call an experience such as the blooming syringa, Entitled Opinions podcast in May and the river and the sunrise etc. Here Im moving away from the observer and toward the source of the sensation.
You were talking about the "space between us all". Ok that was to "lighten up" this extended email. How the "temporal" nature of sound made it different than sight. This seems to suggest that there is something different between the sources of the sensation or that the reception of the sensation into a perception was somehow different.
Well, I would agree. But its not that there isn't a "temporal" aspect to viewing a painting or mountain. There surely is. All space is co-occupied with time. You cannot separate the two. They are fundamentals of the physical universe. The photons move at roughly faster than sound waves. But both are part of the electromagnetic spectrum as are microwaves, radio waves, x-rays, heat, etc. There is thereore a temporal nature to your visual senses but the rate is so fast it is perceived as instantaneous and uninterrupted.
But that's not the case; visual images are constantly "updated" by your visual cortex to provide what on experience, feels like a continuum without oscillation. One more point about sound waves. They can reinforce, cancel each other or produce "noise" depending on the wave-form which is a function of wavelength and amplitude. Finally then, I would argue that "listening" to someone speak is different but not categorically distinct from any of the other senses and furthermore, that we experience reality ie space-time with all of our senses, while conscious, quite effortlessly and with a non-bias toward our understanding.
On another level, when you hear someone speak of a train or a sonata or a studio, I contend that you are also visualizing these auditory sensations as perceptions and understandings. Perhaps the world seems to be getting noisier but stand next to a river or walk on a mountain ledge and try not to hear the water or the wind. Even in a crowded city, you can hear the voice of your child.
There is sound "pollution" and visual "pollution" but the fundamental nature of our evolved senses hasnt changed since antiquity and I think we are quite up to the challenge of attending to whatever it is we wish. I completely agree that quiet is beautiful but so is a raging storm or Duane Allman's guitar. Oh, and yes. Dear Robert, My dissertation explores how friendship as a literary topic accommodates authorial self-discovery and development in Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton. As guides through this project, I turn to Montaigne's essays and, for the past year or so, Petrarch's letters as some of the best examples of Renaissance friendship literature.
I wish I could more confidently state my project's argument, but I confess I can't see it yet. I'm making a case for friendship as a generative literary topos not unlike G. Tucker's view of exile as an "enabling textual condition" of Renaissance authorship. This summer I have a fellowship and can dedicate myself entirely to completing a full draft of the dissertation; by August, I'll have a much sharper, clearer sense of its argument. I've been listening to Entitled Opinions for two years. I believe I discovered your show through iTunes.
Two of my closest friends, a married couple, got jobs at Notre Dame, a five-hour drive from Madison. I think I was looking for something to listen to on these drives. The first shows I remember listening to were your conversations with Rene Girard. I remember with special fondness an early experience listening to your three conversations with Professor Jacoff about Dante on one of these drives.
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Are there more Dante shows in the works? Your discussion of the Doors, which I listened to shortly after it aired, remains one of the few intelligent commentaries I've heard on this band. I was amazed and delighted by how you framed your claim about the Doors beginning, unfolding, and ending in greatness if I understood you right , but I'm not sure I agree.
Would we think so much less of the Doors if they'd only recorded their first two records and L. Still, this was a great show - from beginning to end. Your monologue on Machiavelli was also among my favorites. I have particularly enjoyed your conversations on Nietzsche and your conversations with Joshua Landy -- especially the show on Proust.
There are at least a dozen shows I'm not mentioning that have been very important to me during these past two years. I am really very grateful for the work and the care you put into your show. Thanks again, professor! Best wishes, Christopher. Professor Harrison, This new season of Entitled Opinion has been great.
Your penultimate episode with Sasha Borovik has been particularly haunting for no small number of reasons: the well-played revealing of his extradorinary career path, a spirited discussion of a great Russian author, images of Soviet-era Ukrain where new clothes are not to be had, not for want of money, but simply because the stores are empty the image of Borovik embracing a tree while listening to Atom Heart Mother and realizing, a la Stephen Daedalus, it was time to fly At one point he paints a great analogy of listening to Entitled Opinions now with listening to a pirate radio broadcast of rock n' roll from Odessa.
I simply cannot get over this. I am utterly fascinated and would love to research Soviet-era rock in Odessa. I wonder if Mr. Borovik has any other memories or info to help me on that path. I'm not sure of the etiquette, protocol or best practices here but if you could give me his contact info or, perhaps, forward this email along to him I would greatly appreciate it.
As always, keep up the great work. I don't need to tell you how much we all love it.
Marcus V. I believe we share the opinion that Heidegger is among a very small number of genuinely original philosophical thinkers of the last century. I think that not a single definitely incorrect statement was put forward during the whole of your discussion, and that is saying much, especially in connection with Heidegger. How refreshing it was not to be misled into one of those fruitless recriminatory indictments of the man Heidegger for the undoubted wrongs he committed as a functionary of the Nazi party! Heidegger's thought can only be properly appreciated if we carefully avoid the ad hominem arguments which rationalize and mask our anxiety about the matter of his thinking.
I would love to hear a discussion of how to carry on the manner of thinking initiated by Heidegger. Is Heidegger's manner of thinking indeed both learnable and teachable? Please convey to Robert that that session on Foucault with Hans Sluga was one of the most illuminating hours of my life. Indeed it is more than one illuminating hour because I've listened to it three times, each occasion getting a little more from this exemplary exchange.
Hans provided the clearest ways of seeing Foucault's development, illustrating the pattern that is often missed by those who would see self-contradictions. And Robert's wise and incisive questioning brought up all and more of what I would want to have asked myself. That is the essence of dialogue. Kudos to the whole troupe! Professor Harrison, Thank you for hosting such great topics and discussions. I know you have done programs on some of the principals of this movement, such as Beckett, however, I was wondering if you might consider a podcast devoted to the movement as a whole, its origins, evolution, impact and legacy.
The details now escape me, but the irony, humor, sarcasm, and manipulation of logic found in the works of this movement still resonate with me. Thanks for your consideration. George T. Dear Robert, I am delighted that you and Entitled Opinions have returned and done so with a topic near and dear to my own work — for about 15 years I have been tracking and, when possible trying to help to prevent the extinction of a small fish species of the Pacific Northwest, the ooligan.
I say all this to lead into a response to one small part of your illuminating session on extinction where you speak briefly of the cod fishery off the Atlantic coast of Canada and Maine. This is not the case. The depletion of the cod, a population upon which a highly sustainable way of life had been built for several centuries by those same communities, was far more attributable to the industrial fishing fleets, a post world war II phenomenon which, with regulatory agency acquiescence, was turned loose on the cod stocks to the dismay and above the sustained protest of the inshore community-based fishermen.
These large companies often had boards of directors with very considerable political sway, a fact well known to the elected decision-makers who all but looked the other way as this resource-rape unfolded. Professor Harrison! At last! The Jeff Beck intro almost made me drive off the road! Sincerely hoping for many future opinions, Richard S Stockholm, Sweden. PS How about doing something on the music and poetry of Joni Mitchell? Dear Entitled Opinions, Now, after a handful of years, comes the time to write a brief message of thanks: to the 'crew' maybe there's only one of you of Entitled Opinions, to the guests, to Robert Harrison.
Your introductory remarks--those heartfelt masks--are so aptly inspiring--so much so that their mood has managed spontaneously to suffuse its way and secure for itself a special place and sometimes much-needed lighthearted in my life. I could further express my wish for a couple shows that you haven't yet done. These past few years have brought the good fortune of a lot of travel into my life. I became aware of your show while working and studying in Lima, Peru--when I was feeling a particularly poignant need for the priceless kind of spiritual exchange of good conversation that your show eventually came to provide.
Your show definitely exceeded my hopes and helped to expand the horizons of my own intellectual search. And during my various stays in different places, I passed on the good news of your show to the closer friends who I was lucky enough to come to know and share enjoyable, fruitful hours with.
Some of that time was spent sharing conversation about your show. I will finish up here in Annapolis, Maryland in the Spring of , and from here I may be moving to Europe, the Middle East, or somewhere in the Americas perhaps to continue pursuing formal studies. There is no doubt that your show will be keeping me company on a long train or plane ride--a ride to which I am looking forward with anticipation. Thank you sincerely for your effort and its fruits. Warm wishes and best regards, Mariano St. John's College, Annapolis, Maryland P. Attached you will find a track from a great Brazilian musician named Hermeto Pascoal.
It was gifted to me by a friend in Lima. Even if you were to return now, my steady diet of four or five episodes a week couldn't be met. So it seems that this may be the appropriate time to express my gratitude and appreciation for what you do. My friend a brother in love of literature whom I've known since high school introduced me to the show, sketching out the best episodes and guests to serve as an introduction.
He was also the one who pointed out that, since you don't ask for financial support, we should at least offer verbal support. It wasn't until your episode on Epicurus and Epicureanism again with Professor Nightingale that I understood, more exactly, what it was that I was partaking in. But to mention only two of your guests is to do a dis-service to the rest. It's to do a dis-service to your monologues.
I Iisten to your show, generally, in two settings. It's most often while I exercise usually running on a machine. I can not describe the satisfaction of having my body fight inertia and work through the stations of physical exertion while my mind's pulse quickens to keep up the pace which you and your guests set. When the workout is particularly invigorating and the conversation particularly rich and insightful, I can only image that where the corporeal and the intellectual find each other is a place that I would have to call, for lack of a better word, the soul.
The other venue is while I travel usually for work. I find that an evening's plane ride that strange, liminal place: miles in the air at night in a metal tube is also an excellent place to meet up with the symposium via ipod. These conversations thrive, it seems, when unfettered from the terrestrial. I recently listened to your Blues show with Byrd Hale. Honestly, I found that episode difficult, mostly because I'm a lover of blues, country and folk music and feverish on the topic.
I lean much more toward the "pre-war" era of American blues and tend to get a bit skeptical when it comes to "electric" blues and downright surly despite myself when it comes to characters such as Eric Clapton on Jimi though, rest assured, I'll never utter a disparaging word. I also couldn't help but disagree with some of your guest's more general pronouncements about and descriptions of the blues though there is no doubt that Hale knows what he's talking about and certainly knows more than me. But my point is that this is what I love and value about Entitled Opinions: the opportunity to listen in on a conversation carried on by those whose passions are in equal measure to their knowledge both of which are great and to be so engaged that it's almost unbearable at times to not be able to break into the talk to ask a question or try to offer up one's own opinion.
That conversation on the blues inspired me to pass some recommendations on to you. I understand that you're a busy man, but if you get the chance you may enjoy these.
I began to love American blues, country and folk music at a young age but my view of all of it was radically transformed by the writing of Nick Tosches on the subject. While some of his pronouncements may be brazenly cavalier, the lyrical insight he brings to the subject is stunning. I realize you may bristle at the first few paragraphs but it's worth sticking with the piece- it does a good job of addressing the question at hand. I hope you, at the very least, enjoy the Morrison article; but, ultimately, I just want to say "thank you" and to request a speedy return of Entitled Opinions to the airwaves.
There seems to be a tradition, when writing to you, of requesting topics. I have lived in Israel my whole life - both my parents are US-born and raised. I have been a big fan of your show, "Entitled Opinions," for quite some time now. You have a real talent for bringing together the best of an authentic learning experience. Many thanks to you and your team. As a politics undergrad student in Glasgow, Scotland your opinions, and those of your guests' come to me from beyond the sea as though they were news of Utopia from the lips of Hythloday, exploring for me at least strange terrains of philosophy and literature.
May I ask you to consider a show about Kafka, in all his richness, or dystopianism and its strange alterity for no other reason than these subjects deserve the all elucidation that Entitled Opinions may give to those not yet in love with the author, and the subject. Thank you for your consideration and come back on-air soon.
That would be a wonderful session. White and you really cooked! Cheers and, as always, a thousand thank-you's for Entitled Opinions. I would be extremely interested in hearing his views on Wilde, as I am sure many people would. Could you let me know when is the programme back as January is long, dark and cold, particualrly here in Holland and EO is pure light and warmth.
You do a valuable service for those of us who stepped out of academia long ago and are trying, as the days and day jobs stretch on, to keep our grasps of the history of ideas from atrophying. Recently I've particularly enjoyed listening to your explorations of Keats and Hegel, though I have to admit that one of my favorite moments on the show was listening to that Marxist from Bhutan awaken you from your dogmatic slumbers, or at least awaken you to your slumbering dogmas.
I am also pleased to say that though I had spent years studying Nietzsche, it was the most recent episode of EO that got me hip to the fact that the break between Nietzsche and Wagner's resulted in no small part from Wagner spreading rumors of Nietzsche's compulsive meat-beating throughout Europe. That one tends to be danced around or elided in scholarly texts like Constance Garnett did with all the dirty parts of Dostoevsky.
You see, then, how important Entitled Opinions is for the ongoing intellectual lives of your listeners. That said, I have intentionally avoided the episodes dealing with music. What more could possibly said about The Doors or Hendrix? This isn't to disparage their significant musical legacies, but they're icons that have been buffed featureless by the boomer generation.
However, I was excited to find you discussing none other than Gentle Giant on another KZSU show, and to find that you yourself are a fan of that obscure and under-appreciated stripe of progressive rock as you may have read, you share this admirable affinity for European psych-prog with none other than Sherman Helmsley.
Now that you have outed yourself as a non-square and rehabbed your musical tastes in the eyes and ears of this fan, I am really really hoping that you get some figures from that era of music onto the show. Gentle Giant are certainly worth a show of their own, but I felt as though the other KZSU host, in his effort to get you to wax poetic on that band, got in the way of your chance to discuss many of the other similar, significant acts of the era.
Magma, Faust, Neu! I was thinking an interview with Gong's Daevid Allen would be fascinating given his history as a pan-European counterculture icon dating back to the beatnik era, and his recent work with Japanese band Acid Mothers Temple. Perhaps more up EO's pedagogical alley though would be an interview with Fred Frith. An academic as well as a guy with a tremendous history in the world of far-out prog and experimental music Henry Cow, Aksak Maboul, The Residents, et. Keep the good guests coming.
Looking forward to the upcoming season, whenever it starts. December 18, Dear Robert Harrison, I know that you like 60s rock, but have you ever considered progressive mideastern heavy metal? Check out this song by Orphaned Land, an Israeli band that is quite popular in an underground sort of way It is a "cover version" of a lyric written by the 17th century Yemenite poet, Rabbi Saadia ben Amram. What you will hear is the first stanza of the poem sung in Hebrew with a traditional Yemenite accent , which apparently relates a dialogue between the poet the male singer and his soul the female singer.
I would translate it something like this: Tell, wholly perfect one, tell, [and then] we shall rejoice in Yemen, Wise daughter of kings, where is your abode, tell [me]. The Dove answered: "Saadia, I have an upper chamber in the palace. I reside in the heart of a ship, I cloak myself in beauty. I can imagine the hard work that goes on behind the scenes airwaves? Thus far, the two shows on Freud, the show on Heidegger, and all of the shows with Perloff have been highlights for me. I'm sure people are throwing ideas for shows at you all the time. I'm going to be no different.
Take it as a sign of enthusiasm. Below is my holiday wish list in ranked order for Forgive me if I've mentioned a subject that you've already covered, but I don't think I've seen any of these names or topics in the podcast history of Entitled Opinions. If none of them appears in , no worries. I'll still be a keen and loyal listener, of course. Marx 2. Agamben 3. Zizek 4. Debord, Lefebvre, and the Situationists 5.
Contemporary avant-garde American poetry with Perloff 6. Thomas Pynchon 7. Kierkegaard 8. I'm finishing a belated undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts. For example: the course at the center of my learning-curve, this semester, has been a seminar on William Faulkner. I've set myself the task of writing a longer paper on "the Bear. I do not mean to indulge myself in storytelling. Faulkner, at the least, has taught me the perils of this.
If my humor is untoward, I hope you'll excuse me. I suppose I chose to write you because I find, still, at this point in my life, that intelligence - especially once linked to heart - can be a heavy burden in times of growth. Which brings me to a question that touches, at its core, on nothing to do that much at all with letters or history or civilization: In the baffling mists of youth, what are the criteria?
By now I've listened to nearly every one of your shows. In addition to being a graduate student in history, I work occasionally as an evening janitor. Your informed conversations with interesting minds have helped me to stave off the boredom of vacuuming, mopping, scrubbing, and collecting garbage. You've also gotten me through bus trips and long walks to run errands. Through you I've developed a deep interest in Heidegger. And I'll always have time for someone who so obviously adores the writings of Nietzsche and the music of the Doors.
I don't know what drives you and your team to conduct these conversations, but I hope that you continue doing so for years to come. Conversation, even in academia perhaps especially in academia! But please don't ever ever do a show about the Florentine Renaissance! I don't want to hear about things that I already know a lot about. Its too painful. Thank you for your time. Robert Harrison and his guests have enriched my understanding and appreciation of literature, philosophy and the intellectual 'mode of being' in general. You rock. Keep doing the show, making more interviews and interesting programs!
We need this little slice of intelligent life on the Internet. There is no program like it! It is intellectually stimulating and educational. I always a bit wiser and yes happier after listening to a program a couple of times. To be on the safe side I keep track of Robert's students in case one of them starts a show at their University.
I am only slightly acquainted with this sort of philosophy, yet I found myself disagreeing with portions of your conjectures. When you mentioned seeing an article about stem cell research and explained that the problems with aiming to organize and re-appropriate stem cells span include the fact that we have taken up the role as master of the earth.
My main question here was to ask how, if some types of "playing God" e. In other words, how can modern medicine NOT be justified insofar as it improves human quality of life and, in many instances, saves human life itself? Neither do I find that technological enframing necessarily extends to all things. For instance, when performing a science experiment involving genes and biotechnology, I think of the instruments in the experiment and the objects of analysis as objects.
However, when I return to the world outside the laboratory, I don't see my friends or family or thoughts as resources. I am certain that my understanding of Heidegger is much less sophisticated than someone who has actually read Being and Time and some more of his other works all that I have read is the Question Concerning Technology, Letter on Humanism, and On the Essence of Truth. You then had demonstrated a solid knowledge of the Italian cinema, and had managed to have a great talk about it with your guest.
I will introduce myself as not much of a radio-lover and then will qualify this by saying that there were times in my life when I was setting my alarm clock for 3 AM to listen to the only radio show, that I could get, dedicated to rock music. The place where this took place was the Soviet Union and the times were really bad for the honest music, or any other expression of opinion for that matter. Tuning up to that late night show was my way to stay awake where so many were sleeping.
As they say in Spain: "It has been raining a lot since then". I left the country around that same time crossing the border to Europe illegally, and with brief and not-so-brief-stops in places that also included Stanford, I have been continuing my delayed western European enlightening --of which I felt deprived in my youth. Somewhere In the middle of that crossing, I gave up on Radio and TV, although I am still remaining a film-buff not of Hollywood though, unless this is what is referred to among the film-buffs as the "New Hollywood" or the American response to the French New Wave.
In one of your programs which you did right after President Obama's elections I think it was on Marx , you called him the first post-war president. I agreed with you at the time and liked your way of supporting your statement. I have changed my mind since then seeing now how the Middle Eastern peace process got stalled. I think the WWII is not fully over until that part of the puzzle is solved.
You hosted several shows talking about events of the WWII, Jewish writers, pogroms, then Iraq war and the state of the American democracy. I was born in Odessa and remember the Jewishness of the city just how it was described by Babel -my family was the only non-Jewish family in the neighborhood where I lived. This may explain my interest in the Jewish people's history; their place in arts and science; then the establishment of Israel and its relationships with the US, its neighbors and, particularly, the situation around the occupied territories. I very much value your opinion and consider you my teacher in the Socratic sense.
Living now many time-zones away from KZSU nearby what used to be the Dachau concentration camp, I stay up until late to hear you questions and your perspective on life. In my view, the on-going Arab-Israeli conflict, its remarkable geography, its history and the world's inability to resolve it, speaks volumes about the state of the human condition. Do you think you can take a shot on that in your program? I was hoping for some high quality shows with familiar and new guests and so far I am not disappointed.
I wanted to thank you personally once more for great shows. Moreover, I wanted to express my gratitude for your ability to choose topics that I was hoping for and considering to recommend. Prior to this season, I was thinking a show on Phenomenology would be great - you and Thomas Sheehan did not disappoint!
Just this week I was wishing that you had a good show on Hegel, as in my final year of undergraduate studies I am writing papers on Hegel's religious ideas and aesthetics. Therefore, I am looking forward to this week's show with eager anticipation, and to hear some more entitled inspiration.
Best regards, Oliver U. This poem was inspired by a few sources, including you and that amazing show of yours, and I was reminded of it recently after listening to the Tom Sheehan on phenomenology episode, I'm a podcaster so take little note of air-dates. I wish I'd heard the show first and then I could have convinced myself I had cleverly substituted Apricot cocktails for the wine, but no, it was more WCW mixed with Gertrude Stein stirred by a general imagist swizzle. As evolution occurs from many pinches in the Petri dish I guess we'll never know. Anyway, it is short, thought you might like to see it.
The topics and the quality of the conversation have never disappointed. In fact, I've downloaded episodes from the archives, having only discovered Entitled Opinions recently. On one, you state there is no way for Entitled Opinions to know how many people are listening, other than via emails you receive. Well, I suspect there are many people listening who have not emailed.
A suggestion for future episodes? You are doing fine without my suggestions, though looking at "Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science " by Werner Heisenberg might be a nice follow-up with the Schrodinger episode. Those two make so many of our current 'philosopher-scientists' look small in comparison. Or, how about an episode on current Italian literature? Being a poor to mediocre reader of Italian, I've only made my way through English translations of Calvino.
So, I'm ignorant of what has taken place in the s forward. So many interesting subjects with so little time. Time with Entitled Opinions has been time well spent. Michael A. Faraone, P. I've written a book on the Hungarian philosopher of science Imre Lakatos 'Imre Lakatos and the Guises of Reason', Duke , coauthored the new volume on risk in Oxford's Very Short Introduction series, and published on other topics as an independent scholar.
You can get a sense of it all at my web page johnkadvany. I've lived in Menlo Park for many years, making my living mostly as a decision and risk analyst. I've listened to some of your older shows as podcasts did you do Pico Iyer and Wade Davis? Maybe that was something else at Stanford, I'm unsure and enjoyed them much. Anyway, thanks for the show. I also read Dante's Inferno whilst on the road. I thought you'd appreciate what follows. Anyhow, in your program on Schroedinger you emphasized his use of "aperiodic crystal" in reference to the DNA structure.
It's hard to believe prevailing theory in Schroedinger's time was that heredity was protein-based. Your episode prompted me to investigate the various contermporary scientific views of life. And now, the Nobel Prize goes to a chemist who first "discovered" aperiodic crystalline structure. I suppose Schroedinger should get his fair shake, but they don't award the prize posthumously. The Nobel committee should have listened to your episode. You'd think they would have read Schroedninger's book. I hope you enjoy this clip from the Pied Piper of chemistry, Martyn Poliakoff, describing the science behind aperiodic crystals.
I am a young academic based in Melbourne, Australia. I was recently diagnosed with a chronic illness. This illness makes reading very difficult. My brain appears to b more-or-less ok otherwise, and your program has become a much needed and nourishing substitute for much of the reading that I used to do.
And therefore it helps to maintain my sanity. So thank you. I also wanted to suggest that you make a program about the contemporary Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn. This idea came to me as I was listening to your discussion of the historical Jesus. Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic. Summary : The author of five blockbuster novels, Emily Giffin, delivers an unforgettable story of two women, the families that make them who they are, and the longing, loyalty and love that binds them together.
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