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Advice from Beethoven, Joseph Campbell, & W. S. Merwin

An episode from 7/3/21: Here, with the help of a few quotations, I ask: should poets and writers be able to cook themselves a decent meal, or is a life of the mind (with a side of fast food) the best we can expect? Is it a relief to hear Beethoven admit that everything he…

How Did Picasso Do It?

An episode from 11/16/21: Tonight I read from a few books on Pablo Picasso, where he talks about how the power behind his own paintings, and his huge output, remained a mystery for him as much as anyone else. The first few quotations come from the huge Taschen book about Picasso that covers his entire…