Monday morning, after a miserable wet weekend here in New York, Neil Sedaka (still not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!) seems well-nigh giddy, and doesn’t seem to mind that his auditory hallucinations are compounding rapidly.
The newspapers blared the headlines: thousands of America Firsters and anti-immigrant bigots gathered in front of a building that should have been a symbol of free speech. The racists, fueled by economic distress brought on by rising income inequality, tried to storm the building. Of course the protesters wore their stupid hats so they could recognize each other. And then the riot began…Who would have thought that in the month of May 1849 that a performance of a Shakespearean play could be so contentious?
Click the triangle or mp3 link above to hear the rest of what happened during the Astor Place Riot by tuning into this talk I gave on Arts Express, broadcast yesterday on WBAI FM NY and Pacifica stations across the nation.
Last week in Part 1, we spoke with Olivia Laing about her fascinating new book Everybody. It’s a book about the work of psychologist Wilhelm Reich and the expanding influence his ideas had, especially that of “character armor,” that is, the idea that our emotional memories are physically retained within the musculature of our bodies.
We ended by my asking Olivia Laing whether Reich had gone over the deep end in his later years. This week we talk about the wide range of artists and thinkers that Reich influenced, including Andrea Dworkin, Nina Simone, Lorraine Hansberry, and James Baldwin.
Click on the triangle or mp3 link above to hear my conversation with Olivia Laing as broadcast yesterday on WBAI and Pacifica affiliates across the nation.
Everybody has a body and Everybody is the name of a new book by art and social critic Olivia Laing, which takes off from the ideas of Wilhelm Reich. It’s a book about bodies in peril and bodies as a force for change and what are the limits of pleasure and freedom.
I had a fascinating conversation with Olivia about her book. Click on the grey triangle or mp3 link above to hear Part One of our conversation, as broadcast today on WBAI FM NYC and Pacifica affiliates across the nation.
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