EP. 52 WHAT IS YOUR ARGUMENT?

No one will openly tell you how absolutely difficult it is to stay not only relevant in our ever-changing climate – but how to stay careered, and constantly producing interesting and creative works during a lifetime. Most of these so-called job skills can’t be learned in a classroom or seminar – they must be earned by hard work and a special kind of dedication to the craft. Douglas Kennedy and I both share an affinity for this subject – each of us sharing a history of facing rejection and dealing with the critics. This in fact goes back to Kennedy’s early days as a writer, and trying, unsuccessfully, to impress some members of the supposed elite at his University’s literary journal.

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EP. 51 THE IMPORTANCE OF PLACE

During my most recent conversation with Douglas Kennedy, I read to him a fascinating little quote by the writer Douglas Coupland that I thought Kennedy might find interesting. He wrote: “We are all of us born with a letter inside us, and that only if we are true to ourselves, may we be allowed to read it before we die.” This was his response.

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EP. 50 A CINEMATIC CHARM

I got a chance to sit down with Douglas Kennedy at his home in the city of Paris to discuss our mutual love of the silver screen. We talked about the current state of cinema, the blasé repetition of comic books films and the disastrous remakes. We arrived at the topic of film criticism, and Douglas reminded me that he writes a column for the journal “America”, edited by Francois Busnel, of film criticism.

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EP. 49 THE RADIO DAYS

Everyone starts somewhere. And often times, the place we begin set us on a path that leads to the unknown future – and sometimes, if we’re lucky, to the career we were always meant to achieve.

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EP. 48 OUR CURRENT REVOLUTION

These days social media binds us together in a new and collusive way – we can vent and receive the vents of anyone digitally connected in our bubble. And each bubble has its own narrative – distinct and clear. The cultural mood is one of divisiveness and disruption. It is safe to say that we are living in perilous times – or at least, if not any more perilous than other epochs in history – these days seems as if there is an urgency of perilousness.  

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EP. 47 THE INSIDE INFORMATION

It's the question of the day: How do you become a writer in our modern world? Young artists face extraordinary competition not only within their own artistic fields, but also with a society that is on the brink of radical financial inequality, rising rents, and little to no job security. How in the world is anyone going to create anything meaningful under these conditions?  

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EP. 46 JOURNALISM AT ITS FINEST

Citizen journalism is on the rise – but just how much of it factual, remaining both unbiased and highly sourced. Classic broadcast journalism is on the edge of extinction – and websites appear almost daily, vying for the eye of the viewer. 

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EP. 45 THE TYRANNY OF THE SCREEN

How much has the influence of technology destroyed the classic forms of educational and cultural exploration? Has this technological revolution stunted our growth as readers? We have lost our quiet spaces – trading them in for a constant connection to the world.   

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EP. 44 A FICKLE CROWD

No one knows the recipe for success. In any field, hard work and perseverance do not always dictate any sort of triumph. We sat down with Mr. Kennedy, no stranger to the pinnacles of success and the stranglehold of obscurity and asked him he thought about the fickleness of fame and fortune. 

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EP. 43 THE BIG PICTURE

The Big Picture, hands down, is one of Douglas Kennedy's most popular pieces of fiction - and for good reason. It is a taut existential thriller about the entrapment of modern life - and the lengths people will go to escape it. Matthew D'Abate sits down to discuss how The Big Picture came to be. 

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EP. 42 THE SIMPLE LIFE

Most dream of running away from their quotidian struggles to seek out 'the simple life'. But what does that mean? Is the idea of 'the simple life' actually a delusion? Douglas Kennedy and Matthew D'Abate sit down to discuss what it means to search for the impossible. 

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EP. 41 DIVORCE AND FOLLY

Divorce is one of the most common misfortunes people will face in the span of their lifetime. More and more people are choosing less traditional paths in regards to partnerships. Douglas Kennedy and Matthew D'Abate discuss modern divorce - and the irrevocable damage it can leave behind.

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EP. 39 CHANGE IS INEVITABLE

Since the advent of the #MeToo Movement in the United States and across the globe, women have been empowered not only to demand equality in the work force - but to successfully out the horrid perpetrators who have used positions of power for sexual and mental abuse. Douglas Kennedy and Matthew D'Abate sit down to discuss these necessary changes in the world today.  

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EP. 38 FROM FREUD TO BACH

Join us this week as we discuss Sigmund Freud's chilling diagnosis of modern society in his last essay entitled "Civilization and Its Discontents". Like most of our micro-discussions, the conversation then transforms into mediations about love, life, insomnia, and of course, Johann Sebastian Bach.

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EP. 37 THE MIRROR OF FICTION

Psychology is one of the most powerful tools in our modern world – and no one walking the Earth is without some kind of pathology. Douglas Kennedy and Matthew D’Abate sit down to discuss Kennedy’s book “Five Days” – and reveal what underlying psychological themes are weaved into the narrative of the novel.

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EP. 36 THE WORLD AS WONDER

Most people, as Henry David Thoreau once wrote, live "quiet lives of desperation". It's a common pitfall in our modern world. But as Douglas Kennedy and Matthew D'Abate discover in this week's micro-discussion - the world could be at your fingertips, if you just reach out - and take it.  

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EP. 34 THE DIGITAL HOLD

Living in the digital world connects us to millions of people - with a click of a button. Ideas are shared - opinions are hailed as fact and now more than ever, most people spend more time online alone in the digital cybersphere than in our 'real' world. Douglas Kennedy and Matthew D'Abate discuss the benefits, and the pitfalls - of the digital hold. 

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EP. 33 THE ART OF TRAVEL

Often times in our life – in the act of traveling great distances, we discover more than just a different sort of people or the mental seduction of a foreign place – we end up discovering sides of ourselves that had been previous undiscovered. Douglas Kennedy and Matthew D'Abate sit down to discuss the art of travel. 

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