Raccoon, the third podcast episode in BELT: A 2-Man Memoir, is now live! How do we become Eco-Men? Return the pelt. Eat a leaf. Bushwhack a new path. Subscribe and listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and TuneIn.
Eric Wilson and I are thrilled to launch BELT: A 2-Man Memoir, our podcast about masculinity. Humorous man wisdom. Iconoclastic banter. Where cultural studies bangs into the locker room. Terrified men preen. But they also confess their fears, their desires. Desperate for brotherhood. We are raw, vulnerable. We voice our most intimate stories. We make sense of the forces that have shaped our manhood. Those constructs that invigorate, we embrace. The rest, we quiet. We will be better men.
As a vomit-burp is to not-vomiting, so the profane is to the sacred. Parental discretion advised. Through the talk of the locker room, we transcend the locker room. If we are ridiculous, well . . . we are ridiculous.
Listen to our first episode, Hickory Stick – Male Violence Undone, on our website: https://belt.live/ BELT: A 2-Man Memoir will also be available – soon! – on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Play.
It was a joy to write this story for Impakter Magazine about pollution and environmentalism, while thinking about my roots. I talk about UNDERWATER: a 7 channel video installation and operatic disco where I sing about global warming and pollution like a Jewish cantor on the Day of Atonement, while trance music arises from depth readings taken from 40 of my scuba dives. UNDERWATER opens at the Adamski Gallery in Berlin this May. If you have any stories about global warming, marine life, seas rising and hurricanes, please send them to email@example.com – they will be included in the show.
Many thanks to Larry Wood and to the Aiken Standard for the wonderful feature, front page story about The Sharing Project exhibition at the Aiken County Historical Museum, and many thanks for the excellent shorter story that ran a few days earlier as well.
And, of course, many thanks to Brenda Baratto, Lauren Virgo, Doris Baumgarten, Joe Christian, and everyone else at the Aiken County Historical Museum for working with me on the show.
There was a time when there were numerous socialist experiments in America, like the one, called Happyville, that 50 Russian Jews from New York started in South Carolina in 1905. Happyville has almost entirely disappeared, but you can explore what remains by visiting The Sharing Project installation at the Aiken County Historical Museum — located just minutes away from where Happyville once was.
In addition to the Happyville video, there are 4 other short films (selected from the 15 in larger versions of the installation) and 21 interviews that explore the meaning and value of sharing in a personal and interdisciplinary way.
I encourage you to participate in the exhibition not only by watching the films, but by sharing canned food and bringing it to the museum. You will have an opportunity at the end of the show to take some of the communal food and give it away to whomever you think will appreciate it.
More information below:
Canned food gathering: now through July 29
Exhibition: June 1 – July 29
Opening Reception: Friday June 1, 6-8 pm
Closing and canned food distribution event: Sunday July 29, 3-5 pm
Aiken County Historical Museum
Open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday from 2:00 to 5:00 pm
Admission is free
Address: 433 Newberry St SW, Aiken, SC 29801
I’m thrilled about the wonderful story that aired on March 21 on ORF Radio: Ö1 in Austria about UNDERWATER: an operatic disco at KOENIG2 by_robbygreif. Many thanks to Hanna Ronzheimer for interviewing me and Robby Greif and for putting together the story! Listen to it via this link through March 28: http://oe1.orf.at/programm/20180321/509144