That was the announcement of twilight and the countdown to my first night sleeping in a rented car, since I decided to venture myself in a nine-days journey through stunning Iceland. I wasn’t aware of what that scenery would bring me: the coldest and also the most powerful nature’s masterpiece of my entire life. I had just arrived at the destination, hours away from my last hot coffee, right in time to watch the sky paint itself in dramatic colours. All I had in hands so far was the incredible sky, a pen drive full of music, a winter sleeping-bag, a bunch of snacks, chocolate bars and water. Suddenly I passed by this magnificent house, silent witness of so many climatic metamorphoses. And just to distract myself from the cruel wind, I started to mentally recreate the tough path of every single bolt of that shelter, from civilization to this immensity of beauty. Magically, from my car window and without ever having entered through that door, I felt just like an invisible guest of the architecture of hidden places. Thereafter, I ended my long day parking the car a few meters away, giving myself time to appreciate a blend of nature with someone else’s art, a royal instant of pleasure.
very long post about podcasts because someone sent me an ask about podcasts and I love podcasts and you can't do read mores on mobile sorry.
Hello I just wrote this incredibly long post about all the podcasts I listen to and would therefore recommend. Before you ask, I work alone so that’s how I have so much time for this many podcasts, plus audiobooks and music listening and everything.
Comedy Shows I Listen To Every Week
Comedy Bang Bang - always good, always funny, and if you have howl or stitcher premium the month of tour shows they did last year is really the best thing the medium of podcasts has ever produced, I really love it.
Hollywood Handbook - the best podcast. notoriously ‘hard to get into’ because it apparently takes people a little to adjust to the mindset these guys are in, and it requires you to be a little bit of a podcast person and also to have listened to this show for 100 eps to get certain things but it’s really incredible if it’s your thing.
Their latest episode where they designed cards is maybe one of the most accessible episodes they’ve done in a while and if you’ve ever listened to Spontaneanation the episode they did with Paul F Tompkins a couple of weeks ago had me absolutely crying laughing.
With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus - Lauren Lapkus is the funniest person on the planet, undoubtedly. This show varies pretty wildly depending on the guest because it’s so conceptual but it’s never ever bad. Also please watch the web series The Earliest Show she did with Ben Schwartz because while the show is really good, the hour of outtakes is one of my favourite videos ever.
My Brother, My Brother And Me - you already know what it is. Good show, fun time.
Spontaneanation - Paul F. Tompkins really is a gift and this show is very very good, it’s fun and silly and good natured which is a nice change of pace from a lot of the world. The recent episode with Lauren Lapkus and Tatiana Maslaney is really really good on both sides.
Comedy Shows I Listen To Sometimes
Hard Nation - this is a really good political
satire that almost always becomes very absurd. I’ve stopped listening to it as much in the last few months as politics news has sort of outstripped the pace of a weekly satire which is insane, but the show is still great every episode.
Never Not Funny - pretty easygoing chat show that I’ll listen to depending on the guest, it’s always good even if it’s someone I don’t know.
improv4humans - Matt Besser is one of the worst human beings alive and I really wish literally anyone else would start a show with this exact format but for now it’s all I’ve got. Any of the Wild Horses eps are incredible if you want a recommendation.
The Adventure Zone - you already know what it is, it’s those brothers playing dungeons and dragons. I’m lightyears behind but I listen to this sometimes and I’m slowly catching up.
Victrola - Improv combined with tight editing in a similar vein to Superego.
Pappy’s Flatshare Slamdown - a british panel show in podcast format, very good.
Handsome Rambler - Hannibal Buress’ podcast, great if you’re a fan and pretty infrequent so it’s easy to keep up with.
The Todd Glass Show - Todd Glass is an incredibly odd man and his show really reflects that. There’s a live band and lots of code words. The recent ep with Paul F Tompkins is an all timer, please listen to it if nothing else.
The Smartest Man In The World - I have no idea what this show is. As I understand it it’s just Greg Proops talking to a crowd about whatever’s on his mind and sometimes they bring him books to read out of? Very strange but Greg Proops is so incredibly good at just talking that it’s a great listen.
The Comedian’s Comedian - Stuart Goldsmith interviews comedians about making comedy. Really illuminating if it’s someone you love. Bizzare if it’s someone you don’t like cause they’ll explain their incredibly involved process for coming up with shit and boring jokes.
Politics Podcasts I Listen To Most Days
Is It On? - Buzzfeed Australia’s politics podcast. Really good light wrap up of the week in federal politics mixed with interviews with politicians that are a lot more personal and engaging than a lot of political interviews.
AM - ABC Radio National’s daily morning show. It’s only half an hour so it’s a really easy way to stay in the loop on the way to work or something.
The World Today - same thing but about world news and longer if you’re really interested.
The Daily - The New Yorker’s daily podcast. Great way to keep up with whatever the fuck Trump is doing today without having to go scrying through half baked twitter takes every morning.
Podcasts That Most Closely Fit Into The Genre Of ‘Podcast’
Song Exploder - breaking down songs note by note with the writers, incredibly well produced and a pleasure to listen to.
Reply All - really interesting show about the internet and all the evils it contains. Their episode Very Quickly To The Drill is the most interesting story about locksmiths you’ll ever hear.
Heavyweight - Jonathan Goldstein helps people make peace with their past. This is one of the best podcasts I heard last year and I really cannot wait for a second season.
Black List Table Reads - full quasi-radio plays of unproduced film scripts from The Black List. An incredible show that I wish were more popular.
99% Invisible - great stories about architecture and design.
Invisibilia - similar but about your emotions and brain
Gunsmoke - oldtimeradio.com presents the original 1950s cowboy radio serial Gunsmoke! and thank god!
Radiolab - it’s podcasts baby!
This American Life - baby, it’s podcasts!
Shows That Are Finished Series
Wiretap - Incredible show that I can’t believe I never heard of before. Hard to explain but it feels kind of like if Seinfeld was a radio show and happened mostly via phone calls.
Reality Show Show - the Hollywood Handbook guys’ previous show. A lot more accessible and incredibly listenable for what you’d think would be a pretty time specific show about reality tv.
Dead Authors Podcast - Paul F. Tompkins as HG Wells interviews comedians in character as famous dead authors. Surprisingly well researched and incredibly funny.
Wild Horses: The Perspective - I am absolutely begging for more episodes of this show from Lauren Lapkus’ improv group because it is so so good.
U Talkin’ U2 To Me? - please listen to this show, even if you don’t like U2. In face especially if you don’t. Adam Scott and Scott Aukerman try to review U2’s discography but very quickly devolve into some of the most absurd podcasting ever.
Superego - tightly edited improv with music and everything. Incredibly strange in a good way and it takes a little to adjust to the tone but it’s a great show.
Mystery Show - still gutted this never got a second series. Detective show in the vein of Serial about incredibly benign mysteries like how tall Jake Gyllenhaal is.
Rum, Rebels And Ratbags - great Australian history podcast from David Hunt who wrote the very good Australian history books Girt and True Girt.
Not Available On Stitcher But Very Good
Dead Pilots Society - like The Black List Table Reads but for unproduced comedy show pilots. Hilarious, well produced and an interesting look at how getting a tv show made works.
Night People On WMFU - this show’s finished, but it was a late night call in show on some american radio station. Perfect oddball show for driving at night or falling asleep to.
Please reply to this post and tell me more podcasts you think I’d like, or even ones I wouldn’t but you do - who cares.
If you reply to this post and tell me to listen to Cum Town I will block you.
SPEECH structures the abyss of mental and acoustic
space, shrouding the race, it is a cosmic, invisible architecture
of the human dark. Speak that I may see you.
WRITING turned a spotlight on the high, dim Sierras
of speech; writing was the visualization of acoustic space. It
lit up the dark. These five kings did a king to death.
A goose’s quill put an end to talk, abolished mystery, gave
architecture and towns, brought roads and armies, bureaucracies.
It was the basic metaphor with which the cycle of
CIVILIZATION began, the step from the dark into the
light of the mind. The hand that filled a paper built a city.
FINAL CALL! Here is the Celestial Cities collection in full. Inspired by the solar system and Italo Calvino’s novel “Invisible Cities”, I’m hand printing limited editions using laser engraved wooden blocks.
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What are the podcasts you like listening to then? (in reference to the music ask response)
It’s tough going finding podcasts to listen to, because so many of them are on the theme of “People read stuff from Wikipedia”. And I’m okay with people reading stuff from Wikipedia if they’re funny about it, but a lot aren’t.
(That said, nobody should recc me any, I’m at my saturation point for podcasts; if you want to leave a general recc in comments or reblogs feel free but please remember I don’t post asks sent in response to other asks because that way lies madness.)
Soooooo let’s see….
Caustic Soda Podcast was about the gross side of science and human behavior; it ended a while ago but I still relisten to episodes of that.
The Dead Authors Podcast (a semi-improv in which HG Wells interviews famous dead authors from history) also ended a while ago but is a lot of fun to listen to.
How Did This Get Made is a fun podcast about bad movies (it is not about how movies are made, the question is rhetorical), but mostly I listen for Jason and June; the ads and the minisodes are all done by Paul and are UNBEARABLE.
I listen to Planet Money (about all things financial), Surprisingly Awesome (about boring things that are actually not boring), and 99% Invisible (about design, including architecture and urban planning) but not religiously because sometimes they’re talking about stuff I’m just not that into.
I’ve been listening to Sawbones (about medical history) but I’m kind of over it, I feel like I never quite get the info I want on the topic at hand.
I’ve pretty much stopped listening to Sword and Scale (a true-crime show) because it kind of veered out of “discussing true crime and its ramifications” and into “murder porn”.
I fell really far behind on Welcome To Night Vale (a fictional show about a mysterious desert community) and thought to myself “I’ll never catch up, oh my god” and then realized I was kind of okay with not catching up, so I guess I stopped listening.
And there are a few that I’m not willing to recommend in public because while I listen to and enjoy parts of them, I’m also well aware that they are SUPER problematic and I don’t want to give them good word of mouth.
The dictionary uses a unique reverse definition-to-term format that makes it easy to zero in on the term you’re seeking. Turn to the new section on sensory impressions, for example, to find vivid terms for “loud or jarring.”
And at the end of each section dozens of illustrative passages by notable fiction and nonfiction authors—including Donna Tartt, Michael Lewis, Zadie Smith, Khaled Hosseini, and Paul Theroux—bring the terminology to life.
From classic poetry to pop lyrics, from Charles Dickens to Dolly Parton, even from Jesus to James Bond, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrase—such as “O Captain! My Captain!” or “To be or not to be”—memorable.
Clark covers how to write effective and powerful titles, headlines, essays, sales pitches, Tweets, letters, and even self-descriptions for online dating services. With examples from the long tradition of short-form writing in Western culture, HOW TO WRITE SHORT guides writers to crafting brilliant prose, even in 140 characters.
This is The Elements of Style, the classic style manual, now in a fourth edition. A new Foreword by Roger Angell reminds readers that the advice of Strunk & White is as valuable today as when it was first offered.
On Inspiration (Memoir, Motivation, and Leading by Example)
These have been called the most famous and beloved letters of the 20th century. Rainer Maria Rilke himself said that much of his creative expression went into his correspondence, and here he touches upon subjects that will interest writers, artists, and thinkers.
Art & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn’t get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way.
This is a book written by artists, for artists -— it’s about what it feels like when artists sit down at their easel or keyboard, in their studio or performance space, trying to do the work they need to do.
Beginning with the metaphor of the archer’s arrow that cannot travel in a direct line but must rise and fall before it hits its target, Lewis deftly weaves together theories on failure from hundreds of sources. Moving smoothly from Wynton Marsalis’ thoughts on jazz improvisation to Al Gore’s reflection on presidential loss, Lewis’ chapters profile those who have achieved mastery in their field by following the indirect path, often moving backwards, losing out, experimenting, and playing the amateur.
For more than twenty years Natalie Goldberg has been challenging and cheering on writers with her books and workshops. In her groundbreaking first book, she brings together Zen meditation and writing in a new way. Writing practice, as she calls it, is no different from other forms of Zen practice —"it is backed by two thousand years of studying the mind.“
Though aimed at writers, this book is full of sage advice and razor-edged honesty for the average joe. If you’re a writer–and I claim to be one–it’s more than a few anecdotes and good advice; it’s a lifeline in the thrashing seas of rough-draftdom, a foothold on the sands of jealousy and vain ambition. Anne makes it clear that writing must be pursued for something other than mere publication.
In May 2012, bestselling author Neil Gaiman delivered the commencement address at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, in which he shared his thoughts about creativity, bravery, and strength. He encouraged the fledgling painters, musicians, writers, and dreamers to break rules and think outside the box. Most of all, he encouraged them to make good art.
The bookMake Good Art, designed by renowned graphic artist Chip Kidd, contains the full text of Gaiman’s inspiring speech.
With the basic principle that creative expression is the natural direction of life, Julia Cameron and Mark Bryan lead you through a comprehensive twelve-week program to recover your creativity from a variety of blocks, including limiting beliefs, fear, self-sabotage, jealousy, guilt, addictions, and other inhibiting forces, replacing them with artistic confidence and productivity.
Journaling Your Goals is a self-help book which introduces writing and journaling techniques for dreamers to help set, track, and follow through with personal goals and development.
Week One: Here and Now -evaluate the current balance of your life -realize your values -start implementing small changes to make you more productive -learn how to track your productivity
Week Two: Reflect: -look carefully at what you’ve accomplished -how your current behavior could bring you joy…or regret -how to overcome paralyzing doubt -how to combat fear -how to become a better you
Week Three: Act On It: -associate hard work with good things -visualize your goals -automate your routines -use various techniques to "hack” your brain to respond positively to your efforts at productivity.
Week Four: Moving Forward: -create your own manifesto -start a spiritual routine -celebrate your achievements -support yourself with self-care and healing techniques
On Getting Work Done (Discipline, Habit, and Ritual)
The number one fear of all creative types—crafters, DIYers, makers, artists—is that failure lurks right around the corner. Crafty blogger and creativity guru Kim Piper Werker urges everyone to pick up their pen or paintbrush or scissors and make something mighty ugly: get that “failure” out of the way. This friendly book offers up a multi-pronged approach to overcoming creative fears through inspiring essays and anecdotes, interviews, exercises and prompts, and sage advice from all over the creative spectrum to help individuals slay their creative demons.
In this revolutionary book, psychologist and novelist Karen E. Peterson presents an easy, effective way to beat writer’s block in only ten days. Based on new brain research and sound psychological principles, this innovative program shows writers how to conquer writer’s block using a variety of exercises.
Franz Kafka, frustrated with his living quarters and day job, wrote in a letter to Felice Bauer in 1912, “time is short, my strength is limited, the office is a horror, the apartment is noisy, and if a pleasant, straightforward life is not possible then one must try to wriggle through by subtle maneuvers.”
Kafka is one of 161 inspired—and inspiring—minds, among them, novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians, who describe how they subtly maneuver the many (self-inflicted) obstacles and (self-imposed) daily rituals to get done the work they love to do,
Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. It takes work to make a habit, but once that habit is set, we can harness the energy of habits to build happier, stronger, more productive lives.
So if habits are a key to change, then what we really need to know is: How do we change our habits?
Have you ever wanted to double your daily word counts? Do you feel like you’re crawling through your story, struggling for each paragraph? Would you like to get more words every day without increasing the time you spend writing or sacrificing quality? It’s not impossible, it’s not even that hard. This is the story of how, with a few simple changes, I boosted my daily writing from 2000 words to over 10k a day, and how you can, too.
For more invisible worlds and fooling perspectives, follow @mau.cp on Instagram.
(This interview was conducted in Spanish.)
Things aren’t always what they seem. At least that’s the mantra behind Guatemalan visual artist Mauricio Contreras-Paredes (@mau.cp), who likes to create visual incentives to prompt an interaction between art and spectators.
“Imagine an empty world, without curves, almost totally blue. It’s a world where perspectives fool you and where planes interact almost randomly. That’s my artistic style,” says Mauricio.
Mauricio’s choice of blue, however, is not random. “I am really invested in blue because gaseous bodies or transparent liquids, like the sky or the sea, are perceived as blue. As my work explores invisible or imaginary architecture, somehow transparent blue is conceptually perfect.”
Mauricio enjoys his creative process more than the final piece and also combines pictures of food with his own art. “I believe that food is also an art, a brief kind of art. What’s the difference between a dish by Ferran Adrià and a painting by Picasso?” he asks.
#3. South Korea Is Building a Giant Invisible Skyscraper
The lair office tower works its magic through a series of LED projectors and cameras all simultaneously depicting whatever view the tower is blocking, which is another way of saying it’s going to look like a giant block of TV screens in the middle of [Seoul].
I think I am going to murder a few so called magicians one day. Cause, you know, the chronic misogyny I’m seeing in response to kushl0rd’s post on menstruation, as well as other posts is just sickening. The sense of entitlement white cismale ‘magicians' exhibit is…fucking irritating and symptomatic of the fact that for all your talk about freedom and divinity, you’re enjoying the benefits of a milennium of privilege and you’re fine with that.
You know why I’m saying it’s fucking irritating? Why that’s all I’m saying it is to me? Because I don’t have to raise my voice to be heard, and I’m not instantly dismissed or pigeonholed or shouted down. Because I’m cismale and though I may be crippled and have been the victim of abuse in my life, I’m still not going to get dismissed as much. So it’s an irritation to me, nothing more. But it’s not that to the people you’re dismissing, that you’re putting down.
You’re saying that your experience trumps theirs when you’ve never experienced menstruation in your life, never inhabited the body of someone going through these processes. You really think you can comprehend the complex psychosexual alchemy involved from reading a book?
I don’t really know kushl0rd, just her posts on here, but you know what? I studied philosophy at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. And I get listened to because of that. As far as I understand it, she’s studying similar things at similar levels, or will be, because she’s younger than me. And women get dismissed there, too. So when I tell you she is, by my reading, an absolute badass, it is because we’ve done similar things, but she’s had to deal with a fucktonne of stuff that I never did. Same goes for every non-cismale magician I know.
If there is one thing I have learnt in life, but especially in magic, it is that contrary to popular belief, there are such things as Closed Mysteries. These are forms of knowledge and experience which are not available to everyone, and no matter of wishing it otherwise makes it so. Yes it’s fundamentally undemocratic, but you know what? The universe is undemocratic.
As to who enforces these Mysteries? Usually it’s got very little to do with humans at all, and everything to do with fundamental Beingness. When I say that there Closed Mysteries, it’s nothing as simple as Women’s or Men’s Mysteries, because fuck the gender binary bullshit. What it has do with is individual capacities to experience and process things.
theheadlesshashasheen is not going to experience things exactly as I am, even though we’ve been up to similar shit together for over a decade now. There is significant overlap, but each of us knows that we have our own links and methods by which the Mysteries reveal themselves to us. We share enough of an experiential framework that we’re part of a weird cult, but that cult doesn’t proselytise. In fact some of the things we do and discuss will look like utter bullshit to outsiders. But every now and then, something we talk about will click with someone and bang, welcome back to the Hedkult long lost fellow.
And when some person holds forth on the Cult of the Head, we’ll nod and smile but that’s all. Because unless you’ve been in the weirdness that is the experience, you’ll never get it. I don’t care if you’ve been practicing for seventy years and have a personal note from Gardener, Crowley or Alex Sanders - if you don’t have the right makeup, you’re not going to get it.
We aren’t gatekeepers. The experience is. That’s what initiation is. And if you haven’t had the experience, you’re not qualified to the same degree than those who have.. That’s just a fact.
And life, is an initiation. It never ends. Each of us has, at our centre, a rune, a Mystery, which is the flaming telesmatic star Crowley spoke of. It is unique to each of us, and inviolate. Which means that those of you who want talk over people living their lives are in very real magical danger of pissing off someone who could teach you a great deal, who could help you understand yourself better, and become adept at that silent vibrating Mystery.
You’re cutting off your nose to spite your face kids. Not everyone’s sworn Crowley’s Oath of the Abyss, but I promiseyou that every single person has something you can learn from. Empty your goddamn cup, lest it become stagnant.
And I know it’s hard. That you’ve been trained by society and the architecture of invisible bias to think you can have everything you want, if you just work hard enough or shout loud enough. It’s something everyone struggles with.
But that’s a goddamn lie to keep you on a familliar controllable path, because gods forbid you go off-piste, where anything can happen. Because if you accept that some doors are closed to you, you start looking for alternative ways to be, unique and terrible and wonderful paths which are so very weird as to seem totally impossible.
So you know what? Maybe it’s your duty to Listen Before You Speak. Maybe it’s your duty to aid fellow travellers not speak over them. Maybe it’s best to keep your mouth shut, because while people are capable of defending themselves, there are people who are willing to watch their back.
And I know people do the talking-over by default, but seriously folks, this is a time when school reports will bear the phrase Could Do Better. This is when we have to accept that one-size-fits all simply cannot and does not apply.
What works for you, may not work for others, and others may be capable of kinds of knowing and being you can never approach. And that’s completely OK. Because it’s not about you, is it?
Does not matter, need not be. - Austin Osman Spare