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Wicked twists and dark humour are the signature of these short stories, extracts and vignettes, narrated by Jack Sanger to amuse, challenge, inform and entertain the listener. Intro music by Joseph Myoushin Sanger (Ravel's Bolero) Outro music by Luke Sanger (This Session Has Now Ended). Novels, plays, poetry and short stories can be found for free download or donation at: www.jacksanger.com
 
A collection of three of Nietzsche's writings concerning the music of Wagner. In particular, he relates Wagner's music as degenerate, unrefined and unintelligent and relates it to a gradually degenerating German culture and society. The translator provides a detailed introduction. - Summary by the Reader
 
In 1894, Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) published two short collections of aphorisms: “A Few Maxims For The Instruction Of The Over-Educated”, in the Saturday Review newspaper, and “Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young”, in the Oxford student magazine The Chameleon. By turns witty, intellectual, counter-intuitive and obtuse, the collections came to be seen by many as emblematic of Wilde’s style, and countless collections of Wildean aphorisms have since been published.
 
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Read Me to Sleep, Ricky is the podcast by author/producer Rick Whitaker that puts good books to use for their sleep-inducing qualities--books for which suspense is less important than the music of their language. Books read aloud to prove that, good as a book may be, it's perfectly alright to let it lull you to sleep. Let's face it, nowadays getting to sleep can be tricky. So get into bed, turn off the lights, close your eyes, and listen to Read Me to Sleep, Ricky. Please share this with you ...
 
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When a tennis pro lunges for a difficult drop volley, or a concert cellist rips through the difficult section of a Bach suite, are they thinking about what they're doing? Some would say that elite physical performance is essentially a mindless phenomenon, and that thinking is counterproductive to success. But the reality is more complex - and more …
 
For more than three millennia, most buildings in China were configured around a central courtyard. This week's guest believes that the courtyard helps us to understand Chinese society and culture, as well as Confucian philosophy. Today, with increasing numbers of people living in urban apartment buildings, the courtyard has become something of a pe…
 
When philosophy turns its attention to music, it's traditionally an exercise in high culture. Questions about the nature and function of music are often explored with reference to an established canon of "serious" music – while pop finds itself relegated to the margins. This week we're getting serious about pop, and exploring the ways that the comp…
 
You don’t have to be stupid to be a conspiracy theorist. Many people who buy into paranoid fantasies about stolen Presidential elections and global Satanic cabals are perfectly sane, well-educated individuals. So why do they fall for these myths? This week we consider the possibility that the attraction is primarily aesthetic, and that the experien…
 
"School Days" is from Richard Howard's 2008 collection of poetry Without Saying. A distinguished poet, critic and translator, Richard Howard held a unique place in contemporary American letters. Howard was credited with introducing modern French fiction—particularly examples of the Nouveau Roman—to the American public; his translation of Charles Ba…
 
These days we’re constantly pushed to be more efficient – at work, of course, but also in our leisure pursuits and even while we sleep. How did we get here? And how can we get back to a state that’s governed by principles other than accumulation and profit? This week, a story of two key figures in the history of modern industrial capitalism: F.W. T…
 
Read Me to Sleep, Ricky's host Rick Whitaker reads his own selection of aphorisms by Americans: Emerson, Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, Jane Jacobs, Mencken, Santayana, and Aaron Haspel. Music: Frederic Rzewski's "The People United Will Never Be Defeated" Variations Support the show Read Me to Sleep, Ricky is hosted by Rick Whitaker Contact: rickawhitak…
 
In tonight's episode of Read Me to Sleep, Ricky, host Rick Whitaker reads a classic love story by the Russian master Anton Chekhov. Published in 1899, translated by Constance Garnett. Music: Tchaikovsky's "Souvenir de Florence," second movement Support the show Read Me to Sleep, Ricky is hosted by Rick Whitaker Contact: rickawhitaker@gmail.com http…
 
Poet and translator par excellence Richard Howard, who was a dear friend, died March 31, 2022 at 92. His 1982 translation of Baudelaire's masterpiece, Les Fleurs du Mal, won the National Book Award. Read here by Rick Whitaker With affectionate thanks to David Alexander Support the show Read Me to Sleep, Ricky is hosted by Rick Whitaker Contact: ric…
 
Confusion has reigned at Twitter since Elon Musk took the reins of the company, and one of the most pressing questions has to do with whether or not the social media platform will be reshaped to fit its new CEO's ideal of unfettered free speech. Musk has referred to Twitter as the "digital town square" – but how can the town square also be a privat…
 
Lojong (Tib. བློ་སྦྱོང་,Wylie: blo sbyong) is a mind training practice in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition based on a set of aphorisms formulated in Tibet in the 12th century by Chekawa Yeshe Dorje. The practice involves refining and purifying one's motivations and attitudes. The fifty-nine or so slogans that form the root text of the mind training p…
 
Like death, causation is something of a riddle. The death certificate of Queen Elizabeth II has "old age" given as the cause of death - but given that old age is simply an outcome of being alive for a certain period of time, what does it mean to pathologise it in this way, and to list it as a fatal condition? Far from being an exact science, death …
 
Günther Anders is the most interesting and important philosopher you've probably never heard of. An exile from Nazi Germany who landed in America in the late 1930s, Anders was a prescient theorist of media and technology whose insights are remarkably pertinent to today's digital landscape. His major work is a best-seller in Europe and he's one of G…
 
Insect farming, we're told by its proponents, is the next big thing in edible protein production, and it may just save the world. But an insect "farm" is more like a manufacturing plant where the tiny organisms are pulped into powder form.What is the moral status of these living things? Can we be sure they're not sentient beings, capable of experie…
 
Edmund White’s A Boy’s Own Story: The Graphic Novel: Alessandro, Brian, Carroll, Michael, White, Edmund, Karash, Igor: 9781603095082: Amazon.com: Books Edmund Valentine White III (born 1940) is an American novelist, memoirist, playwright, biographer and an essayist on literary and social topics. Since 1999 he has been a professor at Princeton Unive…
 
Read Me to Sleep, Ricky host Rick Whitaker reads a selection from Mark Scott's 2007 collection A Bedroom Occupation. "... the most heart-breaking love poetry since that other Empire fell." --Richard Howard "Is that afterglow or is the house on fire? Scott's work and writing have an almost narcotic power." --David Rakoff "These letters from a self-d…
 
Modern travel is a commodity: you buy a holiday. But have you ever thought of travel as a philosophical activity? Offering the discovery of new traditions, new perspectives and the acquisition of knowledge, travel should make philosophers of us all. The 19th century was an era in which travel was thought of in this way, and women were out there at …
 
Read Me to Sleep, Ricky host Rick Whitaker reads new translations of songs composed 800 years ago. Troubadours were well-known secular entertainers whose songs explored love and politics, mostly love, and mostly "distant love." Troubadours were active during the High Middle Ages, 1100-1350. The word troubadour arose from the Occitan language. Occit…
 
Read Me to Sleep, Ricky host Rick Whitaker is joined by actress Carmela Marner for a reading of James Joyce's classic story "The Dead." In her 1987 review of John Huston's film based on the James Joyce story, Pauline Kael wrote, 'The announcement that John Huston was making a movie of James Joyce’s “The Dead” raised the question “Why?” What could i…
 
Friedrich Nietzsche is popularly regarded as one of the gloomier thinkers, so people are often surprised to learn that he can be very funny. But the humour in his writing is doing serious work: Nietzsche is looking for a way to find joy in the darkest corners of life - and to do it without falling back on what he sees as false Christian comfort.…
 
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