Next week on the CMS

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MONDAY: Obama in Hartford / Emotion In Politics – Politics have always been emotional. But increasingly, it seems like politicians – from all parties – cite emotion as a fundamental basis for their policy decisions. From gay marriage to gun control, emotions rule in modern American political discourse. But is that a good thing? And if not, what are the alternatives?

TUESDAY: Poetry – Susan Howe, Katha Pollitt, and (Oprah pick) Ayana Mathis join Colin to talk about literature, words and poetry’s relationship to other forms of art. “I often think of the space of page as a stage, with words, letters, syllable characters moving across,” Howe tells The Paris Review. “From start to finish in my work, I’ve been involved with images. The porous border between visual and verbal is always there.” We’ll also a recent argument saying poetry “has become so docile, so domesticated, it’s like a spayed housecat lolling in a warm patch of sun.”

 WEDNESDAY: Scars – What stories do our scars tell, and why are we so compelled to tell them? Hear about ritual scarification, and how scars aren’t always evidence of tragedy. Also, we’ll play your scar stories from the WNPR voicemail project – 860-580-WNPR (9677).

THURSDAY: Mars – Bas Lansdrop started dreaming about establishing a permanent colony on Mars about a decade ago, but he had no idea how to pay for it. Last month, Lansdrop said he found a solution – Reality TV for the Red Planet. “The entire mission — from the astronauts’ selection and training to their arrival and construction of a permanent settlement — would be broadcast as a worldwide, multi-year reality television show,” says the New York Times. We’ll explore exactly what it would take to get to the Red Planet – from manpower to poop-shielded spaceships – and examine the potential psychological complications that come with spending 501 days with someone in space.

FRIDAY: The Nose is all up in your week!


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4 thoughts on “Next week on the CMS

  1. Richard


    Look at the list of 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century from just about anywhere. Do the same thing with poems. And Theater.

    Cross-reference the various lists and then ask yourself “Why do women even bother?” and “Wouldn’t one course in ‘other than white males’ literature be overkill”?

    David Foster Wallace is about the only author of the post-Reagan era I see on the top 100 lists of the 20th Century of Literature. Some say he did it by smoke and mirrors. Others think Wallace found some kernel of Ultimate Truth in the Enfield Tennis Academy or maybe some kind of dead reckoning that hit the right notes concerning the suburbia of ‘Infinite Jest’. Living in Enfield at the time I thought it played perfectly.

    The answer is William Blake by way of Bjork. Envision Blake today illustrating with an iPad with Bjork singing his poems which are unraveled and remixed and deconstructed as a video puzzle with buy-ins and 50 levels of play. Available in Illustrator and Garageband download format for remixing and re-editing and re-assembly for your own private works or as a kickstarter project deliverable. Sampling and autotune are dead. They smell like old people.

    Words on paper and painbrush really can’t capture the Enfields the way they are: you need the full multi-media format for de-construction and re-assembly and re-mixing and re-editing when walking into Enfield Square with your 3-D google glasses. We want the ‘Secret Life of Taco Bell’.sung by Tom Waits and backed by the Flaming Lips while applying Cubist filters to the morbid reality of suburb life. And I want it in 3-D!

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