In this episode of *WitGlass Unfiltered,* I discuss some miscellany related to the mission of WitGlass, to the recent Hurricane Florence, and to our new dog Matilda Jane Huntington. I also present the first public reading of the first draft of a recent poem, “Every Day on Earth.”Read More
Every one of us is damaged, an imperfect version of humanity, and if we want to participate in civilized discourse, we must be honest about this reality. Recent events in Charlottesville, VA, and around the country draw out the importance of admitting our own weaknesses and flaws, and treating other people fairly means recognizing the log in our own eye. This episode addresses the idea of the brokenness in each of us, and I read some original poetry related to this idea, including a poem titled “Racial Unrest,” written nearly a year-and-a-half prior to this episode.Read More
In this episode, I return to education to talk about the failure of schools to teach students to read beyond the basic skill of reading individual words. There is so much more that students could do with their reading, if schools would continue teaching their students advance reading techniques. If schools did, students would enjoy school—and more importantly, learning—and they would get so much more out of the experience. That’s what this episode is about.Read More
In previous episodes about civilized discourse, I have already described the importance of truth-telling, but of course there is more to it than that. Mankind was built to tell stories. In order to properly understand the importance of civilized discourse and how to engage in it properly, we must understand the importance of not only storytelling, but also storyhearing. Too often, we spend our time wanting to tell our own story, without hearing the other party’s story. In this episode I discuss that, as well as the inherent flaws in the design of Twitter that make both storytelling and storyhearing extremely difficult (if not nearly impossible), and therefore why Twitter is—by nature of its very design—an enemy of civilized discourse.
If you’ve been listening to the show the past few weeks, you know how excited I’ve been about getting to visit with one of my favorite singer-songwriters, Lex Land. In this episode, she fulfilled the dream. She was as gracious as you can imagine, through the whole process, and she kindly talked with me for a full hour. As with all *WitGlass Unfiltered* episodes, there was no do-over, no second take, no editing. So what you get is an unfiltered conversation with Lex Land. Enjoy!Read More
Apple’s WWDC is coming up this week, starting with the keynote address on Monday, June 5th, at 10am PDT / 1pm EDT. This episode is the first of two parts covering Apple’s potential announcements. This first part focuses on the potential hardware announcements that seem most likely, given that WWDC is related primarily to programming and development. I touch on chipsets, including the dedicated AI chip that Apple is rumored to be developing.
First I talk about coffee, then a couple headlines related to Kathy Griffin, Trump, and the Paris Climate Accord. Next, I’ve been talking about Lex Land’s new project, One Big Dark Room, for a couple weeks now, and at last I’m delighted to introduce you to her newest release, *From Hell, With Love.* First I talk about a couple headlines related to Kathy Griffin, Trump, and the Paris Climate Accord. Finally, I am delighted to offer you another original poem titled “Shards of Memory.”Read More
I’ve been promising original poetry, and here it is, my first-ever public performance of my original poem “Long Ago.” The performance is recorded live, in the WitGlass Unfiltered tradition. There is no touching up, no do-over. It’s a live spoken word performance for your listening pleasure.Read More