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An audio series based on the new memoir entitled, “Larry Ruttman – A Life Lived Backwards: An Existential Triad of Friendship, Inquisitiveness and Maturation.”

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An audio series based on the new memoir entitled, “Larry Ruttman – A Life Lived Backwards: An Existential Triad of Friendship, Inquisitiveness and Maturation.”

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English


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WHAT SENIORS SURRENDER

6/24/2024
The incredible twenty-four-year pitching career of Roger Clemens in which he won 354 games, 163 of them after Red Sox GM Dan Duquette allowed him to depart Boston, intoning that Roger was “in the twilight” of his career, may seem an odd place to begin this note. Actually, it isn’t, because belief in one’s self … Continue reading WHAT SENIORS SURRENDER →

Duration:00:17:02

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GETTING A BOOK PUBLISHED

5/17/2024
Not an easy task, especially when it’s one about classical music. Even if it contains stories drawn from face-to-face meetings with over twenty world class musical figures. I had high hopes submitting the manuscript to several major publishers and agents. Some were very admiring, but none said yes. All said the economics were unfavorable. What … Continue reading GETTING A BOOK PUBLISHED →

Duration:00:19:03

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MOOKIE BETTS RETURNS

4/25/2024
Boston fandom was understandably excited about the return of Mookie Betts to Fenway Park in late August, 2023, almost four years after his untimely and hurtful trade to the LA Dodgers. Did Mookie disappoint on that first visit back? Did Mookie ever disappoint? No and No. Mookie undermined the Red Sox with his batting and … Continue reading MOOKIE BETTS RETURNS →

Duration:00:14:54

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WELLFLEET HISTORY TOLD

3/15/2024
As an historian, I was intrigued to receive a letter from the Wellfleet Historical Society that they planned to undertake an oral history project, to be converted and bound into text, in the Summer of 2023, to gather its fascinating history. I volunteered my services, one thing led to another, and in July I sat … Continue reading WELLFLEET HISTORY TOLD →

Duration:00:37:51

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PRODUCING YOUR OWN BOOK

2/25/2024
As said, I had some time when getting a trade publisher proved problematical. Then illustrator and friend, Holly Sullo, advised me that as the owner of the copyright to “Intimate Conversations,” I could publish that book privately without undercutting my chances of obtaining a publisher later because there was no agent, and no middleman. I … Continue reading PRODUCING YOUR OWN BOOK →

Duration:00:21:03

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI)

1/30/2024
I may have surprised my esteemed collaborator, Jordan Rich, when he opened this podcast with the question,” Where do you think mankind is headed?” I answered, “I think we are headed for the destruction of mankind.” That is a view I have held since the bomb was unleashed on Japan, a view that seems quite … Continue reading ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) →

Duration:00:16:24

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MOVIES THEN AND NOW

1/9/2024
There is no question that the really good movies hold a mirror up to ourselves, just as do good operas like Mozart’s astounding, “The Marriage of Figaro.” Early on movie production artists realized how big a role music, and all the arts, play in those fascinating movies. Cinema is a very important part of our … Continue reading MOVIES THEN AND NOW →

Duration:00:21:38

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GROWING OLDER

11/10/2023
One of the great features of growing older is the fun and interest of being close friends with people of whom we never tire, with whom the conversation always waxes. Such folks inspire us to talk openly, honestly, and helpfully about old age itself. Such a person is my podcast partner, Jordan Rich, who although … Continue reading GROWING OLDER →

Duration:00:15:37

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THE FRIENDSHIP OF NEIGHBORS AND LONG LIFE

8/28/2023
Everybody knows Covid changed the pattern of our lives. So too have the crevices now cracking the political landscape of our country. Neighbors used to be friends, adults mixing with kids, young and old mixing with each other. Does that closeness still exist as it did before? Has that difference had an effect on our … Continue reading THE FRIENDSHIP OF NEIGHBORS AND LONG LIFE →

Duration:00:21:10

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BOSTON THE HUB OF THE UNIVERSE AND FRIENDSHIP

7/3/2023
Quite a claim, but true. Aren’t zillions of folk drawn to this great city by its multiplicity of attractions from the historicity of its appearance to its institutions of education, health care, biotechnology, business, finance, transport, manufacturing, tourism, finance and insurance, and hardly least, its music, not to mention its storied sports franchises, the Red … Continue reading BOSTON THE HUB OF THE UNIVERSE AND FRIENDSHIP →

Duration:00:25:48

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JORDAN RICH ON FRIENDSHIP

6/14/2023
Every once in a while, I like to turn the tables and interview the interviewer on this podcast series. So I did when I interviewed Jordan Rich on depression, and here we are again on friendship, another universal subject. Naturally Shakespeare had it right when he opined in 1 Henry VI that, “Thy friendship makes … Continue reading JORDAN RICH ON FRIENDSHIP →

Duration:00:53:50

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WRITING YOUR OWN MEMOIR – A PATH TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE

4/5/2023
That is the title of a course I’m teaching this Summer at the iconic Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill under the guidance of longtime Director, the able Cherie Mittenthal. First a word about timeless Truro, situated on Cape Cod just south of Provincetown of Pilgrim fame where the magical water infused light … Continue reading WRITING YOUR OWN MEMOIR – A PATH TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE →

Duration:00:18:32

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LIFE, DEATH, AND CLOSE CALLS IN THE HOLY LAND

2/28/2023
When Lois and I visited Israel in the Spring of 1973 around six months before the Yom Kippur War, the atmosphere between the Jews and the Arabs seemed reasonably quiescent. One more cautious than me would have grasped that the boiling passions between the two sides were just below the surface. Danger lurked everywhere. Trusting … Continue reading LIFE, DEATH, AND CLOSE CALLS IN THE HOLY LAND →

Duration:00:17:09

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GETTING KILLED ON YOUR HONEYMOON

1/17/2023
Imagine getting killed on your honeymoon in beautiful Jamaica. Lois and I started out in Montego Bay, our first tropical island, in November, 1963, the day after we were wed. What a gorgeous island, its beauty startlingly apparent as soon as we stepped off the plane. The beach and bay were alluring, even seductive. It … Continue reading GETTING KILLED ON YOUR HONEYMOON →

Duration:00:17:20

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Jordan Rich Speaks About His Encounter with Depression

11/17/2022
Jordan and I turned the tables in this podcast. I asked the questions about his depression, and Jordan answered them. That turned out wonderfully, as you will hear. His experience was different than mine, especially his emphasis on time, both in real time, and in time imagined, his depression happening when he was younger, lasting … Continue reading Jordan Rich Speaks About His Encounter with Depression →

Duration:00:35:26

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Depression. The Disease Many Have but Few Talk About

11/17/2022
The first part of the title above is demonstrated by myself and my terrific interlocutor on these podcasts, Jordan Rich. Both of us have suffered serious depressions, but both of us, having followed careers requiring expressiveness, I as an attorney and Jordan as a broadcaster, we are able to freely talk about our experiences with … Continue reading Depression. The Disease Many Have but Few Talk About →

Duration:00:31:06

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SELF-ESTEEM AND FRIENDSHIP VERSUS NARCISSISM

10/26/2022
One of the big ironies in our world is how self-esteem and narcissism are often confounded. One who has self-esteem, self confidence, chutzpah, whatever you want to call it, and backs that up with ability, talent, and accomplishment, is often mistakenly regarded as narcissistic. Usually such a person has many friends, many of whom help … Continue reading SELF-ESTEEM AND FRIENDSHIP VERSUS NARCISSISM →

Duration:00:23:13

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FRIENDSHIP

9/20/2022
The title of my upcoming memoir cites in its title the three guideposts of my life: Friendship, Inquisitiveness and Maturation. This podcast centers on friendship, and the other two facets are naturally involved in talking about friendship. You will hear about three remarkable and talented musicians, although each is different than the others. Each of … Continue reading FRIENDSHIP →

Duration:00:25:03

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YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE PRESIDENT TO HAVE A PERSONAL DOCTOR

8/17/2022
One dicey thing about traveling is the time it takes to get a doctor if you become ill or get hurt. Not for presidents, though. Not for me either. Here’s how that goes down. It is yet another facet of friendship. Guifu Wu is a Chinese name. Indeed Guifu Wu is Chinese. In fact, he … Continue reading YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE PRESIDENT TO HAVE A PERSONAL DOCTOR →

Duration:00:22:48

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WHAT IS A GENIUS LIKE?

7/7/2022
As I sit here on February 27, 2021 watching the horrific attack unleashed by Putin on Ukraine, I am thinking of an amazingly peaceful man who can hear “the troops coming out” when he plays the piano. That man is Ran Blake, who plays the piano like no other pianist, speaks like no other person, … Continue reading WHAT IS A GENIUS LIKE? →

Duration:00:21:40