What do Anton Chekhov, Dr. Seuss, and Bruce Springsteen have in common (aside from similar haircuts)? Their work has been misunderstood and misconstrued--whether they knew it or not. Episode two kicks off a four-episode mini-arc about the ethics and ironies of interpretation and adaptation. Fair warning: after hearing this episode, you might never view The Seagull, Antonin Scalia, or Green Eggs and Ham the same again.
For our first episode, we zoom out to look at the long arcs of artistic expression.
Bring to mind a painting. Then bring to mind a piece of instrumental music. Chances are, the painting depicts something in the world, while the musical piece doesn't. Why is that? And what might past developments in art and music tell us about where they're headed in the future?
An extended cut of my interview with Melissa Warak. Professor Warak shares a lot of cool information and insight about the history of art and music, along with descriptions contemporary sound artists who are up to some wild projects. We also gesture at some topics I'll be taking up later in the season.
When it comes to art, everything is a matter of interpretation--and misinterpretations come with the territory. But it's a question of taste and temperament how these misinterpretations are dealt with...
This snippet gives a taste of what's to come in the first season of Quite Useless, a new podcast about art and its role in our lives.