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Dope Excerpts

Dope Excerpts

By Adam R. Garcia
Dope Excerpts is a simple idea, a podcast where your host Adam reads selected texts to you from his bookshelves in Portland, Oregon. Insightful, inspiring and informative pieces of books, essays and poems are delivered and briefly discussed as a way to showcase poignant ideas and share. Thanks for listening.
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Dope Excerpts Ep11 — Raised in Captivity
Today I'm reading the titular short story from Chuck Klosterman's new collection of "Fictional Nonfiction" — Raised in Captivity. Big shout out to Mr. Klosterman who so kindly responded to me sliding in his DMs to ask for permission. Oh, and sorry for the egregious mispronunciation of "taupe." It was the heat of the moment and I fumbled, okay? Enjoy.
July 29, 2019
Dope Excerpts — Ep 10 / Bread & Circuses
In episode 10 of Dope Excerpts, I'm sharing an article from one of my favorite mags, New Philosopher, called "Bread and Circuses." It's about attention, and media, and sport, and politics and oh heck just check it out.
June 25, 2019
Dope Excerpts — Ep 09 / A Sideways Look at Time
A one-shot super-read of Jay Griffith's book "A Sideways Look at Time." This book is a mesmerizing mix of information on our perception and experience of time, delivered poetically in Jay's whimsical writing style. A conceptual follow-up to Episode 04, and a fun one to read. Thanks for listening.
June 6, 2019
Dope Excerpts — Ep 8 / The Inevitable "Becoming"
A dope excerpt of Kevin Kelly's best-seller "The Inevitable," from the chapter on "Becoming." This book looks at 12 technological forces that are shaping our present and future as humankind, and I found it's first section one of the most interesting. Excited to hear what you think.
May 28, 2019
Dope Excerpts — Ep 7 / William Gibson "Up The Line"
Hey y'all. Here is reading of a talk that William Gibson gave on media, the future, storytelling and how we adapt to changes in our media environment. It's a long-one, but a goodie. Also, towards the very end I did something a little weird with the editing and there's a transition that feels a little cut short, but hey. I'm learning. Thanks for listening.
May 19, 2019
Dope Excerpts — A Quick Note
Oh, hey. A quick note about some sound issues, how you can get me feedback, leave voice messages and continue supporting this here little show. I appreciate you, and thanks for listening.
May 16, 2019
Dope Excerpts — Ep 06 / "Story" by Robert McKee
Today we're reading a section of the book "Story" by Robert McKee on character and characterization, and reflecting on how the hard choices that we make in our lives define us. Sounds heavier than it is, don't worry. Thanks for listening.
May 16, 2019
Dope Excerpts — Ep 05 / My Own Devices
In this episode, I'll be reading a chapter from Dessa's book "My Own Devices." This is the longest read yet, and I know there are some little mess-ups on my part in the read, but hey, I'm just some guy trying his best, okay? Dessa is a rapper and writer from Minneapolis, and I couldn't recommend this book more. Cop it. And thanks for listening.
May 11, 2019
Dope Excerpts — Ep 04 / Einstein's Dreams
In this episode, I'm reading a bit of physicist Alan Lightman's phenomenal book "Einstein's Dreams." Each of the books 30 vignettes is a sort of speculative fable, exploring time through the eyes of a young Albert Einstein. Thanks for listening.
May 8, 2019
Dope Excerpts — Ep03 / Cabinet "The Power of Naming"
In this episode, I'm reading an essay called "The Power of Naming" by Cecilia Sjöholm, from the "Knowledge" issue of Cabinet Magazine. There's a lot of Genesis and God-talk up in here, and I'm not a religious human but it serves to make a point. 
May 4, 2019
Dope Excerpts — Ep02 / Politics of Design
In this episode, I read a bit from the amazing Politics of Design, by Ruben Pater. Specifically, this excerpt explores the history of Blackletter typography, Nazism and typography, and design and privilege. No small subjects, also, your host awkwardly ends the podcast with "see you soon... bye" which doesn't make sense as it's a podcast and not a phone call with his aunt. He's trying, okay?
May 4, 2019
Dope Excerpts — Ep01 / Borges
In this lil' episode of Dope Excerpts, I read a bit of Borges, and reflect on the ideas of mirrors and prisms as aesthetic lenses by which to view ourselves in the world.
May 4, 2019