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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?