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By Bryan Kam
A podcast on the origins of complexity and of selfhood, in poetry and prose. A palimpsest on my recent reading, a rehearsal, a revision, and a repurposing of new and old texts.
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Basin & Range/The Air Plant


Basin & Range/The Air Plant


Nietzsche's Human, All Too Human, Kuhn, A. C. Graham/Sonnet 95
R. J. Hollingdale's 1994 translation of Nietzsche's Human, All Too Human (1878) My piece on the avant-garde Thomas Kuhn: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Boyce: Why Some Children Are Orchids and Others Are Dandelions (2019) A. C. Graham: Disputers of the Tao (1989) Quanta: Out-of-Sync ‘Loners’ May Secretly Protect Orderly Swarms (2020) Shakespeare: Sonnet 95
June 17, 2021
Thomas Kuhn Lecture: Objectivity, Value Judgment, and Theory Choice (1973)
In this episode I give Kuhn's 1973 lecture "Objectivity, Value Judgment, and Theory Choice" (1973). There is a PDF of the lecture here. The book he discusses is The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. I found the clip of Kuhn speaking on a closely related topic in this clip from 1995.
June 1, 2021
Kuhn interstitial/Yeats' All Things Can Tempt Me
W. B. Yeats: All Things Can Tempt Me. Thomas Kuhn: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962 book). Thomas Kuhn: "Objectivity, Value Judgment, and Theory Choice" (1973 lecture) PDF.
May 22, 2021
Shklovsky/Little Gidding
Viktor Shklovsky and Russian Formalism (wikipedia), and Defamiliarization/ostrananie. My Twitter thread on Shklovsky. Alexandra Berlina's Viktor Shklovsky: A Reader. LA Review of Books: Both a Fish and an Ichthyologist. Professor Caryl Emerson. "Art as Device" (1917/1919. Sometimes translated as "Art as Technique"): PDF, including commentary on translation. T. S. Eliot: "Little Gidding" (1942).
May 7, 2021
Althusser/Hardy's At Castle Boterel
Norbert Elias: The Civilizing Process (1939). Richard Wrangham: Two types of aggression in human evolution (2018). Louis Althusser: Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses (1970). My thread on Thomas Kuhn. Thomas Kuhn: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962). Stanford Encyclopedia: Scientific Revolutions (2017). Thomas Hardy: At Castle Boterel (1913).
April 27, 2021
Tao Te Ching/Chuang Tzu/Keats
The Tao Te Ching, translated by Derek Lin and Stephen Addiss/Stanley Lombardo A. C. Graham: Chuang-tzǔ: The Inner Chapters Harold D. Roth: A Companion to Angus C. Graham's Chuang Tzu John Keats: "When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be"
April 20, 2021
Basin & Range/The Air Plant
John McPhee: Annals of the Former World (1998). Emma Darwin: This is Not a Book About Charles Darwin (2019). Indrė Žliobaitė: On the nature of time information in the fossil record (2020). Charles Darwin: The Origin of Species (2nd edition, 1859). Hart Crane: The Air Plant (1932). Thomas Hardy: Beeny Cliff (1913). I host salons at The Interintellect; my next one will be on collaboration and networked thought on 2021-04-28. Thanks for listening and I'd love to hear from you. You can find me on twitter, on clubhouse, or at my website. My blog is here. Thanks again to Patricia, Isabela, and JP :)
April 13, 2021