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In the Atelier

By Atelier26 Books
In the Atelier is a creativity podcast for writers & artists that explores the life of the imagination. Each installment brings you real talk on subjects like the highs & lows of making art, inspiring works of literature & cinema, and the value & valor of staying true to your own creative vision. Produced by the award-winning literary press Atelier26 Books; hosted by author, publisher, & teacher M. Allen Cunningham. If you've enjoyed the show, help keep In the Atelier in production by pledging as little as 99 cents a month. Leave a positive rating & review on iTunes.
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Atelier Visit: Filmmaker & Pixar Writer Jason Headley
ATELIER VISIT WITH FILMMAKER & PIXAR WRITER JASON HEADLEY: Atelier Visits take you into the creative workspaces of artists we admire. We're asking writers, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers to bring you right inside their respective ateliers and share a bit about their process, their creative preoccupations, whatever is on their minds lately. It's an opportunity to spend a little while with various brilliant people who are busy doing good imaginative, artistic work. They'll speak to us directly about what life and creativity is like for them. Jason Headley is the writer and director of the feature film A Bad Idea Gone Wrong, which won a Special Jury Prize at the South by Southwest Film Festival, and which you can view online, and co-writer of Pixar’s 2020 film Onward. Headley's short film work has been featured by NBC’s Today Show, Sundance TV, and the TED conference. He created the viral short film It’s Not About the Nail, in which he also acted, and also created the viral short film F*ck That: an Honest Meditation, and the accompanying F*ck That book and F*ck That app. But these are only few of his projects. You can find out more about them and many others at jasonheadley.com.  Mentioned in this episode: purposeful emptiness; letting the story be the distraction; West Virginia; Green Bay Packers; yard sales in San Francisco; an old man and his microwave; not adorning the inoperative; Pixar's "Onward"; cake then icing; getting the reason right; getting down in the rhubarb; perspective versus intention; weirdly angled notions; keeping it simple; Headley's film "A Bad Idea Gone Wrong"; being stuck in one's own life; South by Southwest Film Festival; South by Southwest Special Jury Prize for "A Bad Idea Gone Wrong"; hot buttered chaos; being a night person; Pixar working hours; making use of the day; the guilt of not writing; story-building and cards; Pixar telecommuting; Mural digital workspace; extra wide monitors; the incredible power of procrastination; kicking one's own ass; getting the document open; tinkering; just sort of doing it; writing versus surgery; existentialism; narcissism; fear of failure; guitar playing; joyous noise; pork parts. Music: "Working the Fields" by James Paul Mitchell; "In Awe" by Evolv; "Reborn" by Swirling Ship; "Cold (instrumental)" by Anthony Lazaro; "Make Me Mad (instrumental)" by Ofrin (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
16:35
July 3, 2021
M. Allen Cunningham on the Broads & Books Podcast
M. ALLEN CUNNINGHAM ON THE BROADS & BOOKS PODCAST: In the Atelier is going from weekly to occasional, but don't worry: there's lots of good listening still ahead. To make sure you hear about it whenever a new installment hits the podwaves, sign up for the Atelier26 newsletter at Atelier26Books.com. For today’s installment: a special from Broads and Books, the funny and feminist book podcast whose hosts love sharing books as much as they love sharing embarrassing stories and crackpot business ideas. Hosted by Amy and Erin, both voracious readers, Broads and Books is some of the most refreshing listening you’ll find. We can’t think of any other show that could match the fantastic chemistry and conversational rhythms between these two quick-witted bibliophiles. Recently, after listening to many many episodes of the Broads and Books himself, M. Allen Cunningham had the surreal pleasure of being a guest on the show, and it was the best time he's ever had discussing his reading life and his work as a novelist. They got him talking about his earliest formative reading, his conversion experience while accidentally watching Shakespeare’s Hamlet on screen at age 12, the classics he struggled with, the books he thinks everyone should read -- and they even got him to share the story of one of his most awkward author events. Have a listen, and check out Broads and Books wherever you get your podcasts!
56:05
June 2, 2021
Atelier Special: You, Me, and the Screen Between (An Elegy)
ATELIER SPECIAL: YOU, ME, AND THE SCREEN BETWEEN (AN ELEGY) -- A novelist doesn't have to write about the here and now in order to be writing about the here and now. In this special installment of In the Atelier: a new essay by M. Allen Cunningham about how today's civic breakdowns are rooted in a pandemic of screen-addiction that goes back to a misunderstood chapter of American history. Cunningham's new novel Q&A reimagines those historic events in light of our own time.  You can read Cunningham's essay in full at: medium.com/@M_A_Cunningham Find excerpts from Cunningham's novel at: mallencunningham.com/qa Mentioned in this episode: clarity of mind and clarity of line; M. Allen Cunningham's novel Q&A; what screens gave us; agitation; neverending flood of images; instantaneousness; Daniel J. Boorstin; involuntary commitments; landfills; questioning the value of privacy; all things reduced to equivalence; performing our lives; sharing economy; attention economy; gig economy; creative class; the Arab Spring; Occupy Wall Street; the Million Women March; Black Lives Matter; new neural networks; from ideas to memes; bots and trolls; 45th American presidency; impeachment; big onscreen metrics; television history; quiz shows; quiz show scandals; Twenty-One; Charles Van Doren; Columbia University; Pulitzer Prize; TV fakes; Van Doren's Congressional statement; disinformation; conspiracy theories; CBS Radio's Invitation to Learning; the warped logic of the small screen; rewards come to those who fake; Lionel Trilling; Trilling's Sincerity & Authenticity; self-deception; seeming over being; JFK assassination; Vietnam War; OJ Simpson trial; reality TV; "likes," "friends," & stats; Facebook; Twitter; Instagram; techno-cultural remodeling of self and society; democratic breakdowns; The Apprentice; counterfeit selves; ideological entrenchment; bamboozling the self; web-enabled tools of self-delusion; viral falsehoods; Covid; the 2020 election; windows versus mirrors; screen addiction; narcissism; the screen mind; YouTube; the insanity of January 6th, 2021. Music: "Youth" by ANBR; "Tremors" by Spearfisher; "Tell Me You Love Me" by Kick Lee; "Unknown" by Kutiman; "Blood Meridian" by Spearfisher; "Thoughts" by ANBR (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.)
28:49
April 21, 2021
Atelier Visit: Writer Bess Winter
ATELIER VISIT WITH WRITER BESS WINTER: Atelier Visits take you into the creative workspaces of artists we admire. We're asking writers, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers to bring you right inside their respective ateliers and share a bit about their process, their creative preoccupations, whatever is on their minds lately. It's an opportunity to spend a little while with various brilliant people who are busy doing good imaginative, artistic work. They'll speak to us directly about what life and creativity is like for them. Bess Winter's debut short story collection, Machines of Another Era, appeared from Gold Wake Press in January 2021. Her work appears in American Short Fiction, Gettysburg Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Ecotone, W.W. Norton’s Flash Fiction International, and elsewhere, and has been awarded a Pushcart Prize and the American Short[er] Fiction Prize. An Assistant Professor of English at Eastern Illinois University, she’s Editor-in-Chief of Bluestem Magazine. Visit BessWinter.com. Mentioned in this episode: Urbana, IL; Roger Ebert; David Foster Wallace; Stanley Elkin; William Gass; old dolls; ghosts. Music: "Deep Brown Eyes" and "Grace" by Raccoon Racoon (Music used courtesy of the artist through a licensing agreement with Artlist.) This episode reprised from the ITA archives.
10:00
April 7, 2021
Why It's Desirable to Be Eccentric
WHY IT'S DESIRABLE TO BE ECCENTRIC: "Originality is the one thing which unoriginal minds cannot feel the use of." In 1859 the great English thinker John Stuart Mill published, in Chapter Three of his treatise On Liberty, one of history’s most cogent essays on the subject of Individuality, originality, genius, and eccentricity. To Mill’s view, mass opinion (what we might call “mass culture” these days), is an undeniable blight to individuality, and therefore directly threatens freedoms civic and intellectual, cultural, and democratic. While explicitly political, Mill’s argument reaches down to the foundations of human nature and culture, articulating many of the challenges artists and writers face in a media-driven society fixated upon dollars earned, hits per day, and “going viral.” Mentioned in this episode: John Stuart Mill; Mill's "On Liberty"; Victorian England; keeping up with the joneses; Ray Bradbury; bestseller lists; Billboard charts; Oprah endorsements; culture vs. commerce; becoming valuable to oneself and to others; despotism; John Gardner; the National Endowment for the Arts; the tyrannical majority; unpopular vs. uncommercial; persons of genius; arts funding.  Music: "Hands of Time" by Narrow Skies; "Interspacing" by Yehezkel Raz; "Fragments" by Borrtex; "Birds & Daisies" by Racoon Racoon (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.)
21:54
March 31, 2021
Atelier Visit: Writer Amy Lee Lillard
ATELIER VISIT WITH WRITER AMY LEE LILLARD: Atelier Visits take you into the creative workspaces of artists we admire. We're asking writers, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers to bring you right inside their respective ateliers and share a bit about their process, their creative preoccupations, whatever is on their minds lately. It's an opportunity to spend a little while with various brilliant people who are busy doing good imaginative, artistic work. They'll speak to us directly about what life and creativity is like for them. Today: award-winning fiction writer Amy Lee Lillard at home in Des Moines, Iowa. Lillard's debut book, the kick-ass short story collection DIG ME OUT, is coming from Atelier26 Books in October 2021 and available for preorder now at Atelier26Books.com.  Mentioned in this episode: election seasons; rad Raygun tees; living on your own; old houses; bats; feral cats; maintenance calls; rainbow fire; working from home; Broads and Books podcast; Sleater Kinney; Bikini Kill; Nine Inch Nails; Trent Reznor; Iggy Pop; profane cross-stitch; owning your creative identity.   Music: "Wellington Joke" by Manos Mars; "Du Da" by Ian Post; "Broken Radios" by Stanley Gurvich; "Start Over" by Skygaze; "Just Right" by Generation Lost (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
12:46
March 24, 2021
About Discouragement (Bonus Installment)
ABOUT DISCOURAGEMENT: Artists and writers, at some point (or several points) you're going to receive the message that your work is insignificant. You're going to wonder what use there is in continuing to do and share your work. It's unlikely that you will escape this unpleasantness. But when it arrives, remember that almost nobody escapes it -- that you've come to a new threshold. This is a bonus Installment of IN THE ATELIER. Check out our longer episodes too. IN THE ATELIER is produced by the award-winning literary publisher Atelier26 Books and hosted by M. Allen Cunningham. www.Atelier26Books.com / www.MAllenCunningham.com. Music: "For the Broken Hearted" by Yehezkel Raz (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) This installment reprised from the ITA archives.
04:55
March 21, 2021
The Value of Travel
THE VALUE OF TRAVEL: Reflections on travel and inspiration, on travel and parenting, on travel and expense, and on travel as a personal, creative, and maybe even moral responsibility. Mentioned in this episode: where ideas come from; spurring inspiration; child-rearing; American passport holders; innumerable (and numerable) benefits of travel; the "go while you're young" mindset; travel and affordability; travel as excessive expense; prioritizing travel; serendipity; artists on national currency; small cultural differences; Adam Gopnick; Gopnick's Paris to the Moon; unquantifiable value; bringing a child abroad. Music: "Mood" by We Are the Good; "Flight of the Inner Bird" by Sivan Talmor; "Lives" by Angel Salazar (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.)
16:02
March 17, 2021
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00:32
March 15, 2021
Atelier Visit: Writer Woody Skinner
ATELIER VISIT WITH WRITER WOODY SKINNER: Atelier Visits take you into the creative workspaces of artists we admire. We're asking writers, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers to bring you right inside their respective ateliers and share a bit about their process, their creative preoccupations, whatever is on their minds lately. It's an opportunity to spend a little while with various brilliant people who are busy doing good imaginative, artistic work. They'll speak to us directly about what life and creativity is like for them. Woody Skinner's debut short story collection, A Thousand Distant Radios, was published by Atelier26 Books and was a semi-finalist for PEN America's  PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. His work has won the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award and appeared in Mid-American Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Hobart, Booth, Another Chicago Magazine, and elsewhere. Mentioned in this episode: chalkware cowboys; 1950s beer cans; cluttered desk-space; mid-century masculinity; Arkansas; Cincinnati, OH; Chicago, IL; objects and the imagination; Luke Geddes' novel Heart of Junk; Bess Winter's Machines of Another Era; Skinner's short story "The Knife Salesman"; writing in coffee shops; crust punks; scones; the value of corporate environments; the virtues of boredom. Music: "Winner" by Ofrin; "Tunnel Vision" and "Memories" by Stanley Gurvich; "Lost in the Future" by Swirling Ship (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) This episode reprised from the ITA Archives.
11:37
March 10, 2021
It Is Natural to Need Help
IT IS NATURAL TO NEED HELP: Once upon a time I relished the idea of “making it” on my own. I didn’t foresee the hazards. Mentioned in this episode: Being a lone wolf; acting versus writing; self-reliance; the rat race; grants and fellowships; Malcolm Gladwell; Gladwell's "Outliers"; Thornton Wilder; meritocracy; Alain de Botton; Botton's "Status Anxiety"; Andrew Carnegie; success myths; moral debts; editors Music: "Killing Time" by Stanley Gurvich; "Drift" by Be Still the Earth (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) This episode reprised from the ITA Archives.
10:25
March 3, 2021
Atelier Visit: Filmmaker Brian Padian
ATELIER VISIT WITH FILMMAKER BRIAN PADIAN: Atelier Visits take you into the creative workspaces of artists we admire. We're asking writers, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers to bring you right inside their respective ateliers and share a bit about their process, their creative preoccupations, whatever is on their minds lately. It's an opportunity to spend a little while with various brilliant people who are busy doing good imaginative, artistic work. They'll speak to us directly about what life and creativity is like for them. Brian Padian is the writer/director of the award-winning web series Microagressions, which played at NYC Webfest, the feature-length film The Black Sea, the forthcoming web series Man of La Mansion, and the forthcoming feature-length film Sister/Brother. Mentioned in this episode: telecommuting; breakfast for the kids; day jobs; something to push against; laziness; the problems with monomaniacal ambition; monotony and the "meaningless"; Final Cut; Padian's first feature film The Black Sea; American Film Institute; Ingmar Bergman; Mike Leigh's Naked; David Lynch's Lost Highway; Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man; artist Noah Nakell; Sight & Sound magazine; Film Comment magazine; Filmmaker magazine; American Cinematographers magazine; naivete; Padian's short film "The Big Black Dark"; bookshelves as totems; screenplay versus finished film; budget limitations; screenwriting as travel planning; primacy of image, cast, and crew; the hazards of the artist's waiting and wanting; power in the doing; the Oregon coast; sneaker waves; dolly tracks; letting go; aspiration versus reality; tiny miracles. Music: "Retrospecting" by Yehezkel Raz; "Per Paura Che Si Rompa" by Bottega Baltazar; "Momentum" by Borrtex; "Roots" by I Am Fowler (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
13:55
February 24, 2021
Soul School (with John Keats)
SOUL SCHOOL WITH JOHN KEATS: The English poet John Keats died unknown to the world at age twenty-five. The odds were against him from the start. Today his poetic mastery is often cited as being second only to Shakespeare. In this episode we look at a letter Keats wrote in 1819, in which he called the world "the vale of Soul-Making."  Mentioned in this episode: John Keats; Shakespeare; Christianity; Rilke Music: "Another Green World" by Loyla; "Papyrus" by Kyle Preston; "Ballo in Casa Capuleti" by Bottega Baltazar. (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.) Episode reprised from the ITA archives.
08:37
February 17, 2021
Atelier Visit: Harriet Scott Chessman
ATELIER VISIT WITH HARRIET SCOTT CHESSMAN: Atelier Visits take you into the creative workspaces of artists we admire. We're asking writers, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers to bring you right inside their respective ateliers and share a bit about their process, their creative preoccupations, whatever is on their minds lately. It's an opportunity to spend a little while with various brilliant people who are busy doing good imaginative, artistic work. They'll speak to us directly about what life and creativity is like for them. Harriet Scott Chessman has published two novels with Atelier26 Books: The Beauty of Ordinary Things and Someone Not Really Her Mother. Her latest novel is The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas. She wrote the libretto for the opera My Lai. Mentioned in this episode: A room of one's own; woodland vistas; spareness and light; Ikea desks; poetry; haiku; breath; writing librettos; opera; My Lai; The Tempest; justice; the writer's connection to -- and contribution to -- the world. Music: "Ballerina" by Yehezkel Raz;  "Ever I Wander" by Jameson Nathan Jones; "Afternoon Mist" by Yehezkel Raz (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) This episode reprised from the ITA archives.
13:32
February 10, 2021
What Would Leonard Cohen Do?
WHAT WOULD LEONARD COHEN DO? : If you’re a hardworking creative soul striving to continue doing the work of the expressive imagination, striving to honor an authentic vision that resists the forces of market optimization, you could do a lot worse than immerse yourself in Leonard Cohen’s corpus and give this question your consideration: What would Leonard do? Mentioned in this episode: Leonard Cohen; Cohen's "Hallelujah"; Songs of Leonard Cohen; Cohen's 1963 debut novel The Favorite Game; CBC Television; Cohen's novel Beautiful Losers; Cohen's performance style; Bob Dylan; Cohen's "Famous Blue Raincoat"; Zen; Mount Baldy; Leonard Cohen world tour; skipping at age 78; Cohen's album You Want It Darker; Cohen's album Thanks for the Dance; Feist; Beck; Damien Rice. This episode reprised from the ITA archives.
19:51
February 3, 2021
Loon Checkers
LOON CHECKERS, from THOREAU'S LEAVES -- An October day in a boat on Walden, and "a pretty game, played on the smooth surface of the pond, a man against a loon." (From Walden, "Brute Neighbors") Loon sounds by Andrew Spencer, XC 189383 (accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/189383); and Todd Wilson, XC103421 (accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/103421). Music: "Love You" by Yehezkel Raz; "Revelations" by Tristan Barton (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) Hear more from Thoreau's Leaves at anchor.fm/thoreausleaves
08:34
January 27, 2021
Why Stories Matter
WHY STORIES MATTER: Thoughts about the questions our most enduring stories ask and the effects these stories achieve.   Mentioned in this episode: Wendell Berry; Northern California; Mount Diablo; The Green Age of Asher Witherow; John Steinbeck; Steinbeck's East of Eden; Salinas, California; regionalism; cynical critics; Nobel Prize; Book of Genesis; Barry Lopez; mythology; Wallace Stegner; Stegner's "The Sense of Place"; Carl Jung; Harold Bloom; Bloom's "Anxiety of Influence." Music: "Unplanned Run" by Stanley Gurvich; "Fall" by ANBR; "King of Mandol" by Swirling Ship (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) This episode reprised from the ITA archives.
11:29
January 20, 2021
What Resists Us Helps Us
WHAT RESISTS US HELPS US: Imposed limitation can galvanize the imagination. So here's to "salutary antagonisms!"  Mentioned in this episode: Ethan Canin; Canin's "Emperor of the Air"; Canin's short story, "Accountant"; Annie Proulx; John Dewey; Dewey's "Art As Experience" (1934); Katherine Anne Porter; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Wallace Stegner's "Crossing to Safety"  Music: "Puddles" by Stanley Gurvitch; "Continent" by ANBR; "Sparkle" by Maya Isac; "Vuelta al Sol" by Tomas Novoa; "Befun" by Befun (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) This episode reprised from the ITA archives.
12:60
January 13, 2021
Watch Out for Wisdom
WATCH OUT FOR WISDOM: In matters of art, wisdom is rarely conventional. Mentioned in this episode: Anthony Minghella; American movies; screenplays; three-act structure; Hollywood; formulas; plot; revision; Agnes Jaoui; Ingmar Bergman; Nicole Holofcener; Noah Baumbach; Wim Wenders; Minghella's "The English Patient"; Henry James; B.S.-detector; self-reliance; New York Times; William T. Vollman; movie deal. Music: "SnowJah" by Peter Spacey; "Homemade Apple Pie" by Jamie Bathgate; "Likes" by Swirling Ship (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) This episode reprised from the ITA archives.
10:03
January 6, 2021
Atelier Visit: Writer Kristen Millares Young
ATELIER VISIT: WRITER KRISTEN MILLARES YOUNG Atelier Visits take you into the creative workspaces of artists we admire. We're asking writers, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers to bring you right inside their respective ateliers and share a bit about their process, their creative preoccupations, whatever is on their minds lately. It's an opportunity to spend a little while with various brilliant people who are busy doing good imaginative, artistic work. They'll speak to us directly about what life and creativity is like for them.  Kristen Millares Young's debut novel, Subduction (Red Hen Press) was named a Finalist for two International Latino Book Awards in 2020. Her writing appears in The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Review, Joyland Magazine, Psychology Today, Hobart, Crosscut, Moss, and elsewhere. Kristen was the researcher for the New York Times team that produced "Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek," which won a Pulitzer and a Peabody. Visit KristenMYoung.com.  Mentioned in this episode: writing while standing; showing your work; taking your time; Makah Tribe; Luis Alberto Urrea; emotion and rigor; Frida Kahlo; Joan Didion; Literary Hub; mica and peeling rock; Sappho; ecstasy; mother goddess worshipping cults; Elissa Washuta; Washuta's "White Magic"; Tin House Books; Melissa Febos; Febos's "Girlhood"; Hugo House.  Music: "Walkman Snail Shoes" by Peter Spacey; "Blue Moon Cafe" by Stefano Mastronardi; "Where I Find Rest" by Sun Wash; "Bloody You" by Racoon Racoon;  "Clouds" by Stanley Gurvich. (Music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.)
16:22
December 30, 2020
Atelier Special: In Ludwig's Room
ATELIER SPECIAL: IN LUDWIG'S ROOM -- Atelier Specials feature original creative content including essays, fiction, and excerpts. Today: In honor of the 250th birth-year of Ludwig Van Beethoven, M. Allen Cunningham's account of a visit to Beethoven's rooms in Vienna, a mere two centuries after the composer steps out. Mentioned in this episode: Vienna; University of Vienna; the Ringstrasse; Vienna ramparts; the Votivkirche; Beethoven's 4th, 5th, 7th, and 8th symphonies; Beethoven's Rasumowsky Quartets; Beethoven's opera "Fidelio"; office workers; dreamers; ghosts; work and time; what we give our attention to. Music: Beethoven! (and "Hands of Time" by Narrow Skies, used courtesy of the artist through a licensing agreement with Artlist).
10:14
December 23, 2020
John Ruskin on Freedom and Imperfection
JOHN RUSKIN ON FREEDOM & IMPERFECTION: Throughout the whole second half of the nineteenth century "to read [John] Ruskin was accepted as proof of the possession of a soul" (as art historian Kenneth Clark put it). And Ruskin's "The Stones of Venice" is a work of huge compassion, intelligence, and beauty that still has a great deal to say to artists. "No good work whatever can be perfect," says Ruskin, "for no great [person] ever stops working till [they have] reached [their] point of failure ... To banish imperfection is to destroy expression." Mentioned in this episode: John Ruskin; Ruskin's The Stones of Venice; Kenneth Clark; Industrial Revolution; Victorian England; Arts & Crafts Movement; Mahatma Ghandi; the European Gothic Age; Joseph Campbell; social reform; the digital age. Music: "Drifting" by Lake Union; "Autumn Wind" by Yehezkel Raz; "Best Summer Ever" by When Mountains Move (All songs used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.)
15:47
December 16, 2020
Atelier Visit: Writer Bess Winter
ATELIER VISIT WITH WRITER BESS WINTER: Atelier Visits take you into the creative workspaces of artists we admire. We're asking writers, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers to bring you right inside their respective ateliers and share a bit about their process, their creative preoccupations, whatever is on their minds lately. It's an opportunity to spend a little while with various brilliant people who are busy doing good imaginative, artistic work. They'll speak to us directly about what life and creativity is like for them. Bess Winter's debut short story collection, Machines of Another Era, is coming from Gold Wake Press in January 2021. Her work appears in American Short Fiction, Gettysburg Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Ecotone, W.W. Norton’s Flash Fiction International, and elsewhere, and has been awarded a Pushcart Prize and the American Short[er] Fiction Prize. An Assistant Professor of English at Eastern Illinois University, she’s Editor-in-Chief of Bluestem Magazine. Visit BessWinter.com. Mentioned in this episode: Urbana, IL; Roger Ebert; David Foster Wallace; Stanley Elkin; William Gass; old dolls; ghosts. Music: "Deep Brown Eyes" and "Grace" by Raccoon Racoon (Music used courtesy of the artist through a licensing agreement with Artlist.)
08:55
December 9, 2020
What Am I Doing With My Life?
WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE? : Two kinds of doubt and how to use them. Mentioned in this episode: John Gardner; Gardner's "On Becoming a Novelist"; gap analysis; Henry James; James's "The Middle Years"; James's notebooks; Cynthia Ozick; prayer; intuition. Music: "Moonlight Call" by Racoon Racoon; "Purple Maze" by Lalinea; "Released" by Royal Nature; "Guide Your Wild Eyes" by Giants and Pilgrims (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) This installment reprised from the ITA archives.
09:45
December 2, 2020
A Song for the Unsung (Bonus Episode)
A SONG FOR THE UNSUNG: Autumn is traditionally the season of "big books" -- books by the established heavy-hitters and the foreordained bestsellers among hot debuts. But in the midst of this season (and with Thanksgiving upon us), here's a tribute of gratitude to those who keep the literary world turning and the art-makers making. Mentioned in this episode: small books; unreviewed, unbought, and unawarded authors and poets; the disappearing midlist; "literary disappointments"; Bookscan; readers; commonplace books; editors; sales conferences; publishers; authors who help; writers who teach; experimentation; literary magazines; independent bookstores; the unconnected, unincluded, and uninvited best of the best. Music: "Love You" by Yehezkel Raz (All music used courtesy of the artists thanks to a licensing agreement with Artlist)
04:57
November 25, 2020
There's a Crowd on My Desk
THERE'S A CROWD ON MY DESK: A word for creative solitude amid the hive life of screens. Mentioned in this episode: John Stuart Mill; Michel de Montaigne; Henry David Thoreau; Neil Postman; Aldous Huxley's Brave New World; Lee Siegel's Against the Machine; Dave Eggers' A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius; John Updike; The Paris Review; Sven Birkerts' The Gutenberg Elegies; William Shakespeare's King Lear; Zadie Smith; J.D. Salinger; The Chronicle of Higher Education; William Deresiewicz. Music: "Urban Drummers" by Mike Kirin; "Over and Over" by Stanley Gurvich; "Shiver" by Borrtex; "Heavens Anthem" by Skygaze; "Soft Awakening" by John Gegelman; "Belong to You" by Denitia (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
20:32
November 18, 2020
Denis Johnson, Fame, & the 2,000-Page Rule
DENIS JOHNSON, FAME, & THE 2,000-PAGE RULE: A story of an invitation received many years ago from legendary author Denis Johnson, and lessons learned about opportunity and the unexpected forms inspiration can take. Mentioned in this episode: Johnson's "Jesus' Son"; Johnson's "Tree of Smoke"; National Book Award. Music: "Anthem of a Quirky Hipster" by Rex Banner; "Lemonade" by Shtriker Big Band; "The Beat of the Land" by Assaf Ayalon (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist). This episode reprised from the ITA Archives.
12:27
November 11, 2020
In the Absence of Yes
IN THE ABSENCE OF YES: This essay, which first appeared in Poets & Writers Magazine and can be found in The Honorable Obscurity Handbook from Atelier26 Books, presents thoughts on a subject all too familiar to every writer: rejection. Believing in the worth of what you've produced is no easy thing. And deserving work is all too often passed over in sluice tides of manila envelopes. All that matters is what you're committed to. Mentioned in this episode: Wallace Stegner; New York Times; Henry James; Andre Dubus; Gustave Flaubert Music in this episode: "Door Knob" by Egon Stone; "Petrolchimica2" by Bottega Baltazar; "Rising Up" by OFRIN; "Seventh March" by C3NC (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) This episode reprised from the ITA archives.
14:48
November 4, 2020
Atelier Special: Let Us Praise the Public Library
ATELIER SPECIAL: LET US PRAISE THE PUBLIC LIBRARY -- Atelier Specials feature original creative content including essays, fiction, and excerpts. Today: an essay by M. Allen Cunningham, slightly abridged. "Let Us Praise the Public Library" was originally published as a special 3-part series in The Oregonian. You can read the complete essay at medium.com/@M_A_Cunningham. Mentioned in this episode: Portland, Oregon; Multnomah County Library; Victor Hugo; Charles Dickens; Mark Twain; Herodotus; J.M. Whistler; Charles Kingsley; Jorge Luis Borges; Toni Morrison; John Steinbeck; the Library of Alexandria; Der Spiegel; Virginia Quarterly Review; Hypnerotomachia Poliphili; Aldus Manutius; American civic life; democratic institutions; The Oregonian.  Music: "Mythological" by Ofrin; "Do Your Thing" by Guesthouse; "Thoughts" by ANBR; "Settle Down" by Giants and Pilgrims; "Shallow Water" by Sivan Talmor; "Betula Lenta" by Shahar Haziza (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.)
15:08
October 28, 2020
About Discouragement (Bonus Installment)
ABOUT DISCOURAGEMENT: Artists and writers, at some point (or several points) you're going to receive the message that your work is insignificant. You're going to wonder what use there is in continuing to do and share your work. It's unlikely that you will escape this unpleasantness. But when it arrives, remember that almost nobody escapes it -- that you've come to a new threshold. (This is a bonus Installment of IN THE ATELIER. Check out our longer episodes too.) Music: "For the Broken Hearted" by Yehezkel Raz (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) IN THE ATELIER is produced by the award-winning literary publisher Atelier26 Books and hosted by M. Allen Cunningham. www.Atelier26Books.com / www.MAllenCunningham.com
04:24
October 21, 2020
Surrendering to Process
SURRENDERING TO PROCESS: Artist Andy Goldsworthy strives to know and understand stone -- and that's no straightforward task. Mentioned in this episode: "Rivers and Tides" (2001 documentary film). Music: "Hand in the Jar" by Rodello's Machine (used by courtesy of the artist through a licensing agreement with Artlist) This episode reprised from the ITA archives.
09:46
October 21, 2020
Working Without Working
WORKING WITHOUT WORKING: What really takes discipline? Not working. "Working without Working," appeared in slightly different form in Poets & Writers magazine and can be read in The Honorable Obscurity Handbook from Atelier26 Books. Mentioned in this episode: W.H. Auden; Saul Bellow; Joan Didion; E.M. Forster's "Aspects of the Novel"; Annie Dillard; Dillard's "A Writing Life"; Ernest Hemingway; Hemingway's "A Moveable Feast"; Andre Dubus; Henry James; T.S. Eliot; Zadie Smith; Smith's "Changing My Mind" Music: "Possible Light" by Ziv Moran; "Spain" by Dan Pundak; "Fragments" by Borrtex; "Mindplay (instrumental)" by Roza; "The World Inside" by Rodello's Machine (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist). This episode reprised from the ITA archives.
13:55
October 14, 2020
Getting in the Creative Habit
GETTING IN THE CREATIVE HABIT: "There's a difference," writes Twyla Tharp, "between a work's beginning and starting to work." This episode shares thoughts on Tharp's book The Creative Habit. (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.) This episode, reprised from the ITA archives, was originally titled The World According to Tharp.
08:19
October 7, 2020
The Barn of Fortune
THE BARN OF FORTUNE: Thoughts on happiness, the freedom to make art, and why the costs of some financial benefits are way too high.  Mentioned in this episode: making a living; Bay Area housing; overpriced apartments. Music:  (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) This episode reprised from the ITA archivesm
11:10
September 30, 2020
Art as War and Heresy
ART AS WAR & HERESY: Two books to console and inspire creative people. Mentioned in this episode: "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield; "True & False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor" by David Mamet; "Art As Experience" by John Dewey; "What Resists Us Helps Us" by In the Atelier. Music: "My Own Back" by Katrina Stone; "Wild" and "Northern Saints" by Swirling Ship; "Arcade" by Generation Lost (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) This episode reprised from the ITA archives.
10:16
September 23, 2020
A Good Way to Lose
A GOOD WAY TO LOSE: "Your application was not successful." These words don't always mean what we might think they do. Mentioned in this episode: application essay; statement of purpose; economic recession; layoffs. Music: "Burn" by Kut; "Hypernova" by Theevs; "See Me Fly (instrumental)" by Roza; "On the Way" by Ian Post (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.) This episode reprised from the ITA archives.
09:15
September 16, 2020
Measures of Success
MEASURES OF SUCCESS: How does a writer know whether or not they are "a Success"? Mentioned in this episode: Netflix; Dreamworks; Carnegie Hall; New York Times Bestseller list; midlist author; awkward party conversations; shelving at Barnes & Noble; being on Oprah. Music: "Ohio" by Low Light; "Second Smile" by LMOP; "Rising Up" by OFRIN; "Once and For All" by Ian Post (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) Episode reprised from the ITA archives.
09:20
September 9, 2020
It Is Natural to Need Help
IT IS NATURAL TO NEED HELP: Once upon a time I relished the idea of “making it” on my own. I didn’t foresee the hazards. Mentioned in this episode: Being a lone wolf; acting versus writing; self-reliance; the rat race; grants and fellowships; Malcolm Gladwell; Gladwell's "Outliers"; Thornton Wilder; meritocracy; Alain de Botton; Botton's "Status Anxiety"; Andrew Carnegie; success myths; moral debts; editors Music: "Killing Time" by Stanley Gurvich; "Drift" by Be Still the Earth (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) This episode reprised from the ITA Archives.
10:38
September 2, 2020
Atelier Special: Variations on a Beginning
ATELIER SPECIAL: VARIATIONS ON A BEGINNING -- Atelier Specials feature original creative content including essays, fiction, and excerpts. For today's inaugural Atelier Special: an autobiographical essay by M. Allen Cunningham, slightly abridged. "Variations on a Beginning" was originally published in The Timberline Review (issue 3, summer/fall 2016). You can read the complete essay at medium.com/@M_A_Cunningham. Mentioned in this episode: Monterey Bay; guns; Edmond Jabes; selling for writers; narrative; secrets; Jacques Derrida; Italo Calvino; biblical story of Samuel; Zen Master Shunriyu Suzuki Roshi; Henry James. (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
17:13
August 26, 2020
What Would Leonard Cohen Do?
WHAT WOULD LEONARD COHEN DO? : If you’re a hardworking creative soul striving to continue doing the work of the expressive imagination, striving to honor an authentic vision that resists the forces of market optimization, you could do a lot worse than immerse yourself in Leonard Cohen’s corpus and give this question your consideration: What would Leonard do? Mentioned in this episode: Leonard Cohen; Cohen's "Hallelujah"; Songs of Leonard Cohen; Cohen's 1963 debut novel The Favorite Game; CBC Television; Cohen's novel Beautiful Losers; Cohen's performance style; Bob Dylan; Cohen's "Famous Blue Raincoat"; Zen; Mount Baldy; Leonard Cohen world tour; skipping at age 78; Cohen's album You Want It Darker; Cohen's album Thanks for the Dance; Feist; Beck; Damien Rice.
20:21
August 19, 2020
Atelier Visit: Writer Woody Skinner
ATELIER VISIT WITH WRITER WOODY SKINNER: Atelier Visits take you into the creative workspaces of artists we admire. We're asking writers, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers to bring you right inside their respective ateliers and share a bit about their process, their creative preoccupations, whatever is on their minds lately. It's an opportunity to spend a little while with various brilliant people who are busy doing good imaginative, artistic work. They'll speak to us directly about what life and creativity is like for them. Woody Skinner's debut short story collection, A Thousand Distant Radios, was published by Atelier26 Books and was a semi-finalist for PEN America's  PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. His work has won the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award and appeared in Mid-American Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Hobart, Booth, Another Chicago Magazine, and elsewhere. Mentioned in this episode: chalkware cowboys; 1950s beer cans; cluttered desk-space; mid-century masculinity; Arkansas; Cincinnati, OH; Chicago, IL; objects and the imagination; Luke Geddes' novel Heart of Junk; Bess Winter's Machines of Another Era; Skinner's short story "The Knife Salesman"; writing in coffee shops; crust punks; scones; the value of corporate environments; the virtues of boredom. Music: "Winner" by Ofrin; "Tunnel Vision" and "Memories" by Stanley Gurvich; "Lost in the Future" by Swirling Ship (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
11:38
August 12, 2020
Time for Everything
TIME FOR EVERYTHING: In 1825, the great English essayist Charles Lamb wrote about his unexpected retirement and his struggles adapting to his sudden overabundance of time. In some ways, this could not be more relevant right now. Mentioned in this episode: Romantic Poets; John Keats; Percy Bysshe Shelley; William Wordsworth; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Lamb's "The Superannuated Man"; East India Company; office life; drudgery; desk job; retirement; vacation time; leisure; depression; eternity; slowness; inactivity; thoughtfulness; freedom. Music: "Hands of Time" by Narrow Skies; "Fall" by ANBR; "Sails" by Rodello's Machine (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) Episode reprised from the ITA Archives
14:11
August 5, 2020
Ghosts & Teachers
Inspiration is often an assertive act -- simply waiting around for it doesn't guarantee its arrival. Go forth and talk to ghosts. Mentioned in this episode: Concord, Massachusetts; public library; Henry David Thoreau; Sophia Thoreau; Thoreau's "Walking"; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Ticknor & Fields; John Guare; Thornton Wilder; Wilder's "Our Town"; William Wordsworth; Tintern Abbey; Prague; Rilke; Kafka; Glen Ellen, California; Jack London; London's "The Call of the Wild"; American Civil War; Walt Whitman; Whitman's "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry"  Music: "Family" by Josh Leake; "The Art of Loneliness" by ANBR; "La Stanza di Nelson 2" by Bottega Baltazar; "On the Trail" by Cameron Mackay (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) Reprised from the ITA Archives
13:04
July 29, 2020
Art Awakens Us
Thoughts about an inspiring film that will awaken you to your own senses. Mentioned in this episode: Rainer Maria Rilke; Rilke's Duino Elegies; art experiences; 2008 Academy Awards; The Diving Bell and the Butterfly; Jean Dominique Bauby; Julian Schnabel. Music: "Chasing the Sun" by Narrow Skies; "I'll Understand" by Roza (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.) Reprised from the ITA archives.
10:43
July 22, 2020
Defending the Imagination
As a person is, so they see. One day the English mystic, poet, and painter William Blake sat down to pen a lively document in defense of the imagination, the inventively eccentric, the artistic spirit.  Mentioned in this episode: William Blake; Reverend John Trusler; unorthodoxy; Visions of Eternity; Moses; Solomon; Aesop; Homer; Plato; John Keats; Blake's "The Tyger"; Alfred Kazin; living on a dollar a day.  (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) This episode is reprised from the ITA archives.
11:43
July 15, 2020
Your Mind Must Not Perspire
"Do not tread on the heels of your experience," says Henry David Thoreau in this journal entry from July 23, 1851. "Be impressed without making a minute of it." This is an episode from Thoreau's Leaves, our atmospheric podcast devoted to Thoreau's journal (www.thoreausleaves.com). Set out with Henry and see if you can muse again. Tree swallow sounds by Martin St. Michel, XC179722. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/179722 Music: "Ever I Wander" by Jameson Nathan Jones; "Tranquil" by Danny Pinder (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) 
10:15
July 8, 2020
Atelier Visit: Writer Harriet Scott Chessman
Atelier Visits take you into the creative workspaces of artists we admire. We're asking writers, visual artists, musicians, and filmmakers to bring you right inside their respective ateliers and share a bit about their process, their creative preoccupations, whatever is on their minds lately. It's an opportunity to spend a little while with various brilliant people who are busy doing good imaginative, artistic work. They'll speak to us directly about what life and creativity is like for them. Harriet Scott Chessman has published two novels with Atelier26 Books: The Beauty of Ordinary Things and Someone Not Really Her Mother. Her latest novel is The Lost Sketchbook of Edgar Degas. She wrote the libretto for the opera My Lai. Mentioned in this episode: A room of one's own; woodland vistas; spareness and light; Ikea desks; poetry; haiku; breath; writing librettos; opera; My Lai; The Tempest; justice; the writer's connection to -- and contribution to -- the world. Music: "Ballerina" by Yehezkel Raz;  "Ever I Wander" by Jameson Nathan Jones; "Afternoon Mist" by Yehezkel Raz (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
13:33
July 1, 2020
4 Ways to Unleash New Ideas
It's our task not only to produce something when our ideas start to flow, but to keep ideas flowing in the first place. Mentioned in this episode: Henry James; notebooks; Ralph Waldo Emerson; weekly planners; Kazuo Ishiguro; Ernest Hemingway; Hemingway's A Moveable Feast; inspiration; two-headed lions; Joseph Campbell. Music: (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
11:12
June 24, 2020
Atelier Visit: Writer Amy Lee Lillard
This inaugural installment of our new series, Atelier Visits, features award-winning fiction writer Amy Lee Lillard at home in Des Moines, Iowa. Lillard's debut book, the kick-ass short story collection Dig Me Out, is coming from Atelier26 Books next year. Mentioned in this episode: election seasons; rad Raygun tees; living on your own; old houses; bats; feral cats; maintenance calls; rainbow fire; working from home; Broads and Books podcast; Sleater Kinney; Bikini Kill; Nine Inch Nails; Trent Reznor; Iggy Pop; profane cross-stitch; owning your creative identity.  Music: "Wellington Joke" by Manos Mars; "Du Da" by Ian Post; "Broken Radios" by Stanley Gurvich; "Start Over" by Skygaze; "Just Right" by Generation Lost (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
13:08
June 17, 2020
The Attempt Is All
Success and failure are never cut and dried. Mentioned in this episode: Ralph Waldo Emerson; film editor Walter Murch; "The Conversations" by Michael Ondaatje and Walter Murch; Thomas Edison; Rilke; Paul Zweig.  Music:  "Escape" by Theevs; "Alter Ego" by LUMINAR; "When I Get There" by Maya Isac  (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) Episode reprised from the ITA archives.
13:27
June 10, 2020
Going Strong While Getting By
There are many reasons -- so many reasons -- for a rubbery deadline. Onward!  Mentioned in this episode: The Journal of Jules Renard  Music: "Siren (instrumental)" and "Sugar (instrumental)" by Katrina Stone  (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.) Episode reprised from the ITA archives.
07:03
June 3, 2020
Soul School
The English poet John Keats died unknown to the world at age twenty-five. The odds were against him from the start. Today his poetic mastery is often cited as being second only to Shakespeare. In this episode we look at a letter Keats wrote in 1819, in which he called the world "the vale of Soul-Making."  Mentioned in this episode: John Keats; Shakespeare; Christianity; Rilke Music: "Another Green World" by Loyla; "Papyrus" by Kyle Preston; "Ballo in Casa Capuleti" by Bottega Baltazar. (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.) Episode reprised from the ITA archives.
08:38
May 27, 2020
Why Stories Matter
Thoughts about the questions our most enduring stories ask and the effects these stories achieve.  Mentioned in this episode: Wendell Berry; Northern California; Mount Diablo; The Green Age of Asher Witherow; John Steinbeck; Steinbeck's East of Eden; Salinas, California; regionalism; cynical critics; Nobel Prize; Book of Genesis; Barry Lopez; mythology; Wallace Stegner; Stegner's "The Sense of Place"; Carl Jung; Harold Bloom; Bloom's "Anxiety of Influence." Music: "Unplanned Run" by Stanley Gurvich; "Fall" by ANBR; "King of Mandol" by Swirling Ship (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
11:29
May 20, 2020
Watch Out for Wisdom
In matters of art, wisdom is rarely conventional.  Mentioned in this episode: Anthony Minghella; American movies; screenplays; three-act structure; Hollywood; formulas; plot; revision; Agnes Jaoui; Ingmar Bergman; Nicole Holofcener; Noah Baumbach; Wim Wenders; Minghella's "The English Patient"; Henry James; B.S.-detector; self-reliance; New York Times; William T. Vollman; movie deal.   Music: "SnowJah" by Peter Spacey; "Homemade Apple Pie" by Jamie Bathgate; "Likes" by Swirling Ship  (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
09:43
May 13, 2020
Art As War and Heresy
Two books to console and inspire creative people. Mentioned in this episode: "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield; "True & False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor" by David Mamet; "Art As Experience" by John Dewey; "What Resists Us Helps Us" by In the Atelier. Music: "My Own Back" by Katrina Stone; "Wild" and "Northern Saints" by Swirling Ship; "Arcade" by Generation Lost (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
09:38
May 6, 2020
Time for Everything
In 1825, the great English essayist Charles Lamb wrote about his unexpected retirement and his struggles adapting to his sudden overabundance of time. In some ways, this could not be more relevant right now. Mentioned in this episode: Romantic Poets; John Keats; Percy Bysshe Shelley; William Wordsworth; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Lamb's "The Superannuated Man"; East India Company; office life; drudgery; desk job; retirement; vacation time; leisure; depression; eternity; slowness; inactivity; thoughtfulness; freedom. Music: "Hands of Time" by Narrow Skies; "Fall" by ANBR; "Sails" by Rodello's Machine (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
14:11
April 29, 2020
Incredibly Shrinking Selves
Being "oneself" could mean any number of things. That's a scary -- and inspiring -- thought.  Mentioned in this episode: Throwing your back out; Nicolas Cage; Michael Caine; "The Weather Man" (2005 film).  Music: "A Look Out" by Assaf Ayalon; "Depth Perception" by Sean Solo; "The Beauty of Your Life" by Rodello's Machine  (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) Episode reprised from the ITA archives.
09:00
April 22, 2020
It Is Natural to Need Help
Once upon a time I relished the idea of “making it” on my own. I didn’t foresee the hazards. Mentioned in this episode: Being a lone wolf; acting versus writing; self-reliance; the rat race; grants and fellowships; Malcolm Gladwell; Gladwell's "Outliers"; Thornton Wilder; meritocracy; Alain de Botton; Botton's "Status Anxiety"; Andrew Carnegie; success myths; moral debts; editors Music: "Killing Time" by Stanley Gurvich; "Drift" by Be Still the Earth (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
09:43
April 15, 2020
Measures of Success
How does a writer know whether or not they are "a Success"? Mentioned in this episode: Netflix; Dreamworks; Carnegie Hall; New York Times Bestseller list; midlist author; awkward party conversations; shelving at Barnes & Noble; being on Oprah Music: "Ohio" by Low Light; "Second Smile" by LMOP; "Rising Up" by OFRIN; "Once and For All" by Ian Post (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) 
08:43
April 8, 2020
The Future Is Worth Expecting
For some consolation in this time of crisis and beyond, we're introducing a new podcast: https://anchor.fm/thoreausleaves Bluebird sounds by Richard E. Webster, XC502284. Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/502284 Music: "Nesting" by Evolv; "Walking in Forests" by Ben Winwood (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist) 
09:05
April 1, 2020
The World According to Tharp
"There's a difference," writes Twyla Tharp, "between a work's beginning and starting to work." This episode shares thoughts on Tharp's book The Creative Habit. (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.)
07:43
March 25, 2020
Defending the Imagination in 1799
As a person is, so they see. In 1799 the English mystic, poet, and painter William Blake sat down to pen a lively document in defense of the imagination, the inventively eccentric, the artistic spirit. Mentioned in this episode: William Blake; Reverend John Trusler; unorthodoxy; Visions of Eternity; Moses; Solomon; Aesop; Homer; Plato; John Keats; Blake's "The Tyger"; Alfred Kazin; living on a dollar a day. Music: (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
11:43
March 18, 2020
Four Ways to Unleash New Ideas
It's our task not only to produce something when our ideas start to flow, but to keep ideas flowing in the first place. Mentioned in this episode: Henry James; notebooks; Ralph Waldo Emerson; weekly planners; Kazuo Ishiguro; Ernest Hemingway; Hemingway's A Moveable Feast; inspiration; two-headed lions; Joseph Campbell. Music: (All music used courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
11:13
March 11, 2020
The Barn of Fortune
Thoughts on happiness, the freedom to make art, and why the costs of some financial benefits are way too high.  Mentioned in this episode: making a living; Bay Area housing; overpriced apartments Music:  (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
10:33
March 4, 2020
Soul School
The English poet John Keats died unknown to the world at age twenty-five. The odds were against him from the start. Today his poetic mastery is often cited as being second only to Shakespeare. In this episode we look at a letter Keats wrote in 1819, in which he called the world "the vale of Soul-Making." Mentioned in this episode: John Keats; Shakespeare; Christianity; Rilke Music: "Another Green World" by Loyla; "Papyrus" by Kyle Preston; "Ballo in Casa Capuleti" by Bottega Baltazar. (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.) 
08:38
February 26, 2020
What Resists Us Helps Us
Imposed limitation can galvanize the imagination. So here's to "salutary antagonisms!" Mentioned in this episode: Ethan Canin; Canin's "Emperor of the Air"; Canin's short story, "Accountant"; Annie Proulx; John Dewey; Dewey's "Art As Experience" (1934); Katherine Anne Porter; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Wallace Stegner's "Crossing to Safety" Music: "Puddles" by Stanley Gurvitch; "Continent" by ANBR; "Sparkle" by Maya Isac; "Vuelta al Sol" by Tomas Novoa; "Befun" by Befun (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
12:60
February 19, 2020
Art Awakens Us
Thoughts about an inspiring film that will awaken you to your own senses. Music: "Chasing the Sun" by Narrow Skies; "I'll Understand" by Roza (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.)
10:43
February 12, 2020
The Attempt is All
Success and failure are never cut and dried. Mentioned in this episode: Ralph Waldo Emerson; film editor Walter Murch; "The Conversations" by Michael Ondaatje and Walter Murch; Thomas Edison; Rilke; Paul Zweig. Music:  "Escape" by Theevs; "Alter Ego" by LUMINAR; "When I Get There" by Maya Isac (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
13:26
February 5, 2020
Ghosts and Teachers
Inspiration is often an assertive act, and pilgrimage is one way to harness it. Mentioned in this episode: Concord, Massachusetts; public library; Henry David Thoreau; Sophia Thoreau; Thoreau's "Walking"; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Ticknor & Fields; John Guare; Thornton Wilder; Wilder's "Our Town"; William Wordsworth; Tintern Abbey; Prague; Rilke; Kafka; Glen Ellen, California; Jack London; London's "The Call of the Wild"; American Civil War; Walt Whitman; Whitman's "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry"  Music: "Family" by Josh Leake; "The Art of Loneliness" by ANBR; "La Stanza di Nelson 2" by Bottega Baltazar; "On the Trail" by Cameron Mackay (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
13:04
January 29, 2020
Working Without Working
What really takes discipline? Not working. Mentioned in this episode: W.H. Auden; Saul Bellow; Joan Didion; E.M. Forster's "Aspects of the Novel"; Annie Dillard; Dillard's "A Writing Life"; Ernest Hemingway; Hemingway's "A Moveable Feast"; Andre Dubus; Henry James; T.S. Eliot; Zadie Smith; Smith's "Changing My Mind" Music: "Possible Light" by Ziv Moran; "Spain" by Dan Pundak; "Fragments" by Borrtex; "Mindplay (instrumental)" by Roza; "The World Inside" by Rodello's Machine (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
13:43
January 22, 2020
A Good Way to Lose
"Your application was not successful." These words don't always mean what we might think they do. Mentioned in this episode: application essay; statement of purpose; economic recession; layoffs Music: "Burn" by Kut; "Hypernova" by Theevs; "See Me Fly (instrumental)" by Roza; "On the Way" by Ian Post (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.)
08:37
January 15, 2020
Surrendering to Process
Artist Andy Goldsworthy strives to know and understand stone -- and that's no straightforward task. Mentioned in this episode: "Rivers and Tides" (2001 documentary film). Music: "Hand in the Jar" by Rodello's Machine (used by courtesy of the artist through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
09:08
January 8, 2020
Incredibly Shrinking Selves
Being "oneself" could mean any number of things. That's a scary -- and inspiring -- thought. Mentioned in this episode: Throwing your back out; Nicolas Cage; Michael Caine; "The Weather Man" (2005 film). Music: "A Look Out" by Assaf Ayalon; "Depth Perception" by Sean Solo; "The Beauty of Your Life" by Rodello's Machine (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
09:01
January 1, 2020
Opportunity & Inspiration
A famous author's invitation leads to a lesson about opportunity and the unexpected forms inspiration can take. Mentioned in this episode: Denis Johnson; Johnson's "Jesus' Son"; Johnson's "Tree of Smoke"; National Book Award. Music: "Anthem of a Quirky Hipster" by Rex Banner; "Lemonade" by Shtriker Big Band; "The Beat of the Land" by Assaf Ayalon (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
12:03
January 1, 2020
What Am I Doing With My Life?
Two kinds of doubt and how to use them. Mentioned in this episode: John Gardner; Gardner's "On Becoming a Novelist"; gap analysis; Henry James; James's "The Middle Years"; James's notebooks; Cynthia Ozick; prayer; intuition. Music: "Moonlight Call" by Racoon Racoon; "Purple Maze" by Lalinea; "Released" by Royal Nature; "Guide Your Wild Eyes" by Giants and Pilgrims (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
09:26
January 1, 2020
Going Strong While Getting By (Bonus Installment)
There are many reasons -- so many reasons -- for a rubbery deadline. Onward! Mentioned in this episode: The Journal of Jules Renard Music: "Siren (instrumental)" and "Sugar (instrumental)" by Katrina Stone (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist.)
07:03
December 18, 2019
In the Absence of Yes
Thoughts on a subject all too familiar to every writer: rejection. Believing in the worth of what you've produced is no easy thing. And deserving work is all too often passed over in sluice tides of manila envelopes. All that matters is what you're committed to.  In the Atelier, a new weekly podcast premiering January 2020, is a place for occasional thoughts on literature, writing, and the life of the imagination. Each artfully crafted episode brings you reflections and real talk about subjects like the nature of creativity, the highs and lows of making art, inspiring works of literature and cinema, and the value and valor of staying true to your own creative vision. Produced by the award-winning literary press Atelier26 Books and hosted by author, publisher, and teacher M. Allen Cunningham. Eager to hear more? Get exclusive early access to seven episodes with a tax-deductible donation to the Atelier26 Books 2020 Campaign.  Mentioned in this episode: Wallace Stegner; New York Times; Henry James; Andre Dubus; Gustave Flaubert Music in this episode: "Door Knob" by Egon Stone; "Petrolchimica2" by Bottega Baltazar; "Rising Up" by OFRIN; "Seventh March" by C3NC (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
15:05
November 28, 2019