In the Atelier

In the Atelier

By Atelier26 Books
Premiering with weekly episodes in January 2020, In the Atelier is a place for occasional thoughts on literature, writing, and the life of the imagination. Each artfully crafted installment 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.
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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)
13:41
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.)
08:36
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)
09:07
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)
09:00
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)
09:25
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.)
07:02
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)
15:04
November 28, 2019
In the Atelier: PRELISTEN 2
What do you do if you're a young writer and you receive an invitation from National Book Award winner Denis Johnson, author of Jesus' Son? Hint: don't panic. 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. This prelisten is an excerpt from the episode "Opportunity & Inspiration", in which a famous author's invitation leads to a lesson about opportunity and the unexpected forms inspiration can take. Eager to hear more? Get exclusive early access to our first several episodes with a tax-deductible donation to the Atelier26 Books 2020 Campaign. Music: "Anthem of a Quirky Hipster" by Rex Banner; "Lemonade" by Shtriker Big Band (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
05:41
November 18, 2019
In the Atelier: PRELISTEN
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. This prelisten is an excerpt from the episode "What Am I Doing With My Life?", in which we look at two types of doubt that the creative soul is heir to, and consider how we might make use of them.  Eager to hear more? Get exclusive early access to our first several episodes with a tax-deductible donation to the Atelier26 Books 2020 Campaign. Music heard in this excerpt: "Moonlight Call" by Racoon Racoon; "Purple Maze" by Lalinea (All music used by courtesy of the artists through a licensing agreement with Artlist)
03:30
November 14, 2019