“All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.“ - Blaise Pascal.
The Quarantine Tapes: A week-day program from Onassis LA and dublab. Hosted by Paul Holdengräber, the series chronicles shifting paradigms in the age of social distancing. Each day, Paul calls a guest for a brief discussion about how they are experiencing the global pandemic.
The Quarantine Tapes 168: Salman Rushdie
“I do think that stories are these storehouses of who we are as human beings and what we can be. They speculate what we can be, they tell us what we have been.”
The Quarantine Tapes 167: Johnny Temple
“The business felt to me, as I was getting into it, as sort of a punk rocker getting into publishing, it felt to me like upper middle class and upper class white people gazing at themselves and marveling at how clever they are; a industry trying to sell books to people with fancy liberal arts college degrees and I’m not interested in that at all. I love books and my vision of books is not selling books to well-educated people.”
The Quarantine Tapes 166: Wayne Koestenbaum
“The thing I find consoling, Paul, is to make sure before I go to bed that I read one poem by somebody else...I always feel that that moment before going to bed is my last chance to make something good of my life.”
The Quarantine Tapes 165: Sanford Biggers
“This is a cyclical nature that we’re seeing this violence. We’ve been watching this violence for 400 years and we will still see more of it. But it’s also the fact that, regardless of how often it happens, we will not be silenced. We will not disappear. In fact, if anything, the remembering and memorialization of those incidences makes us stronger and fortifies us as a people--not just African Americans, but Americans, to seek justice.”
The Quarantine Tapes 164: Esther Choo
“Working in the ER, in particular, is this constant reminder of what I go home to and just the enormous--I feel like “privilege” is overused--but I feel so privileged to have this job and being in a position to help.”
The Quarantine Tapes 163: Alicia Hall Moran
“For kids, they might begin with that type of innocence but the more that they’re rewarded for one type of speech or the other, then you start to get warp in society. And if the parents don’t fix it, you start to lose information from generation to generation. You go backwards so fast.”