“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 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.”
The Quarantine Tapes 162: George Prochnik
“I was concerned with not only the artist’s role in calamity, but the question of how artists should situate themselves in an oracular sense, towards the potential of forestalling future calamities and creating a more just society.”
The Quarantine Tapes 161: Calvin “Bud” Trillin
“People ask, ‘Is it hard to be expected to be funny all the time?’ and the answer is that it’s hard to be expected to be serious all the time.”
The Quarantine Tapes 160: Nicholson Baker
“I miss the sanity and the kind of routineness of the world, the world in which the news is just something that happens faraway and is very predictable. The news has been way too present.”