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In the Atelier is a creativity podcast for writers & artists that explores the life of the imagination. Weekly installments bring 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. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/in-the-atelier/support

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In the Atelier is a creativity podcast for writers & artists that explores the life of the imagination. Weekly installments bring 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. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/in-the-atelier/support

    Atelier Visit: Filmmaker Brian Padian

    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)

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    Soul School (with John Keats)

    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.

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    Atelier Visit: Harriet Scott Chessman

    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.

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    What Would Leonard Cohen Do?

    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.

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    Loon Checkers

    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)

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    • 9 min
    Why Stories Matter

    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)

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