A podcast about art and its role in our lives. Artist and armchair aesthetic philosopher Greg Beam probes various topics in the arts, asking how art both reflects and shapes our perceptions of the world.
Joseph Campbell was a proponent of the power of myth in framing human life. But in America in the 21st Century, what myths do we have to live by?
Well... there's always Star Wars...
Madmen | The Republic, Part II
Antonin Artaud was a self-described 'madman' and persistent failure in the theatre... He was also one of the great artistic geniuses of the 20th Century.
Raising the Curtain, Lifting the Veil | The Republic, Part I
Bertolt Brecht was the force behind some of the most popular and influential theater of the 20th Century. But he didn't make plays to entertain. He made them to wake people up to the insanity around them.
This episode delves into Brecht's background and work, his philosophy and his legacy... and leads to some surprising places.
This is the first in a sequence inspired by the Allegory of the Cave, from Plato's Republic.
Angels & Demons
What lies at the intersection of art and commerce? Is it possible for these two categories of human endeavor to get along, or are they like cats and dogs, fated to engage in an endless struggle for dominance? (Okay, not really like cats and dogs, but you get the idea...)
This episode features insights from Alan Watts, Tom Waits, Samuel Johnson, David Foster Wallace, and someone's psychic grandmother (seriously).
The Use of the Useless
For the first episode of season two, I examine what the experience of creating and contemplating art does for us at the deepest level. A dip into the philosophy of art with some help from Tao master Zhuangzi, Thomas Merton, Simon Armitage, Duke Ellington, and Haruki Marukami.
PREVIEW - The Use of the Useless
Season 2 of Quite Useless is on its way! Here's a sneak peek at the first episode, in which I take a few steps in the direction of a general theory of art (and arts education), with reference to Zhuangzi, Thomas Merton, Simon Armitage, Duke Ellington, and Haruki Murakami.
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Philosophy and Art
"There are more things in heave and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy." If you like philosophical persepctive on art, that's also still hip and funny, this is your jam. This guy has a way of bringing famous philosophical concepts to movies, art and other pop culture. Super smart. Very funny. Extremely charming. Good stuff.
I really enjoy this podcast! The subject matter is incredibly thought provoking, and the production is very high-quality. I'll be thinking about this podcast's topic all day now.