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Hi! Welcome to Quite Useless, a podcast about art and its role in our lives. Thanks for stopping by. You can find every published episode below. Or, if you'd like to opt for a more convenient listening experience, you can stream, download, and subscribe to Quite Useless on iTunes, Spotify, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts. And don't hesitate to drop me line via the Contact link above.


Nov 26, 2019

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.

Sep 23, 2019

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...

Mar 10, 2019

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,...

Feb 9, 2019

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.

Feb 5, 2019

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.