From Point Conception to the Mexican Border... Nathan Callahan’s slyly subversive audio essays offer a heady deconstruction of contemporary culture at its most profoundly absurd. The rich and powerful, the sexually challenged, the religiously restricted, the famous and infamous all come to life as Callahan encourages listeners to peer into the dark creamy center of the Southern California dream.
It Is What It Is: A Status Report
On Election Day 2004, when exit polls showed incumbent President George W. Bush losing to Democratic challenger John Kerry, Bush assessed his situation to Time magazine. “It is what it is,” he said.
One month later, with Bush cheerleading the White House for another four years, “It is what it is” was declared America’s #1 Sports cliché by USA Today. While Bush rode a FUBAR invasion and a crashing economy to political victory, “It is what it is” was trending.
Serotonin Day: A Public Service Announcement For Neurotransmitters
Are you violently happy, sad, irritable, restless, ecstatic, horny, hyperactive or just not sure? Of course, you are. We live on a bipolar planet and on June 21st it will be at maximum bipolarity. What’s been called the Summer Solstice, should be known as Serotonin Day.. …more
A Survey: On the Changing American Mind
I’m from the National Speculative Institute and we’re currently conducting a survey aggregating the views of people like you. The survey will only take about five minutes and your participation will be greatly appreciated. May I continue? Good. Since I have your permission, let me began by asking (on a scale of 1 -10, ten being more than 1) how often do you change your mind? . …more
The Treason of Images
To know the difference between what’s real and what’s representation is a very important survival skill in our age of duplication, virtual reality, and celebrity holograms. Learn it. . …more
The Best Reward is No Award
A Speech to Be Used on the Occasion of Winning an Award for the Arts
MGM's Louis B. Mayer once said, the best way to "handle creative types" was to "hang medals all over them." According to LB, if he gave artists "cups and awards" they’d do anything to please him. I hope not. …more