Archive: Sep 2020



The Habit Podcast: Barnabas Piper

By The Rabbit Room

The Habit Podcast is a series of conversations with writers about writing, hosted by Jonathan Rogers. This week, Jonathan Rogers talks with Barnabas Piper, author of Hoping for Happiness: Turning Life’s Most Elusive Feeling into Lasting Reality.

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The Molehill Podcast: Cinnamon (feat. Janna Barber & Jonathan Rogers)

By The Rabbit Room

Wherein Jonathan Rogers reads his poems “Two Villanelles,” Janna Barber reads her piece Cinnamon, and Drew Miller shares the fifth Word of Befuddlement: soggage.

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Let’s Help Joshua Luke Smith Make a Record

By The Rabbit Room

Many of you will remember Joshua Luke Smith from his participation in Hutchmoot 2019 and Hutchmoot UK. He’s a UK-based singer-songwriter and the founder of Orphan No More, a kindred organization that works to build community among artists in Bath, England. We’ve gotten to know him over the last few years and we want you to have that opportunity as well—and having seen what he’s got in store for everyone at Hutchmoot: Homebound, we have no doubt that he’s going to make a good impression.

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Expectations Are Everything

By Chris Thiessen

I’ve never been set up on a date, but I can imagine such an occasion creates quite a bit of pressure. After weeks of your friend telling you, “I think you two will really hit it off; I can’t believe you haven’t met already,” there’s a heightened sense of anxiety for things to go right. And if they don’t, it’s probably your fault. You don’t want to disappoint your matchmaker friend, so you reluctantly agree to meet. At this point, however, there’s no possible way expectations can be met, right? This is how I feel when someone tells me I’ve been missing out on one of their favorite musical artists.

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5&1, Part 1: Exploring the Great Outdoors

By Mark Meynell

This is the first in a weekly series that will seek to break down the mists and myths that put people off the vast treasure house that is classical music. Each time, I’ll take a theme and choose 5 pieces or excerpts (from over 600 years’ worth of music) and then round it all off with one larger work.

Hence 5&1 from 600!

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Kindness: Tokens Online Show on September 29th

By The Rabbit Room

Our friends over at the Tokens Show have adapted to 2020’s many curveballs by offering a run of online shows, the first of which will take place on September 29th. Its theme is simply “Kindness,” and featured guests will include Naomi Shihab Nye, Jason Eskridge, and Buddy Greene.

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The Habit Podcast: Marilyn McEntyre

By The Rabbit Room

The Habit Podcast is a series of conversations with writers about writing, hosted by Jonathan Rogers. This week, Jonathan Rogers talks with Marilyn McEntyre, author of Speaking Peace in a Climate of Conflict.

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The Molehill Podcast: Pandemic Poetry (feat. Malcolm Guite & Andrew Roycroft)

By The Rabbit Room

Wherein Malcolm Guite reads his “Quarantine Quatrains” poetry collection, Andrew Roycroft reads his “Grace Triptych,” and Drew Miller shares the fourth Word of Befuddlement: spoothe.

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Hutchmoot: Sonata at Payne Hollow

By Pete Peterson

A man named Harlan Hubbard—a writer, a painter, a musician, a husband, and a lover of the good earth—once wrote: “It happened this morning that I left for wild, far off places.”

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It’s Not Your Job to Be a Genius

By Jonathan Rogers

The first TED talk I remember ever watching was “Your Elusive Creative Genius,” by Elizabeth Gilbert, in 2009. If you aren’t among the 19 million people (literally) who have watched this talk, or if you just want to relive the magic, here’s the link. There’s a lot of good stuff in that talk, but the thing that has most stuck with me these eleven years is Gilbert’s account of the way the word “genius” has changed through the centuries.

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An Apologetic for Storytelling

By Ben Palpant

I’ve always been a storyteller. My poor mother! I used to recount every life event in technicolor for her, even movies. She didn’t have to see the movies herself; her son had already reenacted them in their entirety. I think I told stories to know that I wasn’t alone. I wanted to see if the story made others feel the way that it made me feel. I wanted to see if it moved them and transformed them, too.

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The Resistance, Episode 25: Mindy Smith

By Matt Conner

The experience doesn’t matter. The expertise isn’t real.

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