The Relentless Picnic
The Relentless Picnic
Stanley Picnic
Inquiry. Travesty. Not like other podcasts. patreon.com/relentlesspicnic
Cabin - Ep. 6
“It may be objected that primitive man is physically less secure than modern man, as is shown by his shorter life expectancy; hence modern man suffers from less, not more than the amount of insecurity that is normal for human beings. But psychological security does not closely correspond with physical security. It is true that primitive man is powerless against some of the things that threaten him; disease for example. But he can accept the risk of disease stoically. It is part of the nature of things, it is no one’s fault, unless it is the fault of some imaginary, impersonal demon. But threats to the modern individual tend to be MAN-MADE.” —T. Kaczynski, Industrial Society and Its Future (1995). Cabin is the new season from The Relentless Picnic. It's one story told over multiple episodes. It's a story about solitude and isolation, community and loss, Henry David Thoreau and Ted Kaczynski—and it's told through audio recorded throughout 2019 and 2020. New episodes weekly—or close to weekly. Support us at patreon.com/relentlesspicnic for access to a ton of bonus content. Our web site is relentlesspicnic.com SOURCES (Ep. 6): - The Unabomber In His Own Words (2018), dir. Mick Grogan, on Netflix: bit.ly/2DbHkuh ; - Technological Slavery: The Collected Writings of Theodore J. Kaczynski, a.k.a. “The Unabomber”, ed. and introduction by David Skirbina, 2010: amzn.to/2STTFYH ; - Discourse on the Origin and Basis of Inequality Among Men (a.k.a. the “Second Discourse”), Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1755 ; - Walden; or, Life in the Woods, by H.D. Thoreau (1854): bit.ly/35RyPPQ ; - “Walking,” by H.D. Thoreau (1862): bit.ly/35P4Dor ; - season photo: "Untitled #2214" by Todd Hido, 1998.
Oct 30
1 hr 2 min
Cabin - Ep. 5
“The Industrial Revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race. The continued development of technology will worsen the situation. There is no way of reforming or modifying the system so as to prevent it from depriving people of dignity and autonomy. If the system breaks down the consequences will still be very painful. But the bigger the system grows the more disastrous the results of its breakdown will be, so if it is to break down it had best break down sooner rather than later. We therefore advocate a revolution against the industrial system. This revolution may or may not make use of violence; it may be sudden or it may be a relatively gradual process spanning a few decades. This is not to be a POLITICAL revolution. Its object will be to overthrow not governments but the economic and technological basis of the present society.” —T. Kaczynski, Industrial Society and Its Future, 1995. Cabin is the new season from The Relentless Picnic. It's one story told over multiple episodes. It's a story about solitude and isolation, community and loss, Henry David Thoreau and Ted Kaczynski—and it's told through audio recorded throughout 2019 and 2020. New episodes weekly—or close to weekly. Support us at patreon.com/relentlesspicnic for access to a ton of bonus content. Our web site is relentlesspicnic.com . SOURCES (Ep. 5): - The Unabomber In His Own Words (2018), dir. Mick Grogan, on Netflix: bit.ly/2DbHkuh ; - Technological Slavery: The Collected Writings of Theodore J. Kaczysnki, a.k.a. “The Unabomber”, ed. and introduction by David Skirbina, 2010: amzn.to/2STTFYH ; - Discourse on the Origin and Basis of Inequality Among Men (a.k.a. the “Second Discourse”), Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1755 ; - season photo: "Untitled #2214" by Todd Hido, 1998.
Oct 14
1 hr 10 min
Cabin - Ep. 4
“One writer says that Brown's peculiar monomania made him to be ‘dreaded by the Missourians as a supernatural being.’ Sure enough, a hero in the midst of us cowards is always so dreaded. He is just that thing. He shows himself superior to nature. He has a spark of divinity in him. They talk as if it were impossible that a man could be ‘divinely appointed’ in these days to do any work whatever; as if vows and religion were out of date as connected with any man's daily work; as if the agent to abolish slavery could only be somebody appointed by the President, or by some political party. They talk as if a man's death were a failure, and his continued life, be it of whatever character, were a success.” —H.D. Thoreau, “A Plea For Captain John Brown,” 1859. Cabin is the new season from The Relentless Picnic. It's one story told over multiple episodes. It's a story about solitude and isolation, community and loss, Henry David Thoreau and Ted Kaczynski—and it's told through audio recorded throughout 2019 and 2020. New episodes weekly—or close to weekly. Support us at patreon.com/relentlesspicnic for access to a ton of bonus content. Our web site is relentlesspicnic.com SOURCES (Ep. 4): - “A Plea for Captain John Brown,” by H.D. Thoreau (1859): bit.ly/2CPiMHT ; - Walden; or, Life in the Woods, by H.D. Thoreau (1854): bit.ly/3jS0Woq ; - Videos and resources on John Brown, the raid on Harpers Ferry, and its aftermath: youtu.be/EG4ukrMtdNs , youtu.be/bB_kbFAui-U , youtu.be/LPyqE2zpQCg , youtu.be/Ax7KjLUOt8w , youtu.be/roNmeOOJCDY , youtu.be/q-E-ffXl2Uk , youtu.be/MILN_17KH6M , youtu.be/dmyswQs6_Bw . - Henry David Thoreau: A Life, by Laura Dassow Walls (2018): amzn.to/2B22qdw ; - “Civil Disobedience,” by H.D. Thoreau (1849): bit.ly/2OYTQjz ; - Westward, I Go Free: Tracing Thoreau’s Last Journey, by Corinne Smith: amzn.to/2OUyYKi ; corinnehsmith.com ; thoreausociety.org ; - Thoreau’s letter to Parker Pillsbury, April 10 1861: bit.ly/2WVVdEg [“Blessed are they who never read a newspaper, for they shall see Nature, and through her, God. But alas I have heard of Sumpter, & Pickens, & even of Buchanan, (though I did not read his message)”] ; - Thoreau’s journals, 1860-61: bit.ly/2WXHUmI ; - “The Wreckage,” The Relentless Picnic, ep. 27: bit.ly/2By6Md7 ; - Joanna Newsom, “Does Not Suffice” (youtu.be/FkjkT-ohCpQ) & “Good Intentions Paving Company” (youtu.be/KCCl3nzL5PI) ; - Don DeLillo, Mao II (1991): amzn.to/30VqmJc ; - The Unabomber In His Own Words (2018), documentary on Netflix: bit.ly/2DbHkuh ; - season photo: "Untitled #2214" by Todd Hido, 1998.
Jul 25
1 hr 8 min
Cabin - Ep. 3
“Most men, even in this comparatively free country, through mere ignorance and mistake, are so occupied with the factitious cares and superfluously coarse labors of life that its finer fruits cannot be plucked by them. . . . Some, not wise, go to the other side of the globe, to barbarous and unhealthy regions, devote themselves to trade for ten or twenty years, in order that they may live—that is, keep comfortably warm—and die in New England at last.” —H.D. Thoreau, Walden, “Economy,” 1854. Cabin is the new season from The Relentless Picnic. It's one story told over multiple episodes. It's a story about solitude and isolation, community and loss, Henry David Thoreau and Ted Kaczynski—and it's told through audio recorded throughout 2019 and 2020. New episodes weekly. Support us at patreon.com/relentlesspicnic for access to a ton of bonus content. Our web site is relentlesspicnic.com SOURCES (Ep. 3): - Walden; or, Life in the Woods, by H.D. Thoreau (1854) ; - The journals of Henry David Thoreau (1837-1861): bit.ly/36Lxavm ; - “Ktaadn,” by H.D. Thoreau (1848): bit.ly/2CSXvga ; - The Maine Woods, by H.D. Thoreau (posthumously, 1862): bit.ly/3icJ5HO ; - “Early Retirement Extreme” by J.L. Fisker (2010): amzn.to/2ZpEZn2 ; - Ben Gaddes: appalachianben.tumblr.com, bengaddes.com, & bit.ly/2ZA4CBZ ; - Henry David Thoreau: A Life, by Laura Dassow Walls (2018): amzn.to/2B22qdw ; FURTHER READING: - An excerpt from "On Trails" by Robert Moor (2016), on Thoreau and Katahdin: bit.ly/3gbBibC ; - “What Happened to the Thoreau Spring Plaque [on Katahdin]?” by Howard R. Whitcomb (2015): bit.ly/31u79jq .
Jun 28
1 hr 16 min
Cabin - Ep. 2
“I perceive that we partially die ourselves through sympathy at the death of each of our friends or near relatives. Each such experience is an assault on our vital force. It becomes a source of wonder that they who have lost many friends still live. After long watching around the sickbed of a friend, we, too, partially give up the ghost with him, and are the less to be identified with this state of things.” —H.D. Thoreau, Journal, 1859. Cabin is the new season from The Relentless Picnic. It's one story told over multiple episodes. It's a story about solitude and isolation, community and loss, Henry David Thoreau and Ted Kaczynski—and it's told through audio recorded throughout 2019 and 2020. New episodes weekly. Support us at patreon.com/relentlesspicnic for access to a ton of bonus content. Our web site is relentlesspicnic.com SOURCES (Ep. 2): - Walden; or, Life in the Woods, by H.D. Thoreau (1854) ; - The journals of Henry David Thoreau (1837-1861): bit.ly/36Lxavm ; - Henry David Thoreau: A Life, by Laura Dassow Walls (2018): amzn.to/2B22qdw ; - Letter from N. Hawthorne to H.W. Longfellow (Nov. 21, 1848): bit.ly/3fjSqeP ; - With Walt Whitman in Camden, vol. 1, by Horace Traubel (1906): bit.ly/2YpXhEq ; - “Pierre Menard, Author of the ‘Quixote’” by Jorge Luis Borges (tr. 1962): bit.ly/2UACA7H ; - season photo: "Untitled #2214" by Todd Hido, 1998.
Jun 10
1 hr 8 min
Cabin - Ep. 1
Cabin is the new season from The Relentless Picnic. It's one story told over multiple episodes. It's a story about solitude and isolation, community and loss, Henry David Thoreau and Ted Kaczynski—and it's told through audio recorded throughout 2019 and 2020. New episodes weekly. Support us at patreon.com/relentlesspicnic for access to a ton of bonus content. Our web site is relentlesspicnic.com SOURCES (Ep. 1): - The journals of Henry David Thoreau (1837-1861): bit.ly/36Lxavm ; - Walden; or, Life in the Woods, by H.D. Thoreau (1854) ; - Into the Wild (dir. Sean Penn, 2007; based on the 1996 book by Jon Krakauer about Christopher McCandless) ; - Grizzly Man (dir. Werner Herzog, 2005) ; - season photo: "Untitled #2214" by Todd Hido, 1998.
May 30
1 hr 3 min
Cabin - Ep. 0: Prologue
A preview of CABIN: the upcoming season from The Relentless Picnic.
Apr 25
11 min
Ep. 33 - Shallow Banquet
Are we further apart? Are we being fooled? This is an episode about our phantom selves, how we're doing right now, and the feeling that something important has gone wrong. SOURCES: - "Ep. 27: The Wreckage," The Relentless Picnic (Feb. '18): bit.ly/2GhA6CW ; - "How Do We Write Now?" by Patricia Lockwood, Tin House (Apr. '18): bit.ly/2Gfyj1p ; - "In the Age of A.I., Is Seeing Still Believing?" by Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker (Nov. '18): bit.ly/2zwnggK ; - "Brain-Eating Amoeba Lurk in U.S. Lakes. But Should You Worry?" PBS NewsHour (Aug. '11): to.pbs.org/2IviXbF ; - If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem, by Wm. Faulker (1939) ; - music from the episode: bit.ly/2UFK6QM (ft. "All Fires" by Moonface, from Spencer Krug: patreon.com/spencerkrug ). - Image: Hundertacht House, Bonn-Kessenich, North Rhine-Westphalia, 2007, Uwe Schröder Architekten. Photo: Stefan Müller
Apr 11, 2019
2 hr 3 min
Ep. 32 - Passage Potluck
The world is a snakepit of competing takes and diverging minds. How is anybody supposed to live? In this episode, we play a game called Passage Potluck to straighten it all out. We assembled a packet of short excerpted texts, and forced ourselves to connect dots between, through, and around them, at random. The passages we wound up discussing are assembled for listeners here: bit.ly/peoplespacket ; but the full packet we had in front of us is for our Patreon supporters here: bit.ly/patreonpacket . Music from the episode: https://bit.ly/2B7rUnc ; Image credit: Thomas Prior.
Jan 26, 2019
1 hr 58 min
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