Daymakers weekly videos
Daymakers is a weekly video series of 21st century culture. As heretics we wish to break free of institutionalized ways of being, of knowing and of creating. So we’ll be bringing you poetry, storytelling, discussions and interviews centred on the heresies you’ll find in the pages of The Secular Heretic. We are interested in the most beautiful, striking art being produced today, and we’ll be discussing the most compelling ideas simmering in the peripheries. Join us at Daymakers and be inspired by an adventurous spirit! Dare to think new thoughts! Dare to dream new dreams! Help us build a truly 21st century culture.
We’re just getting started on this project, and we’re making all kinds of mistakes. So please forgive the technical quality of our first few videos. The learning curve has been steep and we’ve already made many improvements. We decided to release our first trial run for kicks and to give folks a sense of where we’re heading.
Daymakers Episode 1: Crito Di Volta: IL MORTARISTA
Daymakers Episode 2: Am I Brainwashed?
Episode 3: Crito Di Volta: Mortar. Join the Daymakers for a discussion about the “anti-poet,” the trouble with poetry school, what makes an epic hero in the 21st century, and the spirituality of the Dalai Lama.
Episode 4: Atheist 2020. Join the Daymakers for another riveting cultural discussion that criticizes New Atheist rhetoric, considers the central roles played by analogy and story telling in sense making in every field of human endeavour, touches on the origins of the big bang theory and argues for a more open minded, creative approach to the way we think about the world and the way we behave in it.
Daymakers Episode 5: Crito Di Volta: The Overpoet. In this episode the Daymakers discuss the role of the poet in society, the development of a writer’s voice, the value of seeking out mentors, what can be taught at school and what is a matter of one’s own inner work. Most exciting is our considerations what constitutes true risk and danger in art. Prepare to be inspired with what di Saverio calls “Atlasian loving.”
Daymakers Episode 6: Welcome, The New Religion. The Daymakers discuss insurance and safety culture, remark the loss of the seesaw in playgrounds and the pathological aversion to suffering and pain that finds expression in the inflatable play structure. Speaking of danger, remember Evel Knievel, the motorcycle stunt man? Notes on humanism are drawn from britannica.com. Don’t forget to check out the comic film Action Point; it’ll make your day.
Daymakers 7: The Cure: Chronicle of a Virus. Join the Daymakers for a timely reading of a poem about the pandemic and a discussion of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil and the Tree of Life, which leads to considerations of activist culture and the central role of suffering in human growth and development.
Daymakers 8: Posthumous Fame Join the Daymakers for a conversation about one of the potential obstacles to a writer’s career: the desire to write an immortal work. Is the desire for posthumous fame a true hindrance or a necessary ambition? The Daymakers interrogate the writings of Cyril Connolly, Samuel Butler and Leonard Cohen to attempt an answer to this conundrum.
Daymakers 9: Drink & Drugs Join the Daymakers for a discussion about the role of drinking and drugs in the artist’s life. According to Cyril Connelly, these distractions can become a substitute for art, preventing the artist from producing work. To what degree is he correct in this assessment? Isn’t Dionysus–the ancient god of intoxication–renowned for inspiring artists? Where does pot legalization fit into all of this? Find out in this latest bizarre episode of Daymakers.
Daymakers 10: Conversation Watch the Daymakers engage in fruitful disagreement over whether Cyril Connolly is correct to designate “conversation” as an impediment to writerly success. Is discussing your work-in-progress or ideas for a book truly something an author ought to avoid? Watch this episode of Daymakers and decide for yourself!
Daymakers 11: Domesticity & Happiness Are domestic comforts and personal happiness true impediments to writerly success? Does an artist really have to suffer to produce anything of value? The Daymakers discuss these subjects and relate a tale from the ancient historian Herodotus in which Solon of Athens explains to King Croesus of Lydia what criteria must be met for one to be considered truly happy.
Daymakers 12: Poetry vs. Prose This entertaining episode of Daymakers examines the changing ideas Western culture has had regarding what differentiates poetry from prose. Matthew Arnold dismissed Alexander Pope’s poetry as prose for example. Is Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If” worthy of being called poetry? Join the Daymakers for this conversation and make up your own mind!
Daymakers 13: Rejection In this hilarious episode, the Daymakers discuss the creative power of rejection. Quebecois poet Emile Nelligan for example composed his most successful poem “Le Romance du Vin” on the heels of severe literary criticism. Marc di Saverio reads his translation of the poem from his collection Ship of Gold. Also, don’t miss di Saverio’s microphone power slam!
Daymakers 14: Success Welcome to another Daymakers. This time, we discuss the last of Cyril Connolly’s impediments to writing a book that lasts 10 years: success. Does that sound counter-intuitive? Depending on your perspective, perhaps yes, perhaps no. There are many kinds of success after all. The Daymakers take a broad survey, considering the careers of Truman Capote, William Faulkner, Irving Layton, Shakespeare, Arthur Rimbaud, Paul Verlaine, Ernest Hemingway, Lord Byron, William Butler Yeats, Henry James, his brother William James and Edgar Allan Poe. Don’t forget to check out Donald McGrath’s new translation of Rimbaud’s “The Drunken Boat” on our website here: https://thesecularheretic.com/the-drunken-boat-by-arthur-rimbaud/
Daymakers 15: Interview with Stephen Robbins Part 1: The Hard Problem Meet Stephen Robbins for a discussion on metaphysics and consciousness. In part 1 of this interview, Robbins introduces himself and considers the difficulties surrounding conceptualizations of what David Chalmers has termed “The Hard Problem.” According to Robbins, the problem ought to be defined by posing the question as follows: how is it that the world around us becomes manifest to our senses? As Chalmers has it, however, the question is, How is it that objective physical processes culminate in subjective experiences? Robbins says Chalmers is getting the question wrong and locates the origin of the philosophical trouble in Galileo’s instantiation of “the classic metaphysic”: the idea that there’s an objective, measurable world that exists apart from the qualities (or qualia) that our senses impose upon it. To put the problem poetically, you might wonder, as Thomas Nagel did, “What is it like to be a bat?” Don’t miss part 2 of this interview: The Holographic Field. This interview series is meant to be a companion to Robbins’s article Welcome to the Holofield: Rethinking Time & Consciousness.
Daymakers 16: Interview with Stephen Robbins Part 2: The Holographic Field In part 2 of this interview with Steve Robbins, we deepen our ability to answer The Hard Problem by discussing Henri Bergson’s idea of “the photograph. . .developed in the very heart of things and at all the points of space;” in other words, we consider the holographic model of the cosmos. Where does consciousness fit in? What is the role of the brain in this model? Visit our website for Robbins’s article on this subject, Welcome to the Holofield: Rethinking Time and Consciousness. If you enjoyed Stephen Robbins’s ideas, be sure to catch his YouTube series here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkj-… And his website here: http://www.stephenerobbins.com
Meanwhile, we’re looking for submissions of short theatrical works and storytelling pieces that we can post here at The Heretic and present and discuss on Daymakers. So if you have anything remarkable and heretical, send it our way, and we’ll give it a look.
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