A Big Sur Podcast

Magnus Toren, host

An ongoing conversation with people from near and far about Big Sur's past, present, and future. A Big Sur Podcast interprets 'community' to mean ALL people from around the world who are curious about, and who care about, the preservation and restoration of the wild and rural character of Big Sur. Stories are told by visitors and residents, plumbers and linesmen, musicians and authors, dancers and jugglers and others. Please email magnus@henrymiller.org with any comments, critique & suggestions. Sometimes we drift (way) off-topic into the arts, sciences, personal stories, gossip, politics, philosophy, ornithology, Henry Miller, and our zeitgeist in general. We like that! If you are planning a visit to Big Sur and you listen to some of the folks on this Podcast talk about their love of the place your visit will probably be a lot more rewarding. | Music clips courtesy John Holm: https://www.discogs.com/artist/374084-John-Holm | Sound editing sofware by Hindenburg | Special thanks to Jim Agius for your support.

#47 Who By Fire: Leonard Cohen in the Sinai. A conversation with author Matti Friedman
Nov 10 2022
#47 Who By Fire: Leonard Cohen in the Sinai. A conversation with author Matti Friedman
Talking with Matti Friedman from his home in Jerusalem. So very grateful to him for writing this book and for sharing his stories!WHO BY FIRE: Leonard Cohen in the SinaiPlease share this episode! Copy link.Comments/Criticism much welcome: Email here!In 1973, Leonard Cohen announced he was done with music for good. The same year, in October, war broke out in Israel.The Yom Kippur War would become the bloodiest in Israel’s young history—and Cohen was there to witness it. As the war broke out, he left his home on the Greek island of Hydra to fly into the warzone.Leonard Cohen did not say much about why he went to the front. What we know is that in the months that followed, he would write “Who By Fire” and "Lover Lover Lover." So what was it that happened in the desert in October of 1973 between a depressed musician and young soldiers going off to battle? How did it remake Leonard Cohen? How did it transform those who heard him play? And how did the war transform Israel itself?Those are some of the questions Matti Friedman explains in his beautiful new book Who By Fire: Leonard Cohen in the Sinai. Matti and I get into some areas worth thinking about: Non violence, pacifism, militarism, the Poets prerogative, loyalty... Matti Friedman online.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Link to episode #28 with Sula Nichols>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>btw. My singing a bit of Cohen was to avoid getting into copyright problems. I asked Sony for rights but they have not yet responded. I will replace my a capella singing with proper Cohen if they give us the rights. 😊>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Support the showThis podcast is a production of the Henry Miller Memorial Library.Please support the Podcast by making a donation here!
#41 Lovers of The Place: A conversation between Pico Iyer and Cyprian Consiglio
Sep 26 2022
#41 Lovers of The Place: A conversation between Pico Iyer and Cyprian Consiglio
A conversation between two very accomplished writers and thinkers: Pico Iyer & Father Cyprian Consiglio. This wonderful episode was recorded pre-covid on June 6, 2018! Please share it!) The two of them, with the help of the audience, touch on the meaning of life and what happens after death (!), Narcissus and Goldmund, Henry Miller, Thomas Merton, the Trappist's life, Silence, the Monastic Life, the Apophatic tradition, Leonard Cohen, Vaclav Havel, Patrick Leigh Fermor,  Annie Dillard, Emily Dickinson, the Camaldoli Hermitage, Henry Miller (yes! again!), EROS as pre sexual and post genital, and much, much more...Books by Pico IyerFalling Off the Map: Some Lonely Places of The WorldThe Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going NowhereThe Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai LamaBooks by Father Cyprian ConsiglioThe God Who Gave You Birth: A Spirituality of KenosisSpirit, Soul, Body: Toward an Integral Christian SpiritualityPrayer in the Cave of the Heart: The Universal Call to ContemplationMusic by Father Cyprian ConsiglioOn SpotifyOn YouTubeIf you want to read/buy any of these books we prefer you come for a visit to either the Camaldoli Hermitage bookstore or the Henry Miller Library bookstore. As much as Amazon, with their fast delivery and reduced price, helps to spread the word, small bookstores provide a service worth supporting! Thank you!Support the showThis podcast is a production of the Henry Miller Memorial Library.Please support the Podcast by making a donation here!