CREATING A NICER WORLD THROUGH PRANKS & PLAY AKA THROWING WATER BALLOONS AT PRINCIPLES
This week’s guest is Dr. Shepherd Siegel, author of Disruptive Play: The Trickster in Politics & Culture. The pages of this marvelous book are just littered with prankster cultural heroes. People like Andy Kaufman, Lenny Bruce, Banksy, The Yes Men, and so many others… all in the context of educating about PLAY, which is something it turns out that too few of us really do.
There is so much going on in this podcast, but to name a few:
The trickster archetype throughout human history
Loki – The neutered Marvel version + the pre-Christian amoral trickster extraordinaire
The surprising origins of Bugs Bunny
Robert Johnson’s “Deal with the Devil”
Dada genius Jarry
Burt Bacharach – The Legend
Original play vs. cultural play
The madness of ‘play dates’
Erik Satie, the Grateful Dead & Thelonious Monk – the music of play
Levitating the Pentagon 30 feet off the ground
Why sports & video games aren’t PLAY.
Billionaire Bunkers – Busted!
The amazing Yes Men
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