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  1. Mary Elder Jacobsen
    Mary Elder Jacobsen December 9, 2015 at 7:44 pm | | Reply

    Thank you so much for doing this interview Erica. I was at Tobin’s combined reading/discussion/string quartet performance presented with Bear Pond Books, last night, and it was amazing, thought provoking, and humbling. Too shy to ask questions I thought might be obvious to others afterward, I am happy to have this podcast to listen to more than once, as it answers a number of them.
    We must keep telling the truth. We must keep telling what we know of history, we must keep creating art in the face of destruction, listening to promote compassion, and thinking about the fates of others.
    Mighty thanks to Tobin for listening to himself across the years and writing back to, in a sense, the self he was, and in doing so speaking to the rest of us now.

  2. Mike D
    Mike D September 13, 2016 at 9:59 am | | Reply

    This is another great conversation, translated so expertly by Erica into a great listen. As Rumble Strip so often does, this piece makes me want to hang out with Tobin and of course read more of his writing. Erica, I’m so glad you included your little song (“you’re part of a story that’s going on today!”), because I sometimes think about how : (1) we humans are keenly aware of (because we remember, with nostalgia and/or mortification) ourselves when we were part of a story that’s going on today and we were not self-conscious about that; and (2) we sometimes wonder, am I part of a story that’s going on today? Like, when I do something, am I just a person doing that thing, or should I maybe not being doing that thing, because I’m too young or too old, or the thing isn’t “serious” enough, or it’s too “serious”, etc….

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