Audio Pod Chronicles (books)
Interviews on the Arts, Politics, and Technology
27 Book Report: The Laws of Simplicity This book review of The Laws of Simplicity by MIT professor John Maeda follows David Tames's compelling recommendation of the book at last week's Boston Media Makers meeting.  I loved this book and plan to read it again and maybe again.  The writing is playful and clear.  The concepts are subtle and powerful. Highly recommeded. 

Flickr photo of John Maeda by Keith Jenkins, Picture Editor of the Washington Post.
Direct download: APC27_Laws_of_Simplicity.m4a
Category:Books -- posted at: 11:25pm EDT

9 Book Review: The Varieties of Religious Experience Last night I finished reading The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James (at right in photo, with his brother the novelist, Henry James). 

In this book review, I describe how the book inspired my own variety of religious experience, and I offer some musings about what James's approach implies for the religious landscape in America 100 years after he delivered the 20 lectures on which the book is based.
Direct download: 9_Varieties_of_Religious_Experience.m4a
Category:Books -- posted at: 12:18pm EDT

7 Book Review - 'Pass it On' by AA World Services 'Pass It On' is the authorized AA biography of co-founder Bill Wilson.  It's a well-told story of the early days of AA, making it clear that this program for recovery from alcoholism did not drop from the sky. It developed in quirky ways, influenced hugely by the personalities of the co-founders. 

This podcast opens and closes with a bit of seasonal music, "We Gather Together" as sung by my family yesterday at our Thanksgiving gathering here in Cambridge, Mass., at my parents' home.

I am going to try posting new episodes to these Audio Pod Chronicles each Monday and Friday.  On Wednesday I will upload an episode of my video podcast, Mile High Pod Chronicles.  My most recent videoblog episode is "Joy of Great-Grandparenting," starring my grandson James and my parents, who happen to have the same names as AA's first couple, Bill and Lois.

Direct download: 7_Pass_It_ON.m4a
Category:Books -- posted at: 4:12pm EDT