Category Archives: Carl Jung

New Interview on the Diet Soap Philosophy Podcast

SF writer Douglas Lain interviewed me for his philosophy podcast, Diet Soap. We talk about myth, ideology and flying saucers:

The essay of mine we talk about, “Myth, the Numinous and Cultural Studies,” is part of the book I’m working on, A Centaur Manifesto: Mythos & Logos on the Commons. I have more to say about Jung in “Jung and Lost,” and more on centaurs & cyborgs in The Politics of Magic.”

What I’ve Been Up to the Last Five Years

I recently had to write up what I’ve been working on over the last five years for my “post-tenure dossier,” so I thought I’d excerpt that here to explain how I got from Electric Dreams: Computers and American Culture to Centaur Manifesto: Mythos & Logos on the Commons. The language is pretty jargon-heavy and a little stilted, a function of the three-page limit and institutional context. One of my goals is to write the book itself in a much looser, more direct and conversational voice, closer to the way I try to be in the classroom. In fact, transcribing and editing my lectures is the next step in getting Centaur Manifesto written. I’d appreciate any feedback, either in the comments below or via Twitter, where I’m @tedfriedman.

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My first book, Electric Dreams, was largely inspired by the rise of “cyberpunk” science fiction in the 1980s and 1990s. It was a cyberpunk author, William Gibson, who coined the term “cyberspace,” and science fiction both influenced the development of computer technologies and provided the richest exploration of their potential consequences. By 2000, the subcultural sensibility first expressed in Gibson’s novels had become ubiquitous in the form of The Matrix and its sequels.

In the twenty-first century, however, a cultural shift appeared to be occurring. The blockbuster genre of the 2000s was not science fiction, but fantasy, in the form of the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings franchises. At the same time, the energy of cyberpunk appeared to be spent, and the most vital and influential genre writers were emerging instead out of fantasy fiction and comics.

Fascinated by this development, I began to research the history of the fantasy genre, and to search for new theoretical models to help explain the shift from science fiction to fantasy. I began my work on fantasy media with “The Politics of Magic: Fantasy, Technology & Nature,” which was published in 2009 in Scope, an online peer-reviewed media studies journal published by the University of Nottingham. I argue in the essay that the trope of magic is a powerful tool for making sense of computer technologies. A computer program is a kind of spell, deploying highly-structured language to allow the user to transcend the constraints of time, space and gravity within cyberspace. At the same time, the concept of magic is rooted in the ancient practices and beliefs of animism, and the contemporary appeal of fantasy suggests a deep cultural desire to return to a more rooted relationship to nature in the context of global environmental crisis.

In “The Politics of Magic,” I discuss the influence of feminist scholar Donna Haraway’s 1986 essay “Manifesto for Cyborgs,” which called on technophobic theorists to engage the oft-ignored genre of science fiction. I suggest that the time is ripe for a “Centaur Manifesto” to similarly address fantasy, which today is often likewise dismissed as mere escapism. Haraway picked the figure of the cyborg because it is a hybrid creature on the border between human and machine, reflecting how all of our lives are dependent upon and intertwined with technology. Similarly, the centaur is a magical hybrid of human and animal, culture and nature.

In addition to Haraway’s ideas, “The Politics of Magic” incorporates the work of historian of science Morris Berman, phenomenological ecocritic David Abram, and actor-network theorist Bruno Latour. Looking to dig deeper into the historical roots of fantasy, I began researching theories of myth, a concept which once held great sway in critical theory, but which has more recently fallen into disrepute among poststructuralist scholars wary of essentializing metanarratives. I turned first to Joseph Campbell, whose Hero with a Thousand Faces has been hugely influential on generations of Hollywood screenwriters and spiritual seekers. Frustrated with the limitations of Campbell’s approach, I concluded that what was truly distinctive about Campbell’s ideas stemmed from the influence of Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung, a student of Sigmund Freud who broke with his mentor over their differing ideas about the role of the unconscious. Freud emphasized the need for the ego to control a dangerous id, while Jung also saw in the unconscious a source of wisdom. Jung found in myths and fairy tales evidence of a “collective unconscious” rooted in deep archetypal structures.

Jung has been widely dismissed by contemporary critical theorists as irredeemably essentialist. But a new generation of “post-Jungian” scholars persuasively argues that Jung was a far more subtle, dialectical thinker than the caricature, and that his ideas remain relevant. The release last year of The Red Book, an illustrated manuscript of “active imaginations” that Jung kept private for almost 100 years, has led to a renewed interest in his ideas. In Jung’s concepts I have found new tools to help explain contemporary American culture. As I write in “Jung and Lost,” while film studies emerged in the 1950s and 1960s under the influence of Freud,

“today it is Jung’s shadow which looms over much of American culture. The most commercially successful Hollywood genres of this decade are fantasy and superhero movies, subjects which in previous generations were viewed as kids’ stuff, but today claim a larger portion of culture than ever before. These genres reject conventional models of realism and psychological depth. Instead, they embrace magical storytelling and characters of outsized dimensions and godlike powers. These qualities have led them to be largely dismissed by conventional cultural critics (beyond fan studies scholars who have tended to emphasize audience reception over the textual properties of the stories themselves). But these same qualities are well described by the Jungian language of archetypes and the collective unconscious. Their roots are in the storytelling traditions of myth and fairy tale – exactly the genres Jungian analysts have always most valued.”

Jung and Lost” is one of six invited columns I wrote from 2008-9 for Flow, an online media studies journal published by the University of Texas. In “Myth, the Numinous, and Cultural Studies,” I make the case for a renewed engagement in cultural studies with the concept of myth. In “Strat-O-Matic and the Baseball Tarot: Sense and Synchronicity in Sports and Games,” I suggest that Jung’s concept of synchronicity – “meaningful coincidence” – can help explain the power of randomness in play. And in “Vertigo,” I move beyond Jung to other models of the numinous, arguing that the parallels between poststructuralist theory and Buddhist philosophy can help critical theorists think past “the linguistic turn” to escape “the prison-house of language.”

Another of my pieces for Flow, “Tweeting the Dialectic of Technological Determinism,” addresses the role of Twitter in the Iranian protests. And in “The Play Paradigm,” I suggest “What Media Studies Can Learn from Game Studies.” I have also “curated” two pieces for In Media Res, the digital humanities site now published by Georgia State, and guest-edited a week for the site on pop music. I look forward to expanding my role in the project.

I am now in the process of turning my work of the last few years into a book, A Centaur Manifesto: Mythos & Logos on the Commons. The goal of the book is to bring together post-Marxist ideological criticism with post-Jungian depth psychology. I have published all of my recent work in open-access journals, and I hope to have the manuscript for Centaur Manifesto reviewed through the “open peer review” process, which could bring together readers from cultural studies, religious studies, depth psychology, and the fantasy community. I will regularly be blogging about the book at tedfriedman.com, and tweeting as @tedfriedman.

Grammy Night Reflections on Projection

From tweets the night of February 13, 2011.

In Jungian terms, technological determinism is projection: giving power to machines that really belongs to ourselves.

Projection is necessary & valuable – it’s what Robert Johnson calls “carrying your gold” when you’re not ready yet to carry it yourself.

But maturity & wisdom comes when we withdraw projections. See people & things for who & what they are in themselves.

Withdrawing projections means realizing the power was within you all along. Your anima pop godess. Your puer rock star. Your Buddha-nature.

In Electric Dreams I call this “the dialectic of technological determinism.” We project onto technology our utopian visions of the future.

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Electric Dreams Introduction on TedFriedman.com

Grammy Night Tweets (reverse-chronological order)

tedfriedman
Fun reliving the #Grammys via west coasters’ tape-delayed tweets. Ah, we were so young & naive back then, 3 hours ago. #IMR

14 Feb

Todd VanDerWerff
tvoti Todd VanDerWerff
If I was Cee-Lo Green, I think I’d have trouble remembering to sing “Forget” every time.
tedfriedman
Grammy Night Reflections on Projection: http://ht.ly/3VNj6
tedfriedman
In Electric Dreams I call this “the dialectic of technological determinism.” We project onto technology our utopian visions of the future.
Nadim Kobeissi
kaepora Nadim Kobeissi
BREAKING: Facebook events are being organized for protests in Saudi Arabia on February 18th!! http://j.mp/ihyGPy
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Withdrawing projections means realizing the power was within you all along. Your anima pop godess. Your puer rock star. Your Buddha-nature.
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
But maturity & wisdom comes when we withdraw projections. See people & things for who & what they are in themselves.
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Projection is necessary & valuable – it’s what Robert Johnson calls “carrying your gold” when you’re not ready yet to carry it yourself.
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
In Jungian terms, technological determinism is projection: giving power to machines that really belongs to ourselves….
James Urbaniak
JamesUrbaniak James Urbaniak
Steve Albini really is the fourth Lady Antebellum.
Scott Rosenberg
scottros Scott Rosenberg
Stock markets “becoming noisy sideshow” as investing goes elite, new companies ignore. http://is.gd/lU3ZXl good read from @felixsalmon
Todd VanDerWerff
tvoti Todd VanDerWerff
@Memles Next year’s Gaga vs. Kanye vs. Swift battle royale will tear this country apart.
James Urbaniak
JamesUrbaniak James Urbaniak
Lady Antebellum still regret not giving D. Boon a ride that time.
Amazon MP3
amazonmp3 Amazon MP3
This year’s Album of the Year #grammy nominees incl. #arcadefire are just $5 each thru Feb.: http://amzn.to/fKMy5q
Liz McLellan
hyperlocavore Liz McLellan
RT @staciemunoz: Win, what’s with the BMX riders? Where are the hipsters cruising around on their fixies??!! #arcadefire #grammys
James Urbaniak
JamesUrbaniak James Urbaniak
I remember seeing Lady Antebellum at an all-ages show at City Gardens in Trenton in 1986. #punk
Frank Conniff
FrankConniff Frank Conniff
Wish this Mountain Dew ad would end and the #Grammys would start again. Oh, wait, I’m watching Arcade Fire’s performance.
Liz McLellan
hyperlocavore Liz McLellan
gotta love the #hipsters hating on #arcadefire …now that they can feed and house themselves… #grammys2011
Mindy Kaling
mindykaling Mindy Kaling
I love organized storage.
James Urbaniak
JamesUrbaniak James Urbaniak
I was one of the few to support Lady Antebellum when they left Alternative Tentacles.
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
I liked a YouTube video — Laura Marling // Rambling Man – San Francisco, CA http://youtu.be/R9OgkYU5Hvc?a
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
.@JuddApatow @LocoFingTweets I heard what Miley smoked was salvia, which is perfectly legal in most states but more potent than LSD.
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Vonn, Still Foggy From Concussion, Risks Downhill Run by @alanschwarz in NYTimes.com http://ht.ly/3VMxm
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
I liked a YouTube video — Laura Marling // Goodbye England – San Francisco, CA http://youtu.be/d25dALITmsk?a
James Urbaniak
JamesUrbaniak James Urbaniak 

by tedfriedman
Wife: “So Justin Bieber isn’t making me feel old enough, now I have to remember Evergreen?”
Frank Conniff
FrankConniff Frank Conniff 

by tedfriedman
A one time only performance by Barbara Streisand at the #Grammys! Singing the one song I was hoping she wouldn’t sing!
Neal Brennan
nealbrennan Neal Brennan
Grammys: The last time there were this many black ppl and rednecks in the same place was the courtroom scene in “A Time to Kill.”
James Urbaniak
JamesUrbaniak James Urbaniak
I’m gonna buy some of that motherfucking iced tea Eminem was advertising!
Judd Apatow
JuddApatow Judd Apatow
I thought the Grammy’s were all around great. The Dylan-Mumford- Avett section was fantastic. Streisand too. I am ready for the dr. Dre rec
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
I liked a YouTube video — Laura Marling – New Romantic http://youtu.be/zNxar07_9YA?a
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
I liked a YouTube video — Laura Marling – Goodbye England (Covered In Snow) (Live at B… http://youtu.be/lUi9teTRCgk?a
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
I liked a YouTube video — Goodbye India: To Darkness http://youtu.be/Q_aD3QoGieg?a
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
I liked a YouTube video — Goodbye India: Awake My Soul http://youtu.be/izosZ3bTO5w?a
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
I liked a YouTube video — Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling & Dharohar Project – Goodbye I… http://youtu.be/AuhYqHTNJiA?a
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
I liked a YouTube video — Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling & Dharohar Project – To Darkness http://youtu.be/n3XpmCQsN0E?a
moshekasher
moshekasher moshekasher 

by tedfriedman
Woah! Inverse world! Worst song of the year won best song of the year. Rain is falling up. Birds are dead. Jesus Returns! #grammys
James Urbaniak
JamesUrbaniak James Urbaniak 

by tedfriedman
Lady Antebellum have to have some Altman’s Nashville “Bill, Mary and Tom” shit going on.
Questo of The Roots
questlove Questo of The Roots 

by tedfriedman
Hmmm love the song, but hates that their name refers to pre civil war era south: http://bit.ly/hP3cUp
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
I liked a YouTube video — Laura Marling India Tour – Meheni Rachi With Dharohar Projec… http://youtu.be/RABtaqahoEw?a
Frank Conniff
FrankConniff Frank Conniff 

by tedfriedman
Not surprised that I enjoyed the Muppets on the #Grammys. But I’m a little disturbed that I found them kind of hot.
TheOneRing.net
theoneringnet TheOneRing.net 

by tedfriedman
moshekasher
moshekasher moshekasher 

by tedfriedman
Nicole Kidman is so stoked not to be a scientologist. #grammys
Whitney Cummings
WhitneyCummings Whitney Cummings 

by tedfriedman
You guys I’m not positive but I think Katy Perry might want us to look at her cans
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling & Dharohar Project EP: http://amzn.to/hw0gQO #Grammys #GlobalFolkMusic #IMR
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
If you enjoyed Mumford & Sons on the #Grammys, check out the great EP they did with Laura Marling & the Dharohar Project. #GlobalFolkMusic
moshekasher
moshekasher moshekasher 

by tedfriedman
BARKLY from Sesame street is in the dundgeon family! #grammys
James Urbaniak
JamesUrbaniak James Urbaniak 

by tedfriedman
FACT: “Fuck You” significantly less charming bowdlerized.
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
List of Grammy winners in major categories – TODAYshow.com http://ht.ly/3VLfV
Myles A. McNutt
Memles Myles A. McNutt 

by tedfriedman
On Arcade Fire, Mavis Staples, Lady Gaga, Cee-Lo Green, and the Muddled Memory-Making of the 2011 #Grammys: http://bit.ly/hwC52x.
Bill Simmons
sportsguy33 Bill Simmons 

by tedfriedman
@jacoby_ Let’s create an elaborate handshake to perform every time we see each other. I’d like it to end with fake gunshots.
Bill Simmons
sportsguy33 Bill Simmons 

by tedfriedman
My wife eats up red carpet shows. I don’t get them at all. It’s like being trapped at a bad cocktail party without drinks.
Frank Conniff
FrankConniff Frank Conniff 

by tedfriedman
Bob Dylan sounded great with all that acoustic backing. Let’s just hope he never goes electric. #Grammys
moshekasher
moshekasher moshekasher 

by tedfriedman
Real talk would ANY girl be comfortable spending 10 mins alone in a room with Dylan after that? #grammys
Whitney Cummings
WhitneyCummings Whitney Cummings 

by tedfriedman
Bob Dylan sounds like what I look like in the mornings.
moshekasher
moshekasher moshekasher 

by tedfriedman
Usher. One Part bobby brown, one part starfleet new recruit. #grammys
moshekasher
moshekasher moshekasher 

by tedfriedman
Why is Will Smith so emotionally effected by Lady Gaga’s win? Take it from me, I just dont understand #grammys
Jason Whitlock
WhitlockJason Jason Whitlock 

by tedfriedman
Just saw it on west coast. Gaga hugged LL Cool J. Easy mistake to make RT @callmemrfresh1: Gaga huggin it out with @WhitlockJason?
James Urbaniak
JamesUrbaniak James Urbaniak 

by tedfriedman
The Lady Gaga song sounds just like Madonna but Adrian Tomine drew just like Dan Clowes before he found his own style. #anybody?
Evgeny Morozov
evgenymorozov Evgeny Morozov 

by tedfriedman
Egypt And Tunisia: Without Economic Justice, Democratic Dreams Can Never Truly Be Fulfilled | The New Republic tnr.com/article/agains…
moshekasher
moshekasher moshekasher 

by tedfriedman
Damn Mumford dude is cute. I imagined a grizzly bum. #grammys
Liz McLellan
hyperlocavore Liz McLellan 

by tedfriedman
Mumford and Sons with real instruments! BANJO!!! YAY! #grammys2011
MissMuthich
creamhilled MissMuthich 

by tedfriedman
“Reading ‘Ulysses’ is one of the joys of life” – Frank Delaney guides through this “multi-tasking in prose” http://bit.ly/f59TQk
moshekasher
moshekasher moshekasher 

by tedfriedman
Never again will that Cello dude be this cool. #grammys
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
BRIANMBENDIS BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS 

by tedfriedman
olivia: is dylan singing that way on purpose? does he know he’s on tv now?
James Urbaniak
JamesUrbaniak James Urbaniak 

by tedfriedman
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind. I refer to a lozenge.
Liz McLellan
hyperlocavore Liz McLellan 

by tedfriedman
First rule of Ninja is stealth. #grammys2011 #youredoingitwrong #bieber
James Urbaniak
JamesUrbaniak James Urbaniak 

by tedfriedman
Justin Bieber’s ninja squad contains theatre arts graduates from CalArts, Tisch School of the Arts and SUNY-Purchase.
Jaime Weinman
weinmanj Jaime Weinman 

by tedfriedman
“Community” got 1/3 of recent ratings from same-day DVR – if it gets another season (as seems likely) thank Nielsen’s decision to count DVR.
Matt Thomas ✓
mattthomas Matt Thomas ✓ 

by tedfriedman
That’s the spirit! RT @justinbieber: I lost … but I don’t plan on this being my last chance …
Jay Rosen
jayrosen_nyu Jay Rosen 

by tedfriedman
I just de-activated my Quora account. It wasn’t working for me and I’m already pouring a lot into one corporate blogging Silo: this one.
Wonderella
wonderella Wonderella 

by tedfriedman
Aw, not an egg, Gaga. Salvador Dali did that already. Hell, the Penguin did that already.
Frank Conniff
FrankConniff Frank Conniff 

by tedfriedman
Yakov Smirnoff suing “The House That Built Me” writer, claiming it ripoffs his “In Russia Houses Build You” bit. #Grammys
moshekasher
moshekasher moshekasher 

by tedfriedman
Look how creepy Usher looks staring intently at a 13 year old boy. #grammys
Lee Skallerup
readywriting Lee Skallerup 

by tedfriedman
Seeing how I actually know+like a lot of the acts/nominees at Grammys- either means a)I’m “with it” or b)Grammys are actually out-of-touch.
liz mclellan
inttimes liz mclellan 

by tedfriedman
RT @Gergensvoice Please support the green movement of #Iran & our demonstrations in Iran today Feb14. We need the world’s support! #25Bahman
Scott Tobias
scott_tobias Scott Tobias 

by tedfriedman
Great win for @mergerecords, my favorite label for 20+ years. Can only assume this sets the table for a @wyeoak Grammy.
Greg Taylor
DailyGrail Greg Taylor 

by tedfriedman
Line of the day @edyong209: The terrifying thing about Kurzweil’s immortality thing is that if he’s right, we will NEVER hear the end of it.
moshekasher
moshekasher moshekasher 

by tedfriedman
Damn Spuds Mckenzie is working for Target now? #hardtimes #grammys
Liz McLellan
hyperlocavore Liz McLellan 

by tedfriedman
Muse was like if you added glitter and fake flames to the Socialist Worker’s Party dudes selling the papers. #grammys2011 @awesomlyaweful
James Urbaniak
JamesUrbaniak James Urbaniak 

by tedfriedman
Muse ninja mosh pit contains theatre arts graduates of Juilliard, Carnegie-Mellon and UC-Santa Cruz.
Cathie Bleck
cathiebleck Cathie Bleck 

by tedfriedman
Frank Delaney on NPR Diane Reem show tomorrow 2-14-11 from 11am to noon. http://thedianerehmshow.org/
Jaime Weinman
weinmanj Jaime Weinman 

by tedfriedman
Congratulations to the city of Montreal for its collective Grammy victory. That’s how it works. The Expos, however, are still gone.
Questo of The Roots
questlove Questo of The Roots 

by tedfriedman
RT @leg_and_dairy: Esperanza’s gonna crash wikipedia by the way y’all are pulling her stats
Anthony De Rosa
AntDeRosa Anthony De Rosa 

by tedfriedman
67% of Pakistani journalists surveyed said they viewed U.S. drone attacks as acts of terrorism. http://soupsoup.net/fSC4C0
Neil Patrick Harris
ActuallyNPH Neil Patrick Harris 

by tedfriedman
Great time at the Grammy! Now before we go home to tuck in the babies we get wasted in Arcade Fire’s tour bus. ‘Night, night!
Frank Conniff
FrankConniff Frank Conniff 

by tedfriedman
Nice blonde lady backstage at #Grammys sweetly said, “Muse really rocked” as if gushing about a thoughtful thank you note.
Chris Molanphy
cmolanphy Chris Molanphy 

by tedfriedman
My #grammys mini-review for @Popdust of the #Barbra performance: http://bit.ly/gfe9Mh
Whitney Cummings
WhitneyCummings Whitney Cummings 

by tedfriedman
The Grammys are awesome if you want to feel old.
Kembrew McLeod
kembrew Kembrew McLeod 

by tedfriedman
The Arcade Fire’s Suburbs is the first non-major label record to win Album of the Year. http://huff.to/eOo1BK #TookLongEnough
Ken Wissoker
kwissoker Ken Wissoker 

by tedfriedman
RT@MarkSV: Huge night for Merge Records. It’s Durham’s year, baby! Congrats Laura and Mac.
Arcade Fire
arcadefire Arcade Fire 

by tedfriedman
OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD. Thank you EVERYONE.
Steve Nash
SteveNash Steve Nash 

by tedfriedman
Congratulations to Canadian Artist’s Arcade Fire for album of the year. Incredible.
Liz McLellan
hyperlocavore Liz McLellan 

by tedfriedman
I’ve successfully avoided Bieber for so long…
rob sheffield
robsheff rob sheffield 

by tedfriedman
congrats to The Suburbs for long-overdue Grammy recognition. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNx1i8Gx3hM. Love is the law!
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
This week on In Media Res: Sex & the Internet. http://ht.ly/3VKkJ #IMR
Anthony De Rosa
AntDeRosa Anthony De Rosa 

by tedfriedman
So where does Arcade Fire now sit in @NewYorkMag‘s Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations? http://soupsoup.net/h2auZG
Jason Whitlock
WhitlockJason Jason Whitlock 

by tedfriedman
I need a pic of the dude who hugged Lady Gaga at the Grammys. Everyone is Tweeting I hugged Gaga. #mustabeenDenzel
AJC
ajc AJC 

by tedfriedman
Nightcap: Georgia’s country acts score #Grammy gold http://bit.ly/hIW0f8
moshekasher
moshekasher moshekasher 

by tedfriedman
WHO IS ANYONE IN MUSIC? I literally do not know any of these white people! #grammys
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
BRIANMBENDIS BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS 

by tedfriedman
i will spare you the details but i am on minute ten of my daughters vicious anti beiber rant.
Steve Nash
SteveNash Steve Nash 

by tedfriedman
Frank Conniff
FrankConniff Frank Conniff 

by tedfriedman
If Lady Gaga was “born this way” did doctor tell her parents, “Congratulations! It’s a 9 pound publicity whore!” #Grammys
Nelson George
nelsongeorge Nelson George 

by tedfriedman
Arcade Fire have been building for years to be a huge band. Actually they already sell out arenas. Now they just had their pop moment. Nice.
Augustus Ankle
AugustusAnkle Augustus Ankle 

by tedfriedman
top 2 Grammy performances: Janelle killed it, Cee Lo would have been close 2nd but Fishsticks ruined it, so 2nd is Jolene
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
RT @kanyewest: #Arcade fire!!!!!!!!!! There is hope!!! I feel like we all won when something like this happens! FUCKING AWESOME!
moshekasher
moshekasher moshekasher 

by tedfriedman
Gaga has a shoulder eretion #grammys
Matt Thomas ✓
mattthomas Matt Thomas ✓ 

by tedfriedman
Twilight Zone episode idea: Lady Antebellum goes back in time to before the Civil War, realizes name is offensive, returns to apologize.
Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt_Vonnegut Kurt Vonnegut 

by tedfriedman
A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.
david carr
carr2n david carr 

by tedfriedman
Wow, what a save! Arcade Fire for the win and playing itself and the show off. Make me feel less dumb for hanging in.
James Urbaniak
JamesUrbaniak James Urbaniak 

by tedfriedman
Wife re Gaga: “So she’s got her points on her shoulders instead of her tits? It still sounds like Madonna.”
Leo Hollen Jr
leoHollen Leo Hollen Jr 

by tedfriedman
wow! yay! i’m so glad arcade fire won. they look so fucking happy.
HIPSTER RUNOFF
hipsterrunoff HIPSTER RUNOFF 

by tedfriedman
Congratulations Arcade Fire. You won indie. You won mainstream. Tonight is ur nite.
Jay Rosen
jayrosen_nyu Jay Rosen 

by tedfriedman
Jay Rosen Is Wrong: “Twitter Revolution” And “Facebook Revolution” Cyber-Utopians Really Do Think It’s That Simple. http://jr.ly/6w7a
Kristen Schaal
kristenschaaled Kristen Schaal 

by tedfriedman
No! I LOVE the state of the music biz! RT @kurtbraunohler @kristenschaaled ur so drunk. I’m coming over.
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Barbra has clearly never heard of Arcade Fire. I see a very special #Glee ep coming out of this wacky culture clash. #grammys #imr
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
CBS bleeped Arcade Fire’s praise of Canada? #grammys #imr
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Big #Grammy winners tonight: Mumford & Sons. Crushed it live & got to back up Dylan on a night when he was in a good mood. #grammys #imr
Damon Lindelof
DamonLindelof Damon Lindelof 

by tedfriedman
“Borne on Satin Pillows Held Aloft By The Cast of Saved By The Bell, Fed Grapes By Screech.” #REDCARPETPLANSREJECTEDBYGAGA
Matt Thomas ✓
mattthomas Matt Thomas ✓ 

by tedfriedman
“I never won a Grammy, I won’t win a Tony, but I’m not the only MC keeping it real.” —KRS-One
Matt Thomas ✓
mattthomas Matt Thomas ✓ 

by tedfriedman
“Who gives a fuck about a goddamned Grammy?” —Flavor Flav
Kristen Schaal
kristenschaaled Kristen Schaal 

by tedfriedman
Jagger Brought It! #bestgrammysever
Scott Tobias
scott_tobias Scott Tobias 

by tedfriedman
“Music is none of my business.” —Marge Simpson #Grammys
Noel Murray
NoelMu Noel Murray 

by tedfriedman
I think if The Arcade Fire weren’t The Arcade Fire, a lot of people who hate The Arcade Fire would love The Arcade Fire.
The White House
whitehouse The White House 

by tedfriedman
Video of Esperanza Spalding performing “Tell Him” @ the White House http://goo.gl/rB1SF More music: http://goo.gl/N1UGS #Grammys
Neil Patrick Harris
ActuallyNPH Neil Patrick Harris 

by tedfriedman
Arcade Fire! I’m having… a… seizure..!
Scott Tobias
scott_tobias Scott Tobias 

by tedfriedman
Had never even heard of Lady Antebellum until tonight. Guessing this means they’re the NCIS of rock bands.
Salon.com
Salon Salon.com 

by tedfriedman
Lady Antebellum takes record of the year. Congrats Lady Antebellum! PS: Who’s Lady Antebellum? http://salon.com/a/sQCgfAA
James Poniewozik
poniewozik James Poniewozik 

by tedfriedman
Two themes of tonight’s #grammys: tall hair and fire. This will not end well.
Chris Becker
crsbecker Chris Becker 

by tedfriedman
“See you driving ’round town with the Grammy I deserve, and I’m like, F— You.” — Cee-Lo
Matt Lowell
mattlowell Matt Lowell 

by tedfriedman
Sorry was this the CMA awards? The country booty call song is cleaning this shit up.
Scott Rosenberg
scottros Scott Rosenberg 

by tedfriedman
That’s the way it is! Let’s figure out how to carry profession’s ideals forward into new kinds of jobs, give up feeling entitled.
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
BRIANMBENDIS BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS 

by tedfriedman
watching the grammys with olivia. every time there is a beiber appearance she yells ugh! gonna be a long night.
Anthony De Rosa
AntDeRosa Anthony De Rosa 

by tedfriedman
Record of the Year means you were played more than any other song at Walgreens, Album of the Year is Sams Club cc @videodrew
Nelson George
nelsongeorge Nelson George 

by tedfriedman
Check this video out — Esperanza Spalding – I know You know (Live) – Nobel concert youtube.com/watch?v=g-rWNA… via @youtube U don’t know, now u do
Jahnessa
JAHnessa Jahnessa 

by tedfriedman
Take a bow Marshall Mathers, aka EMENM you just won Rap Album of the Year award SOBER!! Great accomplishment @chakkamusic #grammys
Chris Molanphy
cmolanphy Chris Molanphy 

by tedfriedman
My @Grammys mini-review for @Popdust of the @Eminem / @Rihanna / @Dre performance: http://bit.ly/fwtGfw
Daniel Gilmore
vagabond85 Daniel Gilmore 

by tedfriedman
@tedfriedman LCD Soundsystem on Colbert Report tomorrow night. Is there a such thing as ‘too awesome?’
Scott Rosenberg
scottros Scott Rosenberg 

by tedfriedman
Now, HuffPo story’s a bit different. And I prefer platforms that let me own/control my postings. But this “serf” talk is nuts.
Anthony De Rosa
AntDeRosa Anthony De Rosa 

by tedfriedman
Sonny and Cher just showed up.
Alyx Vesey
ms_vz Alyx Vesey 

by tedfriedman
D-I-V-O-R-C-E! #grammys
Scott Rosenberg
scottros Scott Rosenberg 

by tedfriedman
FB, Twitter, Flickr posts etc “unpaid content” produced by serfs? Did you think you’d get paid for your telephone conversations?
Andy Carvin
acarvin Andy Carvin 

by tedfriedman
Here’s that #tinydesk concert I mentioned. She was stunning. RT @helenspitzer: Esperanza Spalding: http://n.pr/ij77iC
Lee Skallerup
readywriting Lee Skallerup 

by tedfriedman
20 yrs ago, Pump Up The Volume taught us a lesson in primitive social media, education, and change collegereadywriting.blogspot.com/2011/02/pump-u… #highered #edchat
kriscannon
kriscannon kriscannon 

by tedfriedman
Is that a bedazzled Wonder Woman costume on Rhianna? #grammys
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Rhianna’s sad robot songs always rock. #grammys #imr
GSU_News
gsu_news GSU_News 

by tedfriedman
Tonight’s Grammys reminded us of this past GSU mag story: No Bieber or Gaga, though: http://www.gsu.edu/magazine/2010spring/68.html
Peter Steinberg
steinber Peter Steinberg 

by tedfriedman
lo rhapsody, bring me esperanza spalding. excellent music for concentrating, so far.
Noel Murray
NoelMu Noel Murray 

by tedfriedman
I get why people don’t watch the Grammys, but y’know: Janelle Monae, the Avetts, Mick Jagger… that’s actual entertainment.
Neil Patrick Harris
ActuallyNPH Neil Patrick Harris 

by tedfriedman
Nicki Minaj’s hair made me hungry for carnival snacks.
Leo Hollen Jr
leoHollen Leo Hollen Jr 

by tedfriedman
i’d just like one smile in the rap category.
Rodney Ho
ajcradiotv Rodney Ho 

by tedfriedman
Nicki Minaj–the Rocky Horror Picture Show show is at the Plaza this Friday at midnight…you won’t need to change! #Grammys
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Nicky Minaj – out-SF-ing Janelle Monae! Outfit of the nite. She’s great on Monster by @kanyewest too. #grammys #imr
Heide Kolb
heidiko44 Heide Kolb 

by tedfriedman
Fun Fact: Mick Jagger is 148 Biebers old ~ via @LynCKos: @delrayser @TexBetsy #grammys
rosanne cash
rosannecash rosanne cash 

by tedfriedman
My man Kris. Love him so much.
RayBeckerman
RayBeckerman RayBeckerman 

by tedfriedman
“Love in vain” The Rolling Stones http://youtu.be/OJ2Y5HBNx9E #music #blues
kriscannon
kriscannon kriscannon 

by tedfriedman
I have a very awkward abreaction to Barbara Streisand.
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Now I’m waiting for Lea Michelle to burst out of Bahbrah’s dress like Alien. #grammys #imr
kriscannon
kriscannon kriscannon 

by tedfriedman
Oh no….
Vernon Mitchell, Jr.
Negrointellect Vernon Mitchell, Jr. 

by tedfriedman
Jagger killed it–as I expected he would. He knows his musical roots. The tragic thing is that some black artists don’t. #GRAMMYs2011
Kanye West
kanyewest Kanye West 

by tedfriedman
Damn… I can’t find the words to explain how I feel about the best new artist award… Don’t wanna say the wrong thing
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
The Daily Mythos is out! http://bit.ly/gFccD3 ▸ Top stories today via @ashevillejungct @openmythsource @ellenkushner @profhacker
Neil Patrick Harris
ActuallyNPH Neil Patrick Harris 

by tedfriedman
Mick Jagger can work a staaaage! But listening to the song, I’m not quite sure who exactly he needs…
Chris Molanphy
cmolanphy Chris Molanphy 

by tedfriedman
My @Grammys mini-review for @Popdust of the acoustic set (@mumford, @avettbros, @dylan): http://bit.ly/gW1xRa
Anthony De Rosa
AntDeRosa Anthony De Rosa 

by tedfriedman
Mick without the Stones is like foreplay without the sex.
Tan
Lovemyfro Tan 

by tedfriedman
how come there wasnt a Teena Marie tribute?
Kanye West
kanyewest Kanye West 

by tedfriedman
Mick Jagger is crazy fresh!!! #OGSWAG
Salon.com
Salon Salon.com 

by tedfriedman
For your Sunday night fashion fix: The Grammys’ most memorable red carpet outfits http://salon.com/a/sPygfAA
Cecily
Cecilyk Cecily 

by tedfriedman
It bothers me that a 67 year old man is totally rocking the skinny jeans.
Andre Harrell
iamAndreHarrell Andre Harrell 

by tedfriedman
U got say its amazing that 7o year mick jaguar can still chew his food let alone sing and dance
Cathy Davidson
CatinStack Cathy Davidson 

by tedfriedman
Mick is looking a little Hef
Anne Helen Petersen
annehelen Anne Helen Petersen 

by tedfriedman
SO MUCH awkward Nicole Kidman dancing tonight.
Jeff Parker
jeffparker Jeff Parker 

by tedfriedman
Wasn’t really slamming any of the JLA, but interesting how NO ONE sticks up for Red Tornado #ValentinesDayCardMassacre
Leo Hollen Jr
leoHollen Leo Hollen Jr 

by tedfriedman
these young twigs have nothing on jagger’s skinny legged finesse.
Alyx Vesey
ms_vz Alyx Vesey 

by tedfriedman
I’m stealing that jacket from you, Mick. Watch out. #grammys
kriscannon
kriscannon kriscannon 

by tedfriedman
Seriously thought Mick was Whitney Houston from the back.
Cathy Davidson
CatinStack Cathy Davidson 

by tedfriedman
O Mick
Kanye West
kanyewest Kanye West 

by tedfriedman
R.I.P to GURU!!!
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Bummer – wouldve made a big improvement. RT @questlove: We had this gig w/ mick in the bag but had to pass.
Questo of The Roots
questlove Questo of The Roots 

by tedfriedman
We had this gig w/ mick in the bag but had to pass.
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Mick still hasn’t figured out how to be a cool old guy like Keith & Dylan & Neil Young. Needs less preening, more Zen. #grammys #imr
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Did we overrate Mick? Maybe Keith wasn’t just the musical genius of the Stones, but also the real conceptualist, & Mick was his sock puppet.
Andy Carvin
acarvin Andy Carvin 

by tedfriedman
RT @SimaSaharZerehi: Tried to call friends in #Iran the lines are down and internet is shut down in preparation for #25Bahman #feb14
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Riff it, beardy guy! #grammys #imr
Ellen Kushner
EllenKushner Ellen Kushner 

by tedfriedman
RT @InterstitialArt InterfictionsZero now accepting rolling submissions of essays for publication: http://tinyurl.com/2vkratt
Brian Stelter
brianstelter Brian Stelter 

by tedfriedman
For those of you Googling “Esperanza Spalding,” I’ll save you a step: http://bit.ly/2ejBJL
Ken Wissoker
kwissoker Ken Wissoker 

by tedfriedman
RT@nelsongeorge: E. Spaulding! female jazz singing bass players rule!
Questo of The Roots
questlove Questo of The Roots 

by tedfriedman
Wow. Awesome upset! We are floored! couldn’t happen to a nicer person. #grammys2011
Alyx Vesey
ms_vz Alyx Vesey 

by tedfriedman
Legit whoo! Esperanza is so talented. #grammys
Questo of The Roots
questlove Questo of The Roots 

by tedfriedman
Damn I feel like I just won! Congrats Esperanza! #grammys2011.
Questo of The Roots
questlove Questo of The Roots 

by tedfriedman
The weird thing about dre’s verse concerning haters and doubters is all I heard from people is “dre come back!!!” #grammys2011
Cathy Davidson
CatinStack Cathy Davidson 

by tedfriedman
Go Esperanza!!!!
Sandy Smallens
audiation Sandy Smallens 

by tedfriedman
Dre: rocked. Em: rocked, but why did you double-track? Skyler (sp?): awesome. Rhianna: sit down, man.
Anthony De Rosa
AntDeRosa Anthony De Rosa 

by tedfriedman
Is Jewel living in a car again?
kriscannon
kriscannon kriscannon 

by tedfriedman
Note to #Grammys lighting crew: keep off @eminem‘s mic. I don’t wanna see his spittle sparkle.
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
OK, can’t complain about Esperanza Spalding over Mumford. Album didn’t work for me, but definitely interesting. Plus a Portland shout-out!
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Go Mumford! #grammys #imr
Rodney Ho
ajcradiotv Rodney Ho 

by tedfriedman
The veins on Eminem’s face are seriously poppin! #Grammys
danayoung
danayoung danayoung 

by tedfriedman
LOL! RT @ScubaDiva: Eminem always seems so angry… If he wore CeeLo’s feather ensemble, Eminem could be the epitome of Angry Bird!
Anthony De Rosa
AntDeRosa Anthony De Rosa 

by tedfriedman
Where’s Suge Knight when you need him?
Rodney Ho
ajcradiotv Rodney Ho 

by tedfriedman
Singing live is tough. Lady Gaga and Katy Perry pulled it off. Rihanna? Not quite. CBS probably has multiple censors on the mute button!
Questo of The Roots
questlove Questo of The Roots 

by tedfriedman
2 reverse Col Tom Parker moments tonight w/ Dre & Ush for Bieb & Em. #grammys2011
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
They’re double-tracking Eminem while singers get no vocal sweeners. Weird double standard. #grammys #imr
Questo of The Roots
questlove Questo of The Roots 

by tedfriedman
Rodney Ho
ajcradiotv Rodney Ho 

by tedfriedman
Looks like Rihanna swiped part of Cee Lo’s costume! #Grammys
Matthew Meylikhov
mattisnotarobot Matthew Meylikhov 

by tedfriedman 

@
@BRIANMBENDIS They might just be sore because Aquaman got his hand cut off, and the only emoticon he’s using is >_<
Myles A. McNutt
Memles Myles A. McNutt 

by tedfriedman
Can we stop calling Rob a villain? I’m pretty sure everyone likes the guy. #Survivor
Sean C. Duncan
scd Sean C. Duncan 

by tedfriedman
I’m kinda appalled at how many of the people I follow on Twitter are actually live-tweeting the Grammys of all detestable things. For shame.
Alyx Vesey
ms_vz Alyx Vesey 

by tedfriedman
As a palette cleanser, Sonic Youth performing “Flower” (thanks, @gerardcosloy): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QST5GOuRWs
James Poniewozik
poniewozik James Poniewozik 

by tedfriedman
Whenever I hear “Need You Now,” I close my eyes and it’s like I’m in the checkout line at Duane Reade all over again. #grammys
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
A Miley Cirus salvia divinorum joke! #grammys #imr
Anthony De Rosa
AntDeRosa Anthony De Rosa 

by tedfriedman
I’d get out of a moving car playing Lady Antebellum.
Rodney Ho
ajcradiotv Rodney Ho 

by tedfriedman
“The song otherwise known as Forget You.” Prince would appreciate that! #Grammys
Anne Helen Petersen
annehelen Anne Helen Petersen 

by tedfriedman
You guys, LADY ANTEBELLUM IS THE MOST BORING BAND OF OUR TIME.
Matt Thomas ✓
mattthomas Matt Thomas ✓ 

by tedfriedman
First person to make an animated GIF of Nicole Kidman singing along to “Teenage Dream” gets a free BOTOX treatment.
Sandy Smallens
audiation Sandy Smallens 

by tedfriedman
John Mayer – shave and get some rest, bodyland
Alyx Vesey
ms_vz Alyx Vesey 

by tedfriedman
Norah doesn’t need these jokers. #grammys
BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
BRIANMBENDIS BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS 

by tedfriedman
i seem 2 have pissed off all 3 aquaman fans who also seem to have no idea what an emoticon is. amazing that they have that in common. 🙂
Anthony De Rosa
AntDeRosa Anthony De Rosa 

by tedfriedman
When did John Mayer turn into Father Guido Sarducci?
Rodney Ho
ajcradiotv Rodney Ho 

by tedfriedman
I didn’t even recognize Norah Jones with her haircut! And this is one great Dolly Parton tune. #grammys
Questo of The Roots
questlove Questo of The Roots 

by tedfriedman
Yo this Jolene is killin! #grammys2011
Jeff Baum
jeffbaum Jeff Baum 

by tedfriedman
Perfect! @cameroncook: CEE-LO IS WEARING THE SAME THING THAT ELTON JOHN WORE ON THE MUPPET SHOW! youtube.com/watch?v=R_EUDu…
Liz McLellan
hyperlocavore Liz McLellan 

by tedfriedman
Hyperlocavore – Yardsharing If you have land: http://ow.ly/3VI1x If your looking to help grow food but have no land: http://ow.ly/3VI1y
Anne Helen Petersen
annehelen Anne Helen Petersen 

by tedfriedman
Let’s have the all-boys school from Glee sing this instead?
Kelli Marshall
KelliMarshall Kelli Marshall 

by tedfriedman 

@
@inessentials Don’t mess with SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE! =)
Lee Skallerup
readywriting Lee Skallerup 

by tedfriedman
Note to self: Cehck out Jeanelle Monae and Cee-Lo green. Thanks twitter for saving me the trouble of watching the Grammys.
inessentials
inessentials inessentials 

by tedfriedman
Every time I hear the words “Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow” I tip my cap to the power of late ’90s Miramax.
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Gotta admit, Need You Now is one of those perfectly structured songs that sounds less written than discovered.
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
I wanna see that trio jam some more. How about Coat of Many Colors? #grammys #imr
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Where’s the costume party John Mayer’s going to in his Johnny Depp outfit? #grammys #imr
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Jolene: an all-time classic. #DollyParton #grammys #imr
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Roots of Teenage Dream: M83, Boys of Summer, Sonic Youth’s Teenage Riot, Who’s Baba O’Riley. @katyperry #grammys #imr
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Let the backlash against the @katyperry backlash begin! Hugely underrated as a songwriter. That’s why the #Glee covers work. #grammys #imr
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Go @katyperry! This is her Kate Bush ballad.
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Andy Borowitz
BorowitzReport Andy Borowitz 

by tedfriedman
Must be AWKWARD backstage between Katy Perry and the Muppets. #Grammys
Noel Murray
NoelMu Noel Murray 

by tedfriedman
So far, all the people whose performances I’ve fast-forwarded through have won Grammys.
Jeff Dauler
JeffDauler Jeff Dauler 

by tedfriedman
RT @jayharren: CBS is pissed Ceel Lo is dressed as the NBC peacock #grammys
Anne Helen Petersen
annehelen Anne Helen Petersen 

by tedfriedman
I need to play this Wii dance game. LIke right now.
Anthony De Rosa
AntDeRosa Anthony De Rosa 

by tedfriedman
Lady Gaga is so pissed off right now.
Anne Helen Petersen
annehelen Anne Helen Petersen 

by tedfriedman
Muppets?!? MUPPETS!!!
Questo of The Roots
questlove Questo of The Roots 

by tedfriedman
One minute in and I know this cee lo performance will go down in top 10 grammy performance history. #grammys2011
alisa perren
aperren alisa perren 

by tedfriedman
Can we make Cee-Lo an honorary muppet now?
Neil Patrick Harris
ActuallyNPH Neil Patrick Harris 

by tedfriedman
I’m backstage. I’ve already declared Cee Lo’s my favorite performance. You’ll see why shortly.
Rodney Ho
ajcradiotv Rodney Ho 

by tedfriedman
More Georgia representin’ as Lady Antebellum coat the airwaves with two incredibly pretty songs “American Honey” & “Need You Now.” #Grammys
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Up On the Ridge is a great neotrad album.
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Need You Now is awfully close to Alan Parsons’s Eye In the Sky, isn’t it? via @kt30003k
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Gotta give it up for Lady Antebellum. Best harmonies of the night. #grammys #imr
Orlando Tirado
orlandotirado Orlando Tirado 

by tedfriedman
My thoughts exactly RT @tedfriedman: Is Dylan wearing bowling shoes?
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
RT @BobbyDrakeTheDJ: Lady Gaga was @ the VMAs covered in meat. She was @ the Grammys dressed as an egg. Two more red carpets & She will …
Heide Kolb
heidiko44 Heide Kolb 

by tedfriedman
R @IHaveAPseudonym: Bob Dylan is a perpetual reminder that imperfection is a vital element in music. #grammys
Jeff Dauler
JeffDauler Jeff Dauler 

by tedfriedman
Somewhere, an old-folks home is calling a news station about their patient who looks like Bob Dylan who wandered away this afternoon.
Anthony De Rosa
AntDeRosa Anthony De Rosa 

by tedfriedman
I’ll take Dylan’s croak over the first hour of reheated 90s any day of the year.
Anthony De Rosa
AntDeRosa Anthony De Rosa 

by tedfriedman
Neil Young finally looks entertained. Only took an hour and a half.
Alyx Vesey
ms_vz Alyx Vesey 

by tedfriedman
This looks like the funnest. Gimme a guitar. Or a washboard. #grammys
Questo of The Roots
questlove Questo of The Roots 

by tedfriedman
I like the Rocky’s trainer rasp of Dylan’s voice tonight as opposed to the 80’s bullwinkle flavor I was expecting. #grammys2011
Jim Behrle
behrle Jim Behrle 

by tedfriedman
He literally can’t work on Maggie’s Farm anymore because of employment laws governing the elderly
Rodney Ho
ajcradiotv Rodney Ho 

by tedfriedman
#Grammys execs (thinking about the FCC) appear to have had Mumford & Sons sing “The Cave” instead of “Little Lion Man.”
Heide Kolb
heidiko44 Heide Kolb 

by tedfriedman
Bob Dylan is a national treasure #Grammys
donut
frittersandclam donut 

by tedfriedman
the dylan jam is the way it should be. lots of people just yelling out.
Michael K
mkdlisted Michael K 

by tedfriedman
I want to come back as Bob Dylan’s hair. It just doesn’t give a fuck.
Heide Kolb
heidiko44 Heide Kolb 

by tedfriedman
Bob Dylan ~ Thank You #Grammys
david carr
carr2n david carr 

by tedfriedman
Maybe having some music in the middle of the show could become a Grammy tradition.
Anthony De Rosa
AntDeRosa Anthony De Rosa 

by tedfriedman
Pretty sure this is the Deadwood portion of the evening.
James Poniewozik
poniewozik James Poniewozik 

by tedfriedman
I am SO picking Mumford and Sons CD as my next NPR pledge premium.
Rodney Ho
ajcradiotv Rodney Ho 

by tedfriedman
Lead singer of Mumford & Sons looks like Boston Rob Mariano from “Survivor.” #Grammys
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
This the best hootenanny I’ve seen in years.
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Is Dylan wearing bowling shoes?
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Cross-Atlantic folk-off! Afraid Mumford’s crushing Avett Bros, but we still have Bob coming. Tho guess he counts as a ringer. #grammys #imr
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Wow this could rock.
Leila Fadel
LeilaFadel Leila Fadel 

by tedfriedman
Feb. 11 a recruitment posting on craigslist Cairo under government jobs “Looking for a new President (#Egypt)”
Chris Molanphy
cmolanphy Chris Molanphy 

by tedfriedman
Am doing a bit of live-blogging of the @grammys for @popdust. Here’s my rundown of the show-opening Aretha tribute: http://bit.ly/gmQVrZ
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Love the #Grammys acceptance play-off strategy: minor organ chords give the speech an increasingly ominous tone until the winner skulks off.
Claire Suddath
clairesuddath Claire Suddath 

by tedfriedman
Justin Bieber AND Jaden Smith? This is the best middle school talent show I’ve ever seen. #Grammys
James Poniewozik
poniewozik James Poniewozik 

by tedfriedman
Justin Bieber acoustic was like Darth Vader disconnected from his life support suit. #grammys
Rodney Ho
ajcradiotv Rodney Ho 

by tedfriedman
#Usher will recycle “OMG” on TV as many times as he can get away with it. “Idol,” Super Bowl, now the #Grammys!
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Wonder if the #Grammies are having monitor problems. Seems like everybody’s pitchy.
Neil Patrick Harris
ActuallyNPH Neil Patrick Harris 

by tedfriedman
Holy cripes..! NINJAS!!
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman 

@
@noelrk should i start with the pilot? Gonna watch it on the Stairmaster.
Alyx Vesey
ms_vz Alyx Vesey 

by tedfriedman
This intro is creeping me out. Don’t go in the van. #grammys
Rodney Ho
ajcradiotv Rodney Ho 

by tedfriedman
Atlgets love w/ B.o.B. @ #TheGrammys. He is attempting to bring back the monocle into fashion while Bruno & Janelle are wkin’ the pompadour!
Chris Sligh
ChrisSligh Chris Sligh 

by tedfriedman
Everyone knows I LOVE Bruno Mars. This isn’t his night vocally.
Todd VanDerWerff
tvoti Todd VanDerWerff 

by tedfriedman
Tonight’s Big Love features red-hot doctrinal action.
James Poniewozik
poniewozik James Poniewozik 

by tedfriedman
OK, bye #Grammys. I’m just going to be rewinding and rewatching that Janelle Monae perf for the next two hours.
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
That looked like a very carefully vetted mosh pit. #grammys #imr
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
OK, Bruno’s a lttle pitchy without autotune. #grammys #imr
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Wow, Bruno Mars really has the goods. #grammys #imr
Anne Helen Petersen
annehelen Anne Helen Petersen 

by tedfriedman
Grammy dude….ROCKIN’ THE MONOCLE.
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Glad to see some good exposure for #ATL‘s Janelle Monae. Gaga’s backstage taking notes furiously. #grammys #imr
Tim Carvell
timcarvell Tim Carvell 

by tedfriedman
The two funniest words in the whole “Atlas Shrugged” trailer: “Part One”.
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Sigur Ros in Ford Explorer commercials? Is this the end of post-rock? #grammys #imr
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
“As you saw, Muse really rocked.” Not if you had to tell us they did. #Grammys #imr
Leo Hollen Jr
leoHollen Leo Hollen Jr 

by tedfriedman
I want kanye to win SOMEThInG just so we can see him speak
Lee Skallerup
readywriting Lee Skallerup 

by tedfriedman
Kim Cattrall as a Vulcan? Hahahahaha!!! This movie is awesome. Great counter-programming SyFy!
Stitch Kingdom
stitchkingdom Stitch Kingdom 

by tedfriedman
Should’ve used the expelliarmus spell RT @leeunkrich Met J.K. Rowling tonight. She told me she LOVED Toy Story 3. My head exploded. The End.
Anthony De Rosa
AntDeRosa Anthony De Rosa 

by tedfriedman
Lenny Kravitz has morphed into Derek Zoolander
Keith Phipps
kphipps3000 Keith Phipps 

by tedfriedman
Doesn’t the phrase “Four-time Grammy winner Lenny Kravtiz” say everything that needs saying about the Grammys?
tedfriedman
tedfriedman tedfriedman
Muse may have just hit their 16th minute. This song was stale a year ago. #grammys #imr
Roger Ebert
ebertchicago Roger Ebert 

by tedfriedman
“The Cairo Trilogy,” by the Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz. Because Cairo is a city of many lives and secrets. http://amzn.to/iknThf
Jaime Weinman
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No, commercial, Johnny Depp is NOT Rango. He is the voice of Rango. Do you not know the difference, commercial? #PintoColvigISGoofy
moshekasher
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Seriously why haven’t we ruined Hip Hop for black people yet?
Anthony De Rosa
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Gaga says she took a master class in fame, but isn’t this all kind of paint by numbers?
Howard Stern
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Do you think lady g has underpants on?
Jason Mittell
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I’m shocked by how many people are live-tweeting the Grammys. It’s the Grammys, people! It’s never been relevant, and is even less so today.
Alyx Vesey
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Wack lyrics, con. Pointy sholder pad shoulders and organ, pro. #grammys
Ruth Bourdain
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If I’m not mistaken, that’s no ordinary egg Lady Gaga arrived in. She’s fully formed, so that’s a balut. Yum. #grammys
Anthony De Rosa
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RT @kanyewest I didn’t know Howie Mandel was a part of Train
Michael Conforti PhD
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Webcast of Jung’s Red Book symposium 6-19-10 now available: Watch online via Library of Congress: http://bit.ly/fcQrhT#cgjung #depthpsych
James Poniewozik
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People can rip on Gaga all they want, but that was a beautiful statement of support for all of us with shoulder horns. #grammys
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@HowardStern Pat said he would do it a while back on your show and he pulled through! That was awsome!
Stevie
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I have long since stopped caring about popular songs in commercials, but watching Shrek on a tablet to “Walk On the Wild Side” depresses me
Len Moleski
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@HowardStern Go Howard mentioned on the Grammy’s Train didn’t lie!!!!!!!!!!!!
Howard Stern
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I don’t think this dude will be mentioning me
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Time to start rooting. Go @katyperry & @kanyewest! #Grammies #imr
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This Gaga performance is a surprising dud. Video more her medium than live. #Grammies #imr
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Don’t get this Gaga single. It’s not like Express Yourself has that great a melody anyway – why rip it off so blatantly? #Grammies #IMR
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Score so far: One thank you for @HowardStern, zero for God.
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Has anyone tracked down Mr Mister to see how they feel about this song? Gotta help archive sales.
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Please god not soul sister…
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Oh no. Bad #SuperBowl commercial deja vu. #Grammies #imr
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Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves must be retired from the diva canon. Respect too. There have to be fresher girlpower anthems. #grammies
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Yolanda Adams is outclassing everybody else in this #Grammies opening number. #imr
Questo of The Roots
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Lyor’s complaining about my fro size and his view. #grammys2011
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Christina, the American viewing public forgives you for the Superbowl anthem.
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So far, I’ve blogged tweetstreams on #Egypt and #synchronicity. Coming next: @kanyewest & @katyperry, leading up to #Grammies tonight.
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Inspired by @defjaf, I’ve started editing twitter conversations and turning them into blog posts at http://tedfriedman.com.

Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad [Updated]

Tweets the night of December 25, 2010.

Red-tailed Hawk in flight

Yesterday as we got in the car to drive to the NC mountains, a hawk flew directly over us. Synchronicity – but were we predators or prey?

We made such slow time (because of my new diabetes routines) that we had to motel it. Then today, we had to turn back because of snow.

So was the hawk among the signs warning us to turn back, along with early weather reports & my misplacing my diabetes supplies?

Three hints to turn around: one rational (the weather forecast), one mystical (the hawk portent), one unconscious (my Freudian slip of forgetting).

Synchronicity identifies the interpenetration of models of reality – rational & mystical, conscious & unconscious, yin & yang.

Morannon

Morannon, a stray who came with a tag reading, "I Pee the House."

My cats have higher emotional intelligence than I do. They know when I’m down & come sit on me, but I can’t always tell if they’re sad.

That’s if they’re in the mood to be supportive. They may have other responsibilities, like chasing string or fighting each other.

My cats will let us know if they’re strongly displeased – they’re all loud, and today The Dude peed on our used wrapping paper….

It’s the level of our cats’ ennui that’s hard to gauge. The Dude often looks like he’s got a lot on his mind. He’s a deep cat.

On the other hand, like all male cats I’ve met, The Dude will start drooling if you pet him for a while. The Dude abides.

The Dude

The Dude

So, it seems my cats can sense my emotional state – by smell, by behavior, or by who knows what. Couldn’t a hawk likewise be drawn to me?

Thinking it through that way, maybe the hawk could smell my fear – the stress from the new diabetes regimen & weather report.

So then a hawk overhead is a rational portent: it means something nearby is giving off enough weak, hurt & fearful vibes to attract it.

Redtailed Hawk

Alternately, the hawk flying directly overhead at our exact moment of departure was a complete coincidence – though an improbable one.

One definition of synchronicity is meaningful coincidence. Even if the hawk overflight was purely coincidental, it was still meaningful.

Synchronicity is meaningful because our minds – at levels below conscious control – respond to archetypes. The hawk felt portentous.

We’re bound to attach significance to a numinous moment. It’s beyond conscious choice. The question whether we dismiss our intuition.

I’m agnostic on whether synchronicity just explains human psychology, or also explains quantum physics. But I want to believe.

I Want to Believe

Just to clarify – I found my diabetes supplies an hour after losing them. Would’ve turned back if we couldn’t find them. Fun night.

Clearly multiple reasons for parapraxis (Freudian slip) of misplacing diabetes supplies: not wanting to drive in snow & also not wanting diabetes.

If I misplace things over the next few weeks as I get used to taking insulin 4-5x/day, I’ll have to just set up backups & try not to stress.

My insulin

Unfortunately, diabetes educators tends to emphasize the scare factor: all the ways you can slip into a coma and die if you’re not careful.

When people try to scare me, I react with petulant rebellion – even if what they want me to do is in my own best interest. Hence parapraxis.

I’m smart enough to recognize the importance of my insulin. And hopefully wise enough to treat my moments of petulance with patience.

Channukah Harry (Jon Lovitz) on SNL

New Jewish tradition: tweeting Chrismas night?

RT @ted_friedman: Let’s make it one! What else is there to do (besides eat Chinese)? 🙂

Any of the other Ted Friedmans out there want to join us?

RT @lnakamur: I’m for it. Works for non Jew non Christians too. Part of the war against Xmas?

The war against the “war against Xmas” meme.

As a Jew/Bu with an Xmas tree, do I offend Bill O’Reilly? Must I leave Santa to the goyim? Is O’Reilly anti-Santa? Is he the Grinch?

Jerry Garcia 12/31/76

Just figured it out: yesterday’s hawk was Black Peter: http://ht.ly/3upun

Black Peter is a close relative of the Dire Wolf, whom the British call the Black Dog. #Depression #Death #Mortality #Blues #Trickster

On Black Peter, Jerry Garcia, singing about death, grief, humor & survival, channels another great bluesman with diabetes: BB King.

It’s a straight line from the Dead’s Wharf Rat to Wilco’s greatest moments on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot & A Ghost Is Born.

Inspirational Dead song for this weekend: Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad.

The Dead’s Wharf Rat also has something in common with the Velvets’ drone – Lou Reed & Jerry Garcia were peers in many ways.

Tedwood Forest

Tedwood Forest

Often in Farmville, you open a Special Delivery package, and out flies a bee. Useful for your beehive, but a strange gift to wrap & send.

Also, the back of my iPhone cracked yesterday. Never seen it before – like a broken windshield. Bringing it in Monday.

Thinking of taking music lessons again. Took classical piano for years, rock guitar in high school, jazz piano after finishing the diss.

Was thinking of learning bass this time. Might as well be clumsy on a range of instruments.

I bought a left-handed bass las year after discovering it was my favorite Rock Band instrument. Slow, steady, deep, harmonious, funky.

I’ve also picked up several Grateful Dead song books & a “play guitar in the style of Jerry Garcia” DVD.

I’m also tempted to go back to playing around with my keyboard/sequencer/drum machine. I have a nice Casio & the amazing Groovebox 505.

In the spring of 2000, I’d defended my diss & landed a job. I had time off for the first time in years. I took jazz piano lessons & drew.

Actually, I got back on the piano several years earlier – it was an outlet during the diss writing. Drawing too until my RSIs got bad.

I just pulled out a bunch of my drawing instruction books – really basic stuff pitched at kids. All of whom draw better than me.

It’s frustrating loving music & art so much but coming up so short in my own execution. I’d love to skillfully draw or write fiction or jam.

Actually, I can play passable piano & guitar when I practice a lot. And I like some of my compositions on the MC-505 Groovebox.

So, I’d appreciate any ATL or online recommendations for music and/or art teachers & resources. Feel free to plug a friend – I’ll retweet!

Ted's Labyrinth

Ted's Labyrinth

I might feel self-conscious about tweeting personal stuff if my life weren’t so ordinary. Plus the personal is political yadda yadda

Pretty sure I’ll be tweeting regularly about living with #diabetes. Wonder how many of us #diatweeters are out there.

I was diagnosed with #diabetes almost a decade ago, but managed for several years with just diet & exercise, then several more with pills.

Looks like I’ve coined #diatweeter. It’s an ugly neologism, but usefully short & self-explanatory. Feel free to use the hashtag. Or not.

Peppermint Labyrinth

Peppermint Labyrinth

More things I suck at: Dancing. Sight-reading music. Improvising. Foreign languages. Appreciating & writing poetry. Cocktail parties.

Anybody with skills in any of those areas who wants to offer expertise, I’m all ears. They’re what Jung calls my “inferior” aspect.

Jung says engaging the underdeveloped, “inferior” aspects of the personality is the key to individuation – his version of enlightenment.

Jung’s saying we need to face our fears & desires, to confront & integrate what we’ve repressed. He was Freud’s student after all.

Noisy

Noisy

I wish I’d taken music theory back in Jr High – it conflicted with Hebrew School, I think. I caught up, but it’s not ingrained.

Didn’t mean to imply Scarsdale’s wonderful Hoff-Barthelson music school was secretly anti-Semitic. Think I just didn’t like music theory.

RT @audiation I always got a creepy feeling there, too…

Still regret I started on classical piano & not jazz or rock.

Actually, I did take some fun “jazz band” classes at Hoff-Barthelson in HS. I played a piss-poor rhythm guitar.

Those Hoff-Barthelson piano recitals were humiliating. Little kids half my age kicked my ass.

Didn’t like Hebrew School either. Ended up studying privately with a cantor & chanting my torah part: “for every thing there is a season…”

Don’t think I even heard the Byrds song until after my Bar Mitzvah. Wonder why nobody played it for me, actually.

I gave a hammy Bar Mitzvah speech that began, “What is man? The dictionary says that Man is an island off the British coast…”

Then I had a humiliating Bar Mitzvah party at a video game arcade: I sneezed on the cake when I was supposed to blow it out.

What kind of parapraxis is that: sneezing on my Bar Mitzvah cake in front of all my “friends”? No wonder I was depressed from ages 13-15.

Finally pulled out of my early adolescent depression when I got a learner’s permit & a car. Suburbs with big lawns blow without a car.

2 favorite activities ages 13-15: 1: Paying Strat-o-Matic baseball while listening to Hall & Oates & other music. Preferably with friends.

Second favorite activity ages 13-15: taking the train by myself into NYC to see multiple movies & buy P-Funk vinyl in Times Square.

Noisy

Noisy

RT @catagav: Is it a fear of letting inhibitions go? I’ve noticed dancing and improvising (from music to lies) are easily held back by that.

It’s not just a fear of letting inhibitions go. It’s also a failure to perform with any skill once inhibitions are lowered.

Disinhibitors – from booze to baths salts – help loosen me up, but the stick appears to be lodged really far up my ass.

I’ve meditated for almost 20 years, done yoga for 10, been on multiday silent retreats. But still that stick remains far up my ass.

I’ve been drunk in Dartmouth and stoned in Amsterdam. I’ve jammed in rock bands, jazz bands, and Rock Band. But still the stick remains.

I’m hoping to pull the stick all the way out my ass before I die. Maybe that’s when it goes. When you let go for the final time.

Maybe I’m supposed to melt the stick up my ass: integrate my shadow and merge with the stick. Or pull it out like the sword in the stone.

RT @t3dy: Perhaps the purpose of meditation is something other than manipulation of the stick?

RT @jmittell I’m afraid that the stick might be an inevitable consequence of being an East Coast Jewish academic. It’s in our blood…

Agreed. Maybe the best we can do is get to know our old friend the stick better. Mindfulness. Metta. Maitri. http://ht.ly/3uxg0

I liked a YouTube video — Pema Chödrön explains Maitri.

RT @misssaragran: Random thought: accept and love the stick? (Easier said than done, certainly!)

Not sure. Legend of St. George says slay the dragon – the mother complex.

To All the Brits and Anglophiles Out There: Happy St. George's Day

Can’t decide if slay-the-dragon/mother/father mythology is a) ideological, patriarchal & contingent or b) archetypal & wise.

Subjectively – within the psyche – slaying the dragon means letting go. Dropping the mother complex. Moving beyond the puer. Individuating.

Objectively, the dragon archetype is often projected onto subaltern images: the old crone. The jew. The other. The collective shadow.

When you project your shadow onto others, you think eliminating them would solve your problems. Doesn’t work.

Slay your own demons, then let them go & forgive. Like Buffy.

RT @misssaragran I know, tough call, but sometimes I think you slay by not-slaying. I think fighting something can strengthen it, sometimes.

RT @misssaragran Then again, dragon slaying can be more fun:)

RT @misssaragran I have this fantasy that if you let them go and forgive they slay themselves. But I haven’t seen much buffy, so what do I know!

RT @t3dy one gets into trouble playing games trying to accept things we can’t accept, or accept that we can’t accept.

RT @misssaragran Good point! Big problem I see a lot in the yoga world.

Dalai Lama

RT @soundhunter: I was just reading somewhere that apparently the Dalai Lama has a terrible temper.

What I’ve heard is that the Dalai Lama allows emotions to pass through quickly and fully, whether sadness or anger.

RT @t3dy Is that evidence of success or a rationalization? I dig that he doesn’t pretend to be enlightened.

The Dalai Lama certainly has a lot to be angry about. It’s got to go somewhere, right?

I could be wrong, but I don’t think the Dalai Lama is the kind of scoundrel Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche was.

RT @t3dy I don’t think the Dalai Lama’s anger proves that he’s a bad meditator, but that we misconceive the purpose of meditation.

The Tibetan mythos is fiercer than many others. The Dalai Lama never claimed to be a tranquil zen master. Just a pacifist.

RT @t3dy certainly not. I don’t mean to imply that, just making a point about how we want to put meditation+meditators on a pedastal.

Absolutely.

I have seen comments on Amazon blasting the Tibetan monarchy as elitist & complacent. Who knows how ugly that tradition’s been at times.

Here’s the best thing I’ve read on the dark side of American Buddhism: The Double Mirror by Stephen Butterfield: http://ht.ly/3uxnu

RT @soundhunter  just goes to show that if the “gurus” aren’t perfect, followers shouldn’t expect to be either.

Amen to That.

Ted’s Top Podcasts of 2010

1. Bill Simmons, The BS Report
2. Marc Maron, What the Fuck
3. Jeffrey Kripal, Impossible Talk
4. Masterworks Broadway Podcast Theatre
5. Terri Gross, Fresh Air
6. John Hodgman, Judge John Hodgman
7. Robert X. Cringely, I, Cringely
8. Dan Savage, Savage Love Podcast
9. Doug Benson, Doug Loves Movies
10. Doug Henwood, Behind the News
11. Alex Tsakiris, Skeptiko
12. Jon Suintres, Word Balloon
13. Tami Simon, Sounds True: Insights from the Edge
14. The Guardian, World Cup Daily & Football Weekly
15. Adam Carolla, The Adam Carolla Show

Ineligible but recommended:

Tedcast, my own podcast.

Expanding Mind with Erik Davis, who interviewed me in November.