Strength To Be Human

Straight talk about Art & Artists. Weighing Creativity. Finding Humanity.

February 12th, 2020    

Episode 111: Guest Haus Edition w/John Patrick Robbins — Transitions in Writing (Style/Genre/Theme)

In this multi-faceted episode John and I discuss various transitions in writing that many writers begin to face when they decide to creatively stretch and try something new.

1. Style --- somber to humor, humor to nonfiction, etc.

2. Genre -- poetry to fiction, fiction to nonfiction, etc.

3. Theme -- how to prepare to submit to publications requiring a theme

 

 

February 9th, 2020    

Episode 110: Demons –Real or Imagined in Artists

In this episode we will revisit depression and the demons it can bring in the arts by speaking about various famous examples in Art, Music, Dance and Writing. From Edvard Munch to Anne Sexton depression has been a malady in creative endeavors for centuries.

February 6th, 2020    

Episode 109: Question the Quiet — Selected Writings

For the first time I speak at length about my own writings as exampled by the recent print book "Question the Quiet" published by Whiskey City Press.  https://www.markantonyrossi.com

The basic arrangement of a book project is discussed as well as background information to the various pieces narrated for the show. It's a complete backview of how to put together a collection to benefit the audience and the author.

 

 

February 1st, 2020    

Episode 108: Classic Spotlight — Thoughts on Jack London

The first Classic Spotlight for the year 2020 focuses on the famous adventure writer Jack London (Call of the Wild, White Fang). We explore his outdoorsmen spirit, political viewpoints and dark side.

January 29th, 2020    

Episode 107: Guest Haus Edition w/John Patrick Robbins — Our Literary Influences

The first Guest Haus of 2020 and John and I are chatting about the literary figures that influenced us throughout our lives. There's a few you might share and others will be new and surprising.

January 26th, 2020    

Episode 106: Metal Future — Reflections on Rush

Metal Future is proud to present a first in this year's continual series of reflections on great bands that went into retirement. The first is Canadian progressive rock power trio Rush. Also a few notes on their incredible drummer Neil Peart who died recently of brain cancer.

January 23rd, 2020    

Episode 105: Essentials For An Independent Author

The freedom from being an independent author is an incredible responsibility and a noble gift. I outline briefly on the show my three A's -- Attitude - Attention - Advertise as a method to help focus writers on becoming the best their talents can offer humanity.

January 17th, 2020    

Episode 104: Digital Culture and Modern Literature

In this episode we discuss the positive and negative impact digital culture has had on modern literature.

January 13th, 2020    

Episode 103: Mailbag III

The third episode in the email questions from listener series and the first for the year 2020. Thanks for the compliments and inquiries. Nice to hear some music questions as well.

January 8th, 2020    

Episode 102: Emotional Turbulence and the Writing Process

Emotions like any other vital element of writing needs to be regulated through organization and discipline to allow the writing to not be overtaken in the moment. We strive above all else to create enduring Art. Let us not allow our humanity to stray too far into the chaos that can be this complex world.

January 6th, 2020    

Episode 101: Suspect Language

The deliberate use of deceptive language by governments, corporations or renowned institutions are a direct threat to Democracy. A far greater danger than ditzy politicians who come and go like bad pastries. Suspect language stays in the system, in the minds of average citizens who do no bother to question what is heard or change what they see. Orwell warned us the first signs of a dictatorship is its invasion of language.

December 29th, 2019    

Episode 100: Classic Spotlight — Thoughts on O.Henry

This milestone episode (#100, yeah) is the last of the Classic Spotlight Series for 2019. Tonight we shine a light on the enduring short story writer William Sydney Porter, better known as O. Henry. We will discuss his stories, motivations, social life, criminal convictions and acute eye for humanity and presenting humane situations full of hope and love.

December 24th, 2019    

Episode 99: Metal Future — Rock Bands Retired, Retiring and UnRetired

In the last metal future episode of 2019, John and I explore the phenomena of bands who claim retirement only to come back in a few or two for more glory, more money and more health issues. We must face the fact, even if they don't, that people in the 60's and 70's running around the stage and living from a suitcase is not only impractical it might be unhealthy. Is it mind over matter? Or just move over and make some more money? You decide.

December 21st, 2019    

Episode 98: Writing to Affect Change

In the library of substantial writing comes a category often overlooked and quite ironic in origin. The writing from decidedly nonwriters composed and delivered to affect change. We outline a few historic examples of major social change using writing such as Martin Luther, Thomas Paine, Martin Luther King Jr., and Vaclav Havel. And some personal examples of "local" writing to test corporate products, city governments, shoddy restaurants, etc. 

December 15th, 2019    

Episode 97: Interview with Lynn Long

in the final interview for Year 2019, the show welcomes Lynn Long (also known on FB as "Luna Deity") who is a wonderfully positive poet dedicated to exploring the lighter side of the nature, love and the world. Lynn shares her philosophy, her books and her work on a perfectly fitting setting where I truly appreciate this approach to balance the darker subjects Strength To Be Human can often tackle.

- Older Posts »