The guest this week is the Novelist and Playwright, Ken La Salle. La Salle's plays have been seen in theaters across the U.S., but in this episode we discuss a nonfiction book called "Climbing Maya." Ken's book is one of those strange philosophical memoirs, a genre I'm quite fond of, and in it Ken explores the question "What is success?" A particularly appropriate question in this Late Capitalist era.
When this interview was recorded Ken was shopping the book through his agent, but in the meantime he has found a publisher, and the book is due out from a house called Solstice Publishing. That seems like a success to me, but you have to be careful about these things.
I want to thank Andrew M, Jacob L, Trent W, Steven E, Ishmael B, and Chris A for becoming subscribers to the podcast and the new Diet Soap Philosophy workshop. That leaves 15 slots open for other people who might want to subscribe, and there are still 4 positions open for people who would like to join in but can't afford the monthly charge. Again, the new philosophy workshop will include a monthly Talkshoe conversation wherein I talk about my latest philosophical obsession as well as critiques of submitted writings.
Also, I want to thank Sarah C and John L who both made one time donations to the podcast in order to receive a copy of my novella Wave of Mutilation. Actually both subscribers and one time contributors to the podcast can take their pick between my novella Wave of Mutilation or my surrealist memoir Pick Your Battle, and copies of those books will be going out to this week's contributors in tomorrow's mail.
The music this week includes an instrumental version of Bobby McFerrin's Don't Worry Be Happy, and Louis Armstrong's Stardust. The voices talking over the music belonged to Woody Allen from his film Stardust Memories (the music and voiceover together were lifted wholesale from Allen's film) and the excerpt from an audio book on Aristotle and the Golden Mean, by Will Durant. Also included is another excerpt from my novella, Wave of Mutilation, and I'll repeat that signed editions of that book are available through the podcast.