Notes From My Phone* Reading Event

I had the privilege of participating in this event with 2 of my favorite people/writers at Centenary College here in Shreveport, LA on October 24, 2017. Music was played (by me), poetry recited (by Jennifer Strange), and books read (by Michelle Junot).

Below, listen to the audio of Michelle reading from her most recent memoir (a self-portrait constructed entirely from content in the Notes app on her iPhone) and from the panel discussion among the 3 of us about all things art-making, vulnerability, work and "real" jobs, the value (and confusion) of liberal arts education, health, etc.

Hope you enjoy!

Sarah Duet performed original pieces at Michelle Junot's book reading. Sarah graduated from Centenary in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication: New Media. Song Titles: 1. The Times They Are A-Changin' "by Bob Dylan (cover) 2. Allow 3. Lover of Leaving 4. Mercy Make Acquaintance. Sarah is a writer, artist, and musician.

Alumna Michelle Junot reads from her newest book, "Notes from my Phone*." Michelle Junot is the author Notes From My Phone* a self-portrait in her twenties, and of and the floor was always lava, a collection of essays exploring childhood and memory. Her writing has been published in BmoreArt, Welter, Industry Night, The Avenue, Reject, and Baltimore STYLE.
Michelle Junot

Michelle Junot

Michelle Junot majored in Communication: Professional Writing as well as Dance at Centenary College and then headed to the University of Baltimore where she earned the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Publishing arts. She did the writing, design, and publishing of her first book, and the floor was always lava. Then she slacked off and only did the writing part of her more recent book, Notes From My Phone*, published by Mason Jar Press. She has also published essays in several magazines and currently teaches graphic design and works as Director of Alumni Relations and Assistant Director of Communications at University of Baltimore School of Law.

Sarah Duet

Sarah Duet

 

Jennifer Strange

Jennifer Strange

PLAY!

Who knew that we learn empathy, trust, irony, and problem solving through play — something the dictionary defines as “pleasurable and apparently purposeless activity.” Dr. Stuart Brown suggests that the rough-and-tumble play of children actually prevents violent behavior, and that play can grow human talents and character across a lifetime. Play, as he studies it, is an indispensable part of being human.
— (On Being with Krista Tippet: June 19th, 2014)
Design by Sarah Duet, as a result of sitting down to the computer for some "play time"

Design by Sarah Duet, as a result of sitting down to the computer for some "play time"

I love play...all kinds: imaginative, competitive, group, and solitary. That said, as I've gotten older, I often find myself avoiding opportunities to play. Sometimes that's probably due to the influence of our highly utilitarian culture that glorifies work and achievement while compartmentalizing play as a thing for children only...for adults it's "wasting time." And sometimes that's honestly due to a fear of looking ridiculous in front of peers or getting too heated in a competitive moment and losing control of my emotions. Neither of these is a legitimate reason to sacrifice play and all it's benefits, and I thank Dr. Stuart Brown for reminding me of that. 

I listened to this interview last week and shortly thereafter found myself at a party where a game was introduced. I felt the normal tug to find an excuse to exit, but then remembered this and decided to stay and give it a shot. I'm grateful I did and can now strongly recommend the game Mafia to you and yours if you're looking for a good party game anytime soon...

Listen to the interview below or at OnBeing.org.