“I’ve been driving around in a dirty car.”

Jamie did some pretty intense personal inventory and journaling work a couple weeks ago, as a means of addressing some stuff he was working through. We thought we’d spend this episode talking about that, in hopes that it might be of some help to someone.

If you need someone to talk with about sobriety-related issues, you can message Jamie — jamie at misfitstars dot com.

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“Two’s a ‘palooza.'”

There’s been a lot going on in the country while we were taking our personal time … so we thought we should talk about it! We’re calling this a ‘newsapalooza.'” TRY AND STOP US.

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“Literally phoning it in.”

We’re on a little break this week! We should be back next week. In the meantime, if you aren’t fully caught up on our ongoing and evolving series on the harmful and toxic effects of America’s culture of individualism, start with the June 9 episode and listen forward from there.

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“I’m not an individual; I’m an American.”

We’re still talking about individualism; this week through the lens of a couple of related pieces we noticed in the wild.

Links:

Heather Richardson’s piece (subscribe to her newsletter!): https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/august-27-2021

That Bloomberg article from May: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-05-24/it-s-not-just-up-to-you-to-solve-climate-change

Michael Harriot’s very excellent history lesson on the Founding Fathers’ unanimous support of vaccine mandates: https://twitter.com/michaelharriot/status/1432060194276659203

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“How do you change the wiring in your brain?”

Apropos of a piece in Timothy Snyder’s newsletter this week, we continue our discussion on individualism — the angle this week being the intersections between individualism and racism, and how each idea has been used in service of the other over centuries to further the interests of the wealthy. 

Here’s the link to the Snyder piece, which you absolutely should read: https://snyder.substack.com/p/racial-climate

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“To be loving as well as loved.”

Our adventure with deconstructing toxic individualism continues apace! This week we’re looking at it from the angle of “fitting in” — and what that idea implies for our understanding of and relationship to our Self.

We’re playing perhaps our only show of this year this weekend! Come join us. Tickets here: clatsopunitedway.org/shipwrecked-music-festival/

“A single, massively multicellular protagonist.”

After a couple of weeks of grieving, we’re back to exploring more of that conversation about individualism. Don’t get us wrong, we’re still grieving. But we’re at a point in our journey where we feel like we can think about other things too, and that feels like progress!

Links:

Tickets to the festival we’re playing: clatsopunitedway.org/shipwrecked-music-festival/

Our Sunday Session with Gaelynn Lea: youtube.com/watch?v=qY3QgEs0X6c

The (fascinating) Atlantic article about why talking to strangers is actually very good: theatlantic.com/family/archive/2021/08/why-we-should-talk-strangers-more/619642/

“Hands in the river.”

We set out to do a short episode today, because we’re both feeling fairly emotionally overloaded. And, to our credit, we kept it under 50 minutes! Progress, not perfection.

If you have thoughts or feelings about Scott’s passing, and you’d like to share them, please either post in the group or send one of us a message. We’re here. ❤️

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“A single drop of water.”

This was an incredibly difficult episode to have to record. (Content warning: suicide.) Our dear friend and Misfit Star Scott S. took his own life last Thursday, and so that’s what we’re talking about this week.

If you have remembrances, thoughts, or comments — apropos of either Scott’s passing, or suicide more generally — we’re here for you. Please message us in the Misfit Stars Social Network, on Facebook, or send us an email (we give our addresses toward the end of the podcast). We love you guys. ❤️

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“Buddha walks into a hot dog stand.”

Our conversation today takes us into the culture of individualism, and the problems it poses — to addressing systemic problems, and also to societal cohesion writ large.

Here’s that Timothy Snyder piece (which you should absolutely read):
snyder.substack.com/p/floridas-holocaust-problem

And here’s the ticketing link for the festival we’re playing in August:
clatsopunitedway.org/shipwrecked-music-festival/