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The Reading Room

Writing about writing about music.

Henry writes about music and music books for ND, The Bluegrass Situation, Country Standard Time, Publishers Weekly, and more.

The Reading Room

Writing about writing about music.

Henry writes about music and music books for ND, The Bluegrass Situation, Country Standard Time, Publishers Weekly, and more.

Jonathan Byrd on Learning to Be Human through Stories

Artist Jonathan Byrd

Thank you Henry and thank you Jonathan. What a great list of questions and what a thoughtful, honest, andclear set of answers. I would love to hear/read more of this conversation, or its' continuuation (hopefully!) at some later date.

 

Thanks again to both of you; you've made my day. I can't wait to hear the new record.

This was a very interesting interview. One doesn't expect to  read about Kierkegaard on a music site. I tried to get into that philosopher when I was exploring existentalism but never could, however, "Works of Love" sounds like it might be worth exploring and I'd never heard of it.

I thought Mr. Byrd's explanation of the importance of the Bible the most truthful thing I've ever read about that book but the way it's been used to justify so much hate makes me antagonistic towards it.

Mr. Byrd criticizes scientists as not being good story tellers but I think there are some other exceptions besides those he mentioned like Loren Eisley whose "The Immense Journey" is a longtime favorite. David Quammen, who isn't a scientist but writes about science, is very readable and his "Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature" is a wonderful collection of essays that should be read by anyone who believes in intelligent design.

Finally, I read somewhere the reason humans are so attracted to stories is because it's in our DNA from our hunter-gatherer period since hunters were the first to discover the concept of "story" since by reading tracks and deducing where they are going they could envision a future scenario.