Category Archives: Audio/Video

Ruth Richards – What is Creativity? (A Saybrook Salon)

“Saybrook Salons” were a series of interviews I did with leading faculty members at Saybrook University. My discussions with the founders of Saybrook’s program studying creativity were some of my favorites.

In this interview I spoke with Ruth Richards, author of “Creativity in Everyday Life” about what “creativity” actually is – and how artists don’t have a monopoly on it.

The Apocalypse Cabaret: (Nu-blesse Oblige)

This is part of an episode of my periodic podcast on politics and culture, The Apocalypse Cabaret, produced with Ariel Cruz.

In this episode, Benjamin and Ariel discuss the concept of noblesse oblige in the context of secular modern technocracy and whether or not it, and other civic virtues, can be re-activated in the culture. Also Ariel paraphrases deadeyed ghoul Grover Norquist in a way he would have hated, kickstarting a conversation about the role crisis plays in the generation of urgency and commitment, which are necessary conditions for re-building a sense of community in an age of market driven social atomization.

All Apocalypse Cabaret episodes can be found here.