The Most Inspiring Lecture I’ve Ever Seen

arwulfArwulf Arwulf has been a DJ on WCBN 88.3 FM in Ann Arbor, MI for over three decades. He’s a radio lifer, social/cultural theorist, insane archivist, and benevolent gadfly from whom I’ve learned a great deal over the years (and I’m hardly alone). My old show “Hit Parade of Hits” used to follow his long-running show “Face the Music”, and his energy and enthusiasm always inspired me to do better radio. I could go on…

Back in 2010, Arwulf and WCBN presented a series of “Arwulvian Lectures”. These occasionally rambling, but undeniably inspiring, treatises on some of Arwulf’s pet subjects were a real thing to behold… I didn’t attend them all, but I’ll never forget the first installment “Beyond the War Model”, which took place on December 9, 2010 and is now available on Youtube (courtesy of the good graces and dedication of fellow WCBN traveler Tom Bray). A radical call to question our society’s ingrained notions about “avant garde”  art, it’s a tour de force of a speech whose ideas still bang around in my head almost daily. The video is nice to have (you can see me near the front in the grey sweater, red hoodie hanging off my chair), but the audio is essential, particularly the first 45 minutes or so. Great work by “the Modified Startch Ensemble” here, as well. Essential listening!

Also essential listening: “Face the Music”, Thursdays 7-8 pm (EST) on WCBN.

Here’s a news article announcing the lecture, too.

Dustin Krcatovich is a cartoonist, writer, designer, founder of FM DUST, and a collector of certain curios and ephemera (with a focus on 20th century "junk culture"). His writing and illustration work appears frequently in The Quietus, Tiny Mix Tapes, and Esquire's Culture Blog. He is also a former editor and contributor to Secret Zen Garden,Saagara's illustrated mindfulness/wellness blog for young people. He currently resides in Portland, OR.

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