I caught up with Tom Robbins to hear more about the musical adaptation of one of his novels, and found him as nimble as ever as we wound up in a wide-ranging conversation about storytelling, God, creativity, language, laughter, and politics. What follows is Part 2 of a 2-part interview
This dialogue with writer/director Alex Garland is meant for people who have already seen Ex Machina (plot spoilers abound). The conversation ranges from looking at the film as a Turing Test directed at the human species to a discussion of psychopathy, evolution, and the illusory nature of perception.
These personal accounts capture life at Zuccotti Park, as experienced by a young Civil Rights attorney and mother who arrived at the Occupy Wall Street protests a skeptic, but who was quickly pulled in by the excitement of witnessing a new movement being birthed.
The author moves on to New
York City for the 2004 Republican National Convention, participates in the
largest public demonstrations since the height of the Vietnam War, and
ends up mass-arrested and stuck in a prison camp with 2000 other
The author is approached by a spiritual teacher and healer who invites
him to the woods of Maine to hear an interesting proposition, after which he heads to Boston to lead the protest movement at the Democratic National Convention, and finds a city under military occupation.
We return to Boston for the explosive conclusion to the DNC protests,
and then journey back to Maine to decompress with Wolf, with unforseen
While hundreds of revolutionaries have dedicated their lives to resistance through direct action, and many artists have
sought liberty through creative expression, few have led such a dedicated
pursuit of both simultaneously – not just in theory but in daily practice with The Living Theatre.