The Napping Wizard Sessions
Interview: Jimmy Raskin
In this episode, Jimmy Raskin puts the cliché under the microscope through a process he calls Slapstick Enlightenment. Always obsessed with profound moments of failure, Jimmy discusses his love of two quotes by seminal figures of his work for the past several decades, Arthur Rimbaud: “If brass wakes as a bugle, it’s not its fault,” and Frederick Nietzsche, the subtitle to Thus Spoke Zarathustra, “A Book for All and None.” Putting these up against a profound moment of failure of his own in a mispronunciation of "polyphony," and finally against a recently found inspirational quote by an unlikely source, “All that is is there, all that is is here, all that is is,” he goes deep into his love of clichés and how the artist can resuscitate them.
Find Jimmy’s work at: Miguel Abreu Gallery: http://miguelabreugallery.com/artists/raskin; http://jimmyraskin.com/; http://thelasteccentric.com/
Jimmy Raskin, The Last Eccentric; George Jones, Wrong is What I Do Best; Jerry Lewis, The Nutty Professor; X-Files Theme Song; The Bob Dylan Foundation, feature on Joe Andoe; Blinded By The Light, Manfred Mann and more excerpts from Jimmy Raskin’s audio works.
Record date: January 27, 2019, BRIC Arts Media
Air date: April 01, 2019