Bad Stores/Better Stories • Steve Almond & Molly Baskette
First Church Berkeley GodCast
In the wake of the 2016 election, guest speaker Steve Almond wrote “Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country.” He challenges the “bad stories” that have come to shape us as a people. Can we dream up new stories?
Steve hosted hosted New York Times Dear Sugar podcast with Cheryl Strayed. He is an award winning writer and has released Bad Stories a book that makes an effort to understand why people went for Trump. He also wrote William Stoner and the battle for the inner life which is what we focus on this week. He has written so many more great works so please do check them out!Please check out Steve's work here: www.stevealmondjoy.orgDo enjoy, do share and find Steve on Twitter @stevealmondjoyFor the short film and other bits and pieces:www.somedaysarediamonds.co.uk
LIVE FROM MIAMI BOOK FAIR: CANDYFREAK AND OTHER AMAZINGLY WEIRD AND LIFE-TRANSFORMING STORIES FROM STEVE ALMOND: NY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR AND MIND SHIFT THINKER
Love University with Dr. Alexander Avila
We had the pleasure of having a brilliant mind, Steve Almond, on Love University. Steve is the bestselling author of Candyfreak, and former cohost of the multi-million listener advice podcast, “Dear Sugar” with Cheryl Strayed, #1 NY Times bestselling author. Approaching his writing with a deep psychological understanding, Steve shared some fascinating insights on society, life, and happiness in America today. *What Would You Tell Your 20-Year-Old Self? According to Steve, you could tell them to read, explore, and try different things to discover who they really are and want in life. But, Steve cautions, the 20-year-old self probably wouldn’t listen to the older self because they want to do things “their way.” The good news is that there is no need to regret mistakes you made in the past because when you’re in 2nd grade psychologically, you make 2nd grade mistakes. When you’re in college, you won’t make those same mistakes. Therefore, as you grow with life experiences, you will act differently than before—better and more aware—as long as you learn from your mistakes and help others learn from your mistakes (mentor them). As you do this, you become a happier human being. *You Have an Obsession for a Reason: Steve admits that he is addicted to candy, and he went cross-country finding candies from his youth, as documented in his bestseller, Candyfreak. He says that we have obsessions for a reason—to try to end pain and struggle—things that are unbearable. Whether it’s a food or substance addiction, relationship addiction, or work addiction, we use the thing, person, or activity as an attempt to mask the pain we have deep inside. The problem is that the pain doesn’t go away; it is only temporarily covered up. The solution, Steve says, is to face the issue behind the pain (low self-worth, abusive background, and so forth) through reading, therapy, and self-analysis. Once we start growing inwardly, the obsession will tend to fall away by itself because we have something new to take its place: self-love. *Pay Attention to Your Own Life: In book, William Stoner and the Battle for the Inner Life, , Steve talks about one of the biggest problems in society today: We’re so focused on getting attention from others, that we neglect to pay attention to our own inner life. Consequently, we make unhealthy and even self-destructive decisions. We think consuming a product or trying to win other’s approval will make us happy. It won’t. Steve say we need to be aware of who we are and what we stand for, so we can take the necessary steps to fully accept and represent our authentic selves, as we strive to help make the world a better place. Yes, you can be happy and healthy as long as you accept who you really are, with full acceptance, and without regrets. Instead of covering up your fears and pains with external things, and trying to put on a false appearance to be appealing for others, you need to look within and develop love and courage as inner forces for good. When you do this, you can be truly authentic to your pure nature, and you can bring more love and happiness into your world and the worlds of those around you.
Fandom: The Pleasure and Moral Responsibility (w/ Steve Almond)
Sports In Society
This week we are honored to joined by Steve Almond for a discussion of fandom and how we understand modern sports. What does the commodification of sports mean for our experience of it? How do we understand the negative nature of the modern sporting world while still understanding the joy we have all experienced while watching the game? What role do sports play in our modern relationships and what alternatives exist? We also dig into the impact of climate change on sports and how Becky Hammon is being treated differently. Music: purple-planet.com
The Drunken Odyssey with John King: A Podcast About the Writing Life
This week, I offer another round of conversations from Miami Book Fair International, in which I talk to Steve Almond about his favorite novel, Stonerby John Williams, plus I speak with poet Carolyn Forché about her memoir, All You Have Heard is True. TEXTS DICSUSSED
Almond Joy: A Conversation With Author Steve Almond
STFU: We Are Not Done Talking Yet
Steve Almond is an American short-story writer, essayist, and author of ten books, including Against Football, Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to This Country, and William Stoner and the Battle for the Inner Life. Steve co-hosted the podcast Dear Sugars with Cheryl Strayed for four years. This podcast was recorded on December 12, 2019. #dearsugars #stevealmond #stevealmondauthor #badstories #shortstories--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/danielle-woermann/message
This week, Vanessa and friend Julia Argy tackle one of the most intense Reddit questions yet: a girlfriend considering leaving her boyfriend -- a serial drunk driver. With the stakes high, Vanessa and Julia struggle with how to give the best advice. For advice on advice giving, Julia turns to advice columnist, podcaster, and writer, Steve Almond. Together, they discuss the patriarchal problem of male rage, and what lies between the lines of love advice questions. Send us your own romance advice questions for future episodes on our website at https://www.hotandbotheredrompod.com/adviceSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Steve Almondis the guest. His new book, William Stoner and the Battle for the Inner Life, is available from Ig Publishing. This is Steve's fourth time on the program. He first appeared in Episode 9, on October 16, 2011, and again in Episode 302, on August 10, 2014, and Episode 513, on April 8, 2018.Almond is the author of ten books of fiction and nonfiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. You can check those out here.Last year, he published Bad Stories, a literary investigation of what the hell just happened to our country, which he wrote to keep from going crazy. (You can find his latest rants here or here.)For four years, Steve hosted the New York Times Dear Sugars podcast with his pal Cheryl Strayed. His short stories have been anthologized widely, in the Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, Best American Erotica, and Best American Mysteries series. He also publishes crazy, DIY books. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
S2 E1: NYT Bestselling Author Steve Almond talks “Bad Stories – What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country”
How Humans Change
“Bad stories don’t just distort our belief system; they act to prevent more truthful stories from being heard.”To kick off Season 2, we stepped away from our usual format of an individual sharing their story and instead analyzed change alongside an expert. Steve Almond is the author of 10 books, including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football.In this episode, we discuss his newest book, Bad Stories, which he describes as “a literary investigation of what the hell just happened to our country.”More About SteveSteve is a professor of writing and the co-host of the New York Times Dear Sugars podcast. His short stories have been anthologized widely, in the Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, Best American Erotica, and Best American Mysteries series. He also publishes crazy, DIY books. Connect with Steve and buy his books: https://stevealmondjoy.org/Listen & Subscribe belowIf you like what you hear, please subscribe and review us on iTunes/Google Play. It really helps.The post S2 E1: NYT Bestselling Author Steve Almond talks “Bad Stories – What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country” appeared first on How Humans Change.