THAW (w/Neil Gaiman)
“I never saw a sun so bright as on that day…” Season Two opens with a word of power, this spring especially, as the world anxiously, hopefully starts to open back up again. SANDMAN and AMERICAN GODS author Neil Gaiman on the comfort of scary (fictional) places and the long arc of a writer’s life (“have I got it?…have I lost it?”). Also a reading (by Neil) of a terrifyingly funny, very short story. Speculative fiction by Jason about finding Joy on the map. And a father-son musical collaboration. Special thanks to Jenny Doh for the word of the episode, to my son Emre Gots for the song of the episode (the main guitar part is all him) and for the theme song. And to Nathan Gelgud for the episode art. Help support Clever Creature on Patreon: www.patreon.com/clevercreature
12 May 2021
Trailer: Coming 5/12/21 — Clever Creature, Season Two
The show Indiewire called "a case study in artistic drive" is back with nine wild, open new episodes featuring short fiction, conversation, and original songs. Each is an "experimental variety show" based on a single world having something to do with the natural world. Writer and podcaster Jason Gots talks with fantasy writer Neil Gaiman, poet and essayist Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Cambridge Mycologist Merlin Sheldrake, somatic therapist Resmaa Menakem, singer-songwriter Tim Minchin, Buddhist monk of 45 years Ajahn Amaro, anthropologist Bia Labate—founder of Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicine, theater director Andre Gregory, and poet and essayist Ross Gay. Every two weeks on Wednesdays, from 5/12/21 to 9/1/21
7 Apr 2021
SIEGE (w/Jerry Craft)
Season 1 finale. A father besieged in his videogame-obsessed son's bedroom. Graphic novelist Jerry Craft on race, class, and middle school. And a genre-defying barn-burner of a rock tune.
18 Aug 2020
FAIL (w/Mary-Louise Parker)
Could this be the most uplifting episode yet? A dung beetle risks everything for a life beyond drudgery. Actress and writer Mary-Louise Parker on risking failure and ignoring ridicule for those perfect moments when everything works. And a pop-rock tune to get you through tough times.
4 Aug 2020
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