Divorce is one of the most common misfortunes people will face in the span of their lifetime. More and more people are choosing less traditional paths in regards to partnerships. Douglas Kennedy and Matthew D'Abate discuss modern divorce - and the irrevocable damage it can leave behind.
Douglas Kennedy and Matthew D'Abate sit down to explore the changing societal mores and cultural pressures between the generations.
Since the advent of the #MeToo Movement in the United States and across the globe, women have been empowered not only to demand equality in the work force - but to successfully out the horrid perpetrators who have used positions of power for sexual and mental abuse. Douglas Kennedy and Matthew D'Abate sit down to discuss these necessary changes in the world today.
Join us this week as we discuss Sigmund Freud's chilling diagnosis of modern society in his last essay entitled "Civilization and Its Discontents". Like most of our micro-discussions, the conversation then transforms into mediations about love, life, insomnia, and of course, Johann Sebastian Bach.
Psychology is one of the most powerful tools in our modern world – and no one walking the Earth is without some kind of pathology. Douglas Kennedy and Matthew D’Abate sit down to discuss Kennedy’s book “Five Days” – and reveal what underlying psychological themes are weaved into the narrative of the novel.
Most people, as Henry David Thoreau once wrote, live "quiet lives of desperation". It's a common pitfall in our modern world. But as Douglas Kennedy and Matthew D'Abate discover in this week's micro-discussion - the world could be at your fingertips, if you just reach out - and take it.
This week, we’re discussing Douglas Kennedy’s first foray into travel writing with his prescient book “Beyond the Pyramids: Travels in Egypt”.
Living in the digital world connects us to millions of people - with a click of a button. Ideas are shared - opinions are hailed as fact and now more than ever, most people spend more time online alone in the digital cybersphere than in our 'real' world. Douglas Kennedy and Matthew D'Abate discuss the benefits, and the pitfalls - of the digital hold.
Often times in our life – in the act of traveling great distances, we discover more than just a different sort of people or the mental seduction of a foreign place – we end up discovering sides of ourselves that had been previous undiscovered. Douglas Kennedy and Matthew D'Abate sit down to discuss the art of travel.
Infidelity has long been held as one of the high crimes in personal relationships - but it wasn't always seen as such. Douglas Kennedy and Matthew D'Abate discuss the status of the modern sexual sphere - and the recent allegations of the misconduct of high profile men of industry.
In this weeks micro-discussion, Douglas Kennedy details the experience of having his novels adapted for the silver screen. Within this enigmatic dialogue, Kennedy describes the dramatic highs and sour lows of the production world as it collides with the life of an author.
In this weeks micro-discussion, Douglas Kennedy and Matthew D'Abate discuss modern day Hollywood - with all its glamour and its deceit. Kennedy describes the process of writing Temptation, his seventh foray into fiction, and details his experiences with the Hollywood scene.
This week, HOW WE LIVE NOW wraps up our special segment called THE PARIS TALKS. Using his wit and wisdom, employing personal anecdotes from both his life and his work, Kennedy diagnoses the current rift in the modern American psyche. Join us here for the fourth and final part of THE PARIS TALKS, here on - HOW WE LIVE NOW.
"Why is image such a key construct in American life?" - Writer Douglas Kennedy conducts an anthropological exploration of the signs and symbols in American life, revealing how the intersection of consumerism and religion are deeply embedded in the psyche of the country. We continue with our special segment, THE PARIS TALKS, here on this week's edition of HOW WE LIVE NOW.
HOW WE LIVE NOW returns with THE PARIS TALKS - an essay by writer Douglas Kennedy. In it, Kennedy continues to explore the Machiavellian tactics that have divided the United States.
Taking a break from our weekly micro-discussions, HOW WE LIVE NOW reveals a new segment with THE PARIS TALKS. In August 2017, Douglas Kennedy was invited by a group of intellectuals, thinkers, and taste-makers to discuss the current state of our divided world. Applying his usual wit and wisdom, Kennedy shares stories from his life, his family, and his work in THE PARIS TALKS - live, here - for your listening pleasure.
It always starts with a spark. What was once a spark - can become a raging fire. This is how passion works. The same goes for the love of literature. Douglas Kennedy and Matthew D'Abate reminisce about how they first caught the literary bug, and what could happen to a culture that one day loses it.
Politics surround us. Politics divide us. But we are not the sum of all parties. We are individuals, watching the political pendulum swing back and forth throughout the years. Douglas Kennedy and Matthew D'Abate sit down to discuss the changing faces of our leaders, as their discussion ranges from President Eisenhower to the current administration.
Look around. In every city across the world - one thing remains the same - individual culture is dwindling. Small business are disappearing, the local cafes are closing - and what's replacing them? The Monoculture. High-rise, box buildings, fast food chains, and corporate outlet stores have commodified culture across the world. Matthew D'Abate and Douglas Kennedy discuss how to fight against the sinister rise of Monoculture.
Travel, in itself, is a cure for bigotry. The act of walking down a foreign street, listening to the locals, and watching how other people live is a mind-blowing experience that shatters stereotypes and encourages empathy for our fellow man. Douglas Kennedy and Matthew D'Abate discuss the art of travel - as Kennedy details his last adventure in Marrakech, Morocco.