Saturday, October 13, 2007

iPod Rundown, or, What's my Culture Rating?

I'm still a little excited about that post below, but I'm willing to move on. My e-friend Richard over at The Existence Machine occasionally gives readers his "iPod rundown," and I like the genre. Here's my personal list--and I'd like to note, all of this stuff is free!:
  1. "Philosophy and Religion in the Classical Greek World," a lecture by Isabel Pafford from UC Berkeley's History 4A class.
  2. "Daily Life in the Classical Greek World: Economy and Society," Isabel Pafford.
  3. "Democracy and Empire in Classical Athens," Isabel Pafford.
  4. "The Devil and Tom Walker," a short story by Washington Irving (The Classic Tales Podcast).
  5. "Rappacini's Daughter," a story by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  6. "The Ambitious Guest," another by Hawthorne
  7. Beethoven's Sonata Appassionata
  8. Matt Haimovitz plays Bach, WGBH classical performance
  9. Colin Carr plays Bach, WGBH
  10. The Moscow String Quartet plays Mozart, WGBH

In conclusion, I like Isabel Pafford's lectures, I'm thrilled that I can listen to stories I have only previously been able to read, and my tastes in classical music are exceptionally unexceptional.


slideyfoot said...

I presume you're already aware of this, but in regards to Pafford, there's a lot more where that came from. Most of the lectures are science related, but still enough awesome historical/sociological discussion to make a Humanities academic like me very happy. :D

Richard said...

Excellent. Those Pafford lectures look interesting...

I'm currently reading The Fragility of Goodness: Luck and ethics in Greek tragedy and philosophy by Martha Nussbaum. Are you familiar with it?

Casey said...

No, Richard -- but it sounds great. I like almost everything Nussbaum touches. Thanks for the heads-up.

And slidey--that's where I found the Pafford lectures. Isn't it amazing how much good stuff there is at the Berkeley site? I've been listening to Hubert Dreyfus for about five semesters now, though I confess he's really losing me this semester with the Heidegger stuff, which always seems halfway between too-smart-for-me and nonsense.

slideyfoot said...

Yeah, I've only had a chance to look at the history side of things so far, but I'm looking forward to checking out the ones on Cyberculture. Hopefully will also see some literature lectures up there at some point, although I've still got plenty of historical material to enjoy. :D

Heidegger scares me: I tend to avoid philosophers who may have interesting ideas, but really suck at expressing them clearly in prose (I'm looking at you, Lacan - HATE his writing style! 'Knowledge should be a struggle' my arse). ;p

Have you tried the Stanford ones? I had a look, but itunes annoys me (I'm a Winamper), so haven't listened to any yet.