THE ART OF ASKING EVERYTHING: S1E1 Elizabeth Lesser: Bullshit Is Everywhere
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HERE WE GO A-ASKIN’! It isn’t a coincidence that I chose Elizabeth Lesser to be the inaugural guest of this podcast. She’s a bestselling memoirist who attacks dark and difficult matters of the heart. She’s written candidly about her divorce and her struggles with life, work, people and feminism, and she’s one of the most unapologetically compassionate people I’ve ever met. We discuss the difference between telling your own story versus somebody else’s, what it’s like to navigate life as a single mother after a divorce, how the patriarchy gets passed down through the generations, and how BULLSHIT IS…EVERYWHERE!!!
I left this conversation so inspired; I hope you do, too. Her new book, Cassandra Speaks: When Women Are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes, just came out this September 2020….we will be discussing it in the podcast book club, so GET READING.
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Amanda Palmer Presents: An intimate conversation with Elizabeth Lesser. Recorded August 14, 2019 in Woodstock, NY.
Elizabeth Lesser is an author and healer who co-founded Omega Institute in 1977.
She is the author of Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow, Marrow: Love, Loss & What Matters Most, and The Seekers Guide and most recently Cassandra Speaks.
In 2008 she helped Oprah Winfrey produce a ten-week online seminar based on Eckhart Tolle’s book, A New Earth. The webinar has been viewed by over 40 million people worldwide.
She has two TED Talks – “Take The Other to Lunch” and “Say your truths and seek them in others.”
In this episode we talked about memoirs, Elizabeth’s books, telling other people’s stories, The Omega Institute, patriarchy and leading an examined life.
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First of all, thank you so much to Elizabeth Lesser. She has been such an incredible partner in my life and in the leadup to launching this podcast, and I am so excited to do the live follow-up chat with her this coming Friday. She’s also just been really holding my hand through the dark as I navigate my new life here in Aotearoa, New Zealand. For anyone who’s not actually following that plot at home, I’ve been marooned, stuck, not really stuck…stuck by choice, not going back to America because I am not insane, here, in Aotearoa, New Zealand since March, and I’m really homesick, but I’m happy to be here. It’s complicated. Anyway, Elizabeth, if you’re listening, thank you, and I love you so much.
The engineer for this interview was Michael Birnbaum at Applehead Studios in Woodstock, New York. The theme song that you’re listening to right now is a song called “Bottomfeeder” from my 2012 crowdfunded album, “Theatre is Evil.”
I would like to give a shout out to my soul-brother, collaborator, Jherek Bischoff, who arranged and mixed the sort of in betweeny orchestral music that you heard in this podcast. Those are all little snippets from my latest album, “There Will Be No Intermission,” and Jherek used the songs on the album to sort of create the little masterpieces. And you can go support Jherek over on his own Patreon. He’s a really prolific musician, and his stuff is just wonderful.
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Many, many thanks to my podcast assistant, social media helper, cowriter, all around wonderful person, and additional engineer, Xanthea O’Connor, who is literally holding the mike as we speak.
I want to thank all of my team in New York and Sydney and London. We are worldwide. Team AFP, Michael, Hayley, Jordan, and Alex, thank you so much for helping with this.
More special thanks to Nick Rizzuto, Brittney Bomberger, Allie Cohen, and Braxton Carter.
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Signing off, I am Amanda Fucking Palmer. Keep on asking everything.