A talk with Noor Tagouri @ The Rubin Museum: “Life After Telling The Truth on Yourself”
Hello from on the road, my loves.
Coming at you today with brain foods.
Short story: Noor Tagouri and I get together at the Rubin Museum for about an hour and a half and discuss:
Sharing truth and the tax on speaking out…
Authenticity and the dance of self…
Mainstream Media and the punishment…
Growth and the pain…
How To Deal with Being Hated on the Internet….!
And, basically, it’s a GREAT, LONG, WANDERING, JUICY talk.
It’s embedded here above on Youtube, or go to the direct link:
Greetings from Sydney, Australia… where I’m about to do “New Zealand Survival Songs” shows #4 (and then and #5, in Melbourne) of this 5-stop mini-tour. (If you missed it this morning, I did a 2-hour webcast for $10+ patrons, and you can watch the archive here).
Wellington was stupendous the other night…I’m feeling very settled and less nerv-y. It was also really nice to SEE a ton of you….thank you to all the folks who came to the patron meet-up, it was WONDERFUL, and I owe you all photos. SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, I’m hoping to get at least group photos with you – stay tuned for gathering info! I think the easiest way to do things might be to meet at the venue before doors! HOLD THE PHONE.
Then I head home in about a week and face my fate.
If you remember, last November I hosted a series of talks at the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC.
There were three talks, and at each one I invited a guest to talk with me, on the topic of “Life After…”.
Last month we released the first talk, with Sophie Strand, titled “Life After Exile From The Kingdom of the Well” – if you missed it, you can catch up here.
This time, it’s me and journalist/activist Noor Tagouri, and the topic is LIFE AFTER TELLING THE TRUTH ON YOURSELF.
I met Noor through our mutual friend, the relationship therapist Esther Perel (who’s having her own moment in the sun right now) and I wanted immediately to go deep, deep, deep with this human.
You can watch the whole talk by clicking above, or find it on YouTube here:
It’s about 90 minutes long, so find yourself a nice quiet moment to sit and take it all in.
If you like to listen, not watch, you can just treat this as a podcast and put your ears on.
If you’re more of a reader than a watcher/listener – we’ve also transcribed the full conversation, and that’s attached to this post.
A little bit about Noor, if you’re not familiar…
Noor Tagouri is an award winning journalist and producer.
At 29, Noor is an award-winning journalist and producer, a touring speaker for over 15 years, and has told stories in every medium from radio and print, to documentaries and brand campaigns.
In 2019 Noor founded At Your Service Media, a consulting and production company telling representative stories as a form of service.
In 2022 Noor launched her investigative series “REP”, in partnership with iHeartMedia. The series explores the concepts of representation and objectivity in media, and received a Webby Award Nomination: Best Limited Series.
With a finger on the pulse of people’s concerns, Noor’s storytelling is recognized for her innovative approach to fostering relationships across lines of difference.
And here’s something from Noor about the talk:
We went into this conversation with the intention of talking about “telling the truth on yourself” – vague, but also specific. Like; everyone has their own experience with that means. Throughout the conversation, Amanda and I zoomed in and out of the personal and the collective with what it means to tell the Truth, to tell Your Truth, and the barriers to doing so.
This candid conversation is a series of confessions, catharsis, community, and an important reminder inspired by the memory of the Great Sinead O’Connor to: “stop treating women like shit while they’re alive.”
I would THOROUGHLY recommend checking out more of Noor’s work:
The investigative podcast Rep examines our relationship with truth, media representation, and objectivity – the website for that is here.
And Podcast Noor is a series of guided storytelling sessions, which you can find here.
Coming soon we’ll have the final talk of the Life After… series, with Gonkar Gyatso, a Tibetan-British artist, and our talk was titled Life After Lockdown.
That should be coming out next month.
That’s all for now….please let me know in the comments what you thought of the talk, and which parts resonated. I’m reading.
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