The Penguin Latte Podcast #22 – Daniel Bustamante: How to Think About Art

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Please read first before you tear my ass to shreds about the crappy audio quality on my end: Daniel wasn’t coming in clear when we started recording. He switched his audio output. That fixed the problem, but caused a new problem I wasn’t aware of: I sound like I’m talking through a used Gatorade bottle from 15 miles away. I’m really sorry about the poor audio quality on my end. I’ve broken a cardinal rule of podcasting: audio quality is what makes or breaks a podcast. Daniel says all the interesting stuff in this episode, and it’s much easier to hear him than me. Feel free to turn off your brain when I start to talk. Daniel led the entire show by himself.

Warning: Daniel Bustamente is way smarter than I am.

Today I’m talking with Daniel Bustamante (@dbustac on Twitter), a writer who knows a hell of a lot more about art than I do.

If you’ve been reading this blog and following me on Twitter, then you know how much of a fan I am of the work of Carl Jung. I love talking about and studying the psychology of art and symbols, why we like art, why we make art, and why we fly thousands of miles to look at paintings when we could just look them up on Google.

And that’s exactly why I wanted to get Daniel on the show. Because Daniel has a superpower: he can talk about art while avoiding any pompousness. I’ve learned much about art, the history of art, and symbolism in art by reading Daniel’s weekly newsletter Rational Creatives, where he combines fundamental ideas of rationality and logic with the “irrational” ideas of the visual arts modern and old.

Again, I’m really sorry about the poor audio quality on my end. That was entirely my fault. I promise it’ll be better in the coming episodes.

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