elevision turns 1.1 years old: Anne Waldman

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jul 20, 2008
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I’ve been feeling overwhelmed, lately—even a tad depressed—feeling like we have so far to go (which we do), with so few resources (also true). Then I remember that our third elevision ever was only a year and a month ago, with Anne Waldman, in the backyard of a downtown Boulder café. And now elevision is at the historic Boulder Theater, a big venue. Still, we couldn’t ask for a better guest than famous Buddhist feminist Naropa University poet Anne Waldman, who we’ve had the honor to interview a few times—including at elephant:live, an earlier incarnation of elevision, back in the day, which was also at the Boulder Theater. Which makes me think that maybe we haven’t come so far. Now I’m depressed, again.

But then I watch the video—probably one of my more painful ‘performances’ as an interviewer, ever, mostly because I was and am in awe of Anne, and interviewing her is akin, perhaps, to touching a lightening rod. And I see I’ve learned a thing or two about being a host—like how to shut up, how to listen—and I see that things’ve come a little ways, after all.

The video: Added: June 26, 2007
Anne Waldman has protested wars, performed alongside Allen Ginsberg and the Beats, published over 40 books, co-founded a University and now–perhaps her toughest assignment ever—she is interviewed by a very over-caffeinated, awe-struck Waylon.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


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  1. […] he co-founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics with fellow poet/Buddhist/activist Anne Waldman. Here he is with a bunch of distracting idiots on Charlie Rose. It’s an hour long, so […]