What makes us most distinctively human, our reason or our emotions? How do we know when relationships with others are authentic, and when they’re just a matter of utility? Does civilization corrupt or improve us? Is honesty all it’s cracked up to be, or is lying a social inevitability? Which is more important to our happiness, love or work?
(sub)Text is a podcast about the human condition, and what we can learn about it from the greatest inventions of the human imagination: fiction, film, drama, poetry, essays, and criticism. Each episode, philosopher Wes Alwan and poet Erin O’Luanaigh explore life’s big questions by conducting a close reading of a text or film and co-writing an audio essay about it in real time.
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Wes Alwan lives in Boston, and is co-host of The Partially Examined Life philosophy podcast. He also writes and gives talks about the intersection of philosophy with literature, film, and psychoanalysis. You can find him on Twitter @wesalwan.
Erin O’Luanaigh is a teacher, poet, and jazz singer from Connecticut. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, The Southern Review, 32 Poems, Subtropics, The New Criterion, The Hopkins Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Boston, and can be found online here.