Interviews, Podcast

Operation Ivy’s Jesse Michaels Discusses His Career in Art, Music & Film

Jesse Michaels was a founding member of punk legends Operation Ivy – and that was just the beginning of a life in the arts

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Today’s episode of the Culture Creature podcast features an interview with Jesse Michaels. Listen to the interview above or in iTunes, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast service. Jesse is a musician, painter, author, and filmmaker. His musical projects include Operation Ivy, Big Rig, Common Rider, and Classics of Love. He is also the author of several novels, including Whispering Bodies: A Roy Belkin Disaster. Jesse is the director of the short film 5,4,3,2,1, which was funded by a successful 2016 Kickstarter campaign.

Jesse Michaels Interview Highlights

Jesse Michaels on open-mindedness: “The ability to look at yourself and know when you’re full of shit is one of the most admirable qualities you can have. So I do believe in keeping an open mind – even about one’s own perceptions and judgements.”

Jesse on his his novel, Whispering Bodies: A Roy Belkin Disaster: “I just like stories about decrepit fifty year-old men who are depressed and misanthropic and also funny, so I decided to write one.”

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Jesse Michaels on technology and the future: “Somewhere inside me, there’s a dream of a world where things like connection to nature, intimacy, contemplativeness, deeper attention spans – where these things are valued to the point where people can be self-reflective enough to put rational limits on this insane and constant rush forwards.”

Listen to the complete Jesse Michaels interview on the Culture Creature podcast.

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