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From the Garden of Eden via the discovery of America to slips of the tongue and glorious gaffes, Mark Tully looks at the repercussions of mistakes and how we can benefit from them.

From the Garden of Eden via the discovery of America to slips of the tongue and glorious gaffes, Mark Tully looks at the repercussions of mistakes and how we can benefit from them.

The American author and journalist Kathryn Schulz suggested, "Our capacity to err is crucial to the human condition." If this is the case, what do our mistakes have to offer?

To find out, Mark consults the writings of Schulz, business magnate Ingvar Kamprad, philosopher Daniel C Dennett and poet Nathalia Crane, among others. He explores both the destructive and the creative power of error through music by jazz saxophonist Don Byas, contemporary composer James MacMillan and Joseph Haydn.

The readers are Paapa Essiedu and Emily Bowker

Presenter: Mark Tully
Producer: Frank Stirling

A 7digital production for BBC Radio 4.

30 minutes

Last on

Sun 24 Jun 2018 23:30

Music Played

  • Dewey Balfa, Marc Savoy, D.L. Menard

    Je Fait Un Gros Erreur

    Performer: Dewey Balfa, Marc Savoy, D.L. Menard.
    • The Rough Guide To Cajun Dance.
    • Rough Guide.
  • James MacMillan

    No. 1; Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do

    Performer: Spiritus Chamber Choir.
    • James MacMillan: Seven Last Words from the Cross.
    • Catalyst.
  • George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin

    I Got Rhythm

    Performer: Don Byas.
    • Two Kings of the Tenor Sax.
    • Commodore.
  • Jacques Offenbach

    Christopher Columbus, Act IV: "If this is the Indies what I want to know..."

    Performer: London Mozart Players, Alun Francis (Conductor).
    • Offenbach: Christopher Columbus.
    • Opera Rara.
  • J Kearn / D Fields

    Pick Yourself Up

    Performer: Nat King Cole, George Shearing.
    • Nat King Cole Sings / George Shearing Plays.
    • Capitol Jazz.

Readings

Title: Mistakes

Author: Ella Wheeler Willcox

As found in Poems of reflection, pub. Chicago, M.A. Donohue & company [c1905].

                                                

Title: Intuition Pumps

Author: Daniel Dennett

Published by Norton

 

Title: Imperfection

Author: Nathalia Crane

Found in Swear by the Night and Other Poems, published by New York City: Random House

 

Title: The Landlord's Mistake

Author: James Baldwin

Published by Project Gutenberg

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