Doggone that Syd Lieberman. I’ve got a bone to pick with him. We had a great conversation on the Apple Seed the other day, talking about his commissioned works (for the Smithsonian, NASA, and others. It’s not many tellers who can boast of such clients), about co-writing with his wife, about building a stage story from a pile of raw information, and more. Mr. Leiberman’s long piece “Abraham and Isaac,” about Gettysburg, drove the conversation for awhile. He described that work as the work of a witness, testifying – like all of his work does – that “we were here.” He talked about standing in front of the grave of the Civil War soldier that he and his wife had spent a full year-and-a-half getting to know. That grave, and others, are marked only by the word “Unknown.” “How can that be,” asked Mr. Lieberman, incredulously, as he stood before the grave, “when I know so much about him?” So many graves marked similarly in that very cemetery. So great the work ahead for those who would witness. And then, of course, his description of gathering his children and grandchildren at storytelling festivals – the great meaning in the memory of those moments.
So yeah, I’ve got a bone to pick with Syd Lieberman. I mean, what’s a radio show to do when the host has that big a lump in his throat?
I’m sure you’ll enjoy my conversation with master storyteller Syd Lieberman. I sure did. Listen for it over the next few days on the Apple Seed: Tellers and Stories.