I get interviewed sometimes

I was on Meet the Skeptics recently. Listen to it here.

Yesterday I did an interview with Dan Fincke over at Camels with Hammers for SSA Week/Blogathon.  I was one amongst a litany of impressive company.  You can read mine here.

One of my favorite lines from that interview was when Dan asked how I went from opera singer to atheist activist.

I realized activism was a perfect synthesis of my passion for social change and my inability to resist fucking with people.

Nice to have a job doing what I’m good at.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • The Lorax

    You sure the “T” doesn’t stand for “troll”? At any rate, I’m glad you’re using your powers for good!

  • anatman

    i like the phrase ‘park and bark machine’. as a kid, i found opera hopelessly boring until i saw a production of ‘the marriage of figaro’. the title character was the opposite of a pbm, and his engagement brought the whole concept to life and radically changed my attitude. in any case, i see many uses for the concept outside of opera. in particular, mainstream journalist-like objects try to be fake pbms. they present a false veneer of disengagement and impartiality that anyone but a wingnut easily sees through. that cnn android was a case in point.

    • anatman

      p s. you might want to advise your friend to stay out of those literature teachers. those spontaneous sonnets are so distracting.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/unparchedbutter Allen R. Hall

    Messiah Project? Were you involved in the 2007 show? I was the one and only bassoonist there. Hated the opera and the pop music was annoying, but at least it paid well.

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/wwjtd JT Eberhard

      Yes indeed! :)

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/unparchedbutter Allen R. Hall

        It was… I think I had three graduations and two Messiah Project performances in the same day. Fortunately, that year, the graduation ensemble was the entire band program, and since nobody was ever going to hear me, I made my tone as dull as possible and randomly played things up an octave, down an octave, pretended I was in a different key signature, different clef. It was fun. Great way to end a catastrophic attempt at a music degree.


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