The Gesture of Smoking a Pipe

The Gesture of Smoking a Pipe

Have you ever asked someone why they smoke? Maybe they’ll say it relaxes them, or that they enjoy it, or that they really just like being able to talk with other smokers. It all comes down to some sort of enjoyment. The late media theorist, Vilém Flusser argued that this enjoyment isn’t found in the experience of the smoke or in any isolated part of the gesture of smoking, but rather to act out one’s own being.

This week, my students in my honors class are exploring depictions of smoking through Flusser’s theory of gestures, and I would like to share the readings and lecture with you.

Readings

Poems

Essay

“Smoking as a Fine Art” by A. A. Milne (Yeah, THAT Milne)

Podcast

To relate contemporary pipe smoking communities to the historic ones they read about, students listen to Country Squire Radio’s episode on A. A. Milne. See more from the podcast below.

From The Library: The Miracle of Mindfulness Country Squire Radio

The Library or Study has long been the haven of the contemplative pipe smoker. In our ‘From The Library’ series, we take a look into the musings, writings, poetry, and more that pique our interest and consider the mind of the author and how we can, or perhaps can’t, relate from our own experience. This week: “The Miracle of Mindfulness” by Thich Nhat Hanh Pipe Question: (From MarkVV) Captain Jorvik and Jon David, Ahoy, fellas! I have a query for both of you! So often Beau is left high and dry on this so I wanted to ask something of him to be inclusive! Jon David. Do different types of tobacco leaf, for instance, bright leaf and red Virginias, age differently or faster than others? Or is it purely a question of sugar content in the leaf? Or both? Or something else? And Beau. If you really were Captain Jorvik of the Seven Seas, what tobacco would you envision your pirate-self smoking? It can be period appropriate or modern, like Country Squire Treasure Island. As always, I hope you both are well, as well as your dear families. Hope to cross paths soon. Your friend, Mark VV Listener Feedback: (From Chables) Beau! Jon David! Hope yall are well! Hope to get to see yall at some point soon what with covid dying down and such. I wanted to say how tickled i was to hear my name in the St Ives drawing. Not gonna lie, i was having a rough end to a rough year, but that really made my day that day and put a smile on my face like yall do so often.
  1. From The Library: The Miracle of Mindfulness
  2. Tobacco Talk: Amphora Original and 4th Generation Morning Blend
  3. Chicago Pipe Show 2022: Jon Daivd and Quinn The Intern
  4. Father To Father: Legacy
  5. Squire Select: Pampero Aniversariy Rum

Lecture

Further Reading and Resources


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