Scott Carrier’s ecstatic piece on Germans in the landscape of southern Utah is now up on the Goethe Institute’s site (#11). Beautiful, idyllic, isn’t it, Scott says, channeling Alex Caldiero. The Germans he interviews keep saying it is the “wideness” of the scene that impresses them, everything is so wide. The motorcycles they ride give them access and freedom and openness they wouldn’t have in a car. I talk with Scott about Kant’s theory of the sublime and Schelling’s “Nature is visible Spirit/Mind and Spirit/Mind is invisible Nature” and Goethe’s nature poetry. Scott recites Goethe’s “Wie herrlich leuchtet mir die Natur” like a nature loving German.
We also talked about the first Harley dealership in German that opened the year after the film Easy Rider came out, about the German Harley radio ad that claims riding a Harley is better than sex. Unfortunately, the Goethe Institute editor cut those last thoughts, as well as the music with which Scott ended: Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild.”
Still, it’s a good podcast. Take a listen.