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‘The Love Song Of R. Buckminster Fuller’

"The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller" (Courtesy)

“The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller” (Courtesy)

Buckminster Fuller was an iconic architect, designer, inventor and futurist.

The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller,” a live documentary being performed at the Institute of Contemporary Art on Saturday, brings the extraordinary, eccentric life of Fuller to the stage.

Fuller was born in 1895 in Milton, Mass. He attended Milton Academy and went on to Harvard, where he got kicked out for cutting his classes or “for general irresponsibility,” as Fuller said.

Buckminister Fuller's Geodesic Dome designed for Canada's Expo 67 in Montreal. (caribb/Flickr)

Buckminister Fuller’s Geodesic Dome designed for Canada’s Expo 67 in Montreal. (caribb/Flickr)

He became one of the 20th century’s most intriguing designers, creating futuristic structures called the Dymaxion House and the geodesic dome. Fuller was called a modern day Da Vinci, a Benjamin Franklin of the Space Age.

“I must be able to convert the resources of the Earth into higher and higher capability of service,” Fuller once said. “I must do more and more with less and less until I’ve reached a point when we can do so much as to be able to serve all men in respect to all of their needs.”

Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Sam Green doesn’t depend on conventional film making for “The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller.” Instead, he and the legendary indie rock band Yo La Tengo will perform a live documentary experience on stage.

Green joins Radio Boston to talk about the production and the life of Fuller.

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  • Gabrielle Dartonne

    Meghna’s piece on the “Love song of some guy called Fuller” was atrocious.

    Fuller himself is a fascinating man.

    The radio piece was nothing but a promotion for this faux-movie involving some self-important commercially inept artists.

    I enjoyed hearing Meghna converse with authority about her knowledge on the topic and I am sure she felt good knowing so much on air about such an eccentric topic.

    Wake up. Its friday afternoon people. A lot has happened this week. Debate, politics, meningitis outbreaks. And a lot will happen over the weekend. So why waste 20 minutes promoting a show that 20 people in your audience might attend.

     And don’t just dismiss me as a culturally illiterate troglodyte. Culture might be important to your show but being delivered in such a freewheeling and alienating conversation that was pretentious bordering on inane made me change the station.

    • http://twitter.com/aragusea Adam Ragusea

      I think you should have an honest conversation with yourself about how you would have presented your displeasure about this segment to Meghna face to face.

    • Meghna Chakrabarti

      Hi Gabrielle,

      There’s an old saying in journalism that you’re not doing your job unless you make someone unhappy. I’ll have to add you to my list of the profoundly displeased. You join a distinguished and ever-growing group.

      To your larger points:

      1) Truthfully, I didn’t feel good about the conversation, and I never judge the success of a segment by how smart I may have or have not sounded on air. My baseline is: Did it add value to listeners’ lives? I think this 12-minute segment missed the mark, but not because it was eccentric. But rather, for precisely what I think you noted in the first part of your message: we didn’t talk enough about Fuller the man, and his life. Was it pretentious? I hope not. I don’t have much tolerance for pretension. Was it freewheeling. Probably a bit. That’s the nature of live radio. Was it alienating? To some people, it seems that it was. I try to avoid that when at all possible, but I’ve come to terms with the fact that on frequent occasion, I fail.

      2) Yes, a lot did happen last week. And I’m proud to say that Radio Boston did feature what I believe to be intelligent conversations about the debates (all of them), multiple political races, the meningitis outbreak, and (to add to your list), the release of secret files from the Boy Scouts, the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile crisis, an in depth conversation about homelessness in Massachusetts, fact-checking Mitt Romney and President Obama, special statewide court sessions to deal with the ongoing state drug lab scandal, contentious parental reaction to Boston’s changes to school assignments, etc. I could go on, but this is the point at which most sensible readers click away from the page. 

      My point is that I think we’re on the same page. And rather than listening to the show less often, I’d encourage you to listen more. You might hear exactly what you want. And if you don’t, let us know. Thanks for your thoughts. I’m heartened that you cared enough to write. 

    • Meghna Chakrabarti

      On more thought, Gabrielle. We have more in common than you think. I yell at the radio all the time, too. ;-)

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