Growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Alex Goldman was a misfit. Bored and disaffected and angry, he longed for a place to escape to. And then he found Heyoon.
Illustration by Emile HolmewoodThe only way to find out about Heyoon for someone to take you there. It was like there was this secret club of kids who knew about it. Alex got initiated when he was fifteen.
To find Heyoon, you’d drive out into the middle of nowhere, deep in the country, and park alongside a dirt road. A fence ran along the property line, with signs explicitly telling passers by to keep out.
Illustration by Emile HolmewoodOnce over the fence, a path behind a white farmhouse led to a thin line of trees, and then to a huge field. And there was something else there in the field. Something man-made. Something really big.
The structure made of mostly of wood, with a canopy of teflon and nylon stretched over a metal frame. From the base, there were stairs up to a platform about 10 feet off the ground, suspended over a boulder about the size of a Volkswagon Bug. At the top of the stairs there are these two pieces of glass in the floor. Etched into one of the pieces of glass was an inscription in an ornate, Gaelic font: THE HEYOON PAVILION.
Alex and his friends would sneak to Heyoon at least once a month through their teenage years. They’d drink, they’d smoke pot, they’d talk about the meaning of life.
Illustration by Emile HolmewoodThere were a number of myths about why Heyoon was there. Maybe it commemorated the owner’s dead daughter. Or maybe it was built along ley lines. Or that it was created for a wedding ceremony. Or that it was designed for paganistic rituals or for stargazing.
Part of its power was that in being a secret, it created a community of people who knew of, and snuck into, Heyoon.
Even after Alex Goldman moved away, he was fixated on trying to find out why it was there. So in 2009, he Alex got in touch with the owners of Heyoon, Rita and Peter Heydon.
Alex’s initial correspondence with Peter Heydon. Though Peter mentions NPR in the letter, Alex did not work for WNYC at the time—he was “just a guy in New York who fixed computers.” Parts of this letter have been blacked out to preserve the Heydons’ and Kinnebrews’ privacyAfter getting the letter back, Alex realized that he and his friends had always misread the inscription on the structure; it actually says THE HEYDON PAVILION.
The pavilion was designed by Joseph Kinnebrew, an artist and friend of Peter Heydon. The two came up with the idea to build it when, one night, they got drunk and ran around Heydon’s property and lit newspapers on fire. So in a way, Heyoon was born from the same drunken antics that Alex and his friends would get into at the same spot, decades later.
Illustration by Emile HolmewoodOn The Media‘s Alex Goldman tracked down Peter Heydon and Joseph Kinnebrew to uncover the story of Heyoon. And our producer Sam Greenspan conscripted some radio players (Cameron Lock, Mooj Zadie, Pat Mesiti-Miller and Ashleyanne Krigbaum) to re-enact what a trip to Heyoon might sound like — which is to say, we did NOT break into Heyoon. Please don’t ask us how to find it. Alex didn’t tell us, either.
We weren’t allowed to distribute the only photos of Heyoon we could find, so we had the fantastic Emile Holmewood create the above illustrations. Find more of his work at The Caravan.
The Talk Show
‘Our Name Is Our Address’, With Special Guest Jason Kottke
Saturday, 24 March 2018
Finally. Jason Kottke is on the show to talk about 20 years of writing his eponymous website.
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Dean Allen: “How to Make Soup”
Kottke on Dean Allen.
Yours truly on Dean Allen.
Craig Mod’s “On Margins” podcast.
Kottke’s 9/11 coverage.
This episode of The Talk Show was edited by Caleb Sexton.
Episode #173 – TranscendenceTurns out that being Christopher Nolan’s cinematographer is not the same thing as being Christopher Nolan, as we found out when we endured Transcendence. Meanwhile Elliott explains Dan’s unusual way of reading, Stuart has a Transmorphers flashback, and Dan sings a little cow opera.
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It’s like he’s some kinda lawnmower man or something.
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Tags: Dan McCoy, Elliott Kalan, Johnny Depp, music, Stuart Wellington, Transcendence
March 7th, 2015
What happens when humans figure out a cheaper, better way, to do something that nature had been doing for eons?
http://media.blubrry.com/national_security_law_podcast/p/content.blubrry.com/national_security_law_podcast/NSL_Episode_22.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | Google Play | Stitcher | RSSIn this episode, Professors Chesney and Vladeck have a full plate. The arrest of a contractor named Reality Winner (for having stolen classified information relating to Russian efforts to hack a voting-machine system and providing that information to the Intercept) provides the basis for a wide-ranging conversation about the Espionage Act, the First Amendment, and associated policy and legal issues. Naturally this also leads to previews of Jim Comey’s upcoming Congressional testimony, discussion of Jared Kuschner’s attempt to establish a communications channel with Moscow using Russian government channels, and notes on the latest developments with Mike Flynn. That in turn leads to a detailed assessment of the prospects for the Supreme Court to take review of the Fourth Circuit’s Travel Ban ruling and to stay the various injunctions associated with the Travel Ban (the government having recently filed applications relating to all of this). But they save the best for last: the Supreme Court has granted cert. in Carpenter v. United States, which presents the question whether the collection of a sizeable amount of historical Cell Site Location Information (CSLI) from service providers is a search within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment, and if so whether a warrant is required. Put in plainer terms: The Supreme Court will consider whether the Third Party Doctrine (from Smith v. Maryland) should apply to a circumstance in which new technologies enable information gathering of a kind and scale that might warrant (see what I did there?) a different outcome than Smith. Finally, Steve and Bobby wrap the show by talking about some of their favorite foreign cities.
Six years after the demise of his Breaking Bad character, Esposito is back on TV as the vicious drug lord Gus Fring. He says the current role allows him to take the character "back in time."
The Talk Show
‘Crack Marketing Team’ — Live From WWDC 2017 With Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi
Tuesday, 6 June 2017
Recorded in front of a live audience at The California Theatre in San Jose, John Gruber is joined by Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi to discuss the news from WWDC: new Mac hardware, the new iPad Pro, Mac OS 10.13 “High Sierra”, iOS 11, the upcoming HomePod, and more.
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The WWDC 2017 keynote.
The new iOS App Store.
The upcoming iMac Pro.
MacOS 10.13 High Sierra.
New iPad Pro models.
This episode of The Talk Show was edited by Caleb Sexton.
The Burkean Style of Daniel Patrick Moynihan: A Conversation with Greg Weiner - Online Library of Law & Liberty
Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 50:48 — 46.6MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSFrequent contributor Greg Weiner speaks with Richard Reinsch about his latest book, American Burke: The Uncommon Liberalism of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, arguing that Moynihan’s liberalism combined a “stubborn optimism” in what government could and should do with a profound sense of limitations on “how it should attempt to do it.”
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