Thursday, August 18, 2016

From the Bloc 11 Cafe: Doug Holder Interviews Barry Duncan--The Man Who Thinks in Reverse...

Barry Duncan--Master Palindromist  (Link to podcast)

 I interviewed Barry Duncan--Master Palindromist at the Bloc 11 Cafe in Somerville. A palindrome is a word, phrase, number, or other sequence of characters which reads the same backward or forward. Allowances may be made for adjustments to capital letters, punctuation, and word dividers. Examples in English include "A man, a plan, a canal, Panama!", "Amor, Roma", "race car", "stack cats", "step on no pets", "taco cat", "put it up", "Was it a car or a cat I saw?" and "No 'x' in Nixon".

Barry Duncan writes palindromes. Constantly redefining what can be accomplished in two directions, he has provided texts for collaborations with the composer Oliver Caplan and the dance company Monkeyhouse,and he has had a gallery show at ArtHelix in Brooklyn. Ever since he was profiled by Gregory Kornbluh in the magazine The Believer,Barry has been in demand (well, sort of) as a speaker and an authority on all things reversible. He is the subject of Michael Rossi's upcoming documentary film The Master Palindromist ( and the author of the (as yet unpublished) book I Am The One Making Reversible Art. Barry lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, is always accepting commissions, and can be reached at

Below is the link to the Podcast:

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