Introducing the First Three Montauk Catamaran Company Post-Apocalypse Freedom and Creativity Fellowship Awardees
As you can see in the photo above, Mon Tiki Largo’s masts went up Saturday, and just in time. The weather in only getting worse and it’s time to get a move on in a southerly direction. To that end we’ve awarded the first of our Montauk Catamaran Company Post-Apocalypse Freedom and Creativity Fellowships. In alphabetical order:
- James Poulos is a writer and musician, and he has a new book coming out early next year, The Art of Being Free: How Alexis de Tocqueville Can Save Us from Ourselves. James will be joining Mon Tiki Largo sometime in February after the release of his book to start percolating on his next project.
- Michele Shocked is a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter whose career spans more than 30 years. Like myself, technology and changing norms regarding creators’ rights have brought Ms. Shocked to a professional crossroads. Michele helped us raise the masts on Mon Tiki Largo and will be a part of Largo’s journey south from its start in Montauk.
- Christian Stephen is a conflict journalist and filmmaker, and co-founder of The Freelance Society — a sort of Magna Collective for the digital age. Christian will be joining us during Largo’s time in the Out Islands of the Bahamas.
As the pieces of this voyage begin to fall together, I remembered that I had imagined something like this. It was the summer of 2010, I was on INTEMPERANCE, and NPR was on the radio. There was a piece about a retreat for Shakespearean actors at a mansion-turned museum and artists’ retreat. I graduated from high school and first attended college in Ashland OR, home to the Ashland Shakespearean Festival, so the radio piece caught my ear. I thought, “That sounds nice. I’d like to build a Pahi 63 and invite people whom I found interesting to spend time on it with me.” The NPR piece is linked below. There are still spaces on Mon Tiki Largo available for the intrepid. Drop us a line!