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Ep. 1 - Podcast Notes

A Conversation with Ben Nockels

Ben Nockels, is the founder of Commonplace Books, Kitchen at Commonplace, and the Market at Commonplace. He is a father of three and dedicated to one-on-one conversations about life, art, books and food!

In our inaugural interview Sam sits down with Ben Nockels of Commonplace Books to discuss Commonplace's origin story and what's next for the brand, in a fully packed 90 minute conversation. Sam and Ben go back 11 or so years, and have grown their friendship in hallway conversation form. This is actually one of the first times they have sat down to chat in a formal conversation... which is astonishing fact given their long history. Many of the best conversations came in snippets and extended moments as they each have had many intersecting projects and pursuits over the last decade.

First, Make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson
Referenced by Sam when talking about anxious monkeys... Sarah explains this research much better in her beautiful book on anxiety and personality.

You can find this book at Commonplace Books in OKC and Commonplace Books FTW or at your local bookstore.

Quote by Seymour Krim
Sam quoted this in conversation with Ben about finding your profession, vocation and place in this world.

"It is still your work or the role that finally gives you your definition in our society, and the thousands upon thousands of people who I believe are like me are those who have never found the professional skin to fit the riot in their souls." - Seymour Krim

You can find this in his essay, "For My Brothers and Sisters in the Failure Business", found in a compilation of essays bound in the book, "What's this Cat's Story".

You can request this book at Commonplace Books in OKC and Commonplace Books FTW or at your local bookstore.

Commonplace Brand
Commonplace Books OKC: Instagram | Website
Commonplace Kitchen: Instagram | Website
Commonplace Books FTW: Instagram
Market at Commonplace: Website

Commonplace Book Store from Jacob on Vimeo.

Bike Lanes
Brought up by Sam midway through the episode, we finally got to it at the end of the podcast. This is an important project for OKC and the safety of our runners, cyclists, and walkers. It's more than just a bike lane it is peace of mind and an avenue for traffic other than cars to navigate this city. Please get involved if you or someone you know ride bikes.

More information: Every Street a Safe Street

Find Ben Nockels
You can find Ben on Instagram or #IRL at Commonplace Books in OKC where he can be found on most days ready to give book recommendations with his trusty sidekick Boaz the shop dog.

Finally, a fantastic short from Scissortail Media documenting the Full Circle bookstore story This is not a Bookstore.

Special Thanks
Vault 405 | Woodshed Coffee & Tea | Screaming Pods VO

Intro - Podcast Notes

An introduction to BEGIN the Podcast

Yes, I seriously did record this three times... I'm a writer, not a talker.
The best place to find my writings in an organized fashion is on Medium, I mainly publish essays or prose covering: digital innovation, creativity, culture, and theology.

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