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2015 14 Jul

Christopher Danforth Stevens

von: Michael Engelbrecht Filed under: Blog | TB | 2 Comments

He was born on July 3, 1963  in Wheeling, West Virginia. He travelled to Alaska to seek his fortune and became a DJ at Maurice Minnifield’s radio station KBHR („K-Bear“) in Cicely, Alaska. He rides a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and lives simply in his Airstream trailer (which he has remodelled towards the end of the wonderful TV-series „Northern Exposure“ („Ausgerechnet Alaska“)) next to a lake, where he reads authors like Thoreau and creates sculptures and performance art. He also fishes and hunts (birds and deer). The whole series with its six seasons now experiences its 25th birthday.

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  1. Michael Engelbrecht:


    Chris is perhaps Cicely’s most poetic soul, given to reading Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Carl Jung, and Maurice Sendak on-air (and quoting others off-air). Studying philosophy has given him a generally calm demeanor, but he has his limits. He loses his voice, gets tongue-tied, and helps Ed woo a girl with his poetry.

    Chris had his „first trip into the realm of the senses“ at age 7 in Wheeling, West Virginia at the trailer park near the sump. „I knew as much about life at that moment as I’d ever know.“

    This is a list (episodes needed) of various works Chris has quoted or read on-air:

    Edna St. Vincent Millay, Renascence and Other Poems
    Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth
    Shakespeare, the complete works
    Shakespeare, The Tempest
    Carl Jung, Man and his Symbols

    Voltaire, Henriade
    Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time
    Hegel, Early Technological Writings
    Kierkegaard, The Sickness Unto Death
    Kant, Critique of Pure Reason
    Walt Whitman, the complete works

    Nietzsche, Logic and The Metaphysics of Morals
    Tolstoy, War and Peace
    Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are
    Baudelaire, Flowers of Evil (in translation, Chris does not read French)

    The Papers of Thomas Jefferson
    Alexis de Tocqueville, the complete works
    Jack London, Call of the Wild
    Holling Clancy Holling, Paddle-to-the-Sea
    Herman Melville, Billy Budd

    Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
    Raymond Chandler, Red Wind
    Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
    E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web

    Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell (editor), The Portable Jung
    Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past
    Edward Lear, The Owl and the Pussycat
    Algernon Charles Swinburne, When the Hounds of Spring Are on Winter’s Traces

    Henry David Thoreau, The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau
    John Whitaker Watson, Beautiful Snow And Other Poems
    Robert A. Johnson, She: Understanding Feminine Psychology
    Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex: Volume Two, Lived Experience

    Carl Jung, The Meaning of Psychology for Modern Man
    Frederick Langridge, A Cluster of Quiet Thoughts
    Thomas Paine, Rights of Man
    William Wordsworth, Poems In Two Volumes

    Henry David Thoreau, Walden
    Robert Frost, A Boy’s Will
    Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat

  2. Michael Engelbrecht:

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