Thomas Dodson, a part-time reference librarian at Tisch Library, is co-host of Champs Not Chumps, an audio podcast featuring interviews with people who are pursuing creative, social or intellectual projects. Recent episodes have covered diverse topics such as education reform, the origins of language, alternative comics, Buddhist psychology, and more.
A recent post features Nate Hill, a performance artist who dresses up as a panda and asks Brooklyn residents to punch him in the stomach as a way of helping passersby release their frustration and anger:
Nate describes the work, called Punch Me Panda, this way: “If you find yourself frustrated, angry, or just had a bad day, I will come to your house, and you can punch me. I wear a chest protector, and you wear boxing gloves, so no one gets hurt. It costs one cent per punch.”