Mark Binder


Politics as Unusual

Dear Senators Whitehouse and Reed, This is what dictatorship looks like. A leader in office—whether elected or by junta—wields every aspect of power according to his agenda or whim.  Compromise is not an option.  Because we are a democratic republic, parliamentary defeat is not an option. The only option is staunch opposition and sweeping implementation […]


As easy as falling off a cliff… (An American Storyteller on Tour in Europe – part 3 of 3)

Part Three – Crashing and Landing When you come off the plane and they have a sign with your name on it, you know you’ve made it. Storyteller Aideen McBride had a bright smile as well. She’d invited me to perform for the Dublin Yarnspinners, but we had got to spend some time wandering about […]


As easy as falling off a cliff… (An American Storyteller on Tour in Europe – part 2 of 3)

Part Two – Leaping I wasn’t even through airport security when I began telling my first story. Heather had dropped me at Logan, gave me a kiss, and sped off. I had booked my travel and lodging and bought a brand new Google phone with directions and contacts and addresses. Suddenly there was Devi Lockwood, […]


As easy as falling off a cliff… (An American Storyteller on Tour in Europe – part 1 of 3)

Part One — Looking My wife, Heather, gave me an ultimatum: either get my shit together and book the world tour I’d been talking about for years, or shut up. I’m a storyteller. We don’t do shut up very well. When you’re young, leaping before looking is easy. You’ve never done anything before, so it’s […]