The Juggler on the Radio

What’s a transcendental?

It’s the juggler on the radio.

The juggler on the radio?

There’s a juggler on the radio. He sounds exactly the same as if there’s no juggler. There’s lots of people listening to the radio and some are saying, “I believe in the juggler.” and some are saying, “There is no juggler.” and there’s a few philosopher types saying, “How is a juggler you can’t see hear, see, smell, or touch different from no juggler?” but there’s nothing any of these people can tell each other about the existence or the non-existence of the juggler!

So, how do you know there’s a juggler?

I heard him on the radio.

There’s a juggler then ….


Darkside – BBCRadio2 (MP3) 

Sir Tom Stoppard was first approached with the suggestion of writing a play based on Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ by a friend in 1973.  For the 40th anniversary of the album’s release he created a fantastical story about fear, philosophy and madness, which is woven together with the original music.   This piece is available for listening and viewing for the next couple days at BBC2.


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