Insomnia (2001)

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The Other Side (Series)
Original Broadcast Date
Joe Frank, Larry, Zachery Block
, 1 hour
Preceded by: Cave Dreamer
Followed by: Always

"This morning, as is my habit, I wake up at dawn and immediately my mind begins to spin out one angry, despairing, ugly thought after another."


  • Monologues mixed with telephone conversations, listed here out of order.
  • Monologue: Joe awakes at night angry and dreaming of revenge. He wants to get even with his former engineer (Theo Mondle?) who borrowed cash and never paid it back. He thinks of attacking his mother's cat, fighting with people at the studio because they lost the masters for 25 past shows. He resents Ira Glass's success. He imagines suicide on a shooting range, or in the studio. He think of Kate's friends, of his own aging, contemplates elderly wild animals. Joe tried to call Kate on New Year's Eve. He thinks of friends who have frozen their dead dog in the hopes that they will be able to clone him. Joe compulsively eats at a party, passes gas in public. He removes a plastic cover from a toilet at the airport and floods the bathroom. Joe meets a woman at a car wash, fights over the tip, contemplates swapping homes with his housekeeper, losing faith because of the brutality of nature programs.
  • Telephone dialog with Larry Block: Robert Redford's interior decorating. Checking the obituaries for people who die at the same age as him. Former colleagues who've become famous. An interview for a film with an old friend. Comparing Jack Kornfield and David Sedaris, Joe and Robert Redford. Larry talks about walruses indifferent to a polar bear attack on their neighbors in a nature program. Larry reads a Shabbat poem.

Interesting Facts

  • There are two programs with this title: this 60 minute program which aired as part of The Other Side and a 30 minute program which appeared as part of In The Dark in 1995.
  • Includes loops of the Lomax Parchman Farm recordings.



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The Other Side

Always | Angina Dialogues, The | Anthology Of Love (Remix) | At Last | At The Border (Remix) | At The Dark End Of The Bar | At The Dark End Of The Bar (Remix) | Bad Karma | Bitter Pill | Black Hole (Remix) | Box, The | Brothers | Caged Heart | Cave Dreamer | Clement at Christmas | Don't Know Mind | Dreamland: A Compilation | Emptiness | Endings | Evening Sky | Fire and Ice | Four Part Dissonance | Future, The | Higher Learning | Holy Land | In the Dark (remix) | Insomnia | Jam | Karma (Part 1) | Karma (Part 2) | Karma (Part 3) | Karma (Part 4) | Karma (Part 5) | Karma (Part 6) | Karma (Part 7) | Karma Crash | Karma Don't Deny Me | Karma For Dollars | Karma Memories | Karma Redux | Love Is | Love Prisoner | Lover Man | Margarita | Men of the Cloth | Mercy | Mystery | Nature of Things, The | No Angel | On the Edge (remix) | Pledge Drive 2000-01-29 | Pledge Drive Rough Cuts | Pledge Drive, 2000-08-06 | Plerophory Of Pain | Predator | Prison Songs | Red Sea (a compilation) | Silent Sea | Small World Karma | Stoner | Summer Hill | Sunday Morning Service | Terminal | Two Women (Remix) | Waiting For Karma | Waiting For The Bell | What Do Women Want? | Where Will It End? | Windows | Wire, The | Woman And Bull In Paint Factory | Zen