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363 – Bruce Carpenter (Art Historian in Bali)

By February 4, 2019October 9th, 20193 Comments

Author and co-author of more than 20 books and numerous articles on Indonesian art, culture and history, Bruce W. Carpenter is considered a leading expert in the field of Indonesian studies. He’s also an accomplished traveler and an old friend of Stanley Krippner’s. His publications include Ethnic Jewelry of Indonesia (2010), Gold Jewelry of the Indonesian Archipelago (2011), Nias Sculpture (2013), Lempad of Bali, the Illuminating Line (2014) Indonesian Tribal Art (2015), Dancing in Silver (2017), and Borobudur Under the Full Moon (2018).

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Sunglasses,” by Chase and the Barons; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.


I lived on a deserted island in the south of Thailand, built a geodesic dome out of bamboo there, gradually went down the coast to Sumatra, and then wandered around.

Bruce CarpenterArt Historian


  • Francisco says:

    Mr Chris "I’ve been to the top of Breast Mountain" Ryan, I want to offer to translate the upcoming book "Civilized to Death" to brazilian portuguese or even help in editing it, collecting the sums of random bits into a cohesive narrative. Do you have any email address so I can send more details? I plan on deleting these messages right after you tell me the address so it doesn’t stay here. I also provide transcription, so in case you want to record portions of the book on audio I can help with that too. On email I can explain more.

  • Francisco says:

    You answered my comment from "Porto Alegre" a while back. Never ocurred to me that I could offer translation services to you, in this case it was a happy accident that this book got delayed so much. It would help me tremendously to get started in this business with a huge name like yours for street rep. Might the universe help me? I don’t know, I’m just throwing it out there, it’s better than not I guess.

  • JOE peeer says:

    esteemed MrRyan.
    language die and reborn and reformed …
    we lost a few languages, but we gaining quite a few 2.
    machine language,,,python, c , java and such.
    change is forever inevitable.

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