A recording of a book-release event at Tangible Books on September 16, 2023, featuring Mallory Smart and Annie Howard.
A short reading from Don DeLillo’s “Mao II” in honor of my own book-release.
I read a story by Bonnie Jo Campbell from her 2009 collection, “American Salvage”.
A talk with artist and wearer of many hats Stan Klein.
A talk with illustrator/artist Johnny Sampson about the art racket, comics, music, and the whole kit and caboodle.
A talk with poet Mark Turcotte about his youth in North Dakota and Michigan, his various jobs, and ending up a professor of literature at DePaul University in Chicago.
My mom tells me the recipe for poppyseed roll that her mother-in-law taught her. (in Russian)
A few pages from Olga Tokarczuk’s The Books of Jacob.
A talk with Matt Grimm about his quarter-life crisis.
A talk in Russian with my father about his childhood, his love of nature, and the roots of his interest in literature.
A talk in Russian with my mother about her childhood, work in hospital, and early loves.
A report from my personal Yom Kippur.
Art by Toni LaSelle.
I talk with artist/dancer/choreographer/human Wendy Clinard about her circuitous route through the creative landscape.
I read another story from Alla Gorbunova’s It’s the End of the World, My Love in Russian.
A long talk with musician/artist Mark Shippy about U.S. Maple and many other things under the sun.
A wide-ranging talk with Chef Kevin Hickey about his long history in the kitchen, his travels, plans to dot Europe with Duck Inn hotdog stands and more.
A reading/concert by Westley Heine and Dmitry Samarov at Archie’s Cafe in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, 2/26/23.
A talk with writer Ben Terrall about Boston, San Francisco, and the state of the world.
A talk with artist/musician Jason Sanford about Boston, Colorado, art, music, and more.