I talk to podcaster, pharma trade guru, and novice artist Gil Roth about podcasting, his day job, getting into visual art at 50 and more. Listen to Gil’s great Virtual Memories show and see a bunch of his drawings and paintings.
Theme music by Bill MacKay.
I talk to writer, farmer, and cassette-label mogul Adam Gnade about writing, living, off the land, releasing cassettes, and more. Learn about him at his site and all the usual social media places.
Theme music by Bill MacKay.
I read some poems in Russian. Selected a few dozen that my father sent me during the plague.
- 00:00— “New Year’s Eve” by Boris Ryzhy
- 01:00— two poems by Boris Ryzhy
- 02:51 —”A Winter Night” by Boris Pasternak
- 04:00—untitled poem by Sergey Gandlevsky
- 07:30—several by Lidia Zaozerskaya
- 12:00—”Neznakomka” by Alexander Blok
- 15:00—”Mirror” by Arseniy Tarkovsky
- 17:57—”From a Poet” by Arseniy Tarkovsky
Take a look at the limited edition folder of typed-out Russian poems with notes in English, illustrations, and collaged covers.
Recorded readings (circa 2020) of rough drafts of chapters from my 2021 book, Old Style.
- 00:52 —”Flyover” (music by the Dick Slessig Combo)
- 08:30—”Don Lived Upstairs from the Blue Light (music by Mute Duo)
- 11:34—”Dead Rae” (music by Arvo Part)
- 19:57—”Can’t Recall” (music by Ran Blake)
- 31:45—”Ask for Rose” (music by Thelonius Monk)
- 41:07—”Innocent When You Dream”
Four excerpts from Don DeLillo’s Underworld, which I reread during plague lockdown in 2020.
00:00—”Waste” (music by Charles Mingus)
06:00—”An American Sort of Thing” (music by Miles Davis)
10:50—”Quotidian” (music by Ornette Coleman)
17:25—”Denizens” (music by Endless Boogie)
I talk to one of my oldest friends, Chicago painter Frank Spidale. We talk art, music, jobs, living in Chicago, and more. See Spidale’s work at his site and follow him on Instagram.
A talk with writer Lucy Sante. We discuss immigration, her upcoming trip to her native Belgium, transitioning, and more. Learn about Sante at her websiteand follow her on Instagram. Read my reviews of The Other Paris and Maybe the People Would Be the Times and a newsletter about a lunch we shared in May, 2021.
I talk with Chicago writer Mallory Smart about writing, publishing, and a lot more sometime in 2021.
Ben Terrall talks with me about All Hack, Old Style, and more at The Green Arcade in San Francisco in December 2021.
I talk with musician/artist John Vernon Forbes about Tijuana Hercules, art, music, and more.
I talk with Chicago musician Skyler Rowe about art, life, etc.
I talk collage, art, etc with Chicago artist Rebekka Federle.
Ben Terrall talks with me about Soviet Stamps and more at San Francisco’s The Green Arcade in 2020.
Kyle Beachy talks to me about Soviet Stamps at City Lit Books in 2020.
Christian TeBordo talks to me about Soviet Stamps at the late lamented Dial Bookshop in 2020.
I talk with Alan Medina, Malia Haines-Stewart, and Ashley Cooper about their storefront cinema in Pilsen for a 2018 Chicago Reader article.
I talk to Chicago painter Brian Wells about his work for a Chicago Reader article in 2018.
I talk to Stan Klein about art, music, running a gallery, and more in 2018.
I talk to Christian TeBordo at the Rainbo Club about Ghost Engine and more.
Ben Terrall interviews me about Music to My Eyes at the Green Arcade in San Francisco in 2019.
Bill Savage interviews me at Firecat Projects about my show of CTA drawings there in September 2018.
I talk to filmmaker John McNaughton and photographer/musician Paul Petraitis about the 1970 student film they shot in their Roseland neighborhood and plans to make a documentary around that footage.
I read a few pages from Cormac McCarthy’s Suttree.
Music by Chris Brokaw.