I'll Follow You

I'll Follow You

By Allison Felus
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010 “I Would Always Say Yes to a Spiritual Experience”–A Chat with Angie Yingst

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014 “No, But We’ve Seen It Done”--A Chat with Paul and Angie Lowe about Jesus Christ Superstar
Visit QueenofPeaches.com for show notes! Paul and Angie Lowe were teachers for many decades at Lake Central High School in St. John, Indiana. During the weekdays, Paul taught speech and Angie taught French, and then on afternoons and weekends, they were heads of the theater program, known as the Lake Central Theatre Guild. As you’ll hear them elaborate in the course of the episode, they expanded LCTG’s program in the early 1970s to include former graduates and members of the local theater scene in their summer community theater productions. Nearly a quarter century after they first directed "Jesus Christ Superstar" in 1979, they revived the show in the summer of 2003 as one of the final productions in the old high school theater. Today, many years now after their retirement from teaching, they retain the LCTG initials by way of their new company, L’arc en Ciel Theatre Group, a dinner theater based out of Great Oaks Banquet Hall in Cedar Lake, Indiana.
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April 6, 2020
013 “A Nice Way to Think About One’s Relationship with Time and Objects”–A Chat About Perfume with Shiamin Kwa
Visit QueenofPeaches.com for show notes! Welcome to the perfume episode! Today I’m in conversation with my dear and brilliant friend Shiamin Kwa. Shiamin is Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures  and Comparative Literature at Bryn Mawr College. She is the author of  three books, the most recent being Regarding Frames: Thinking with Comics in the Twenty-first Century,  which was just released by RIT Press in February of this year. Her  written work explores relationships between form and content, text and  image, self and self-presentation, surface and depth, and the conflicts  between what we say and what we mean. Her research interests include  theater and fiction, food studies, graphic narratives, literary studies,  cultural studies, comparative and world literature, and literary and  narrative theory. She also contributed an amazingly funny and tender essay about the band Wham! to my most recent zine The Last Band of My Youth. In today’s deep dive on perfume, we talk about how smells can seem so  much richer in our memories when we don’t have access to them anymore,  the quiet spaciousness of perfume as object, how we’re meant to interact  with perfume on a time scale, how wearing Frederic Malle’s “Portrait of  a Lady” is like having to do self-promotion as the author of a new  book, and the difficulty of imposing order on things you love.
1:09:44
March 30, 2020
012 "The Guiding Light Is Surprise"--A Chat with Tony Trigilio
Visit queenofpeaches.com for show notes!  Today, I’m incredibly pleased to be speaking with my friend, neighbor, and former bandmate, the poet Tony Trigilio. Tony is the author and editor of 13 books, including, most recently, Ghosts of the Upper Floor (published by BlazeVOX [books] in 2019), which is the third installment in his multivolume poem, The Complete Dark Shadows (of My Childhood). His selected poems, Fuera del Taller del Cosmos, was published in Guatemala by Editorial Poe (translated by Bony Hernández). He is editor of Elise Cowen: Poems and Fragments (published by Ahsahta Press in 2014), and the author of Allen Ginsberg’s Buddhist Poetics (published by Southern Illinois University Press in 2012). Tony coedits the poetry journal Court Green and is an associate editor for Tupelo Quarterly. He is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago. Today we discuss his origin story as a poet, the possibilities that  get unlocked by asking a student “tell me more of what you mean by  that,” building bridges between the hemispheres of the brain, how  playing drums professionally helped Tony unite his practice as a writer  with his work as a scholar, and why the best art feels like a friend  saying to you, “I’m going to tell you something but it’s hard to say.” For more information about Tony, you can find him online at starve.org.
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March 23, 2020
011 "I Don't Want to Be an Expert"–A Chat with Keiler Roberts
Visit queenofpeaches.com for show notes! Keiler Roberts has been writing autobiographical comics for ten years.  Her six books include Sunburning, Chlorine Gardens, and, most recently,  Rat Time, all three of which were published by Koyama Press. Her  self-published autobiographical comic series Powdered Milk received an  Ignatz Award for Outstanding Series in 2016, and in 2019 Chlorine Gardens received Slate's Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Print Comic of  2018, which was selected by The Slate Book Review and The Center for  Cartoon Studies. Her work has been included in The Best American Comics in 2016 and 2018 and was mentioned on their Notables list for 2014. She  has taught at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago since 2013 and  lives in Evanston, Illinois, with her husband, the artist Scott Roberts,  their daughter Xia, and perhaps the most famous cartoon pet since  Snoopy, their dog Crooky.
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March 16, 2020
010 “I Would Always Say Yes to a Spiritual Experience”–A Chat with Angie Yingst
Visit QueenofPeaches.com for show notes! Today on the show I’m incredibly pleased to be in conversation with Angie Yingst. Angie is a published writer, a sacred artist, a Usui Reiki Master Teacher, and an Earth Medicine Practitioner specializing in shamanic and crystal healing techniques. Angie has been reading Tarot for thirty years and is a member of the American Tarot Association. She has also trained through the Hibiscus Moon Crystal Academy as a Certified Crystal Healer and an Advanced Crystal Master, and she now serves the school and its community as Curriculum Specialist and Crystal Coach. Angie has also been studying since 2012 with Pixie Lighthorse and has completed all four levels of her training through SouLodge Earth Medicine School. Angie offers both in-person and distance one-on-one healing sessions that combine crystal healing, shamanic healing, Reiki, drum and rattle, breathwork, and plant medicine to facilitate healing in her clients, balancing her work with the moon cycles and seasonal energies to maximize healing potential. Angie teaches tarot, crystals and crystal healing, shamanic work, psychic development and intuitive work, creative and art workshops, and offers group healing sessions through the Alta View Wellness Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Today we dig deep to talk about grief, addiction, perfectionism, and the dangers of spiritual bypassing, as well as the difference between being a guru and an effective space-holder.
1:14:06
March 9, 2020
009 "Luckily Theater Saved Me"--A Chat with Paul Storiale
Click here for show notes! This week on the show, I’m delighted to be speaking with a very dear friend, the theatrical impresario and President of NoHo himself, Mr. Paul Storiale. Paul is the Artistic Director for the Defiance Theatre Company, the President and Founder of the Valley Theatre Awards in Los Angeles, and creator of the award-winning stage play The Columbine Project. He’s also the creator of the web series Gossip Boy, which you can stream on Amazon Prime, and a successful comedic actor in his own right, having performed for many years in the dinner theater phenomenon Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding and having recently toured the country as part of the cast of My Big Gay Italian Wedding. And if that’s not enough of a full plate, Paul is also a Los Angeles elected public official, currently serving as president of the NoHo Neighborhood Council, an advisory board created by the Los Angeles City Charter to provide improved access to government and make government more responsive to local needs in the North Hollywood community. Today we chat about how to create a little bit of healthy antagonism among your cast during rehearsals, establishing a container for catharsis in a live theater space, and the secret of never having to audition as an actor ever again.
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March 2, 2020
008 "Everything Is Interdisciplinary"--A Chat with David Higgins
Click here for show notes! Today I’m pleased to have on the show one of my all-time favorite humans, David Higgins. David teaches English at Inver Hills Community College in Minnesota. He is a specialist in 20th-century American literature and culture, and his research explores transformations in imperial fantasy during the Cold War period and beyond. His article “Toward a Cosmopolitan Science Fiction” won the 2012 Science Fiction Research Association’s Pioneer Award for excellence in scholarship. He has published in journals such as American Literature, Science Fiction Studies, Science Fiction Film and Television, and Extrapolation, and his work has appeared in edited volumes such as The Cambridge Companion to American Science Fiction. He is also the Speculative Fiction Editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books. In our chat today, we talk about his upcoming book on reverse colonization narratives in the science fiction of the 1960s, how he’s calibrated his own best creative routines, why he congratulates his undergraduate students when they feel like they’ve failed, and the many flexible ways to approach the study and criticism of speculative fiction.
1:10:28
February 24, 2020
007 Learning How to Meet People Where They're At with Michael Sherron
Go to QueenofPeaches.com for show notes. Michael Sherron is currently an apprentice docent from the class of 2018 at the Phoenix Art Museum and now leads tours there for adults and school groups. In his day job, he's an engineering manager building large scale cloud hosting solutions for the enterprise. Mike is one of the most remarkable people I know, in terms of his sheer capacity to tackle incredibly ambitious projects simply for the joy of learning how to do them. That deep focus and insatiable curiosity is definitely at the heart of what led him to commit the past two years to studying really intensely in order to start giving tours at the Phoenix Art Museum. In addition to talking about what the program was like, in the last twenty or so minutes of our chat, Mike guides me through a deeper look at two paintings from the Phoenix Art Museum’s collection, Lew Davis’s The Rebel and Frida Kahlo’s The Suicide of Dorothy Hale.
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February 17, 2020
006 Writing and Recording American Romantic Music with Brian Cremins
Click here for show notes! Just this past week, my band, the Felus Cremins Band, released our latest album. It’s called American Romantic Music, and you can stream or download it on Bandcamp. To mark the occasion, I asked my bandmate and partner Brian Cremins to join me to chat specifically about the making of the title track, the song “American Romantic Music.” Rather than slogging through a whole boring track-by-track rundown of the entire album, I thought it might be instructive to focus just on this one song. I think the process by which it came to be written and recorded is particularly illustrative of the way that we collaborate. In addition to our chat, you’ll get to hear how the song progressed from its first demo to its first live performance to the final recorded version that’s the heart of the new album.
1:26:13
February 10, 2020
005 Creating an Underground Awards Show with the Nick Movie Awards
If you were on Twitter the day that the 2019 Oscar nominations were announced, you may have noticed a little viral excitement about an alternate set of awards called the Elsie’s. However, to a select handful of people, this whole idea of the Elsie’s sounded strangely familiar. See, there’s another individually produced, underground movie awards ceremony that’s been around for nearly 30 years now, and that’s the Nick Movie Awards. Established in 1992 by Nick Ivankovic, the Nick Movie Awards began as a way for Nick to honor his favorite films and performances each year. In the years since, the Nick Movie Awards have grown from a literal bedroom project to an annual event that has included parties, trivia, viewer’s choice categories, online voting, and even its own signature menu items. I asked Nick to join the show this week to talk through the history of the NMAs and to give a more in-depth glimpse into his nominations for the 2019 movie year. Show notes are available here.
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February 2, 2020
004 Going from Point A to Point B By Way of Q and Pi with Gene Kannenberg Jr.
Click here for additional podcast notes! Gene Kannenberg Jr. is a cartoonist living in Evanston, Illinois. His comics, mostly abstract with asemic writing, include Qodèxx, Space Year 2015, and The Abstract Circus. His work was included in the Minnesota Center for Book Arts' 2017 exhibit "Asemic Writing: Offline & In the Gallery" and also appears in the book Abstraction et bande dessinée, produced by the ACME Comics Research Group at the University of Liège in Belgium. Gene received his PhD from the University of Connecticut in 2002, and he has served in the past as Chair of both the International Comic Arts Festival and the Comic Art & Comics section of the Popular Culture Association. His book 500 Essential Graphic Novels was published by Collins Design in 2008. Gene is currently the Research and Media Assistant at the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies at Northwestern University, where he has curated two exhibits on comic art. You can find him online at comicsmachine.com.
1:20:17
January 27, 2020
003 Storytelling through Resonant Material with Lewis Lain
Lewis Lain's work focuses on storytelling, simple aesthetics, and recycled "resonant" material. He favors re-claimed windows and found-glass as canvas, which he combines with cardboard and acrylic to create multi-dimensional paintings punctuated by saturated color and bold linework. Notable work includes his recent 10-year solo retrospective reevaluating “a”  at the Dittmar Gallery on campus at Northwestern University; the online comic Smaller Totems; and the Turned Earth Little Lenormand. Find Lewis online at lewislain.com and be sure to support him on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/lewislain). 
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January 20, 2020
002 Considering Reinvention with Kate Merena
New year's resolutions have become pretty stale to me over the past several years. They've just started to seem so joyless, so totally focused on self-improvement in a way that, at least speaking for myself, was starting to feel synonymous with self-punishment. But Reinvention, though. Ahh, Reinvention is like catnip to me. The idea of making myself into a completely different person living a completely different life? Sign me up. So, to dig in a little deeper on what it even means to reinvent oneself, I wanted to chat with someone I consider to be a maestra of Reinvention, my good friend Kate Merena. Kate works as the membership director of an art museum. She lives in San Diego with her cat, Anyanka, in a tiny house on the edge of a canyon, where she is honing her green witch skills, reading tarot cards for fun, and caring for a colony of community cats in her neighborhood. You can find her on Instagram at @lifestyleoftherealandnotfamous.
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January 13, 2020
001 Best Movies of the Decade with Casey Andrews
To inaugurate the show, I'm going to be chatting today with Casey Andrews. Casey is Professor of English at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. He is the author of the book Writing Against War: Literature, Activism, and the British Peace Movement, which was published by Northwestern University Press in May 2017 and has been described as "a highly original, densely researched, and beautifully written work of scholarship." He is also a regular contributor to The Cresset, a journal of commentary on literature, the arts, and public affairs published by Valparaiso University. His most recent piece for The Cresset is on Jim Jarmusch's film The Dead Don't Die, and next up for them will be his reflections on confession and the sacraments in Scorsese's The Irishman. Casey also contributed earlier this year to my zine The Last Band of My Youth with an essay on the Christian ska band Five Iron Frenzy. Casey is married to the writer and pastor Liv Larson Andrews and is also a dad, a pacifist, and one of my best and oldest friends. Today we look back on some of the most notable films of the 2010s--ranging from the recent works of Paul Thomas Anderson, Martin Scorsese, and Quentin Tarantino to Ari Aster and Robert Eggers and beyond. 
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January 4, 2020
Hello and Welcome--Trailer
Welcome to the first (short!) preview episode of I'll Follow You, hosted by Allison Felus.
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December 26, 2019