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By Dmitry Samarov
Bits and pieces of what's on my mind. Maybe some talks with others about Chicago, about art, about music and movies. The things I love.

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If a Tree Falls...


This would be a pleasant world if everbody could just ride and ride.
An excerpt from Suttree by Cormac McCarthy. Music by Chris Brokaw.
October 5, 2020
Erik Satie's "Sylvie" sung by Gonzague Van Bervesseles
I liked the way Gonzague Van Bervesseles sang "Sylvie" in Jean-Paul Civeyrac's A Paris Education (2018) so much that I recorded it so I could share it with you.
October 3, 2020
Dead Rae
An excerpt from a work in progress. Music by Arvo Pärt.
July 24, 2020
Can't Recall
An excerpt from a work in progress. Music by Ran Blake.
July 22, 2020
Don lived upstairs from the Blue Light
An excerpt from from a work in progress. Music by Mute Duo.
July 18, 2020
An excerpt from a work in progress. Music by the Dick Slessig Combo.
July 6, 2020
"Song of Myself"—Canto 27
I read Canto 27 of Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" as part of a celebration of his 201st birthday. The entire poem, read by many people, here.
June 15, 2020
If a Tree Falls...
What happens when you set up a book talk and no one shows up? Paul Durica (of the Newberry Library) and I talk about Soviet Stamps and the writing racket to a bunch of empty chairs in the secret back room of Uncharted Books in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago.
February 14, 2020
Return to The Green Arcade
I make my triumphant return to The Green Arcade in San Francisco and discuss Soviet Stamps, art, cabdriving, and other related and unrelated topics with Ben Terrall (Namaste, Motherfucker!)
February 6, 2020
Soviet Stamps w/ Kyle Beachy at City Lit Books (1/30/20)
Kyle Beachy (author of The Slide and many, many essays about skateboarding) puts me through my paces about Soviet Stamps, art, writing, making a living, and much else at Logan Square's City Lit Books.
January 31, 2020
Soviet Stamps at The Dial
Christian TeBordo interviews me about my new book, Soviet Stamps and other related topics at The Dial Bookshop in Chicago.
January 10, 2020
Samarov & Kinsella at the Rainbo Club
Tim Kinsella interviews me about my book, art, writing, and all that jazz at the Rainbo Club in Chicago on August 31st, 2019.
September 1, 2019
Christian TeBordo talks writing
Christian TeBordo meets me at the Rainbo Club to talk about his forthcoming short story collection, Ghost Engine, teaching writing, and how he got from being the son of two pastors to where he is to day—the author of six books and the director of an MFA writing program.
August 11, 2019
Music to My Eyes (May 4th, San Francisco)
I talk to Ben Terrall (of Namaste, Motherfucker! fame) about my new book at The Green Arcade in San Francisco. Andy Gillis—a longtime store employee—does the introduction.  More info about my book here:
May 5, 2019
Daniel X. O'Neil talks Arte Agora
Daniel X. O'Neil talks about Arte Agora—art made, sold, or placed in the public way. More info here:
April 16, 2019
Peter Prescott talks Minibeast
Musician Peter Prescott's talks about Mission of Burma, Minibeast, fighting nostalgia, and continuing to stay vital and creative in his 60s. Read more here:
April 8, 2019
Moby Dick, chapter 57
I read Chapter 57, "Of Whales and Paint," as part of Newberry Library's Moby-Dick Read-a-Thon. It was about 12:30am on Sunday, January 20th.
January 20, 2019
Stan Klein talks art
I talk to Stan Klein at Firecat Projects about how he got his start in art, opening a frame shop, working for other artists, and the whole kit and caboodle.
December 7, 2018
Filmfront talks film
Cofounders Malia Haines-Stewart and Alan Medina talk about their Pilsen community storefront cinema. Then Ashley Cooper talks about her series of classic Hollywood films and how she learned to love movies from her grandma.
November 28, 2018
Krimstein talks Arendt
Ken Krimstein visits the Dial Bookshop to talk about "The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt.
November 18, 2018
The Other Side of the Wind
Don De Grazia and I get together at the Music Box Lounge to talk about Orson Welles' "new" movie, toxic masculinity, film nerds, and the overall state of the world.
November 3, 2018
Skyler Rowe talks music
I meet Chicago musician and man-about-town, Skyler Rowe, at Firecat Projects and The Handlebar to talk about how he became the drummer in seventeen local bands. The Rainbo Club, gentrification, and the eternal conflict between metal and punk is also discussed.
September 27, 2018
CTA Drawings by Dmitry Samarov
Dmitry Samarov and Northwestern University professor Bill Savage discuss Samarov's show of marker drawings done on CTA buses and trains on view at Firecat Projects in Chicago.
September 7, 2018
Rebekka Federle talks art
I met Chicago collagist and sculptor Rebekka Federle—it's pronounced "fade-early", she insists—at Feed and, after eating some ribs, she talked to me about art, Chicago, and copywriting. You can see a bunch of her work at
August 29, 2018
Charles Bronson
A story from cab-driving days. Written and read by Dmitry Samarov, with improvised music by Bill MacKay (guitar), Daniel Thatcher (bass), and Charles Rumback (drums). Recorded up on Frogg Mountain in Chicago, Illinois by John Vernon Forbes in 2013.
July 27, 2018
Brian Wells Talks Art
I visit Chicago painter Brian Wells to talk about his art, day-jobs, the art world, and his time in the city. You can see a bunch of his work at
July 25, 2018
Drink Any Music Good—A talk with John Vernon Forbes
John Vernon Forbes visits Jackalope Coffee in Bridgeport to talk about art, Tijuana Hercules, childhood, and the whole kit and caboodle.
July 5, 2018
Old Fashioned Days
Photographer/historian Paul Petraitis and filmmaker John McNaughton talk about shooting footage of Old Fashioned Days in the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago in 1970. White flight, rock-n-roll, and growing up in Chicago in the '60s are discussed.
June 1, 2018
Paul Schrader's First Reformed
Don De Grazia and Dmitry Samarov convene at the cocktail lounge of a movie theater, situated within a deadmall which just won't die, to discuss Paul Schrader's new film. Also, whether the axe-throwing concern recently opened in the basement of the mall will save it from the wrecking ball.
May 27, 2018
Joaquin Phoenix
Don De Grazia convene at the Chicago Cultural Center to debate the thespian talents of Joaquin Phoenix and the merits of Lynne Ramsey's 2018 film, You Were Never Really Here.
May 5, 2018
Wendy Clinard Talks Art
Choreographer/artist/dancer Wendy Clinard talks to Dmitry Samarov about her collaboration with Japanese photographer Akito Tsuda on a new multimedia piece.
April 27, 2018
Don De Grazia and Dmitry Samarov repair to an undisclosed Ecuadorean eatery to debate the merits of Ryan Prows' 2017 feature film, "Lowlife".
April 23, 2018
Jitney 2018
About jitneys, the rideshare racket, and the end of the taxi industry as we know it.
April 12, 2018