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.
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.
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: http://www.tortoisebooks.com/store/music-to-my-eyes
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: https://aquariumdrunkard.com/2019/04/15/catching-up-with-peter-prescott/
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.
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.
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 https://rebekkafederle.com/.
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.
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.
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.