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True Crime in Academia Episode 50: News Catch Up!
True Crime in Academia Episode 50: News Catch Up!
Not a subscriber? Become on by clicking here, or go to www.patreon.com/ivorytowerboilerroom Hey, true crime friends! I've been seeing a lot of true crime in academia-related news this month and wanted to do a recap of three of the top stories I've seen! Sophia Rosing- the southern girl racist, The murders of UA Football Players D'Sean Perry, Devin Chandler, and Lavel David Jr., and Michael Canning- the English teaching statutory rapist.  Follow True Crime in Academia on social media! TikTok and IG: @truecrimeinacademia Twitter: @tcinacademia Sources:  https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/classmate-of-kentucky-student-caught-in-drunken-racist-rant-speaks-out/ss-AA13SRsj?ocid=entnewsntp&pc=U531&cvid=14f276965eed4e1fb21016caea182af0#image=2 https://www.kentucky.com/news/local/crime/article268739352.html https://nypost.com/2022/11/17/grand-jury-gets-case-against-sophia-rosing-kentucky-student-in-racist-attack/ https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/nj-high-school-english-teacher-arrested-for-years-long-sexual-relationship-with-student/ar-AA146P1D?ocid=entnewsntp&pc=U531&cvid=7da61f1024b543d481f44a2cca90e33c https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/3-dead-2-injured-in-university-of-virginia-shooting-manhunt-underway-for-student-suspect/ar-AA1459oy?ocid=entnewsntp&cvid=f4d2d89ebd9945048c1e51cb36902061 https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/3-uva-football-players-killed-shooting-are-remembered-role-models-last-rcna57145 https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/3-dead-2-injured-shooting-university-virginia-rcna57004
20:52
November 28, 2022
Jesse Green Reflects on Mary Rodgers' Broadway Career (and Her Relationship to Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, and Stephen Sondheim)
Jesse Green Reflects on Mary Rodgers' Broadway Career (and Her Relationship to Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, and Stephen Sondheim)
Want to hear all of Jesse's insider info. about Mary's relationship with Sondheim? Become an ITBR Café member (only $5): https://www.patreon.com/ivorytowerboilerroom On this day, November 25th, 1959, the Broadway musical "Once Upon a Mattress" officially opened on Broadway! Join Andrew as he celebrates the 63rd anniversary of "Once Upon a Mattress" with Jesse Green, the Chief Theater Critic of the NY Times. Right away, Jesse opens up about his working relationship and eventual friendship with Mary Rodgers, one of the first female Broadway composers (known for "Once Upon a Mattress"). Jesse explains how Mary's memoir came to be and all of the topics that she discussed with him, including her relationship with her father, Broadway composer Richard Rodgers, and her son, Adam Guettel, known for composing "The Light in the Piazza."  Yes her father was that Rodgers, of Rodgers and Hammerstein, known for creating the music for "Oklahoma," "South Pacific," "The Sound of Music," "Cinderella," and many more musicals. Get ready for a Golden Age of Broadway discussion including what Mary thought of these musicals, what she thought of Oscar Hammerstein, the lyricist of these musicals, and how she met Stephen Sondheim, whose mentor was Oscar.  Jesse reveals how "Once Upon a Mattress" came to be, how Carol Burnett landed the role of Winnifred, and what Mary worked on after "Mattress." What did Mary think of future female Broadway composers? What would Mary think of the current Broadway Musical landscape?  And Jesse leaves you on the edge of your seat by teasing what Mary thought of each Sondheim musical? To listen to that bonus audio, head to our ITBR Café, our Patreon, and listen to an extra 10 minutes of bonus audio!  Get your hands on "Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers" written by Mary Rodgers and Jesse Green: https://bookshop.org/p/books/shy-the-alarmingly-outspoken-memoirs-of-mary-rodgers-jesse-green/18721732?ean=9780374298623 Read more of Jesse's work here, https://www.nytimes.com/by/jesse-green and follow him on Twitter, @JesseKGreen.  To subscribe to The Gay and Lesbian Review visit glreview.org. Click Subscribe, and enter promo code ITBR to receive a free copy with any print or digital subscription. Follow That Ol' Gay Classic Cinema on Instagram, @thatolgayclassiccinema.  Follow ITBR on Instagram, @ivorytowerboilerroom, TikTok, @ivorytowerboilerroom, and Twitter, @IvoryBoilerRoom! Many thanks to the ITBR team: Andrew Rimby, Executive Director; Mary DiPipi, Chief Contributor; Kimberly Dallas, Editor, and our Interns (Andrea, Chris, Rosie, and Taj)  Educational Copyright: "Once Upon a Mattress," Rodgers and Hammerstein, 1959
01:03:14
November 25, 2022
"Finding Your Queer Space" in Edgar Allan Poe's Literature, with David Greven and Paul C. Jones
"Finding Your Queer Space" in Edgar Allan Poe's Literature, with David Greven and Paul C. Jones
Want to hear the rest of Andrew, David, and Paul's Queer Poe discussion? Become an Ivory Tower Boiler Room Café member (only $5): https://www.patreon.com/ivorytowerboilerroom What a special academic episode since Andrew is joined with David Greven and Paul C. Jones who Andrew considers his queer male 19th-century American Lit. mentors and guides! He met David and Paul at the Fifth International Edgar Allan Poe conference in Boston last April, and they don't waste any time digging into what drew them to Poe's stories and poetry. They discuss their favorite queer theory scholars, how they teach queer literature in the classroom, and so much more! Andrew leaves you on the edge of your seat by asking David and Paul whether an author has to have been gay or queer in order to read their texts that way? Can you separate the author from their text? Want to hear the rest of their queer literary conversation (another 23 minutes), join The Ivory Tower Boiler Room Café! It's $5 a month which is like you're paying us for a cup of coffee. Patreon.com/ivorytowerboilerroom.com  Follow David on Twitter, @david_greven, and Paul, @pjathensohio.  Get your hands on Paul's Poe, Queerness, and the End of Time here: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-030-97083-3 You can find all of David's work here: https://sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/artsandsciences/english_language_and_literature/our_people/directory/greven_david.php Head to Broadview Press, an independent academic publisher, for all your humanities related books. Use code ivorytower for 20% off your broadviewpress.com order. To subscribe to The Gay and Lesbian Review visit glreview.org. Click Subscribe, and enter promo code ITBR to receive a free copy with any print or digital subscription. Follow Ivory Tower Boiler Room on Instagram, @ivorytowerboilerroom, TikTok, @ivorytowerboilerroom, and Twitter, @IvoryBoilerRoom! Many thanks to the Ivory Tower Boiler Room podcast team: Andrew Rimby, Executive Director; Mary DiPipi, Chief Contributor; Kimberly Dallas, Editor Thanks to Anne Sophie Andersen and Meghan Ames for our theme song, "Loverman."
42:26
November 21, 2022
True Crime in Academia Patreon Exclusive- Katherine Knight
True Crime in Academia Patreon Exclusive- Katherine Knight
Hey, true crime friends! Here is a sneak peek of this month's Patreon BONUS EPISODE!!!! It is a gruesome one so prepare yourselves! Not a subscriber and want to hear more of this episode? Go to patreon.com/ivorytowerboilerroom or click  Follow True Crime in Academia on social media TikTok and IG- @truecrimeinacademia Twitter- @tcinacademia
15:18
November 20, 2022
Fact Vs. Fiction of Marilyn Monroe, Dissecting the “Blonde” Film
Fact Vs. Fiction of Marilyn Monroe, Dissecting the “Blonde” Film
Want to hear the rest of Elizabeth and Andrew's review of Blonde? Become an Ivory Tower Boiler Room Café member (only $5): https://www.patreon.com/ivorytowerboilerroom Content Warning: Sexual Abuse and Psychological Abuse Elizabeth Winder, the writer of Marilyn in Manhattan: Her Year of Joy  joins Andrew to share their hot takes on the new Netflix film Blonde. This is most definitely an uncensored film analysis since Elizabeth and Andrew don't hold back from giving their honest opinion of this film. They parse out what's fact vs. what's fiction in the film and explore the source material for this film, Joyce Carol Oates' fictional biography of Marilyn Monroe. Elizabeth explains the mythical power of Marilyn and reveals the reality of her Hollywood and Manhattan life! And, we leave you on the edge of your seats when it comes to the JFK and Marilyn storyline in the film. And, why is this the first NC-17 Netflix film? We have the answers! Join us on Patreon to listen to the rest of the episode, an extra 30 minutes!  We are so excited to welcome Elizabeth back in The Ivory Tower Boiler Room so if you haven't yet, make sure you listen to our Marilyn in Manhattan episode with her: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/marilyn-in-manhattan-elizabeth-winder-on-writing-a/id1527297273?i=1000561565198 You can watch the film on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80174263 And if you're interested in Joyce Carol Oates' novel, here it is: https://bookshop.org/p/books/blonde-joyce-carol-oates/8279998?ean=9780062968456 If you don't have it already, get your hands on Elizabeth's Marilyn Monroe biography, Marilyn in Manhattan here: https://bookshop.org/p/books/marilyn-in-manhattan-her-year-of-joy-elizabeth-winder/8429518?ean=9781250064981 To subscribe to The Gay and Lesbian Review visit glreview.org. Click Subscribe, and enter promo code ITBR to receive a free copy with any print or digital subscription. Follow Ivory Tower Boiler Room on Instagram, @ivorytowerboilerroom, TikTok, @ivorytowerboilerroom, and Twitter, @IvoryBoilerRoom! Many thanks to the Ivory Tower Boiler Room podcast team: Andrew Rimby, Executive Director; Mary DiPipi, Chief Contributor; Kimberly Dallas, Editor Educational Copyright: "That Old Black Magic" (Marilyn Monroe, 1956, from the "Bus Stop" soundtrack), JB Production CH
50:39
November 19, 2022
"One Wilde Ride," Bringing Oscar Wilde Back from the Dead with writer, Ardythe Ashley
"One Wilde Ride," Bringing Oscar Wilde Back from the Dead with writer, Ardythe Ashley
Become an Ivory Tower Boiler Room Café subscriber to watch the unedited video: patreon.com/ivorytowerboilerroom Andrew is joined with writer Ardythe Ashley who is all things an Oscar Wilde enthusiast, lover, and devotee. Ardythe recently wrote The Return of the Century: The Death and Further Adventures of Oscar Wilde. It's not everyday that Andrew gets to talk with a fellow Wilde fan and one who wrote a fictional novel in which he gets resurrected from the dead. They talk about Ardythe's archival research at the British Museum and Andrew digs into his own Wilde manuscript research at the British Library. As Andrew begins to learn more about Ardythe's career before becoming a writer, that of a psychoanalyst, the conversation gets even more Freudian, intimate, and queer. To arouse your Victorian and homoerotic literature minds, here's a brief synopsis of her book: "In 1900, penniless and disgraced, Oscar Wilde, one of the greatest playwrights of all time, dies in a hotel in Paris. Or so everyone believes. Secretly his unconscious body, still flickering with life, is spirited away by devoted friends to an island monastery in the Venetian lagoon where he recovers his health and joie de vivre. From there he begins a series of adventures that include Auguste Rodin, a romance with an English aristocrat, a new lover, a session with Sigmund Freud, and an heroic death." Get your hands on Ardythe's The Return of the Century here: https://warblerpress.com/the-return-of-the-century/ Head to Broadview Press, an independent academic publisher, for all your humanities related books. Use code ivorytower for 20% off your broadviewpress.com order. To subscribe to The Gay and Lesbian Review visit glreview.org. Click Subscribe, and enter promo code ITBR to receive a free copy with any print or digital subscription. Follow Ivory Tower Boiler Room on Instagram, @ivorytowerboilerroom, TikTok, @ivorytowerboilerroom, and Twitter, @IvoryBoilerRoom! Many thanks to the Ivory Tower Boiler Room podcast team: Andrew Rimby, Executive Director; Mary DiPipi, Chief Contributor; Kimberly Dallas, Editor Thanks to Anne Sophie Andersen and Meghan Ames for our theme song, "Loverman."
57:55
November 14, 2022
True Crime in Academia Episode 49: The Murder of Sarah Stern
True Crime in Academia Episode 49: The Murder of Sarah Stern
Want extra content? Click here, or go to patreon.com/ivorytowerboilerroom to become a subscriber.  Follow True Crime in Academia on social media! IG & TikTok: @truecrimeinacademia Twitter: @tcinacademia Hey, true crime friends! This week we will be discussing the murder of Brookdale Community College student, Sarah Stern. The 19-year-old was last seen on December 2, 2016, and was reported missing the following day when her car was found abandoned on the Bridge on route 35 in Belmar, NJ. To this day her body has not been found.  Sources for this week's case: https://youtu.be/BztMgcNgobk https://thecinemaholic.com/sarah-sterns-murder-who-killed-her-how-did-she-die/ https://people.com/crime/sarah-stern-case-man-choked-her-threw-body-off-bridge/ https://abcnews.go.com/US/mother-jersey-man-convicted-murdering-childhood-friend-sarah/story?id=61365934 https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/sarah-stern-new-jersey-college-student-murder-friend-liam-mcatasney-sentence-court-guilty/1537853/?amp=1 https://www.nj.com/monmouth/2022/02/court-upholds-sentence-of-man-who-tossed-his-friend-sarah-sterns-body-off-jersey-shore-bridge.html?outputType=amp https://youtu.be/ejpQN3TguhM (The confession)
39:40
November 14, 2022
ITBR's First Live Podcast! Interviewing Tonya Hurley about "ghostgirl," a NY Times Bestselling Series
ITBR's First Live Podcast! Interviewing Tonya Hurley about "ghostgirl," a NY Times Bestselling Series
Become an Ivory Tower Boiler Room Café subscriber to watch the live podcast video: patreon.com/ivorytowerboilerroom On Oct. 29th, Andrew and Mary had the pleasure of interviewing NY Times bestselling author Tonya Hurley, known for writing the hit series ghostgirl! And yes, this is our first ever live podcast so you'll hear an audience and get to hear questions from them. Thanks so much to Pen + Brush for hosting us at their art gallery space in Manhattan.  If you are nostalgic for the Halloween season, this episode is for you! Tonya explains the origin story for how her YA Lit. series came to be, its impact on so many high schoolers/middle schoolers, how it explores deep themes like bullying, life vs. death, and of course we talk about her love of Poe, Evanescence's song "Bring Me to Life," and so many more gothic artists. Tonya explains why she knew Parker Posey needed to be the voice actor for the ghostgirl audiobook series. And when we learn that Tonya worked with Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Andrew reveals his love for their film Double, Double Toil and Trouble.  Learn more about Tonya's work on her website: https://www.tonyahurley.com/ Get your hands on Tonya's ghostgirl series here: https://bookshop.org/p/books/ghostgirl-tonya-hurley/16437852 You definitely don't want to miss out on listening to Parker Posey's mesmerizing performance of ghostgirl here: https://www.audible.com/pd/Ghostgirl-Audiobook/B002V8MP5M Learn more about Pen + Brush here: http://www.penandbrush.org/ To subscribe to The Gay and Lesbian Review visit glreview.org. Click Subscribe, and enter promo code ITBR to receive a free copy with any print or digital subscription. Follow Ivory Tower Boiler Room on Instagram, @ivorytowerboilerroom, TikTok, @ivorytowerboilerroom, and Twitter, @IvoryBoilerRoom! Many thanks to the Ivory Tower Boiler Room podcast team: Andrew Rimby, Executive Director; Mary DiPipi, Chief Contributor; Kimberly Dallas, Editor
50:00
November 12, 2022
A Perfume That's Worth Killing For, a suspenseful conversation with "Base Notes" author Lara Elena Donnelly
A Perfume That's Worth Killing For, a suspenseful conversation with "Base Notes" author Lara Elena Donnelly
Become an Ivory Tower Boiler Room Café subscriber to watch the unedited video: patreon.com/ivorytowerboilerroom To continue the Halloween spirit, Andrew is joined with author Lara Elena Donnelly who talks about her suspenseful thriller Base Notes (2022). To whet your appetite here's a quick synopsis: In New York City everybody needs a side hustle, and perfumer Vic Fowler has developed a delicate art that has proved to be very lucrative: creating bespoke scents that evoke immersive memories—memories that, for Vic’s clients, are worth killing for. Lara discusses the origin story for her novel, including how Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd has been brought up by many readers, and her love for Patricia Highsmith and Hitchcock! Many of her friends had her look into the novel and film American Psycho to get inspiration for her novel, and she hopes that someone from A24 is listening to this so Base Notes can turn into a thriller/horror film.  You'll be swept away by Lara's creative mind and will be thinking deeply about the queerness of scents and the gendered aspects of perfume. This is an episode to die for, and we hope you don't get too frightened. Get your hands on Base Notes here: https://bookshop.org/p/books/base-notes-lara-elena-donnelly/16750268?ean=9781542030700 Listen to Avi Roque perform Lara's Base Notes on Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/Base-Notes-Audiobook/1713623978 To subscribe to The Gay and Lesbian Review visit glreview.org. Click Subscribe, and enter promo code ITBR to receive a free copy with any print or digital subscription. Follow Ivory Tower Boiler Room on Instagram, @ivorytowerboilerroom, TikTok, @ivorytowerboilerroom, and Twitter, @IvoryBoilerRoom! Many thanks to the Ivory Tower Boiler Room podcast team: Andrew Rimby, Executive Director; Mary DiPipi, Chief Contributor; Kimberly Dallas, Editor
01:01:55
November 07, 2022
True Crime in Academia Episode 48: An Interview with True Crime BnB
True Crime in Academia Episode 48: An Interview with True Crime BnB
Become a subscriber by clicking here, or go to patreon.com/ivorytowerboilerroom Hey, true crime friends! This week we are getting as close to a LIVE episode as we can get! Earlier this evening, I sat down with the hosts of True Crime BnB- Beth and Bailey! Beth and Bailey are a mother-daughter podcasting duo that focuses on bringing to light the victims of true crime cases as well as the survivors.  Follow True Crime BnB on social media! IG: @truecrimebnb Twitter: @TrueCrimeBnB Listen on Spotify by clicking here.  Follow True Crime in Academia on Social Media IG & TikTok: @truecrimeinacademia Twitter: @tcinacademia
35:02
November 05, 2022
A Gregory Maguire Halloween Special; Returning to the Land of Oz, Discussing "The Oracle of Maracoor," and "Wicked" Movie News
A Gregory Maguire Halloween Special; Returning to the Land of Oz, Discussing "The Oracle of Maracoor," and "Wicked" Movie News
Want to hear the rest of the Gregory Maguire Wicked movie musical news? Become an Ivory Tower Boiler Room Cafe member (only $5): https://www.patreon.com/ivorytowerboilerroom Gregory Maguire enters back into The Ivory Tower Boiler Room to discuss his witches both in the Land of Oz and in the Land of Maracoor. He reveals what it was like creating his "Wicked" series and having to rely on L. Frank Baum's creation of Oz and all of the film adaptations of The Wizard of Oz. And in a certain way, the freedom he felt when he created the brand new land of Maracoor for his "Another Day" series. His new novel, The Oracle of Maracoor is the second volume in the series, and he explains why the ancient idea of oracles and mysticism was such a compelling idea for his new novel. Get ready for a fantastical journey throughout Oz, Maracoor, and even ancient Greece. And then, Gregory leaves us on the edge of our seats when he discusses the new Wicked movie musical news...and go to our Patreon to hear that exclusive news!  Listen to Gregory's first time entering ITBR to discuss all things Wicked, the novel and the musical: https://open.spotify.com/episode/2ZsDADFQeY3Ne0ml9rtZpP?si=8b48956aa4234215 Get your hands on The Oracle of Maracoor here: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/the-oracle-of-maracoor-gregory-maguire Listen to Debra Wise perform The Oracle of Maracoor on Audible (it's such a good performance): https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Oracle-of-Maracoor-Audiobook/B09QH49SPC Learn more about Gregory's literary career here and purchase his other books (Andrew recommends the entire Wicked series, Mirror Mirror, and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister): https://gregorymaguire.com/ To subscribe to The Gay and Lesbian Review visit glreview.org. Click Subscribe, and enter promo code ITBR to receive a free copy with any print or digital subscription. Follow Ivory Tower Boiler Room on Instagram, @ivorytowerboilerroom, TikTok, @ivorytowerboilerroom, and Twitter, @IvoryBoilerRoom! Many thanks to the Ivory Tower Boiler Room podcast team: Andrew Rimby, Executive Director; Mary DiPipi, Chief Contributor; Kimberly Dallas, Editor Educational Copyright: Main Title (The Wizard of Oz) · The MGM Studio Orchestra · The MGM Studio Chorus ℗ 2015 Turner Entertainment Co. and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
01:11:05
October 31, 2022
True Crime in Academia Episode 47: The Murder of James Cates Jr.
True Crime in Academia Episode 47: The Murder of James Cates Jr.
In the NYC area? Come to our Halloween at Pen and Brush! Click here for tickets! Want access to bonus episodes each month? Click here, or go to patreon.com/ivorytowerboilerroom Hey, true crime friends! This week we are discussing the tragic and racially motivated murder of 22-year-old James Cates Jr.  Follow True Crime in Academia on social media: IG & TikTok: @truecrimeinacademia Twitter: @tcinacademia Sources for this week: https://south.unc.edu/james-cates/g https://amp.newsobserver.com/news/local/article259931390.html https://abc11.com/amp/james-cates-unc-memorial-for-history/12131114/ https://docsouth.unc.edu/sohp/K-0538/excerpts/excerpt_631.html https://newspapers.digitalnc.org/lccn/sn83045120/1970-11-28/ed-1/seq-1/ Rosie was also able to track down an article from an old newspaper about this case- because she's just AMAZING like that! (Will have a photo for you all on the socials)
26:14
October 29, 2022
The Haunting of Edgar Allan Poe; Recapping a Poe Literary Conference
The Haunting of Edgar Allan Poe; Recapping a Poe Literary Conference
Become an Ivory Tower Boiler Room Café subscriber to watch the unedited video: patreon.com/ivorytowerboilerroom Who's ready to be haunted by the spirit of Edgar Allan Poe? In April, Andrew went to a literary conference all about Poe where he met so many Poe scholars and lovers, but now it's time for all of you to join him as he takes you behind the scenes. If you're a horror/thriller/gothic literature fan and especially a Poe one, this episode is for you! And just in time for Halloween.  Andrew is joined with fellow 19th-century American Literature scholars, Jess Flarity, Maria Ishikawa, and Ashley Kniss to recap their experience at the International Edgar Allan Poe conference. They each open up about their scholarly interest in Poe and what they learned from others at the conference. Get ready to learn how to interpret Poe's writing from different critical approaches and the advice each scholar has for the future of literary conferences, like the Poe one. Learn more about Jess' work here: https://cola.unh.edu/english/faculty-staff-directory/english-graduate-student-profiles Follow Ashley on IG, @catoctinfarmwitch and learn more about her work here: https://www.stevenson.edu/academics/schools/school-humanities-social-sciences/hass-faculty/ashley-kniss Follow Maria on IG, @marikaistic and learn more about her work here: https://www.umass.edu/english/graduate-students Get your tickets for the Halloween Lit. Bash Here: https://www.store.penandbrush.org/event-details/ivory-tower-boiler-room-and-p-b-reads-halloween-lit-bash Head to Broadview Press, an independent academic publisher, for all your humanities related books. Use code ivorytower for 20% off your broadviewpress.com order. To subscribe to The Gay and Lesbian Review visit glreview.org. Click Subscribe, and enter promo code ITBR to receive a free copy with any print or digital subscription. Follow Ivory Tower Boiler Room on Instagram, @ivorytowerboilerroom, TikTok, @ivorytowerboilerroom, and Twitter, @IvoryBoilerRoom! Many thanks to the Ivory Tower Boiler Room podcast team: Andrew Rimby, Executive Director; Mary DiPipi, Chief Contributor; Kimberly Dallas, Editor
01:13:47
October 24, 2022
True Crime in Academia Episode 46: An Interview with Creme De La Crime
True Crime in Academia Episode 46: An Interview with Creme De La Crime
Get access to BONUS EPISODES by clicking here, or go to patreon.com/ivorytowerboilerroom Hey, true crime friends! This week I sat down with the host of the missing person's podcast Creme De La Crime- Sam Randall!  Follow True Crime in Academia on social media: IG and TikTok: @truecrimeinacademia Twitter: @tcinacademia
34:16
October 22, 2022
Give My Regards to the Broadway Musical, with musical theater scholar Stacy Wolf
Give My Regards to the Broadway Musical, with musical theater scholar Stacy Wolf
Join The Ivory Tower Boiler Room Café  and get access to our bonus episodes and unedited videos: patreon.com/ivorytowerboilerroom Dr. Stacy Wolf, one of America's leading scholars on musical theater, sits down with Andrew to talk about the magic of musical theater. Right away, she realizes that Andrew is just as obsessed with Broadway, and they discuss their approach to teaching the Broadway Musical. At Princeton, Stacy is a professor of theater and the director of the program in Music Theater, and she explains that one of her favorite questions to ask her students is their experience with going to Broadway. Stacy dissects all of the elements that are involved in putting together a Broadway musical.  While opening up about the importance of community theater, Stacy reveals why theater is an art to be cherished in any community. Andrew even gets to talk about how important his summer theater camp, Mainstage was and how it allowed him to embrace his gay identity. And because Andrew couldn't help himself, he asks Stacy so many hard hitting musical theater questions. What does she really think of Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals? Which musical does she always have playing in the background when she's writing? What it's like to teach a Stephen Sondheim course?  Be sure to check out Stacy's writing including her books Beyond Broadway: The Pleasure and Promise of Musical Theater Across America, A Problem Like Maria: Gender and Sexuality in the American Musical, and Changed For Good: A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical: https://bookshop.org/books?keywords=stacy+wolf You can find more information and all of Stacy's work here: https://stacywolf.princeton.edu/bio/ Get your tickets for the Halloween Lit. Bash Here: https://www.store.penandbrush.org/event-details/ivory-tower-boiler-room-and-p-b-reads-halloween-lit-bash Head to Broadview Press, an independent academic publisher, for all your humanities related books. Use code ivorytower for 20% off your broadviewpress.com order. To subscribe to The Gay and Lesbian Review visit glreview.org. Click Subscribe, and enter promo code ITBR to receive a free copy with any print or digital subscription. Follow Ivory Tower Boiler Room on Instagram, @ivorytowerboilerroom, TikTok, @ivorytowerboilerroom, and Twitter, @IvoryBoilerRoom! Many thanks to the Ivory Tower Boiler Room podcast team: Andrew Rimby, Executive Director; Mary DiPipi, Chief Contributor; Kimberly Dallas, Editor Educational Copyright: "Dreamgirls" (Dreamgirls, Henry Krieger and Tom Eyen, Geffen Records, 1982), "End Credits" (Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, Disney, 1997)
01:03:28
October 17, 2022
"Intensely Held by the Throat by a Poem," Richie Hofmann's A Hundred Lovers
"Intensely Held by the Throat by a Poem," Richie Hofmann's A Hundred Lovers
Become an Ivory Tower Boiler Room Café subscriber to watch the unedited video: patreon.com/ivorytowerboilerroom Andrew sits down with poet Richie Hofmann to talk about Richie's new book of poems A Hundred Lovers (2022). In Richie's own words, this is "an erotic journal in poems" and a queer male "catalog of encounters, sublime, steamy, and frank."  As soon as they sit down together, Andrew and Richie bond over their South Jersey upbringing and their queer male literary aesthetic. Richie opens up about how his book explores promiscuity, monogamy, and a series of love affairs.  In addition to A Hundred Lovers, Richie is the author of Second Empire (2015), and his poetry regularly appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, and The Yale Review. Get your hands on Richie's A Hundred Lovers here: https://bookshop.org/books/a-hundred-lovers-poems/9780593320983 Or have the pleasure of listening to Richie read the entire collection of poems here: https://www.audible.com/pd/A-Hundred-Lovers-Audiobook/0593551184 Follow Richie Hofmann on IG, @richiehof and Twitter, @RichieHof.  Get your tickets for the Halloween Lit. Bash Here: https://www.store.penandbrush.org/event-details/ivory-tower-boiler-room-and-p-b-reads-halloween-lit-bash Head to Broadview Press, an independent academic publisher, for all your humanities related books. Use code ivorytower for 20% off your broadviewpress.com order. To subscribe to The Gay and Lesbian Review visit glreview.org. Click Subscribe, and enter promo code ITBR to receive a free copy with any print or digital subscription. Follow Ivory Tower Boiler Room on Instagram, @ivorytowerboilerroom, TikTok, @ivorytowerboilerroom, and Twitter, @IvoryBoilerRoom! Many thanks to the Ivory Tower Boiler Room podcast team: Andrew Rimby, Executive Director; Mary DiPipi, Chief Contributor; Kimberly Dallas, Editor Thanks to Anne Sophie Andersen and Meghan Ames for our theme song, "Loverman."
01:11:32
October 10, 2022
True Crime in Academia Episode 45: The Murders of Jennifer Bolduc and Sarah Hajney
True Crime in Academia Episode 45: The Murders of Jennifer Bolduc and Sarah Hajney
Become a subscriber by clicking here, or go to patreon.com/ivorytowerboilerroom Hey, true crime friends! This week we will be discussing the gruesome murders of Dryden High School cheerleaders Jennifer Bolduc and Sarah Hajney.   Follow True Crime in Academia on social media: IG & TikTok: @truecrimeinacademia Twitter: @tcinacademia Sources for today's episode: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-stacks-the-searing-story-of-how-murder-stalked-a-tiny-new-york-town https://www.nytimes.com/1996/10/08/nyregion/two-girls-16-are-slain-after-house-sitting-in-finger-lakes-region.html https://www.nytimes.com/1996/11/03/nyregion/man-charged-in-killings-of-2-girls-is-found-hanged-in-cell.html https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/17979052/jennifer-lynn-bolduc https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/17978971/sarah-ann-hajney https://apnews.com/article/d5ad12784556357f62ca1230349088fa https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1996/10/13/girls-slayings-latest-tragedy-for-ny-town/92c9117f-8547-4530-8d5a-3b22ef3a5ae0/ https://apnews.com/article/916f7fc602e17934a599ed4d775df61d https://www.ghosttownpod.com/blog/the-dark-days-of-dryden/ https://youtu.be/vygXqqM8_1Q
28:14
October 08, 2022
Ignacio Darnaude's Breaking the Gay Code in Art
Ignacio Darnaude's Breaking the Gay Code in Art
Become an Ivory Tower Boiler Room Café subscriber to watch the unedited video: patreon.com/ivorytowerboilerroom Ignacio Darnaude, a queer male art historian and film producer, joins Andrew in The Ivory Tower Boiler Room to open up conversations about the queer male art world. Ignacio starts by dissecting what he has coined "Breaking the Gay Code in Art."  He uses the analogy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" to dig into why the closet has to be thrown open in the art world. For example, why do so many audience members, in his art lectures, audibly gasp when he reveals that a canonical male artist is in fact sexually interested in men. Throughout the interview, Ignacio explains the nuances of labelling a male artist or his work as "gay," "homoerotic," or "queer." And, you better be taking notes since we talk about queer art all the way from ancient Greece to the 20th century. A few key figures include Michelangelo, Donatello, Thomas Eakins, J.C. Leyendecker, and Tom of Finland. Head to our Instagram to see some of these artists and their homoerotic works. Ignacio's writing has appeared in the Gay and Lesbian Review where he has explored the queer art of Paul Cadmus, John Singer Sargent, Michelangelo, and Grant Wood. You can find his Gay and Lesbian Review writing here: https://glreview.org/?s=ignacio+darnaude Be sure to follow Ignacio's queer art scholarship on Instagram, @breakingthegaycodeinart where you'll find a link to his YouTube channel, and follow his personal account @ignaciolosangeles. Follow the Gay and Lesbian Review on IG, @theglreview, and Twitter, @GLReview.  Discover new things about gay and lesbian literature, history, and culture with a subscription to The Gay & Lesbian Review, a bimonthly magazine of history, culture, and politics that publishes essays in a wide range of disciplines as well as a slew of reviews of books, plays, and movies, and a number of special features., such as artist’s profiles and its popular Art Memo column. To subscribe, visit glreview.org. Click Subscribe, and enter promo code ITBR to receive a free copy with any print or digital subscription. Follow Ivory Tower Boiler Room on Instagram, @ivorytowerboilerroom, TikTok, @ivorytowerboilerroom, and Twitter, @IvoryBoilerRoom!  Many thanks to the Ivory Tower Boiler Room podcast team: Andrew Rimby, Executive Director; Mary DiPipi, Chief Contributor; Kimberly Dallas, Editor Thanks to Anne Sophie Andersen and Meghan Ames for our theme song, "Loverman."
59:06
October 03, 2022
True Crime in Academia Episode 44: The Disappearance of Michael Negrete
True Crime in Academia Episode 44: The Disappearance of Michael Negrete
Become a subscriber by clicking here, or go to patreon.com/ivorytowerboilerroom Hey, true crime friends! On this week's (late) episode of True Crime in Academia, we will be diving into the strange disappearance of UCLA freshman Michael Negrete in 1999. Follow True Crime in Academia on social media: IG & TikTok: @truecrimeinacademia Twitter: @tcinacademia Sources for today's case: https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2001-apr-16-me-51723-story.html https://dailybruin.com/2003/04/03/mary-negrete-continues-search https://coreysobell.medium.com/what-happened-to-missing-ucla-student-michael-negrete-20166437a699 (https://www.reddit.com/r/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/7kdjuh/freshman_michael_negrete_disappeared_from_his/) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Michael_Negrete https://charleyproject.org/case/michael-william-negrete https://themorbidlibrary.com/2021/09/20/the-missing-michael-negrete/?amp=1 https://web.archive.org/web/20080714203144/http://www.findmikenow.com/
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September 30, 2022
"Literary Interpretation as an Everyday Activity," a Literary Theory and Criticism Discussion with Anne Stevens
"Literary Interpretation as an Everyday Activity," a Literary Theory and Criticism Discussion with Anne Stevens
Become an Ivory Tower Boiler Room Café subscriber to watch the unedited video: https://www.patreon.com/posts/fall-season-ep-1-72474945 Andrew and guest co-host, Ceren Usta, welcome literary scholar Dr. Anne Stevens into the Ivory Tower Boiler Room. Right away, these three literary scholars jump into the difference between literary theory and literary criticism. There are so many Public Humanities questions that are asked in this episode including why would a literature lover, who isn't a literary scholar, be interested in learning more about literary theories? How does it shape their reading experience? As Anne reveals, starting to learn more literary approaches actually deepens your analysis of, not only literature, but also television and film.  In Literary Theory and Criticism: An Introduction (published by Broadview Press), Anne provides an overview of major figures and movements in literary theory and criticism from antiquity to the 21st century. She explains to Andrew and Ceren why she started in antiquity, and why the historic background of literary theory is so important. Ceren asks Anne what the current state of literary criticism looks like in the university? Don't worry, Anne has the answer! Andrew even gets Anne to play a literary theory Wizard of Oz game that was inspired by Jan Balakian (his undergrad. professor).  Get your hands on Anne Stevens' Literary Theory and Criticism: An Introduction on Broadview Press' site: https://broadviewpress.com/product/literary-theory-and-criticism-an-introduction-second-edition/#tab-description Use code ivorytower for 20% off your broadviewpress.com order.  Make sure to follow Anne Stevens on Twitter, @ahstevens1, and find out more about her work here: https://uwosh.edu/cols/about-the-uw-oshkosh-college-of-letters-and-science/ And definitely follow Ceren Usta on IG, @cerennusta_ and learn more about her work here: https://www.cerenusta.com/ Follow Ivory Tower Boiler Room on Instagram, @ivorytowerboilerroom, TikTok, @ivorytowerboilerroom, and Twitter, @IvoryBoilerRoom! Email us at ivorytowerboilerroom@gmail.com. Many thanks to the Ivory Tower Boiler Room podcast team: Andrew Rimby, Executive Director; Mary DiPipi, Chief Contributor; Kimberly Dallas, Editor Thanks to Anne Sophie Andersen and Meghan Ames for our theme song, "Loverman."
01:06:12
September 26, 2022
Andrew's NSFW 30th Birthday on Fire Island...the Erotic Behind the Scenes
Andrew's NSFW 30th Birthday on Fire Island...the Erotic Behind the Scenes
A FREE Ivory Tower Boiler Room Café Patreon video of this episode: https://www.patreon.com/posts/72269405 This is definitely a NSFW episode and sexually explicit so...you've all been warned :) Yes, it's Andrew Rimby's 30th Birthday so here's a special Fire Island birthday episode!  Andrew takes you behind the scenes of his Cherry Grove birthday vacation.  Imagine that you arrive, on a rainy day, to the Sayville Ferry and are schlepping your luggage onto the ferry, but once you arrive to Cherry Grove and pull up to the dock, a gay pleasure island awaits you.     Andrew reads from his Fire Island vacation journal to reveal what took place during his week long trip, including some sensual poetic writing.  The Belvedere Guest House For Men is a gay male hotel which serves as the heartbeat of queer male energy for all of Cherry Grove. And, Andrew explains why "the hint of sex is always in the air" at this hotel. How does queer male desire manifest itself from the beach, to the hotel, to the restaurant scene? All of these questions are answered.  Follow Ivory Tower Boiler Room on Instagram, @ivorytowerboilerroom, TikTok, @ivorytowerboilerroom, and Twitter, @IvoryBoilerRoom! Email us at ivorytowerboilerroom@gmail.com. Many thanks to the Ivory Tower Boiler Room podcast team: Andrew Rimby, Executive Director; Mary DiPipi, Chief Contributor; Kimberly Dallas, Editor Music Credit: Paul Jabara's "Pleasure Island" (C) 1978, Casablanca Records (Universal Music Group)
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September 21, 2022
True Crime in Academia Episode 43: The Death of Mallory Grossman and an Interview with Dianne Grossman
True Crime in Academia Episode 43: The Death of Mallory Grossman and an Interview with Dianne Grossman
Become a subscriber by clicking here, or go to patreon.com/ivorytowerboilerroom Hey, true crime friends! This week I am continuing with the issue of bullying and bringing you a tragic case that highlights the worst effects of bullying. I am also joined by the co-founder of Mallory's Army- Dianne Grossman. Together we break down the issue of bullying and how parents, students, and teachers can help to reduce this common issue that most students today face.  To watch the movie Mallory, click here. I highly recommend this beautiful documentary directed by Ash Patino  If you or someone you know is a victim of bullying, here are some resources that can help.  Home - Mallory's Army (mallorysarmy.org) Home | stopbullyingnow Tools and Resources - The BULLY Project What To Do If Your Child Is Being Bullied And Resources (stompoutbullying.org) Bullying Prevention (nasponline.org) Today's Sources:  https://www.nj.com/morris/2017/08/timeline_mallory_grossman_death.html https://nypost.com/2018/06/20/mom-says-principal-humiliated-12-year-old-daughter-before-suicide/ https://patch.com/new-jersey/parsippany/no-criminal-charges-mallory-grossmans-death-prosecutor https://www.foxnews.com/health/cyberbullying-all-american-little-girl-suicide
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September 20, 2022
Queer Male Cruising and Desire on Fire Island, with Jack Parlett
Queer Male Cruising and Desire on Fire Island, with Jack Parlett
Become an Ivory Tower Boiler Room Café subscriber to watch the unedited video: https://www.patreon.com/posts/72172823 Fresh off of his 30th birthday Fire Island celebration, Andrew turns to author Jack Parlett to answer all the burning questions about Fire Island. Jack is the author of Fire Island: A Century in the Life of an American Paradise and The Poetics of Cruising: Queer Visual Culture from Whitman to Grindr which were both published in 2022.  Be prepared for an explicit discussion about how Queer male eroticism and desire manifests itself at Fire Island. Here are a few topics that Jack delves into... The history of how Cherry Grove and the Pines became premier LGBTQ+ resort towns. The authors who flocked to Cherry Grove or the Pines to embrace their queer male identity and find an accepting community. What cruising is and how to explain this sexual phenomenon to a straight audience? Don't worry, Jack breaks down what the infamous Meat Rack is? Then, Andrew plays a Walt Whitman and Oscar Wilde game with Jack and asks...What would Walt or Oscar be doing on Fire Island in 2022?  Learn more about Jack's writing and literary research on his website: https://www.jackparlett.com/ Follow Jack Parlett on Instagram, @jack_parlett, and Twitter, @jvjparlett.  Get your hands on Jack's Fire Island here: https://bookshop.org/books/fire-island-a-century-in-the-life-of-an-american-paradise-9798200915637/9781335475183 You can get Jack's The Poetics of Cruising here: https://bookshop.org/books/the-poetics-of-cruising-queer-visual-culture-from-whitman-to-grindr-9781517911041/9781517911041 Listen to Joe Jameson perform Fire Island on Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/Fire-Island-Audiobook/B09MDL3484?action_code=ASSGB149080119000H&share_location=pdp&shareTest=TestShare Follow Ivory Tower Boiler Room on Instagram, @ivorytowerboilerroom, TikTok, @ivorytowerboilerroom, and Twitter, @IvoryBoilerRoom! Email us at ivorytowerboilerroom@gmail.com. Many thanks to the Ivory Tower Boiler Room podcast team: Andrew Rimby, Executive Director; Mary DiPipi, Chief Contributor; Kimberly Dallas, Editor Music Credit: The Village People's "Fire Island" (C) 1977, Casablanca Records (Universal Music Group) 
01:03:54
September 19, 2022
True Crime in Academia Episode 42: We Need to Talk About Bullying
True Crime in Academia Episode 42: We Need to Talk About Bullying
Become a subscriber by clicking here, or go to patreon.com/ivorytowerboilerroom Hey, true crime friends! In this week's episode, we will be breaking down a worldwide issue facing all levels of academia- bullying.  If you or someone you know is being bullied you can go to StopBullying.gov Sources for today's episode:  http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/bullying-statistics.html#:~:text=%20Bullying%20statistics%3A%20%201%20About%2042%20percent,about%2077%20percent%20of%20students%20have...%20More%20 https://www.pacer.org/bullying/info/stats.asp https://www.verywellfamily.com/facts-about-college-bullying-460487 https://admissionsly.com/bullying-statistics/ https://myusf.usfca.edu/caps/bullying_on_college_campuses https://www.stopbullying.gov/bullying/effects https://www.stopbullying.gov/resources/research-resources/consequences-of-bullying https://www.yalemedicine.org/news/understanding-bullying https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bullying https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bully
35:16
September 13, 2022
Goin' to the Chapel and We're Gonna Get...Murdered, Celia Laskey's "So Happy For You" an Explosive Queer Wedding Thriller
Goin' to the Chapel and We're Gonna Get...Murdered, Celia Laskey's "So Happy For You" an Explosive Queer Wedding Thriller
Become an Ivory Tower Boiler Room Café subscriber to watch the unedited video: https://www.patreon.com/posts/summer-season-ep-71876847 Celia Laskey, joins us back in the Ivory Tower Boiler Room to talk about her explosive new novel So Happy For You which is a queer wedding thriller. Right away she opens up about the writing process and explains what it was like to go from Under the Rainbow, a novel made up of short stories, to So Happy For You, a novel that centers on one character. So Happy For You is a satirical dystopic novel that pokes holes in the wedding industry while also delivering a fast paced queer psychological thriller...think Margaret Atwood meets Ruth Ware!  Because Andrew and Mary know Celia from their Under the Rainbow discussion, the three waste no time in discussing Celia's love of queer thrillers (Micah Nemerever and PJ Vernon we're looking at you) and whether Celia has read psychological thrillers by Ruth Ware, Gillian Flynn, A.J. Finn, or Paula Hawkins. Why does Celia think So Happy For You is more cinematic than Under the Rainbow? And is it being developed into a film?  Then, she reveals why Robin, our main character's PhD in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is so important to the narrative and yes, Andrew shouts out Stony Brook University's own WGSS department!  Get your hands on So Happy For You here: https://bookshop.org/books/so-happy-for-you/9781335426901 Or listen to Kristen Sieh's dynamic reading on Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/So-Happy-for-You-Audiobook/B09PQN6657 You don't want to miss Celia Laskey's updates about her literary career so make sure you follow her on IG, @celia.laskey and Twitter, @celia_laskey. If you haven't yet, listen to our Under the Rainbow episode: https://anchor.fm/ivorytowerboilerroom/episodes/Whats-LGBTQ-Small-Town-America--Under-the-Rainbows-Celia-Laskey-Has-the-Answer-e1h8o15 Follow Ivory Tower Boiler Room on Instagram, @ivorytowerboilerroom, TikTok, @ivorytowerboilerroom, and Twitter, @IvoryBoilerRoom! Email us at ivorytowerboilerroom@gmail.com. Many thanks to the Ivory Tower Boiler Room podcast team: Andrew Rimby, Executive Director; Mary DiPipi, Chief Contributor; Kimberly Dallas, Editor "Chapel of Love" (C) 1964, Red Bird Records
46:54
September 12, 2022
True Crime in Academia Episode 41: The Murder of Theora Hix
True Crime in Academia Episode 41: The Murder of Theora Hix
Become a subscriber by clicking here, or go to patreon.com/ivorytowerboilerroom Hey, true crime friends! In this week's episode, we will discuss the murder of Ohio State med student Theora Hix at the hand of veterinary med professor- Dr. James Snook.  Follow True Crime in Academia on social media! Twitter: @tcinacademia TikTok and IG: @truecrimeinacademia
27:14
September 07, 2022
Queer Boys' Hopes and Dreams in Phil Stamper's "Golden Boys"
Queer Boys' Hopes and Dreams in Phil Stamper's "Golden Boys"
Become an Ivory Tower Boiler Room Café subscriber to watch the unedited video: https://www.patreon.com/posts/summer-season-ep-71530551 Phil Stamper, bestselling author of Queer books for kids and teens, joins Andrew to talk about his recent book Golden Boys. Golden Boys is the perfect summer friendship story, starring four queer boys with big hearts and even bigger dreams. As Phil discusses with Andrew, it's like the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, except the boys might be romantically interested in one another.  He is also the author of Small Town Pride, The Gravity of Us, and As Far As You'll Take Me, and you can find all of his work, including merch, at his website: https://philstamper.com/ Get your hands on Phil's Golden Boys here: https://bookshop.org/books/golden-boys-9781547607372 Or listen to Michael Crouch, Graham Halstead, Shawn K. Jain, Briggon Snow, Karissa Vacker deliver an incredible Golden Boys Audible experience: https://www.audible.com/pd/Golden-Boys-Audiobook/0593347684 Follow Phil on IG, @stampepk, and Twitter, @stampepk.  Follow Ivory Tower Boiler Room on Instagram, @ivorytowerboilerroom, TikTok, @ivorytowerboilerroom, and Twitter, @IvoryBoilerRoom! Email us at ivorytowerboilerroom@gmail.com. Many thanks to the Ivory Tower Boiler Room podcast team: Andrew Rimby, Executive Director; Mary DiPipi, Chief Contributor; Kimberly Dallas, Editor Harry Styles' "Golden" (C) 2019, Erskine and Columbia Records 
57:28
September 05, 2022
Bringing E.M. Forster's "Maurice" Out of the Closet with William di Canzio
Bringing E.M. Forster's "Maurice" Out of the Closet with William di Canzio
Become an Ivory Tower Boiler Room Café subscriber to watch the unedited video: https://www.patreon.com/posts/71231329 Calling all British Modernist literature lovers and Gay Fiction lovers, this episode is for you!  Andrew is joined with William di Canzio, who is a novelist, playwright, and scholar, and he recently wrote Alec, which expands E.M. Forster's openly queer male love story, Maurice. Andrew and William open up about their first experience with E.M. Forster's groundbreaking love story and how it speaks to their gay male identity. William reveals why he didn't change any of Forster's narrative between Maurice and Alec, and why he thinks Alec's same-sex desire is much more nuanced than Maurice's. Not only is William indebted to the late great E.M. Forster, but he actually knows James Ivory, the director of the 1987 film adaptation. They actually went to lunch together! What happened at this lunch?  Andrew gets William to talk about writing sex scenes between Maurice and Alec, and they both weigh in on why sex scenes in literature can be so different than in film or TV.  William also provides advice about writing a play, compared to writing a novel, compared to writing scholarship. Are all of these genres related in his opinion? Andrew makes sure to shout out friends of the podcast, including Matt Aucoin (who William adores), Gregory Maguire (who knows intimately about retelling a popular tale), and Jan Balakian (who balances being a playwright and a scholar). You can buy Alec here: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374102609/alec Listen to John Sackville read Alec on Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/Alec-Audiobook/1250804523 Learn more about William di Canzio's literary work here: https://us.macmillan.com/author/williamdicanzio Follow Ivory Tower Boiler Room on Instagram, @ivorytowerboilerroom, TikTok, @ivorytowerboilerroom, and Twitter, @IvoryBoilerRoom! Email us at ivorytowerboilerroom@gmail.com. Many thanks to the Ivory Tower Bo