New York writer and musician jennifer jazz, author of "Spill Ink On It," a memoir about being young, androgynous and restless in the wild wild eighties, published by Spuyten Duyvil Press, engages in critical and soul searching conversations with other writers about writing.
If you've ever had questions about the contradictions of life in the U.S., Jeffrey Sommers addresses them in a discussion in which we try and make sense of why the largest economy in the world has such a crumbling infrastructure, weak job market and rise in mass shootings that symbolize a wider American pessimism about the future.
London based writer and visual artist Geraldine Snell and I discuss her playfully self-searching book published by Dostoeveksy Wannabe in 2019 that consists of a series of messages to a performer she develops obsessive feelings towards.
Jeff Chon's timely novel published by Sagging Meniscus Press this month, begins with an ancient Korean tale that segues into a mass shooting that becomes the complex lens through which we look at America today. Jeff and I analyze his protagonist, Scott Bonneville, the current sociopolitical climate in the U.S. that inspired the plot. We talk about Greek mythology, the future and get lost in some of the thoughts such an insightfully pieced together narrative evokes.
Gerald Nicosia, a living archive of Beat culture, talks around his research on Jack Kerouac as well as the support role he played in Kerouac's daughter Jan's often tragic life. Nicosia reflects on his friendship with Ntozake Shange, who he's currently writing a book on. We leap from Basquiat to Alan Ginsburg to William Burroughs to Ferlinghetti etcetera. This is a conversation that can't be missed.
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Resoketswe Manenzhe, winner of the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award, and I look closely at her book "Scatterlings," the positive light it continues to shine on her work as well as explore the burgeoning South African literary culture of Joburg and Capetown together.
Greg Tate became one of the most notorious voices in American journalism in the late eighties. We speak about his early years in DC as a budding music critic, look back at his creative influences and laugh at the days when I'd joust with him in the letter section of New York's hippest newspaper.
Felice Rosser, lead vocalist and bass player for the band Faith NYC, who has played venues around the U.S. England and Europe, revisits the period during the late seventies when she was under contract with Simon & Schuster to write an edgy coming of age story.
Correction: I mistakenly say that Felice and I met in 1980 during this interview, but we met in 1978.
Visual artist and writer Emma Bolland, whose book "Over, In and Under" published by Dostoevsky Wannabe Press in 2019, is described as a work "between fiction, prose-poem, script and essay" riffs on writing as ritual.