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Letters Off Paper

Letters Off Paper

By jennifer jazz
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.
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A conversation with trans lesbian poet Nora Hikari

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Author and Political Economist Jeffrey Sommers on the Decline of the U.S. Job Market and The Lingering Ghost of Reagan
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.
50:21
June 23, 2021
Geraldine Snell, Visual Artist and Author of "Overlove"
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. 
40:53
June 11, 2021
Nicole Aschoff Editor of Jacobin Magazine and Author of "The New Prophets of Capital"
Nicole and I discuss lazy liberalism, tech titans, stopping socialism from becoming another brand and discover our mutual deep affection for "Culture and Society" by Raymond Williams.
34:06
May 31, 2021
Jeff Chon Author of "Hashtag Good Guy With a Gun"
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.
36:26
May 7, 2021
Kerouac Scholar Gerald Nicosia
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. *The audio noise at the beginning goes away within a couple of minutes
52:59
April 23, 2021
South African writer Resoketswe Manenzhe on her prosaic novel "Scatterlings"
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.
28:43
March 27, 2021
Village Voice writer of legend Greg Tate
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.
59:25
March 11, 2021
Mauritian Author Ananda Devi on her book "Eve out of her Ruins" published by Les Fugitives Press in 2016
Award winning writer Ananda Devi and I explore the complex themes in her immersive novel about four teens in Mauritius.
45:15
February 27, 2021
"I'm From Nowhere" Author Lindsay Lerman published By Clash Books in 2019
Writer and translator Lindsay Lerman expounds on why she chose to make a topic as taboo as death the subject of her last novel and offers a sneak peak at her next one. 
40:59
February 17, 2021
Beth Lisick Author of "Edie on the Green Screen"
Writer and performer Beth Lisick and I look back at the spoken word scenes in San Francisco and NY in the late nineties and the novel as archive of sub-cultures vulnerable to erasure.
44:54
February 15, 2021
Musician Felice Rosser recalls being the protégé of writer Elizabeth Hardwick
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.
37:18
February 2, 2021
Maisy Card on the black immigrant experience in her novel "These Ghosts Are Family"
Maisy Card and I talk around and around her recent novel described as "a fluid blend of patois and erudite descriptions of Jamaica" by the New York Times Book Review.
37:23
January 30, 2021
A conversation with trans lesbian poet Nora Hikari
Nora Hikari expounds on the rewards and challenges of being a young trans lesbian poet in the Internet age.
36:39
January 4, 2021
Author of "Am/Thought/Always" Emma Bolland on writing, ritual and the future of language
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.
48:36
December 11, 2020
Author of "How To Be Nowhere" Tim Macgabhann on Gay Crime Fiction
Tim and I riff on his shadowy novel, Queer metaphysics, desire as cannibalism and other thoughtful and compelling stuff.
49:35
December 1, 2020
Alvin Orloff, Author of "Disasterama: Adventures in the Queer Underground 1977 to 1997"
Alvin and I look back at the anti-status quo behaviors of the eras he records in his memoir and discuss the transition from non-stop partying to book writing.
36:20
October 22, 2020
Author Sylvie Weill and I discuss "Selfies," her memoir part inspired by a Frida Kahlo painting
Prolific author and French lit professor Sylvie Weil stops by to talk about her most recent book.
54:09
October 13, 2020
A talk with Leila Taylor, Author of "Darkly: Black History and America's Gothic Soul"
Leila explores the "black melancholy" and "space as place" with me.
46:53
September 29, 2020