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Sam Tallent - Running the Light
Sam Tallent is on the show today. He’s a comedian and author. His debut novel is Running the Lights, and it’s about a road comic named Billy Ray Schafer who embodies the archetype of a tragic road comic who is trapped in the wreckage of his wasted career. In this conversation we get into being in punk bands, dealing with hecklers, taking mushrooms in the Poconos, watching magic shows on acid, boat acts, Brody Stevens, Ron White, Carrot Top, Vegas residencies, and the beauty of nihilism.   “Brilliant writing. Astounding. One of the best books I’ve read. Ever. The best fictional representation of comedy in any medium.” - Doug Stanhope, iconoclast  Buy Sam's book directly from his site. --cash.app/$wakeisland666      --Venmo: @wake-island666 Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius Follow us on social at:  Twitter: @WakeIslandPod   Instagram: @wakeislandpod
01:09:27
April 14, 2021
Chris Kelso - Burroughs and Scotland: Dethroning the Ancients: The Commitment of Exile
In Burroughs and Scotland, Chris Kelso explores the relationship between William S. Burroughs (author of Naked Lunch, Junkie, and The Soft Machine) and a country very much attuned to the Beat author’s provocative, transgressive sci-fi style of literature. Kelso investigates why Burroughs was drawn to Scotland, why Scotland was drawn to Burroughs, and what exactly the author got up to during his various visits to Edinburgh. Chris Kelso is a British Fantasy Award-nominated genre writer, illustrator, editor, screenwriter, and journalist. His work has been translated into French, Spanish and Swedish. He is the 2 times winner of the Ginger Nuts of Horror Novel of the Year ( in 2016 for Unger House Radicals’ and  2017 for ‘Shrapnel Apartments). --cash.app/$wakeisland666      --Venmo: @wake-island666   Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius   Follow us on social at:  Twitter: @WakeIslandPod   Instagram: @wakeislandpod
01:31:11
April 7, 2021
Gina Nutt - Night Rooms
Jump down the rabbit hole with Gina and I - in this episode we talk about: the enchantment of malls, movies like It Follows/Poltergeists/Showgirls, child beauty pageants, synesthesia, pandemic dreams, the final girl archetype, and the lost magic of video stores. Gina's book Night Rooms is an atmospheric dreamscape of memories intertwined with horror movies. Night Rooms is out now from Two Dollar Radio.  "Jumping between past and present with ease, Nutt slashes to the center of issues like motherhood and depression and ultimately emerges as the quintessential final girl of her own film... Nutt has a knack for short, sharp lines that skip the brain and go straight to the heart." —Gabino Iglesias, NPR  “In a horror movie, an infected character may hide a bite or rash, an urge, an unwellness. She might withdraw or act out, or behave as if nothing is the matter, nothing has happened. Any course of action opposite saying how she feels suggests suffering privately is preferable to the anticipated betrayal of being cast out.”  Gina Nutt is the author of the poetry collection Wilderness Champion. She earned her MFA from Syracuse University. Her writing has appeared in Cosmonauts Avenue, Joyland, Ninth Letter, and other publications.  cash.app/$wakeisland666       --Venmo: @wake-island666   Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius  Follow us on social at:   Twitter: @WakeIslandPod  Instagram: @wakeislandpod
01:37:11
March 31, 2021
Chris Zeischegg - Baise-moi + Sauvage
On this episode Chris and I discuss two movies we adore: Baise-moi and Sauvage. Through these films we have an honest and open conversation about: sex work, nihilism, transgression/transformation, subverted expectations, feminism, and porn.    Baise-moi (Virginie Despentes, Coralie Trinh Thi, 2000) — Two young women, marginalized by society, go on a destructive tour of sex and violence. Breaking norms and killing men - and shattering the complacency of polite cinema audiences.   Sauvage (Camille Vidal-Naquet, 2018) — A young street hustler leads a debauched life of turning tricks and taking drugs while longing for love.   Christopher Zeischegg is a writer, musician, and filmmaker who spent eight years working in the adult industry as performer, Danny Wylde. He is the author of four books, Come to my Brother, The Wolves that Live in Skin and Space, Body to Job, and The Magician, and has contributed to The Feminist Porn Book, Best Sex Writing, Coming Out Like a Porn Star, Split Lips, and a variety of digital publications, such as Somesuch and The Nervous Breakdown.  The Broadly interview with Virginie Despentes we reference.   --cash.app/$wakeisland666      --Venmo: @wake-island666  Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius  Follow us on social at: Twitter: @WakeIslandPod  Instagram: @wakeislandpod
01:15:35
March 24, 2021
David Leo Rice - Drifter: Stories
David and I drill down into the emendation point of Americana’s psychic crisis and investigate its rotten core. We also talk about seediness, the uncanny and drift.   David Leo Rice is the author of ‘A Room in Dodge City’ (Alternating Current, 2017) and ‘A Room in Dodge City 2’ (Alternating Current, 2021), ‘Angel House’ (Kernpunkt, 2019) a Dennis Cooper ‘Book of the Year’ and ‘The PornME Trilogy’ (The Opiate Books, 2020). His short fiction has been been published in Hobart, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, DIAGRAM and The Rupture, among many other venues.  David currently teaches creative writing at The New School.    The article we reference is: On Seediness, Undead Literature, and Reengaging with the American Mythic in the 2020s    Preorder - ‘Drifter: Stories’ (11:11 Press, 2021)    --cash.app/$wakeisland666     --Venmo: @wake-island666    Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius    Follow us on social at:  Twitter: @WakeIslandPod     Instagram: @wakeislandpod
01:25:51
March 17, 2021
Audrey Szasz - Tears of a Komsomol Girl
Audrey Szasz (aka Zutka) is a London-based writer with roots in Central Europe. Her experimental narratives combine vivid prose with exotic imagery and transgressive satire. Tears of a Komsomol Girl (Infinity Land Press, 2020) is her first full-length novel. She has been described alternately as ‘the postmodern heir to the disarranged novels of Anna Kavan and more closely, Ann Quin,’ and ‘a deviant genius of surreal and perverse image-play.’ Audrey’s debut in print, Plan for the Abduction of J.G. Ballard (a collaboration with Jeremy Reed) was published in 2019 via Infinity Land Press. In February 2020, Amphetamine Sulphate issued her first solo novella, Invisibility: A Manifesto. Tears of a Komsomol Girl is an experimental concept novel based on the real-life crimes of Soviet serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, who was finally executed in 1994 having been convicted of murdering 52 people between 1978 and 1990. --cash.app/$wakeisland666  —-Venmo: @wake-island666 Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius Follow us on social at: Twitter: @WakeIslandPod  Instagram: @wakeislandpod
01:11:18
March 10, 2021
Rose Anderson - The Heart and Other Monsters
In November 2013, Rose Andersen's younger sister Sarah died of an overdose in the bathroom of her boyfriend's home in a small town with one of the highest rates of opioid use in the state. Like too many of her generation, she had become addicted to heroin. Sarah was 24 years old.   To imagine her way into Sarah's life and her choices, Rose revisits their volatile childhood, marked by their stepfather's omnipresent rage. As the dysfunction comes into focus, so does a broader picture of the opioid crisis and the drug rehabilitation industry in small towns across America. And when Rose learns from the coroner that Sarah's cause of death was a methamphetamine overdose, the story takes a wildly unexpected turn.  "The memoir of a sister's death in which the line between overdose and murder becomes blurred, The Heart and Other Monsters is the story of two girls wounded by addiction and simultaneously troubled and sustained by a broken, complex family whose actions frequently fall short of their ideals. With the fierce honesty of Domenica Ruta's With or Without You, this is the most clearsighted depiction I know of what it's like to piece life together after a great, irreparable loss, and a deft navigation of the byways and channels leading up to that loss, through it, and beyond." - Brian Evenson, author of SONG FOR THE UNRAVELING OF THE WORLD  Rose Andersen’s debut memoir, The Heart and Other Monsters is now available from Bloomsbury. She received her MFA in writing at California Institute of the Arts where she was awarded the CalArts Emi Kuriyama Thesis Prize. She writes to the dulcimer snores of her Boston Terrier, Charlotte, and completes her stories despite the endless barrage of puns from her spouse, Josh. She is published in The Cut, Glamour, The California Sunday, Lit Hub, and Crime Reads among others.  ---cash.app/$wakeisland666  —-Venmo: @wake-island666  Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius  Follow us on social at: Twitter: @WakeIslandPod  Instagram: @wakeislandpod
01:15:11
March 3, 2021
Eileen Myles - For Now
Eileen Myles (they/them) came to New York from Boston in 1974 to be a poet. Their books include For Now (an essay/talk about writing), I Must Be Living Twice/new and selected poems, and Chelsea Girls. They showed their photographs in 2019 at Bridget Donahue, NYC. Eileen has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and an award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. They live in New York and Marfa, TX. Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius Follow us on social at: Twitter: @WakeIslandPod Instagram: @wakeislandpod
01:13:22
February 24, 2021
Elizabeth V. Aldrich - Ruthless Little Things
During this conversation we talk about jail dildos and Los Angeles.  Eris marries starry-eyed feral lust with California decadence and punk poetry in a sensory carnival of bleary abstraction and bubblegum. Meet Madzi, our narrator’s dream girl, Rorschach of the feminine ideal, a hot mess dripping sex appeal and riling you up, making your life magical and sublime before leaving a trail of dirty clothes and synthetic rails into your worst nightmare.   Ruthless Little Things is a tender, sorehearted transmission from a self-made prison, and an earnest flight toward escape. It is manic, sanguine, surreal, sad and revealing. Its lines burn themselves into you. It wreaks havoc and it never lies to you.  Elizabeth Victoria Aldrich speaks more truth in this slim elegant glitterbomb than most writers speak in an entire lifetime. — James Nulick, author of The Moon Down to Earth Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius Follow us on social at: Twitter: @WakeIslandPod Instagram: @wakeislandpod
32:06
February 17, 2021
Betsy Bonner - The Book of Atlantis Black
A young woman is found dead on the floor of a Tijuana hotel room. An ID in a nearby purse reads “Atlantis Black.” The police report states that the body does not seem to match the identification, yet the body is quickly cremated and the case is considered closed.  So begins Betsy Bonner’s search for her sister, Atlantis, and the unraveling of the mysterious final months before Atlantis’s disappearance, alleged overdose, and death. With access to her sister’s email and social media accounts, Bonner attempts to decipher and construct a narrative: frantic and unintelligible Facebook posts, alarming images of a woman with a handgun, Craigslist companionship ads, DEA agent testimony, video surveillance, police reports, and various phone calls and moments in the flesh conjured from memory. Through a history only she and Atlantis shared—a childhood fraught with abuse and mental illness, Atlantis’s precocious yet short rise in the music world, and through it all an unshakable bond of sisterhood—Bonner finds questions that lead only to more questions and possible clues that seem to point in no particular direction. In this haunting memoir and piercing true crime account, Bonner must decide how far she will go to understand a sister who, like the mythical island she renamed herself for, might prove impossible to find.  “A haunting, mind-bending memoir. . . . riveting.” —New York Times   “A mixture of biography and true crime, this narrative . . . offers more plot twists, shocking revelations and shady characters than most contemporary thrillers.” —NPR   Betsy Bonner is the author of the poetry collection Round Lake. She is a former Director of the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center, where she now teaches creative writing. She is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony and the T. S. Eliot House.   "Core" Written & performed by Atlantis Black Home demo (2002)   "Core" (cover) Written by Atlantis Black Tara Sullivan on vox, guitars, and bass Stephen Edwards on drums Home demo (2020)  Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius  Follow us on social at: Twitter: @WakeIslandPod Instagram: @wakeislandpod
01:35:26
February 10, 2021
Derek McCormack - Castle Faggot
Derek McCormack's latest book is Castle Faggot (Semiotext(e)). His previous books include The Show that Smells, The Well-Dressed Wound, Grab Bag and The Haunted Hillbilly. We talk about: the childhood memories and objects that inform Derek's aesthetic, confronting cancer, American vs Canadian kitsch, what makes camp, crystalizing shit into shit necklaces, lethal coziness, the emotional center of Castle Faggot, ebay shopping on ambien, shopping at Barneys, weird celebrity sightings, theme parks, marshmallowy children's cereal, fashion, and did I mention shit!? Castle Faggot is a dark satire about an amusement park more deranged than anything Disney could imagine: a playland for gay men called Faggotland. Castle Faggot is Derek McCormack's darkest and most delicious book yet, a satire of sugary cereals and Saturday morning cartoons set in an amusement park more deranged than anything Disney dreamed up. At the heart of the park is Faggotland, a playland for gay men, and Castle Faggot, the darkest dark ride in the world. Home to a cartoon Dracula called Count Choc-o-log, the castle is decorated with the corpses of gays—some were killed, some killed themselves, all ended up as décor.  "It is really just one of the best books ever, and maybe the greatest novel ever written." Dennis Cooper Make sure to follow Derek on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/derek_mccormack/ Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius Follow us on social at: Twitter: @WakeIslandPod Instagram: @wakeislandpod The Star of Bethlehem is played by TRG Banks
01:46:23
December 16, 2020
Ryan Shorosky - Trucker/Photographer
Photographer and long haul truck driver Ryan Shorosky is the guest.    Ryan and I spoke while he was driving from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. Ride shotgun with us as we discuss: how Ryan became a truck driver, stories from the road, what has it been like to work during the pandemic, how Ryan synthesizes his vocation with his aesthetic vision, and the stillness of photography in contrast to the motion of the road.   Ryan's photography has appeared in TIME, The New York Times, The New Yorker, L'Officiel USA, Vogue, and more.   Make sure to follow Ryan on Instagram at: https://instagram.com/ryshorosky  Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius  Follow us on social at: Twitter: @WakeIslandPod  Instagram: @wakeislandpod
47:40
December 9, 2020
Elisa Gabbert - The Unreality of Memory
Poet and essayist Elisa Gabbert is the guest. She is the author of The Unreality of Memory: And Other Essays. We get into: soul ravaging poetry, Sassy Magazine, the atmospheric charge of 2016, the unreality of our moment, morbid glee, and more!    The Unreality of Memory collects provocative, searching essays on disaster culture, climate anxiety, and our mounting collective sense of doom. In this new collection, acclaimed poet and essayist Elisa Gabbert explores our obsessions with disasters past and future, from the sinking of the Titanic to Chernobyl, from witch hunts to the plague. These deeply researched, prophetic meditations question how the world will end―if indeed it will―and why we can’t stop fantasizing about it.  Elisa Gabbert is the author of five collections of poetry, essays, and criticism: The Unreality of Memory & Other Essays, out now from FSG Originals and Atlantic UK; The Word Pretty (Black Ocean, 2018); L’Heure Bleue, or the Judy Poems (Black Ocean, 2016); The Self Unstable (Black Ocean, 2013); and The French Exit (Birds LLC, 2010). The Unreality of Memory and The Word Pretty were both named a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and The Self Unstable was chosen by the New Yorker as one of the best books of 2013. She writes a regular poetry column for the New York Times, and her work has appeared in Harper’s, The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine and Book Review, the New York Review of Books, the Guardian Long Read, the London Review of Books, A Public Space, the Paris Review Daily, American Poetry Review, and many other venues.  Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius  Follow us on social at:  Twitter: @WakeIslandPod Instagram: @wakeislandpod
01:18:04
December 3, 2020
Niko Vorobyov - Dopeworld
Niko Vorobyov is a former drug dealer turned author. We talk about what it was like to be incarcerated as a college student, early transformative drug experiences, death squads in the Philippines, meth, the doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo, hanging out at El Chapo's hometown in Mexico, Los Narcos Satanicos, Jesús Malverde, drug movies and more!  In this ground-breaking book, former drug-dealer Niko Vorobyov travels the world attempting to shine a light on the global drug trade. From cocaine farms in South America to the forests of Russia, he speaks to people making the machine work. He meets drug lords, cartel leaders, street dealers and government officials exposing the true scope of the drug industry. Dopeworld is an addictive and intoxicating trip deep into the world of drugs, tracing their emergence and our relationship with them. This is the story of the drug trade as you've never seen before. Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius Follow us on social at: Twitter: @WakeIslandPod Instagram: @wakeislandpod
01:17:05
November 11, 2020
Steve Finbow - The Mindshaft
Steve Finbow and I chat about his latest book The Mindshaft which is based on the infamous members-only BDSM gay leather bar and sex club called the Mineshaft.  We get into: William Burroughs, J. G. Ballard, Francis Bacon, transgressive acts/art, noise music, Cruising, Ginsberg, literary pilgrimages, Bruce Chatwin and how illness influences creativity.  “You have visited the bar on a number of occasions, it fascinates you, you find it disgusting, it excites you, you find it dangerous. You are lonely in this city of millions, yet, how do we connect with other people, particularly if we don’t find speaking easy? Is sex a cure for loneliness, and if it is, what happens to if our body or sexuality is considered deviant or damaged, if we are ill or blessed with beauty?” The Mindshaft is out now from Amphetamine Sulphate.   Steve Finbow once worked for Allen Ginsberg. His non-fiction includes Notes From The Sick Room and Grave Desire: A Cultural History of Necrophilia, while his fiction includes Balzac Of The Badlands, Down Among The Dead and Nothing Matters. Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius Follow us on social at: Twitter: @WakeIslandPod Instagram: @wakeislandpod
01:18:21
October 28, 2020
Grant Maierhofer - Works
Grant Maierhofer is the author of Works (11:11 Press, 2020),  Peripatet (Inside the Castle, 2019), Postures (Publication Studio, 2015), Grobbing Thistle (2016), and Flamingos (ITNA). His work is available via The Fanzine, Berfrois, 3:AM Magazine, and elsewhere.  “A dauntingly prolific and daring writer, Grant Maierhofer tears his way through the terra firma of received language to roiling realms that writers rarely reach. Bleach will seep into your brainpan and give it the stinging deep-cleanse you know it needs.” — Gari Lutz  "Part Beckett, part Unabomber manifesto, part Laurie Weeks, Grant Maierhofer's Flamingos is singularly alive and wild."  — Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius Follow us on social at: Twitter: @WakeIslandPod Instagram: @wakeislandpod
01:04:28
October 14, 2020
James Grauerholz - Last Words: The Final Journals of William S. Burroughs.
James Grauerholz is a writer and editor. He is most famous as the bibliographer and literary executor of the estate of William S. Burroughs. He worked as Burroughs’ assistant, and became his friend, business manager and editor until the author's death in 1997. Grauerholz wrote biographical sketches to a Burroughs reader Word Virus, and edited a posthumous release of Burroughs diaries Last Words: The Final Journals of William S. Burroughs. Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius Follow us on social at: Twitter: @WakeIslandPod Instagram: @wakeislandpod
01:18:18
September 30, 2020
Karolina Waclawiak - Life Events
Karolina Waclawiak’s breakout novel, Life Events, follows Evelyn, who, at thirty-seven, is on the verge of divorce and anxiously dreading the death of everyone she loves. She combats her existential crisis by avoiding her husband and aimlessly driving along the freeways of California looking for an escape―one that eventually comes when she discovers a collective of “exit guides.” Evelyn enrolls in their training course, where she learns to provide companionship and a final exit for terminally ill patients seeking a conscious departure.  “Every page of this novel is a point of no return; once you’ve read Karolina Waclawiak's Life Events, you will never see life, death, grief, and healing the same way.”―Saeed Jones, author of How We Fight for Our Lives.   Karolina Waclawiak is the author of the novels How to Get into the Twin Palms and The Invaders. Formerly an editor at The Believer, she is the executive editor of culture at BuzzFeed News. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Hazlitt, and elsewhere. Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius Follow us on social at: Twitter: @WakeIslandPod Instagram: @wakeislandpod
01:06:33
September 16, 2020
Chris Rush - The Light Years
Chris Rush is an award-winning artist and designer, whose work is held in numerous museum collections. His memoir, The Light Years, was published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in April 2019.   “As mythic and wild with love, possibility, and danger as the decades it spans, you’ll read The Light Years with your breath held. Brutal, buoyant and wise to the tender terror of growing up, Chris Rush has written a timeless memoir of boyhood in the American wilderness.” ―Emma Cline, author of The Girls  “Brace yourself: To enter The Light Years you must be willing to be changed. It is, in the end, about the one question we all must ask ourselves―How does one live? In the end the answer is, always, love. You could wait until you are ready to read this radiant book, though how will you know when that moment arrives?” ―Nick Flynn, author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius Follow us on social at: Twitter: @WakeIslandPod Instagram: @wakeislandpod
53:30
September 2, 2020
Jeff Ferrell - Drift: Illicit Mobility and Uncertain Knowledge
Jeff Ferrell is Visiting Professor of Criminology at the University of Kent, UK, and Professor of Sociology at Texas Christian University, USA. He is author of the books Crimes of Style, Tearing Down the Streets, and Empire of Scrounge. He is co-editor of the books Cultural Criminology, Ethnography at the Edge, Making Trouble, Cultural Criminology Unleashed, and Cultural Criminology: Theories of Crime.  In Drift, Jeff Ferrell shows how dislocation and disorientation can become phenomena in their own right. Examining the history of drifting, he situates contemporary drift within today’s economic, legal, and cultural dynamics. Along the way, Ferrell sheds light on the ephemeral intensity of drifting communities and explores the contested politics of drift: the strategies that legal authorities employ to control drifters in the interest of economic development, the social and spatial dislocations that these strategies ironically exacerbate, and the ways in which drifters create their own slippery forms of resistance.  Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius Follow us on social at: Twitter: @WakeIslandPod Instagram: @wakeislandpod
58:50
August 30, 2020
Thomas Moore - Alone
A Has Grindr killed psychic gay powers?  Find out on this episode of Wake Island with Thomas Moore, author of Certain Kind of Light, In Their Arms (Rebel Satori), The Night Is An Empire, Skeleton Costumes, When People Die (Kiddiepunk), Alone (Amphetamine Sulphate) “Thomas Moore is one of the best writers the world has in stock, and I always expect a ton from what he writes. But, even so, ALONE is beyond the pale - immaculate, febrile, deadly. A complete stunner.” - Dennis Cooper⁣  Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius Follow us on social at: Twitter: @WakeIslandPod Instagram: @wakeislandpod
54:19
August 19, 2020
Kent Russell - In the Land of Good Living
In the summer of 2016, Kent Russell–broke, at loose ends, hungry for adventure–set off to walk across Florida. Mythic, superficial, soaked in contradictions, maligned by cultural elites, segregated from the South, and literally vanishing into the sea, Florida (or, as he calls it: “America Concentrate”) seemed to Russell to embody America’s divided soul.  KENT RUSSELL’s essays have appeared in The New Republic, Harper’s Magazine, GQ, n+1, The Believer, and Grantland. He is the author of I Am Sorry to Have Raised A Timid Son.   Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius Follow us on social at: Twitter: @WakeIslandPod Instagram: @wakeislandpod
01:01:41
August 5, 2020
Wayne Koestenbaum - Figure it Out
Wayne Koestenbaum is a poet, critic, and artist.  His books include The Queen’s Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; Jackie Under My Skin: Interpreting an Icon; My 1980s and Other Essays; Humiliation; Hotel Theory; The Pink Trance Notebooks; Camp Marmalade; and Figure It Out. He lives in New York City, where he is a Distinguished Professor of English at the CUNY Graduate Center.  His website is waynekoestenbaum.com  Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius Follow us on social at: Twitter: @WakeIslandPod Instagram: @wakeislandpod
01:15:52
July 22, 2020
Diarmuid Hester - Wrong
Diarmuid Hester is a radical cultural historian, writer, and performer based in Cambridge, England. Diarmuid grew up in County Kilkenny, Ireland. He studied English and French at University College Dublin, before coming to the UK to study for Master’s degrees in English (University of Sussex) and philosophy (Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy). He received his PhD in English literature from the University of Sussex. Diarmuid has held research fellowships at New York University, the Library of Congress, and the University of Oxford. He is currently a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in English at the University of Cambridge. WRONG: A Critical Biography of Dennis Cooper is Diarmuid’s first book, published by the University of Iowa Press in June 2020. It is the definitive account of a writer once called ‘the last literary outlaw in mainstream American fiction’.  Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius Follow us on social at: Twitter: @WakeIslandPod Instagram: @wakeislandpod
57:03
July 8, 2020
Nina Renata Aron - Good Morning, Destroyer of Men’s Souls
Nina Renata Aron is the author of GOOD MORNING, DESTROYER OF MEN'S SOULS: A Memoir of Women, Addiction & Love - a scorching memoir of a love affair with an addict, weaving personal reckoning with psychology and history to understand the nature of addiction, codependency, and our appetite for obsessive love.  Nina is also the Editor of the new Playgirl magazine and specializes in writing about girls, books, art, and sex.    Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius Follow us on social at: Twitter: @WakeIslandPod Instagram: @wakeislandpod
01:08:06
June 24, 2020
Christopher Zeischegg - The Magician
California brings out the fucking worst in people. Makes them junkies, whores, killers - failed saints, predatory sinners. Must be something in the land or maybe the water. Something old and evil. Waiting. The Magician is an incantatory trip to this cursed heart of darkness. A modern horror tale of sexual violence and deep psychological harm. Unflinchingly narrated in spare, economic prose climaxing in hallucinatory brutality, Christopher Zeischegg has conjured a dark fable of the American dream as it slides into unending nightmare. Christopher Zeischegg is a writer, musician, and filmmaker who spent eight years working in the adult industry as performer, Danny Wylde. He is the author of four books, Come to my Brother, The Wolves that Live in Skin and Space, Body to Job, and The Magician, and has contributed to The Feminist Porn Book, Best Sex Writing, Coming Out Like a Porn Star, Split Lips, and a variety of digital publications, such as Somesuch and The Nervous Breakdown.  Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius Follow us on social at: Twitter: @WakeIslandPod Instagram: @wakeislandpod
01:15:21
June 8, 2020
J.J. Anselmi - Doomed to Fail: The Incredibly Loud History of Doom, Sludge, and Post-metal
J.J. Anselmi is the author of Doomed to Fail: The Incredibly Loud History of Doom, Sludge, and Post-metal; and Heavy: A Memoir of Wyoming, BMX, and Heavy Fucking Music. He’s played drums in several heavy bands, including In the Company of Serpents and Former Worlds. He’s currently the drummer of Drainage, a sludgy metalcore band from Long Beach, California.  Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius Follow us on social at: Twitter: @WakeIslandPod Instagram: @wakeislandpod
01:26:14
May 19, 2020
B.R. Yeager - Negative Space
BR Yeager‘s debut novel, Amygdalatropolis, is about an incel dissolving into his online world of depravity. And if you want to read something that can push the isolation of quarantine into even darker spaces, where location and body merge into nightmare fuel, you’ll also enjoy BR’s latest novel, Negative Space which is like if the Children of the Corn were connected by message boards into the afterlife.  Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius Follow us on social at: Twitter: @WakeIslandPod Instagram: @wakeislandpod
01:04:44
April 24, 2020
Tom Griggs - April 3, 2020
Today on Wake Island, I’ll be talking to educator and photographer Tom Griggs. I recorded this conversation with Tom on April 3. In it, Tom and I talk our way through the atmosphere generated by COVID-19 as a way to synthesize its significance and its aesthetics. We get into the unveiling of a public life post coronavirus, the sense of theater forming on the streets, our social reliance on telecommunications, reality bleeding into dreams, nature’s role in redefining society, and the blind spots being created by the lack of media narratives. Find out more about Tom at tomgriggs.net   Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius  Follow us on social at:  Twitter: @WakeIslandPod  Instagram: @wakeislandpod
51:36
April 7, 2020
Chelsea Hodson - I Could Live Without Speaking
Chelsea Hodson is the author of the book of essays Tonight I'm Someone Else and the chapbook Pity the Animal. She teaches at Bennington College and she co-founded the Mors Tua Vita Mea workshop in Sezze Romano, Italy.  I Could Live Without Speaking is available to read at Hazlitt Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius Follow us on social at: Twitter: @WakeIslandPod Instagram: @wakeislandpod
01:08:39
March 30, 2020
Harley Flanagan - Hard-Core: Life of My Own/Cro-Mags
Harley’s memoir, Hard-Core: Life of My Own, is about growing up a feral street kid and coming of age amid the wreckage of old New York City—a now long-gone landscape of gangs, violence, decay, and, of course, the Cro-Mags. Harley’s book is not only a recounting of his story, but a reminder of what pre-gentrified New York City was like at the height of its cultural and artistic zeitgeist. It’s also about betrayal and reinvention without self-pity, told simply and straightforwardly in the author’s own voice.  Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius.  Follow us on social at: Twitter: @WakeIslandPod Instagram: @wakeislandpod
01:10:54
March 12, 2020
James Howard Kunstler - The Long Emergency
From the Ted Talk stage to Wake Island, today on the show we have social critic, lecturer, and author, James Howard Kunstler. His books include: The Long Emergency, The Geography of  Nowhere, and Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation. James has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, and MIT, to name only a few. His books are widely read and discussed by architectural critics, urban planners, economists and techno sceptics. You can subscribe to his blog, Clusterfuck Nation, at  kuntsler.com, where he also has a truly thoughtful and engaging podcast called KunstlerCast. ' Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius  Follow us on social at:  Twitter: @WakeIslandPod  Instagram: @wakeislandpod
42:54
February 10, 2020
Matthew Stokoe - Cows/High Life/Empty Mile/Colony of Whores
Matthew Stokoe, the king of the neo-noir murder mystery novel, is on Wake Island today. If I had to pick one writers whose new books I’m most excited for and who consistently delivers the page-turners, it’s Stokoe. His perpetually blood-soaked vision of Los Angeles’ underbelly ranks alongside Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye as quintessential. Stokoe’s novel High Life delivers crime, corruption, and power violence as a totally coherent and addictive reading experience.   Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius  Follow us on social at: Twitter: @WakeIslandPod Instagram: @wakeislandpod
01:12:03
January 22, 2020
Steve Anwyll - Welfare
Wake Island was on a short hiatus for the holidays but today we’re back at it with author Steve Anwyll. Even though we met for the first time the day before recording this episode Steve feels like someone I’ve known forever. Steve’s debut novel Welfare is about a high school student who escapes his dysfunctional homelife to drift alone with no safety net but the help of government aid. Although the delivery is straight forward there’s an elegance to the way Welfare unfolds. I also found Steve’s prose to be quietly poetic and at times unexpected. If you’re a certain type of degenerate I think you’ll get a kick out of this conversation.  Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius  Follow us on social at: Twitter: @WakeIslandPod Instagram: @wakeislandpod
01:05:36
January 8, 2020
Jack Riccobono - The Seventh Fire
Today on Wake Island, we have documentarian Jack Riccobono, who directed one of my all-time favorite documentaries, The Seventh Fire, which was produced by Natalie Portman, Chris Eyre, and Terrence Mallick. The Seventh Fire follows Rob Brown, a Native American gang leader, and his 17-year old protege on the White Earth Indian Reservation in Minnesota. We experience most of the film through Rob, who is the heart and soul of the film. Having bounced from prison to prison throughout his life, Rob is at a crossroad, wrestling with an uncertain future living isolated on a reservation. Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius Follow us on social at: Twitter: @WakeIslandPod Instagram: @wakeislandpod
01:16:21
December 18, 2019
Chris Santa Maria - President Trump
I know there’s a lot of podcasts out there where people talk about their projects or shoot the shit about pop culture. But what I’m interested in with Wake Island is getting into art that crosses the line. I also want to hear about art that’s moving and intense, the kind of work that haunts you. So every other week I’ll be exploring these ideas and projects with artists I admire. We’ll talk about their creative process and background as well as our implicit attraction to darkness. The goal here is to make life seem seedier, stranger, and hopefully by doing so, closer to the truth. For today’s episode, I’ll be speaking to visual artist Chris Santa Maria. For the last three years, Chris has been working on this truly insane and psychedelic project based on Trump’s presidency. The idea behind it was to create a large-scale, figurative collage of magazine cut-outs, illustrating nearly every moment of the regime. Staring at this thing is like scrolling down an endless Twitter timeline on acid.  Theme music by Joseph E. Martinez of Junius   Follow us on social at: Twitter: @WakeIslandPod Instagram: @wakeislandpod
32:32
October 31, 2019