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Conversations between recommender and recommendee of a book or artwork; about why it was recommended. — http://twitter.com/stconroe / http://1storyhaus.com

1storypo‪d‬ Sean Thor Conroe

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Conversations between recommender and recommendee of a book or artwork; about why it was recommended. — http://twitter.com/stconroe / http://1storyhaus.com

    60: Shy Watson on HORROR VACUI (2021)

    60: Shy Watson on HORROR VACUI (2021)

    NYC — Shy Watson is a poet and novel-writer. Her new book Horror Vacui (2021) dropped last month from House of Vlad. She is also the author of Cheap Yellow (CCM, 2018). She lives in NYC.

    Her book: https://houseofvlad.bigcartel.com/product/horror-vacui-poems-and-other-writings-by-shy-watson

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    CONTENTS

    CONTENTS


    3 min - pelvic health issues
    7 min - Philly connections
    10 min - where shy grew up
    13 min - why shy moved so much in 20s
    16 min - how / when HV written / pubbed
    19 min - Eileen Myles
    21 min - the novel shy workin on
    23 min - Convenience store woman by sayaka murata / work by Bud smith
    24 min - Sam pink book cover
    26 min - ‘autofiction ethicality’ rant / justification
    27 min - on writing intimately about Life
    30:30 - on religion
    34 min - reading god into shy’s books
    37 min - on spirituality
    39 min - diy sigil
    45 min - writing as seduction
    47 min - sometimes you gotta turn on the reader
    51 min - important for writing and life to get out about
    54 min - becoming your own boy
    58 min - sillyboys
    59 min - crypto
    1 hr 2 min - mors tua vita mea
    1 hr 4 min - new moon

    • 1 hr 8 min
    59: Sheila Heti

    59: Sheila Heti

    TORONTO / NYC — Sheila Heti is the author of the short story collection the Middle Stories (2001), the short novel Ticknor (2005), the philosophy book the Chairs Are Where The People Go (2011), co-written by Misha Glouberman, How Should A Person Be? (2012), and Motherhood (2018). She also co-edited the collection Women in Clothes (2014). And wrote the intro to the new release of this Virginia Woolf essay, How Should One Read A Book? (2020). Her next book, Pure Colour, is coming out in January 2022. I first encountered Sheila’s writing in late 2014, when I tore through How Should A Person Be? in a night. I’ve since done a handful of pods on her books, so this is really exciting for me, it’s been a long time coming. We recorded this late last week. Sheila Heti lives in Toronto.

    Here is a link to her website, with links to all her books: http://www.sheilaheti.com

    Sheila's podcast "Podcast With Raisins": https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/podcast-with-raisins/id1193833547

    CONTENTS

    8 min - pod start
    12 min - Sheila’s current project
    15 min - the book isn’t finished till it’s separate from you
    16 min - me tryna turn real life into an Art Idea
    20 min - How Ticknor different but also similar to her other books
    24 min - friendship/angels
    25 min - how I first encountered Sheila's writing
    36 min - on walking / Richard Serra
    40 min - “art should be taken off the pedestal”
    42 min - Middle Stories reactions / why she wrote Ticknor
    45 min - publishing right after 9/11
    50 min - Sheila outing me for being in school lolol
    55 min - Malcolm gladwell story
    1 hr 4 min - coin stuff / mysticism
    1 hr 7 min - on God
    1 hr 11 min - on Nietzsche
    1 hr 12 min - “the great writers rearrange your brain”
    1 hr 13 min - Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Martin Buber
    1 hr 16 - “who decides that something is good is the Culture / having supporters” / Wittgenstein
    1 hr 21 min - “the person who loves a book is the one who’s right about it” / criticism
    1 hr 28 min - on cigs / tobacco

    Intro song: https://soundcloud.com/yeums/thank-you-master

    Related episode - solo rant on Motherhood (1.3.2018): https://soundcloud.com/1storypod/29-family-failure-and-procreation-in-motherhood-2018-by-sheila-heti-1storypod-with-st-conroe

    Sean Thor Conroe lives in Harlem.

    • 1 hr 35 min
    58: Gian DiTrapano on NY TYRANT (since 2005)

    58: Gian DiTrapano on NY TYRANT (since 2005)

    NAPLES — Giancarlo DiTrapano is the founder, editor, and publisher of New York Tyrant. The magazine initially, starting in 2005. And then of Tyrant Books, starting in 2010. I spoke with him in his apartment in Naples two days ago, before flying back to the states yesterday. After flying out there 11 days ago. He wrote for Vice for a minute during the early tens and has ran the workshop Mors Tua Vita Mea, with the writer Chelsea Hodson, in Sezze, Italy since 2015. He grew up in Charleston, West Virginia and spent many years in New York City before moving out to Italy five years ago. We talk about how he came into the game with the magazine and the imprint, what he’s psyched about writing-wise now, a whole bunch of stuff. Thoroughly enjoyed ripping this convo and running it back.

    NY Tyrant: https://nytyrant.com

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    POD CONTENTS

    6 min - pod start: G dissing and me tryna defend Ferrante lmaoo
    8 min - Of Love and Other Demons by Garcia Marquez
    9 min - Autoportrait by Edouard Leve / story versus bars/syntax
    11 min - translated versus untranslated
    11.5 min - G: “We should be recording this.” Me: “Bro it’s recording.”
    12 min - coffee ready
    13 min - move from kitchen to living room
    13 min - McClanahan , bars v. Voice
    14 min - on Liveblog (2018) by Megan Boyle
    19 min - ‘prep’ = Preparation for the Next Life (2014) by Atticus Lish and ‘shapiro’ = Supremacist (2016) by Dave Shapiro
    22 min - story on linking w Atticus Lish
    26 min - How to Live is bigger than How to Write
    27 min - Louise Gluck
    32 min - Babak Lakghomi
    38 min - "everything important in literature is about Death"
    41 min - on mimicry / imitation
    46 min - on exclamation points / nietzsche ecce homo
    48 min - Lutz
    49 min - Tyrant Vol 3 No 2 / young Diane Lane "the Outsiders"
    55 min - story of G pulling up to nyc / FSG
    59 min - putting out the first Tyrant mag / Sheila Heti
    1 hr 2 min - DFW
    1 hr 3 min - “all these lit mags started bc the Internet”
    1 hr 6 min - Supremacist by David Shapiro
    1 hr 12 min - drugs according to music era
    1 hr 18 min - first linking w Castro
    1 hr 21 min - what/who G hype on rn / Honor Levy
    1 hr 22 min - Christopher Kennedy
    1 hr 29 min - mors tua vita mea
    1 hr 37 min - on how relevant or not relevant being out here for writing
    1 hr 40 min - How the infrastructure of Literature upheld

    Intro song: https://open.spotify.com/track/1YnDZXJ7Dj0Uk9Pqu4tdAX?si=evQ3qjohRo2VxpXVIQwtig

    Sean Thor Conroe https://mobile.twitter.com/stconroe lives in Harlem.

    • 1 hr 42 min
    57: Vern aka Happy Birthday on THE BLOCK (2020)

    57: Vern aka Happy Birthday on THE BLOCK (2020)

    HARLEM — I met the homie Vern a minute ago. I see him around all the time. I seem to see him once every couple weeks, like clockwork. Usually when the weather gets nicer suddenly, or nice enough to sit courtside or hoop at this lil park I be hooping at. Whenever we link we always torch one and really go in. Like every time it’s like a pod-length powwow. Today (12.11.20) we were goin in, mildly spleed, when he just started going off and I felt moved to set it down.

    But what we talking about is, all this past week, I seen a wake going on across the street, mad people out, like 50-60 people gathered, lighting candles, pouring up, playing music for a homie who passed. I hadn’t know what had happened, but then in this convo it came up.

    5 min - real life consequences of rappers talking crazy on the track / RIP Fluff
    7 min - on staying ready / long johns riff
    10 min - walking to the store / on beats / how he tryna go in on the track
    12 min - “f**k getting inside your head w the bars I’m tryna get inside you BODY”
    12:30-14 min - inside the store
    14 min - walking back to the park
    14:30 - “no one wants to be a nothing”
    15 min - how he was raised vs how youngins today raised
    17 min - back at the park / on the homie Fluff , RIP
    20 min - my lighter died

    https://twitter.com/stconroe lives in Harlem

    http://1storyhaus.com

    • 21 min
    56: Nicolette Polek on IMAGINARY MUSEUMS (2020)

    56: Nicolette Polek on IMAGINARY MUSEUMS (2020)

    DMV / NYC — Nicolette Polek is a writer from Cleveland, Ohio. Imaginary Museums (Soft Skull, 2020) is her first book. I saw Nicolette read from this collection a couple times early this year, and reread it a couple times this past fortnight.

    Buy Imaginary Museums: https://softskull.com/dd-product/imaginary-museums/

    POD CONTENTS

    3 min - pod start
    4 min - small rooms big rooms card rooms basements
    11 min - on “Winners” - https://magazine.nytyrant.com/winners/
    14 min - on how life in Slovakia vs. US
    19 min - “Field Notes” / Man in the Holocene by Max Frisch
    21 min - Krasznahorkai
    24 min - on the traditions Nicolette partaking in
    25 min - The Middle Stories by Sheila Heti
    27 min - Intimate Lighting, dir. Ivan Passer
    28 min - on making art in communism
    31 min - experience working with Soft Skull
    33 min - on how these stories written
    36 min - me repeatedly belaboring “the Nature”
    37 min - Thomas Tallis / Abba
    39 min - on what Nicolette working on now / Marta Becket
    41 min - solitude vs. sharing. Kierkegaard definition of a saint: “to will the one thing”
    42 min - subsequent books as answers to questions posed in previous ones
    44 min - female eels
    47 min - on Waldorf
    55 min - Rings of Saturn by Sebald
    57 min - mycology

    – Sean Thor Conroe, http://1storyhaus.com

    • 1 hr
    55: Big Bruiser Dope Boy on AFTER DENVER (2020)

    55: Big Bruiser Dope Boy on AFTER DENVER (2020)

    WISCONSIN / MANHATTAN — Big Bruiser Dope Boy is the author of Foghorn Leghorn, Your First Real Boyfriend (2019), and, most recently, After Denver (October 2020, 11:11 Press). He runs the site Gay Death Trance and lives in Wisconsin.

    After Denver, from 11:11 Press: https://1111press.com/after-denver

    Read the opening poem to After Denver, "Daddy State of Mind": https://www.youngmag.io/article/daddy-state-of-mind

    CONTENTS

    4 min - pod start
    8 min - once a book is out there it’s out there
    10 min - Pink absurdism / magical realism
    13 min - how going in in 20s
    16 min - “Doubt Doubt”
    20 min - writing to be able to change yourself
    21 min - on pseudonymity / BBDB’s inception
    26 min - cnf vs fiction
    29 min - the slab parts / homoeroticism of sports
    32 min - coming outta the closet now vs 20 yrs ago
    35 min - on “Gay Poet Here”
    38 min - on bbdb’s process
    40 min - edging on the rip / not going in till time
    43 min - alternate writing modes / text messaging as writing
    48 min - this type o writing is good for the culture / readability
    51 min on working at gay bars / animal stuff / bear culture
    59 - who After Denver written for
    1 hr 4 min - on Death / strong fatalism

    • 1 hr 26 min

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