They saaaaaay…Scott Thompson is on Against Everyone with Conner Habib! (And they’re right!)

12 Jun
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Friends,
This is a huge moment for dear Habib: I got to do an episode of Against Everyone with Conner Habib with someone who changed my life: Scott Thompson! Scott, in the event that somehow you don’t know this, is a member of the iconic comedy group Kids in the Hall, author, actor (from Hannibal),stand-up comedian, and creator of the lispy sexual rebel Buddy Cole.
Seeing Scott as Buddy on The Kids in the Hall blew my young still-becoming-gay mind. I was a lonely small town kid with no one to talk to about sex or sexuality, and then there was this crazy dangerous lisping whore on TV making jokes about everything. I was electrified.
Scott and I had a great conversation, and I couldn’t stop laughing. We talk about our alter egos being our better selves, how internalized homophobia follows you around even when you come out, AIDS-era intensities, how representation fails us, ghosts, the elimination of spirituality from the left, portals to other dimensions, raccoon spirit guides,
(Note: There’s a little jumping around in the video editing to deal with technical stuff, but it doesn’t affect the audio or the conversation.)
(Oh and one more note if you want more on the alt-right and new age stuff: here’s an article by Mitch Horowitz on Salon.com)
Thanks for listening and watching!
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Gang of Youths meets Conner Habib to talk rock & roll and suicide.

29 May
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Friends,
Dave Le’aupepe is frontman of one of the biggest Australian bands of the moment, Gang of Youths. And we sat down during his US tour to discuss rock and roll, living a serious life, and depression. He also plays two songs, “Persevere” (20:23) and a cover of “Chelsea Hotel No 2” by Leonard Cohen.
Dave & Gang of Youths’s music is a hopeful melancholy; they present the darkness but don’t wallow in it.
On another note, this is the first time I talk at length about my own life with suicidal depression. How it has surged forward in my life and then receded, and why. I hope this episode is helpful to those also facing the challenge of depression.
On a lighter note, Dave broke my camera! We laugh about it in the episode, but if you’re watching, rather than listening, you’ll see a big difference in the image about halfway through. So, sorry about the image difference. But hey, you just get to feel closer to us.
Love.
CH

NEW ONLINE COURSE: Reading Ulysses with Conner Habib! Starts June 16! Sign up now!

22 May

 

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Have you been wanting to read Ulysses, but found yourself daunted by its reputation?

Join Conner Habib – author, countercultural activist, and host of Against Everyone with Conner Habib (not to mention former college English and literature instructor) – as he guides you through this amazing book, step-by-step, over six weeks.

James Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses is known equally as the best novel ever written and one so difficult that it gives of kryptonite-like vibes to readers. But the reward of reading this dizzying, funny, obscene, and beautiful novel is more than worth the challenge. Now’s your opportunity to do it!

Here’s how the course works:

• You sign up and on June 2, you get an intro video. This tells you everything you need to start your journey reading Ulysseswith me, including some background on Joyce and Ulysses, tips on what to do on if and when the going gets rough for you, optional supplemental texts to help you through, and more.

• Then on June 16 we begin reading Ulysses together. June 16 is the day the events of the novel take place, so there will be a nice little synchrony there. I’ll tell you hw much to read over the week

• On that day, and every Saturday for six weeks, you’ll get a brief video from me helping you along the way. My own thoughts, what excites me about the assigned reading, some explanations about what to watch out for as you read, and a break down of what’s going on. I’ll also include any links I think might be useful or of interest.

• On July 28, we’ll meet in a live streaming online webinar to discuss the book. I’ll talk about it a little bit, and we’ll discuss as a group via streaming and written Q&A.

TICKETS

STANDARD TICKET: You get: All seven videos for the duration of the course and 90 days after the course ends • Access to the online webinar at the end. • Access to a recording of the the webinar for 90 days after the course ends. • Ulysses-related reading list from Conner Habib. PRICE: $30

BONUS TICKET: You get: Everything above PLUS a unique and personalized Finnegan’s Wake bibliomantic video from meYou send me a life question you have, and I answered it by doing bibliomncy with Joyce’s final novel, Finnegan’s Wake. For entertainment purposes only, of course. PRICE: $40

GOLD TICKET: LIMITED QUANTITIES! You get: Everything at the Bonus and Standard level PLUS a signed line drawing of Joyce or something in Ulysses from me, sent to you. I’m no great artist, but my drawing will commemorate your passage through the challenging, dangerous, and beautiful world of UlyssesPRICE: $75

PATREON HONOR SYSTEM OPTION: If you want, you can also get the bonus ticket level by signing up for my patreon at the $20 level or higher. Your card will be charged on the 1st of the month, and I ask that you stay on board for at least two months. It’s the honor system, so pelase stay true to your word, my friend! The cool thing about this option is that you also get all the other stuff my patreon offers: mini-epsiodes of my show, membership in the Conner Habib Book Club, access to the Against Everyone with Conner Habib private instagram, and more. To choose the patreon option, click here, and when you sign up, send me a patreon message with the word ReJoyce in it. If you want the gold level ticket and are choosing the patreon option, no problem, just contact me via email – againsteveryonewithconnerhabib at gmail – and we’ll work it out.

Whatever ticket level you choose, you’ll get the preparatory video – as well as any other info you need (ie to get your video or drawing, etc.) – on June 2nd. If you sign up after June 2nd, you’ll get everything within 48 hours of signing up.

Alright. You ready?

Yes.

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No More Police: AEWCH 29 featuring me in conversation with author, activist, and police department consultant, Alex Vitale

15 May

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Friends,

I invited the great Alex Vitale – author, activist, professor, and police consultant – to the show. Alex’s book The End of Policing  is an extraordinary book about undoing the role of police in society. Not just a critique, but a guide for how to get there. The awakening to police brutality, police militarization, and police racism in the US has opened up new pathways of how communities can work and what the role of justice and punishment might mean. Alex and I cover it all, and he’s really, really great on just about everything we discussed. Way better than me at first, because I ramble a bit in the face of the expert. But that’s okay! I get back on my feet and we have an amazing conversation.

As always, show notes featuring further readings, links to resources, and quotes are available for patrons. Please do support the show!

“…sex for money usually costs a lot less.” Maggie McNeill & I talk about sex workers’ rights on the latest AEWCH!

1 May
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My guest for AEWCH 28 is author, whore, and activist Maggie McNeill. On top of those qualifications, Maggie is an uncompromising and fierce thinker who gives me strength every day. Often, if I feel like I’m exhausted, faltering, or tired of the state sex workers’ rights, or cultural attitudes towards sex, I turn to Maggie’s twitter (which you really should follow), and am re-infused with my own sense of integrity.
We talk about how legalization vs decriminalization, sex work vs the state, the problem with enthusiastic consent, Stormy Daniels, SESTA/FOSTA, and more!

Me + Moshe Kasher talk about a lot of terrible things in a very funny way. It’s AEWCH 27!

24 Apr
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Friends, one of the reasons why I love this episode of Against Everyone with Conner Habib is pretty simple: I love talking with comedian and author Moshe Kasher. He’s one of those rare wide-ranging thinkers who is also warm, and very funny.
Moshe and I talk about doing drugs, what it’s like to belong nowhere, why comedians are not philosophers, growing up poor, how I defiled waffles as a teenager, why Call Me By Your Name is a horrible movie, Moshe getting off with gay dudes on the phone, how MeToo is partially a reflexive backlash to trans rights, and gurus.
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Identity Trouble? AEWCH 26 with Asad Haider!

18 Apr

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Hello friends,

You, like me, may be worn out by identity, identity, identity. There is an identity industry around us. And yet, we also feel and know that out racial, sexual, gender, class, (and on and on) identities play a part in shaping our experiences. But how? And what sort of attention should we pay them? Luckily, Asad Haider, author of Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump and founder of Viewpoint Magazine, is here to help!

Asad and I had a great conversation in his book-filled office at University of Santa Cruz. There’s a little weirdness with the audio on my end, but it’s still pretty much okay. Just turn the bass down and the treble up a bit. You’ll still love it.

The show notes, with links to Bollywood films, Lacan enduring the situationist heckling, essays I wrote about growing up in small town PA and more are all here.

MAM