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We’re Here! We’re Queer! We’re On Against Everyone With Conner Habib! Me + Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore on the State Of Queer, 2019!

22 Jan
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Friends, 
At the opening of 2019, I’m reviewing the state of something in 2019: what’s on the scene now and what to look for in the coming year! This week, it’s the State Of Queer 109, and who better to talk about it with than one of the queerest people I know, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, author and editor of multiple queerer than queer books, including her new novel, Sketchtasy, her deeply moving memoir about abuse, The End of San Francisco, and the collection, That’s Revolting!: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation. Mattilda is also an outspoken activist, and the only person I know who legit looks like she could tie Adam West’s Batman to a buzzsaw and then go dancing afterward. She’s also written the most scathing film review I’ve ever read; a review that not only condemns the film, but mainstream gay culture in general.
Mattilda and I talk nostalgia, how people make “queer” an accoutrement rather than a radically felt and enacted principle, the trans military ban and why patriotism is the opposite of queerness, the generation of queers that grew up in AIDS culture but weren’t dying en masse from it, the naive celebration of Truvada for PrEP, why gay marriage is a compromised strategy(and honestly just kinda sucks), why you should never invite Mattilda to your wedding, masculinity and A Star Is Born, and more.
I wanted to go on and on with Mattilda, but we’ll talk and collaborate again for sure. For now, enjoy MBS & CH doing the State Of Queer 2019!
As always, you can get copious show notes here.
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“Where are the writers who are tearing into Kellyanne Conway?”: Rabih Alameddine on AEWCH!

21 Aug
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Friends,
This week’s guest, Rabih Alameddine, is one of the greatest writers of our time. His novels, including the masterpiece, The Hawkawati, and the National Book Award nominee, An Unnecessary Woman are stories about storytelling, resistance, love, and art.
Rabih and I talk about how and why art is political (and when that fails), why writers write about writers, JM Coetzee fumbling sweetly over gayness, the anti-intellectualism of American writers vs the pretensions of European ones, the connection between the art we consume and the politics we have, the disconnect between Americans and literature. Rabih calls Milo “Yanni,” thinks over what AIDS did to gay politics and culture, and we both talk about disgusting people.
As always, show notes are available for patrons of the show.
Love! CH