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9 Oct

AGAINST EVERYONE WITH CONNER HABIB 44: KELLY LINK & JORDY ROSENBERG

or A VAMPIRE IS A THEORY

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Friends,
This is one of my very favorite conversations – I can’t believe I had the opportunity to speak with MacArthur fellow Kelly Link and brilliant new novelist Jordy Rosenberg! We had the conversation just a few days before Link’s MacArthur Award was announced, and just a few days after Jordy’s book was shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Award!
Kelly Link is one of the 2018 MacArthur fellows. She’s the author of four collection of short stories, Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, Pretty Monsters, and Get In Trouble. She’s also the co-editor and co-owner (with her husband Gavin Grant) of Small Beer Press and the literary magazine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.
Jordy Rosenberg is the author of the absolutely excellent anti-capitlism, anti-authoritarian, love story, Confessions of the Fox. and of the nonfiction book, Critical Enthusiasm: Capital Accumulation and the Transformation of Religious Passion.
How fantastic elements in fiction can fall into reinforcing political power; how capitalism works like magic; how we turn social forces into entities; when characters becomes concepts and vice versa; autotheory; scent, senses, and pleasure in fiction; Mandy and zombies; murder; disassociation as a strategy; the evolution of consciousness through novels; and a whooooole lot of literature.
XO CH

How did love change time and space? My conversation with historian and literary theorist Stephen Kern on the latest Against Everyone with Conner Habib!

25 Sep

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Friends,

If you don’t yet know historian, literary theorist, and interdisciplinary intellectual, Stephen Kern, I’m so excited to introduce you to him.

Stephen teaches at Ohio State University, and his books, including The Culture of Time and Space, 1880-1918 ,  A Cultural History of Causality: Science, Murder Novels, and Systems of Thought  and The Culture of Love: Victorians to Moderns, are wide-ranging explorations of history, especially in how it relates to concepts of time and space.

In this episode, we talk about psychology and phenomenology of time, how love has become more authentic and changed the experience of time, the vulgarity and beauty of Joyce and Ulysses, what Christianity has made available and closed off when it comes to intimacy, the struggles of the Victorian era, just how real the concepts of “modernist” and “romantic” and “Victorian” periods are, how pain and time are interconnected, why a reevaluation of time and space needs to be part of labor activism, and more!

I was alarmed to find that there weren’t many podcasts or interviews with Stephen available online (although he is known and respected in literary and historian and other academic communities) so I was determined to bring his work to a broader audience.

For show notes (this time there are LOTS of links to books!), click here.

XO
CH

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Zachary Schomburg vs The Refrigerator General: AGAINST EVERYONE with CONNER HABIB attacks poetry

4 Sep

 

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Friends,

On the 40th (!!!) episode of Against Everyone with Conner Habib, I met with poet Zachary Schomburg in an old bakery* in Portland to talk all about poetry.

Zach’s poetry is profound, frightening, eerie, and absurd. His book Scary, No Scary, which he reads a bit from on this episode, is a masterpiece, and a great bridge into poetry if you’ve never really gotten into it.

In this episode, we talk about:

Not-knowing and writing; the identity of a writer; what style is; ghosts, deer, and hummingbirds; the way certain words arouse us and why; how poetry is like a computer trying to come to life; poetry and Lacanian psychoanalysis; the index as your analyst; how writing is violence; light and death; how the poem on the page is not the poem; recreating reality, and more. 

Zach also reads poems from Hear Oars, and Scary, No Scary.

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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.
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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.

TICKETS

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The Horror of Everyday Life. Conner talks with postmodern horror and weird tale author, Brian Evenson!

13 Mar
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So excited to welcome postmodern horror writer Brian Evenson to the show. A true honor. And the first fiction writer on the show! Brian is one of my favorite authors, and his stories are violent, unsettling, and profound.
We talk about horror fiction, the occult, David Lynch, metaphors, the horror of relationships extending into our lives, the concept of doubles, the meaninglessness or meaning of suffering, and revising everything we know. I also ask Brian how a character could get out of one of his stories unscathed.
Brian also reads the beginning of his story, “The Intricacies of Post-Shooting Etiquette” from his collection, The Wavering Knife.
Oh, and also, I ask about if Brian’s stories all stem from boner shame.
To get Brian’s book with Paul Tremblay, Another Way To Fall, go to Concord Free Press.
Enjoy!
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“Animal Door” – A poem by Conner Habib

1 Feb

ADHi friends,

Did you know I write poetry? Probably not, because I’ve never published a poem! But now my poem “Animal Door” has been published and you can read it here and listen to me read it!

The poem was published by Nomadic Coffee, a coffee subscription service that puts poems in its coffee bags every year. The poetry series is curated and edited by a different well-known poet ever quarter. The editor for this quarter is the amazing, award-winning DA Powell. When you get a bag of their coffee, you open it up and there’s a poem! My poem starts appearing today.

Click here to read the poem, and call the number and extension to here me talk about and read it!

No chickens were harmed in the making of this poem about animals.