Sundays and Thursdays at 11AM CST, Eye 94 broadcasts from Lumpen Radio (105.5 FM) in Bridgeport, Chicago. Hosted by Jeremy 'Malcontent' Kitchen, Mike Sack, and Lumpen's own Jamie Trecker.

Eye 94 Radio would not be possible without the production skills of Jamie Trecker or the facilities at Lumpen Radio/Co-Prosperity Sphere. Thank you, and thank you.

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9 February 2022

Jessica Chiarella (#136) -- (a pod-shaped hole...)

Local author Chiarella discusses her second novel, The Lost Girls, with us. It follows twenty-something Marti Reese, who has been searching for her sister Maggie ever since she disappeared when Marti was eight. She's cut herself off from the wealth and privilege of her family, ended her marriage, began tending bar, and continued the search for Maggie through a true crime podcast. Unintended consequences are close to follow.

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17 November 2021

Ye Chun (#135) -- (strong as a mother...)

We insist on asking Chun about the wider implications of her stories in Hao, while she repeatedly maintains they are profoundly personal in the main. Any way you cut it, they are fascinating explorations of motherhood, suffering, surviving, and the being of language. Wonderful book.

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10 November 2021

Peter Cameron (#134) -- (more than a feeling...)

We had trouble finding the proper words to describe the experience of reading Peter Cameron's What Happens at Night. Jeremy likened it to the feeling he gets when reading Jose Saramago. Mike said Haruki Murakami. Jamie mentioned Barbara Pym. In other words, Cameron writes good shit. He joined us on the air waves from Vermont to discuss What Happens.

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3 November 2021

Padgett Powell (#133) -- (what's the big fucking deal, Barthelme?...)

This episode holds the record for most giggles and gut busters. Padgett Powell can tell a goddamn story. He joined us to talk about his recently published collection of non-fiction writings, Indigo: Arm Wrestling, Snake Saving, and Some Things in Between, spanning the years 1984 - 2018. We had the privilege of hearing a couple stories that were not in the book, including a brief tussle with Harry Crews, and how Powell came to be a nine-fingered novelist.

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13 October 2021

Meghan O'Gieblyn (#132) -- (the singularity approacheth...)

This is Meghan's second appearance on Eye 94 (see #51) and we were psyched to have her back. Her new book, God, Human, Animal Machine: Technology, Metaphor, and the Search for Meaning, does what it seems only Meghan can do: using her personal experience and powerhouse reading to explore the seemingly infinite spaces between religion and technology, finding connections that seem obvious in hindsight. Meghan is the shiz.

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6 October 2021

Bob Hartley (#131) -- (every novel set under capitalism is crime fiction...)

Bob Hartley joined us on the phone from Pittsburgh, where he's lived since 1995. Bob grew up in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago in the '60s and '70s and that is where and when North and Central takes place. Corruption is the norm, jobs are being lost, everyone is looking to make a buck, and the drunks need their drink. Andy, owner of a tavern at North Ave and Central Ave, is caught up in it all, and tells his extraordinary story in ordinary everyday working-class Chicago. The dialogue is hilarious, very on-point for Chicago bar culture. But nobody escapes the hand of pain. Great speaking with you, Bob.

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15 September 2021

Atticus Lish (#130) -- (it's just one of those things you have to have been through...)

Atticus Lish had his second novel published last week by Knopf. It's called The War for Gloria. The novel's namesake is diagnosed with ALS early in the story. Her son, Corey, is sixteen. His dad, Leonard, had been mostly absent, until the diagnosis. Leonard's a police officer, sort of, at MIT. He studies high level physics in his spare time. We follow Gloria through the deterioration of her motor nerves and muscle control, watch Corey struggle to take care of his mother, try to understand what it might be to be a man, make friends, lose friends, and try desperately to hold onto something, anything, he can call his own. It's a great book, and it was a great pleasure to be able to have some of Atticus's time. We talked a little bit about his personal background, the working-class portrayed in literature at large, the inspiration for the novel, and other books that had an influence on it.

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31 August 2021

Margot Mifflin (#129) -- (it cannot possibly represent America as it is today...)

Maybe you hadn't heard, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Miss America pageant, not to be confused with Miss Universe or Miss Teen USA. Margot Mifflin dove in deep (bibliography spans 33 pages) to bring us a history of the pageant and how much it has been intertwined with U.S. culture and the movements for women's rights. For anyone who may write off the contest as a floozy parade, think again. Mifflin exposes the complex and contradictory personalities and forces that have gone into the making of Miss America.

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24 August 2021

Jesse McCarthy (#128) -- (it's a weird title...)

Jesse joined us over the phone from Cambridge, MA where he is an assistant professor in the departments of English, African Studies, and African American Studies at Harvard University. He's also an editor at Chicago's own The Point magazine. He had two books published this year; one a book of essays (Who Will Pay Reparations on My Soul? W.W. Norton) and the other a novel. We invited him on to talk about the novel, his first, The Fugitivities, out now from Melville House. The hour ended way to soon. We managed to jam in the influence of the French canon on McCarthy, particularly Flaubert's Sentimental Education, what a novel can do that other mediums can't, and other sources of inspiration.

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10 August 2021

The Narcotic Farm (#127) -- (something in the water in Lexington...)

The Narcotic Farm: The Rise and Fall of America's First Prison for Drug Addicts was co-authored by Nancy D. Campbell, J.P. Olsen, and Luke Walden. Nancy and J.P. joined us to discuss the book (Luke was out with an illness). The authors painstakingly searched many archives around the country (including the DEA archives) to put together this photo essay of sorts. Opened in 1935, the U.S. Narcotic Farm was ground zero for a federally compassionate approach to addiction recovery and scientific research on drug addiction. It was shut down in the 1970s among ethical controversy about its research methods. Olsen and Walden are also filmmakers, and made an accompanying film.

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3 August 2021

Tom Lin (#126) -- (pop uncultured...)

Tom joined us from Davis, CA to discuss his debut novel: The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu. It's a classic revenge story with a classic Western framework, told from the perspective of a Chinese-American during the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, with some magic tossed in the mix. We were reminded in some ways of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian while reading Tom's novel. Very down-to-earth guy, Tom is, a pleasure to speak with.

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13 July 2021

Mikita Brottman (#125) -- (somewhere between a hospital and a prison...)

Mikita joined Jeremy and Jamie from Wilmington, Delaware to discuss her new book, Couple Found Slain: After a Family Murder. It follows the supposed rehabilitation of Brian Bechtold at a forensic psychiatric hospital after he was convicted of murdering his parents in their Maryland home. Brottman met Brian when she was running a fiction workshop for patients at the hospital. As of this show, he's been hospitalized over 27 years.

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6 July 2021

Julie DiCaro (#124) -- (the target demographic is males aged 18 to 54...)

DiCaro was approached by a publisher to write Sidelined: Sports, Culture, and Being a Woman in America after one of her many confrontations with misogynistic sports fans. She was working in radio at the time and receiving a barrage of insults from colleagues and callers alike. The history of anti-feminism in sports is long and harrowing. DiCaro documents the progress women have made in sports against all odds, her own myriad experiences with aggressive and sometimes violent fans, and the challenges women still face today. In particular, she views progress through the lens of women's ability to comment on and analyze sports culture publicly. Jeremy was out for this one, on a mystery trip for his birthday. Happy birthday, buddy!

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29 June 2021

Joe Meno (#123) -- (you guys pay for the detention centers...)

Chicago author Joe Meno joined us to talk about his most recent book, Between Everything and Nothing: The Journey of Seidu Mohammed and Razak Iyal and the Quest for Asylum. It was Meno's first book length non-fiction project. Mohammed and Iyal were picked up by a truck driver in Winnipeg after sustaining severe injuries from walking more than ten hours in sub-zero temperatures to cross the U.S./Canada border. They both came from Accra, Ghana, separately fleeing persecution for different reasons. They both landed in Brazil, though at different times, and stumbled through border after border, through Central America, eventually presenting themselves for asylum at the San Ysidoro Port of Entry, again separately. Meno chronicles their personal histories, the harrowing experiences of being an asylum seeker, their unlikely meeting in Minneapolis, the international network that preys on such people, and the draconian institutions that comprise U.S. immigration policy.

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15 June 2021

Sam Riviere (#122) -- (things that seem simpatico, but are actually opposed...)

Sam joined us from Edinburgh, where he runs If a Leaf Falls Press. His debut novel, Dead Souls, (he'd published three collections of poetry previously) has not gotten the careful attention it deserves in the few reviews published so far. We tried to rectify the situation, asking Sam about influences like Nikolai Gogol and Thomas Bernhard, his experiences in the seemingly insular world of Poetry, and the effects of the Market on art and artists. Dead Souls is a great book. Highly recommend.

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27 May 2021

Max Besora (#121) -- (for the translator, a giant pain in the ass...)

Max linked up with us from the Spanish countryside through the magic of Zoom. We discussed his novel, newly translated into English by Mara Faye Lethem and published by Open Letter, The Adventures and Misadventures of the Extraordinary and Admirable Joan Orpí, Conquistador and Founder of New Catalonia. The title should give you a hint as to the style of the novel. We talked history of Catalonia, artistic license and duty, and words, words, words. It was a pleasure.

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18 May 2021

Matthew Gavin Frank (#120) -- (diamonds and oppression, forever...)

Matthew joined us by phone from way up in Marquette, MI to talk about his new book, Flight of the Diamond Smugglers: A Tale of Pigeons, Obsession, and Greed Along Coastal South Africa. It's part personal memoir, part historical telling, wrapped into a package of reportage, as Matthew traveled the South African coast from mining town to mining town, recording the wreckage that De Beers and the diamond industry has wrought. Our apologies, there are some parts of the show with a choppy connection.

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11 May 2021

The Point Magazine (#119) -- (there were shadows in plato's cave, right?...)

We had founding editor Jon Baskin and managing editor Rachel Wiseman of The Point magazine back on the show to discuss the release of The Opening of the American Mind: Ten Years of the Point.

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23 April 2021

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (#118) -- (and so what if you did!...)

This was a special surprise for our crew. Duckworth, junior senator from Illinois, squeezed us in at the end of her day. Every Day Is a Gift, her memoir, was published last month by Twelve, a division of Hachette Book Group. We talked about her incredible and unlikely journey from Thailand to Cambodia to Indonesia to Hawaii to Washington, D.C. to the U.S. Army to Illinois. We talked about her being a new mom at 50, passing legislation to allow her baby on the Senate floor, and the limp resistance of a few Senate septuagenarians (what if she breastfeeds?!).

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20 April 2021

Sandra Niemi (#117) -- (death, sex, and buttered toast...)

Sandra is the niece of Maila Nurmi, better known to posterity as Vampira. People under 40 are probably familiar with the character "Elvira". Well, long before Elvira, there was Vampira, the 1953 made-for-Los Angeles-television innovation of Maila Nurmi. Not only did she take the nation's imagination by televised surprise, she was a magnetic figure in Hollywood, befriending the likes of Marlon Brando and James Dean. Early on in her LA days, Maila birthed a child, conceived with her one-time idol, Orson Welles. Her son was immediately adopted. When he was 75 (in 2019), Sandra helped him find out who is biological mother was.

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13 April 2021

Brontez Purnell (#116) -- (latchkey kids and hooker boys...)

Purnell's 100 Boyfriends is a collection of loosely connected stories featuring mostly men on the hunt--for love, for company, sex, drugs, kicks, meaning, escape, redemption. Jeremy brings his best fanboy impersonation to the studio, Mike astonishingly and unwittingly insults Brontez in the first ten minutes of the interview, and Jamie rushes to his rescue. Good convo. Brontez now holds the Eye 94 record for most bleeped words (3) in a show.

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6 April 2021

Abraham Riesman (#115) -- (the marvel method...)

True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee is Riesman's first book. It grew out of a magazine profile he did on Lee back around 2016. The book is packed with all kinds of historical fact for the comic book lover, but it also zooms out to put Stan Lee's story in the greater context of the choices we all make in living a life. Maybe every biography should be a little bit like a detective story, as this one felt at times.

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1 April 2021

Jim Terry (#114) -- (traumatized by toenails...)

Fellow Chicagoan Jim Terry joined us to talk about his graphic memoir Come Home, Indio. Growing up in the indigenous Ho-Chunk community, a hectic home life, living in the bottle, sobriety, art, Standing Rock--we walked with Jim through some of his journey. Man down this episode. Mike was out west in California on family business.

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9 March 2021

Stephen Heyman (#113) -- (louis who?...)

When Heyman moved to Pittsburgh five years ago, he went sniffing around for a new story. A lamb farmer mentioned Louis Bromfield as inspiration for his agricultural pursuits. Heyman had no idea who Bromfield was. When he went looking, he found a man whose novels outsold Hemingway and Fitzgerald in the beginning of the 20th century, who befriended Edith Wharton and Gertrude Stein as an expat in France, wrote for Hollywood, and was a pioneer for sustainable farming in the US. Why had we all never heard of the guy?

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23 February 2021

Chelsea G. Summers (#112) -- (you write gore a little too well...)

Chelsea Summers joined us on the phone from just outside Stockholm, Sweden. Her debut novel, A Certain Hunger, was published by Unnamed Press in December of last year. Dorothy Daniels is our protagonist and narrator. She is a food critic with a ravenous sexual appetite and the occasional taste for human organs. The novel was rejected about twenty-five times in all. One publishing representative told her she wrote gore "a little too well." Chelsea was kind enough to join us while battling bronchitis. Thanks, Chelsea, we had a great time talking.

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9 February 2021

Julia Sanches (#111) -- (what's in a name...)

Julia Sanches is the translator of Cometierra (Eartheater in the English edition), the debut novel of Argentine author Dolores Reyes. Eartheater does not read like a first novel. It moves with incredible speed and tension, an unwritten ocean underneath a couple hundred pages of lean text. A poorer neighborhood near Buenos Aires is the setting. People are disappearing, dying. Their loved ones are showing up on Eartheater's doorstep for answers, which she remarkably and mysteriously provides. Yet she is an adolescent among adolescents, still working to understand her own emotions, desires, morals. It was a pleasure to read, a pleasure to speak with Julia.

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2 February 2021

Jeff Coen (#110) -- (the case should have been solved that night...)

Jeff Coen is an editor at the Chicago Tribune, where he has worked for over twenty years, some of them as a reporter on the crime and justice beat. He published Family Secrets a little over a decade ago to wide acclaim. That book recounted the downfall of the mafia conglomerate, The Chicago Outfit. Parts of The Outfit make a significant appearance in Jeff Coen's latest book, Murder in Canaryville: The True Story Behind a Cold Case and a Chicago Cover-Up. The murder took place in 1976. The most recent cold case investigation occurred in 2019. Listen up.

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26 January 2021

David Kamp (#109) -- (kids hanging out on scrap heaps and in junkyards...)

David Kamp's new book is Sunny Days: The Children's Television Revolution that Changed America. Do you know how close Sesame Street was to never existing? Kamp recounts the unlikely series of events and meetings that took place to put the beloved kid's program on the air. Also included are the origin stories of shows like Mister Rogers, Electric Company, Schoolhouse Rock!, and others.

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12 January 2021

William Hazelgrove (#108) -- (the most beautiful woman in hollywood...)

Sally Rand: American Sex Symbol is Hazelgrove's seventh work of nonfiction. He dug through sixty-one boxes at the Chicago History Museum's Sally Rand archives to complete the book. In the 1930s, Rand was as big a name as Garbo, Davis, Bogart, and company, though her name isn't remembered quite as well. She never did make the successful transition from silent movies to talkies. Plan B was to crash the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. Naked. On a white horse.

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5 January 2021

Kevin Mattson (#107) -- (reagan was the real rogue, but what happened to punk...)

Kevin Mattson is the Connor Study Professor of Contemporary History at Ohio University. His most recent book is We're Not Here to Entertain: Punk Rock, Ronald Reagan, and the Real Culture Wars of 1980s America. It's a great read, especially for those unfamiliar with 1980s U.S. history in general and punk culture in particular. Not only does Mattson delve into the music and ethics of the many bands of the era, but the zine publications, the visual art, the critics, and the literature that sprouted in bunches. But who carries the torch today, if anyone?

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15 December 2020

Deesha Philyaw (#106) -- (hunchin'...)

Deesha Philyaw's collection of stories, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, was one of ten finalists for this year's National Book Award. They are stories of adolescence and elderly, hypocrisy and complexity, sex and religion, and the complicated stories people tell themselves as they live. Deesha joined us by phone from Pittsburgh. Great chat. Hope we see her long-labored-over novel soon!

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1 December 2020

Phil Christman (#105) -- (oh garsh, i dunno...)

Christman phoned in from Ann Arbor, MI where he teaches first-year writing at the University of Michigan. His new book, released by Belt, is called Midwest Futures. It explores the history and perception of the 'Midwest' United States. What defines the territory? How was it named so? What is distinctive about it? Is there a distinction? The idea for the book started when Phil's wife, a native of Texas, asked what kind of food the Midwest was known for (Phil was born and raised in Alma, MI). From there, he went buck wild on research.

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17 November 2020

Catherine Lacey (#104) -- (god will forget your sins...)

Lacey's newest novel, Pew, is the story of an amnesiac stranger showing up on the steps of close-knit religious community. When they try to take the stranger in, they are confronted with the limitations of their empathy. We talked to Catherine about her experience with religion as a youngster in Mississippi, the similarities between Pew and Maryse Meijer's The Seventh Mansion, and 70s British horror, among other things. We're happy to have her based in Chicago! She joined us by phone from Wicker Park.

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10 November 2020

Jen Craig (#103) -- (the other jen craig...)

Jen joined us on the phone from Australia. Her novel, Panthers and the Museum of Fire, was published there in 2015. She won the 2016 Stella Prize for her efforts. Zerogram Press just published it in the US this year. It's a slim novel (131 pages) that packs in a ton. The style has been compared to Karl Ove Knausgaard's "auto-fiction," in that the narrator of the novel is a version of Jen herself and events she has experienced. It begins with Jen walking to a cafe to return a manuscript, titled Panthers and the Museum of Fire, to the sister of her recently deceased friend, who was the author of said manuscript.

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10 November 2020

John Corbett (#102) -- (bullets for dead hoods...)

John runs the art gallery Corbett vs. Dempsey in Chicago. About a decade ago, sniffing around a thrift store going out of business, he struck gold: a manuscript by an anonymous author with over 100 profiles of Chicagoland mobsters. John puts the date of writing between 1933 and 1934. All the big kahunas are in there: Capone, Torrio, Accardo, the Aiello brothers, et al. Soberscove published a facsimile of the manuscript this year. Nuts.

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27 October 2020

Tea Krulos (#101) -- (a phantom patriot: the richard mccaslin story...)

This is Tea's second appearance on Eye 94. He joined us for episode 71 in August of 2019, when he had released Apocalypse Any Day Now, a book about the prepper movement. This year he published (Feral House) American Madness: The Story of the Phantom Patriot and How Conspiracy Theories Hijacked American Consciousness. The Phantom Patriot was a Real Life Superhero persona created and adopted by Richard McCaslin. As the Patriot, McCaslin infiltrated the notorious Bohemian Grove in the Redwoods in 2002. He spent six years in prison after a stand-off with the Sonoma County sheriff's department. Tea went way, way down the rabbit hole to trace McCaslin's path through conspiracy theorist country. He offers an intimate, straight-ahead, and compassionate account of Richard, and a solid history of conspiracy theories like the JFK assassination, 9/11 truthers, flat earthers, et al.

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13 October 2020

Wendy Erskine (#100) -- (people are really unknowable...)

We marked our 100th episode with a pin in Northern Island, Belfast to be precise, whence Wendy Erskine phoned in to discuss her collection of short stories, Sweet Home. She didn't start writing until she was in her forties, and then boom, she rolls out yarns that read like the old master, Chekhov.

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8 October 2020

Maryse Meijer (#99) -- (part two, the children's liberation...)

This is Maryse's second go around the Eye 94 carousel. She joined us previously on #59 (what a story's supposed to be...). Her new novel, The Seventh Mansion, was released this year by FSG. It's got environmental activism, mystical Catholicism, burgeoning necrophilism, comedy, and tragedy all packed into 171 crisp pages. We touched on all that plus the inherent oppression of children built into most societies. We also laughed a lot. Evil?

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22 September 2020

Gish Jen (#98) -- (that aaron boone should be fired...)

Gish Jen's latest novel, The Resisters, takes place in a not-too-distant-future where the physio- and sociological landscapes have changed. It's up to the reader to decide whether those changes are drastic. The USA has become the USAA (AutoAmerica) and it is divided between the Netted (producers) and the Surplus (consumers) populations. The Resisters portrays one Surplus family's struggle to survive, even thrive, in a system rigged against them. It is a story told through the good old game of baseball. Jen joined us on the phone from Boston. This was our first live show on the Lumpen radio waves in six months. Good to be back.

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15 September 2020

Ivan Vladislavić (#97) -- (1976 south africa, 2020 usa...)

Ivan joined us from Johannesburg via Skype magic. The US version of his novel, The Distance, was released today by Archipelago Books. It follows the written memories of two South African brothers, Joe and Branko. Much of their lives, from childhood to adulthood, are recounted through Joe's fascination with Muhammad Ali. Most of the memories are from 1971-1976, the prime era of apartheid in South Africa. We talked about the eerie parallels to present day United States, as well as the several levels Ivan's novel operates on.

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8 September 2020

Lucie Britsch (#96) -- (the christmas pill is coming...)

We Skyped with Lucie (in Northampton) about her debut novel, Sad Janet. It is the hilarious, f*cks mostly not given, account of the day-to-day life of Janet, an ordinarily unhappy person working at a dog shelter in the woods. Just about everyone in her life thinks she could happier. She doesn't much care to be. READ THIS BOOK. It is one of the rare novels that will have you laughing out loud.

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1 September 2020

David Heska Wanbli Weiden (#95) -- (the very short end of a very long stick...)

Dave's debut novel, Winter Counts, was released a week ago to great critical acclaim. We begin the show with a recounting of the 1885 Major Crimes Act, which sets up the foundation of the novel's plot and main character, Virgil Wounded Horse. Virgil is an enforcer on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. The Major Crimes Act explains why such professional vigilantes exist. We also talked crime fiction at large, land ownership on Indian reservations, the story of Spotted Tail and Crowdog, book recommendations, and what's up next for Dave.

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18 August 2020

Lee Weiner (#94) -- (the conspiracy of 8, the chicago 7...)

Lee joined us from Florida to discuss his memoir, Conspiracy to Riot: The Life and Times of One of the Chicago 7, recently released by Belt Publishing. Lee was one of eight co-defendants (after Bobby Seale's case was declared a mistrial and separated, the number became seven) indicted on charges of conspiracy to riot during the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. We talked about his journey before, during, and after the trial, and the parallels between protest movements in the 60s and now.

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11 August 2020

Genevieve West (#93) -- (zora neale hurston...)

Genvieve West, PhD. of Texas Woman's University is the editor of the newly released collection of short stories by Zora Neale Hurston, Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick. Several of the stories date from the period in American literature known as the Harlem Renaissance, in which Hurston wrote about southern blacks making the move north to New York, a subject which she has not been typically associated with. We talked the themes of the day: race, class, gender. Plus voodoo, politics in art, and subtlety in fiction.

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4 August 2020

Veronica T. Watson (#92) -- (the short stories of frank yerby...)

Frank Yerby was the first African American author to sell more than a million novels with his debut, The Foxes of Harrow (1947). He has been largely forgotten, until now. The reigning theory for his dismissal has been that he ignored the major civil rights problems of his day in his fiction. Dr. Watson is the Director of Graduate Studies in Literature and Criticism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She collected and edited these stories for publication. She has a different theory.

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28 July 2020

Mike McPadden (#91) -- (corey feldman saying boom! on a loop...)

Chicago local writer Mike McPadden joined us to talk about his book Teen Movie Hell: A Crucible of Coming-of-Age Comedies from Animal House to Zapped! It catalogues over 350 reviews of "teensploitation" movies from the late 1960s through the early 1990s. There are also original essays from several film critics, including Kat Ellinger and Kier-La Janisse.

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15 July 2020

Lisa Taddeo (#90) -- (they were angry that she wanted more...)

Lisa Taddeo is the author of Three Women, originally published in 2019 and a NYT bestseller. The paperback was recently (July 7) released by Avid Reader Press. Taddeo joined us by phone to really dig into the stories of Maggie, Lina, and Sloane, the three women she profiled for nearly a decade. The book is written in a style that has come to be known as 'literary non-fiction.' Whatever you want to call it, Taddeo transformed herself, back and forth and forth and back, to tell the complex stories of desire, power/lessness, and growth from each of their unique perspectives, as well as that of the outside world looking, often down, on them.

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12 July 2020

Charles Brandt (#89) -- (everybody bleeds...)

Charles Brandt is the author of I Heard You Paint Houses, originally published in 2004. The Scorsese film The Irishman is based on the book. It recounts the life of Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran, WWII combat veteran, Teamsters driver and local president, mob affiliate, confidante of Jimmy Hoffa, and the end of Jimmy Hoffa. We spoke with Charlie about his time with Frank, how they came to meet, how hard a nut he was to crack, and the strange and varied arc Charlie himself has followed in his several careers. A new edition of I Heard You Paint Houses with sixty pages of additional material was published by Steerforth Press in 2018.

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8 March 2020

Brandon Hobson (#88) -- (orphan horror...)

Hobson's novel Where the Dead Sit Talking was a finalist for the National Book Award a couple years ago. He joined us on the phone from New Mexico where he teaches creative writing to talk about the novel, 80s underground music, the subtlety of the horror genre, detention centers, and the grind of being a social worker.

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20 February 2020

Michael Zapata (#87) -- (the world according to exiles...)

We hosted Michael Zapata for our very last show at The Dial Bookshop. Thank you to Mary and Aaron for The Dial's hospitality! Zapata published his debut novel this month, The Lost Book of Adana Moreau. It follows the nearly forgotten science-fiction novels of Dominican exile Adana Moreau and the people they bring together over the span of 70+ years. Adana flees the Dominican Republic after the 1919 U.S. Marine invasion kills her parents. She settles in New Orleans, marrying an African pirate whom she met on the sea passage. They have a son, she writes her novels, and the adventure continues...

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16 February 2020

Tope Folarin (#86) -- (dream, reality, and expectation...)

Folarin published his first novel, A Particular Kind of Black Man, last year with Simon & Schuster. He joined us by phone from Washington, D.C. to talk about it, as well as the frustrations of what the market seems to expect of black writers and immigrant stories, his love of sci-fi, the trend of auto-fiction, and the standard couple of Eye 94 digressions.

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02 February 2020

Jonathan Foiles (#85) -- (mental...)

We taped this a little while back at The Dial Bookshop in front of a live audience, but it's just now making it on the Lumpen airwaves. Jonathan runs a private practice in Chicago as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He wrote This City is Killing Me: Community Trauma and Toxic Stress in Urban America based on his time working with poverty-stricken patients on Chicago's south and west sides. It's a series of case studies that delve deep into people's personal lives (names have been changed), explore the nature of diagnoses, and lay out the problems inherent in Chicago's public mental health policies.

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19 January 2020

Steph Cha (#84) -- (black korea...)

Cha is the author of the critically acclaimed Juniper Song crime trilogy. In her new book, Your House Will Pay, she took on the daunting challenge of writing inside the tension between Los Angeles Korean-Americans and African-Americans in the 1990s (as well as general class tensions in the present day). The catalyst of the novel is based on the 1991 killing of teenager Latasha Harlins. She was shot in the back of the head by Soon Ja Du, the owner of a convenience store Harlins was trying to purchase orange juice at. Soon Ja Du claimed Harlins was attempting robbery, and claimed self-defense. Latasha Harlins had two dollars clenched in her hand when the crime scene was documented. Soon Ja Du, against a jury's recommendation, served no prison time.

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16 January 2020

Amanda Goldblatt (#83) -- (into the woods...)

Hard Mouth is Goldblatt's first novel. She teaches creative writing at Northeastern Illinois University. We sat down in front of a live audience at The Dial Bookshop to talk about the novel, her writing process, the adjunct professor life, and the word "pantser."

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12 January 2020

Don Hayner (#82) -- (Badda Binga, Badda Boom: the rise and fall of Jesse Binga...)

Don (Chicago Sun-Times editor-in-chief 2009-2012) came into studio B at Lumpen to talk about all the juicy bits he dug up over the past thirty years on the life of Jesse Binga. Early in the 20th century, Binga was a man of tremendous clout in Chicago, owning large swaths of real estate as well as his own bank. Today, it is rare to find someone who has heard of him. Tune in to hear about Binga: The Rise and Fall of Chicago's First Black Banker by Don Hayner.

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15 December 2019

Tom O'Neill (#81) -- (Manson Family revisited...and revisited...and...)

Tom was commissioned to write an article for Premier magazine in 1999 on the thirty-year anniversary of the Manson Family murders. He had a three month deadline. Based on his findings, he asked for an extension and received it. The story kept getting bigger and weirder. The article was never published, but Tom spent twenty years burrowing through rabbit hole after rabbit hole. He's finally been able to publish what he found. We talked about his new book, Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties.

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1 December 2019

Ben Alexander (#80) -- (and Flannery O'Connor...)

Recently retired, Dr. Ben taught literature and political science for over forty years. In 2006, he was one of three archival scholars to receive the rare publication permission from the Mary Flannery O'Connor estate to edit and publish letters not contained or not fully printed in The Habit of Being. We talked about the previously uncollected letters he recently edited and published. His voice is molten gold.

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21 November 2019

Jac Jemc (#79) -- (sounds like Jemps, not Jemk...)

Jac graciously joined us at the PCB only a couple weeks before she makes the move to San Diego to take on a new teaching position. Her new collection, False Bingo, contains stories that set expectation only to be defied, and hold up a lingering thread of terror.

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10 November 2019

Christine Sneed (#78) -- (lifestyles of the rich and famous...)

Sneed made the move from Chicago to Los Angeles a little over a year ago. The stories in her collection, The Virginity of Famous Men, were all written before she moved, which is surprising, because many of them display an ineffable familiarity with Hollywood. We asked her how she did it, how she's holding up in the city of stars, and about the trials and grind of being a "mid-list" author.

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27 October 2019

Helen DeWitt (#77) -- (wabbit holes...)

If you haven't read Helen DeWitt, go get your hands on a copy of The Last Samurai, immediately. DeWitt linked up with us on the phone from Vermont to talk publishing pitfalls, the endless possibilities of learning, Jewish mothers, and Mel Brooks. We talked about her books a little, too.

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20 October 2019

Adina Hoffman (#76) -- (everything at once...)

Adina Hoffman took on the challenge of writing a 200+ page biography of maybe the most prolific writer of the 20th century, Ben Hecht. Hecht was a Chicago newspaperman, novelist, major Hollywood screenwriter, activist, and all around rabble-rouser.

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17 October 2019

Jim DeRogatis (#75) -- (rhythm & boos...)

The Sound Opinions co-host came by the Dial bookshop to talk with us about his new book, Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly. Jim, along with his partner at the Sun-Times, was the first reporter to break the story of Kelly's habitual sex offenses. He'd been reporting on the story since 2000 before releasing the book.

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29 September 2019

Marc Fisher (#74) -- (a zine thing...)

Marc joined us to talk the heyday of zines and his own work as writer, journalist, and teacher, including his current project, the courtroom artist residency program. You can see the digital museum of artifacts he's helped put together at the Public Collectors website.

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19 September 2019

Rachel Dewoskin (#73) -- (Xiexie, Jessie...)

Dewoskin had two novels published this year - Banshee, about a week in the life of a middle-aged woman diagnosed with breast cancer, and Someday We Will Fly, about Jewish refugees in Shanghai during WWII. But first, we couldn't resist discussing her first book, Foreign Babes in Beijing, which recounts Dewoskin's happenstance experience as a Chinese soap opera star.

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1 September 2019

Colin Asher (#72) -- (the end is nothing, the road is all...)

Asher spent six years of research, interviews, and writing to complete his biography of Nelson Algren, Never A Lovely So Real. We could have talked for many more hours, but only had the one, and it was a good one, indeed. We talked about Algren's place in American literature, his 886 page FBI file, his influence on major contemporary authors, and of course, his work. Head over to Colin's website to read about how he became interested in Algren. It's a good story.

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25 August 2019

Tea Krulos (#71) -- (batshit crazy or steady and ready?...)

Milwaukee writer and journalist Tea Krulos spent a couple years digging into the Doomsday scene. The fruits of his labor are captured in his new book, Apocalypse Any Day Now: Deep Underground with America's Doomsday Preppers. There was a lot to talk about.

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15 August 2019

Rachel Galvin (#70) -- (missing the war...)

Scholar, poet, translator, and teacher Rachel Galvin joined us at The Dial to talk about her books News of War: Civilian Poetry 1936-1945 and Elevated Threat Level, a collection of poetry. Galvin is an Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago. She kindly obliged to reading some of César Vallejo's poetry in the original Spanish, which is a real treat to listen to. Go on.

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21 July 2019

Claire Lombardo (#69) -- (Donner party children's pop-up book?...)

Claire joined us by phone from Iowa City, where she teaches creative writing. Her debut novel, The Most Fun We Ever Had, broke the New York Times bestseller list in its first week. We talked about all families being crazy, trees in literature, and Oak Park as a bubble. Somehow we got on the subject of violent children's literature.

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14 July 2019

Chaya Bhuvenaswar (#68) -- (short but sweet...)

Chaya joined us by phone from Boston to talk about her bizarre and entertaining debut of short stories, White Dancing Elephants. Unfortunately, the show was cut a bit short after her six year-old pulled the plug on her phone as a prank. Little demon angel.

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30 June 2019

Alyson Hagy (#67) -- (horse hooves and trumpets...)

What a guest Alyson was! We could've talked to her hour after hour about her writing, her love for other writers' work, folk tales, family, and violence. Link up below to listen to her golden voice flow.

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2 June 2019

W.K. Stratton (#66) -- (The Wild Bunch...)

Fifty years after Sam Peckinpah's film appeared, Stratton has written a book about its chaotic making.

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26 May 2019

Edwin Frank (#65) -- (NYRB Classics...)

Edwin Frank is the editor of the New York Review of Books Classics series. You'll instantly recognize them on any shelf by the wide palate of colors on their paperback covers. Edwin schooled us on how the Classics series came to be, how the books are selected for reprinting, and that distinctive paperback design.

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16 May 2019

Dmitry Samarov (#64) -- (music to my eyes...)

Dmitry, Jeremy, and Jamie nerd out on the Chicago music scene while Mike is left in the dust. That trio has been seeing live shows, especially in the punk and metal scenes, for the last three-plus decades. Warning: opinions may be strong and/or offensive. In Dmitry's new book, Music to My Eyes, there are dozens of anecdotes from the shows he's seen over the years, accompanied by his distinctive Parker Jotter sketches.

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12 May 2019

Thomas Milan Konda (#63) -- (conspiracies of conspiracies...)

Konda wrote a book outlining the history of conspiracism and conspiracy theories, from the Illuminati bogeyman behind the French Revolution to present day Pizza Gate and beyond. We spoke with him on the phone, and managed to mention on live radio the phrase, "Moby Dick-in-a-box," as well as the euphemism, "Hoo-ha," though in this case it was alluding to potentially insane persons, not a vagina. Whoops. Thank you, Tom!

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18 April 2019

Liesl Olson (#62) -- (pork packers and poetry...)

Newberry Library's Director of Chicago Studies, Liesl Olson, joined us downtown at The Dial to talk about her book Chicago Renaissance: Literature and Art in the Midwest Metropolis. The book follows the inextricable contributions Chicago made to modernist art, from the Columbian Exposition in 1893 through the literature of Gwendolyn Brooks and Richard Wright. Great, great conversation. If names like Harriet Monroe, Margaret Anderson, Sherwood Anderson, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein mean anything to you, this is a must listen.

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31 March 2019

The Caxton Club (#61) -- (making a list...)

Check out the Caxton Club. Chicago bibliophiles meeting since 1895! Their most recent publication (through University of Chicago Press) is Chicago by the Book: 101 Publications That Shaped the City and Its Image. We spoke with co-chairs Kim Coventry and Susan Rossen about the selection process.

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21 March 2019

Alex Kotlowitz (#60) -- (summer in the city...)

Alex Kotlowitz wrote the almost immediate classic There Are No Children Here, a book about two brothers growing up in the Henry Horner Homes in Chicago. His most recent book is An American Summer, where he filtered over 200 interviews from the summer of 2013 into a collection of people's stories from around the city.

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10 March 2019

Maryse Meijer (#59) -- (what a story's supposed to be...)

Rag is a collection of stories that Maryse Meijer finished a couple of years ago, but are being newly published by FSG. The imagery throughout the collection will find a special place in your brain and never leave. She visited us at the Lumpen studios in Bridgeport for a chat.

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21 February 2019

Laura Adamczyk (#58) -- (creepin...)

The stories in Adamczyk's Hardly Children have an undertone of creeper subconscious in tension with normalcy on the surface. We spoke with her about her short stories, the short story at large, and her literary mom and dad. This one was before an audience at Pilsen Community Books.

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17 February 2019

Preston Lauterbach (#57) -- (don't touch anything...)

Lauterbach joined us by phone from Virginia to talk about his book on Memphis photographer Ernest Withers, Bluff City. Withers caught many of the major historical moments in his lens in the turbulent times of the 50s and 60s civil rights struggles. After his death, it was discovered that he was also a paid informant for the FBI.

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10 February 2019

Best of 2018 (#56) -- (sorta...)

Jeremy, Jamie, Shanna, (Lumpen Radio's Voice of God, and the reader of all excerpts on Eye 94) and Mike each picked a favorite book from last year. Turns out only one of 'em was new in 2018 -- Jeremy's Sex Money Murder and Shanna's . Jamie's pick was an NYRB reissue of the 1940 Glenway Wescott novel, The Pilgrim Hawk, Mike chose the most recent English translation of Robert Musil's The Man Without Qualities, and Shanna went with Censoring Queen Victoria from 2014. But! Each of these books were new to the Eye 94 crew in 2018. We talked about the massive amount of books published each year and the newness of old books.

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27 January 2019

Sean Michael Wilson (#55) -- (the soul of the samurai)

Wilson, a Scotsman residing in Japan, has written several graphic novels, many of them dealing with Japanese history. We spoke with him over Skype about his graphic novel adaptation of Bushido by Inazo Nitobe, a Japanese classic originally published in 1900.

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17 January 2019

Donald G. Evans (#54) -- (the book business is a tough business...)

Don Evans founded the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame in 2010. We spoke to him about his work with the CLHoF, Chicago literature at large, his own formative years as a writer, and the difficulties of delivering literature to the public.

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16 December 2018

Nico Walker (#53) -- (veteran literature...)

Nico Walker's Cherry quickly became a national bestseller this year. Nico's interview is on the second half of this episode. We corresponded with him through the mail, as he is in federal prison and was not able to do a live phone interview, so his answers have been read by Lumpen Radio's Shanna Van Volt (who does all of our excerpt readings). The first half of the episode covers vet lit at large, and the specific books the crew chose to read: Redeployment by Phil Klay, For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway, and Storm of Steel by Ernst Jünger.

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29 November 2018

Rebecca Makkai (#52) -- (when all your friends are dying it feels like war...)

We taped our interview with Makkai in front of a live audience at The Dial Bookshop in downtown Chicago. Makkai's novel The Great Believers was a finalist for this year's National Book Award. It has a two-for-one plot line, following a group of young men in Boystown Chicago during the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, and a mother searching for her wayward daughter in 2015 Paris. Check it out!

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18 November 2018

Meghan O'Gieblyn (#51) -- (allergic to NPR...)

Interior States is a collection of O'Gieblyn's magazine essays from the last few years. The subjects range from Alcoholics Anonymous to Mike Pence to the marriage of machine and human. She left the Christian faith over a decade ago, but her evangelical upbringing, her ravenous intelligence, keen eye for detail, and honest self-reflection make her an original and fascinating writer on U.S. modernity. Reminiscent of some of David Foster Wallace's essays. We had a great conversation.

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4 November 2018

Ingrid Rojas Contreras (#49?) -- (narcos, through a child's eye...)

Rojas Contreras joined us by phone from San Francisco to discuss her debut novel, Fruit of the Drunken Tree. You might, in a crude but not wholly inaccurate way, describe the novel as a cross between the narrative style of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and the factual content of Gabriel García Marquez's News of a Kidnapping. We also got a little preview of Ingrid's fascinating family.

This episode was aired on the radio before the #50? show, but taped after. Hence the strange numbering of the episodes.

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30 October 2018

Janice Law (#50?) -- (eye 93...)

Jamie's mom returns, this time for a live show at the Richard J. Daley Chicago Public Library. Mike was out of town for this one, and Jamie tried not to embarrass Jeremy at his place of work.

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28 October 2018

Ronald Kitchen (#48) -- (the midnight crew...)

Forced to confess to five murders under seventeen hours of brutal torture, Kitchen spent twenty-one years wrongfully imprisoned, a dozen of them on death row. He was exonerated and released from prison in 2009. A new book out from Chicago Review Press, My Midnight Years: Surviving Jon Burge's Police Torture Ring and Death Row, tells his story. Kitchen joined us by phone from Philadelphia.

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18 October 2018

Corinne Halbert (#47) -- (death and sex...)

Chicago local artist/author/illustrator Corinne Halbert said two of the things that fascinate her most are death and sex, and that she tries to incorporate them into her work. She sat down with Eye 94 at Pilsen Community Books to talk about her work, the history of horror comics, censorship, and other potentially disturbing subjects.

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30 September 2018

Dubravka Ugresic (#46) -- (yugo-americana...)

We had the honor and pleasure of hosting Dubravka Ugresic in the Lumpen studios this morning! Ugresic has published twenty books in Croatian over four decades, fourteen of them translated to English. She has won numerous international literary prizes. She had two books released on Open Letter Books this year, Fox and American Fictionary. Today we discussed American Fictionary, a compilation of essays Ugresic wrote between 1991 and 1993, when she fled her native Croatia and landed a guest professorship in Middletown, Connecticut.

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20 September 2018

Kathleen Belew (#45) -- (white power...)

Kathleen Belew, an assistant professor of US history at the University of Chicago and author of Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America, sat down with us in front of a live audience at Pilsen Community Books. Check out the link for our conversation, including questions from the audience.

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16 August 2018

Ling Ma (#44) -- (apocalypse now...)

We were back in the historic Fine Arts Building in downtown Chicago at The Dial bookshop to speak with Ling Ma about her debut novel, Severance. The crowd was so large we had to move the show out of the shop and into the hallway. Thank you to all who came out to support Ling, Eye 94, and The Dial!

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22 July 2018

Janice Law (a.k.a. Jamie's Mom!) (#43) -- (the painter sleuth...)

Mystery novelist and writer Janice Law joins us in the studio for some great talk on writing, Francis Bacon (the painter), gay fiction, the publishing industry, and books and books and books.

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19 July 2018

Adam Morgan/Chicago Review of Books (#42) -- (19th century Chicago fiction...)

The Dial bookshop hosted Adam Morgan (Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago Review of Books) and the Eye 94 crew for a talk about the Review's reprinting of The Cliff-Dwellers, a Chicago classic from 1893. Thank you Adam and thank you Dial!

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15 July 2018

Sergio de la Pava (#41)

Great conversation with the author of A Naked Singularity, Personae, and most recently, Lost Empress. We talked NFL, US criminal justice system, Sergio's life as a New York City public defender, theoretical physics, Joni Mitchell, and social power structures. Thank you, Sergio!

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21 June 2018

Megan Stielstra (#40)

It was the third Thursday of the month, and that meant our friends at Pilsen Community Books hosted another live show of Eye 94. This month we sat down with Megan Stielstra, author of The Wrong Way to Save Your Life, a collection of essays. The essays explore a variety of subjects, including fear, writing, teaching, gun violence, sex, failure, and more. One of the essays, "Here is My Heart", has been included in a three part series on gun violence at Longreads. Read that series here.

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10 June 2018

Nafissa Thompson-Spires (#39)

Heads of the Colored People is the title of Thompson-Spires's new collection of stories, now out from Atria/37 INK. The stories explore the psychological and physical worlds of middle class black lives, often surrounded by a sea of white people.

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3 June 2018

Jim Elledge (#38)

We phoned Jim in Kentucky to discuss his twenty-fourth book, The Boys of Fairy Town: Sodomites, Female Impersonators, Third-Sexers, Pansies, Queers, and Sex Morons in Chicago's First Century. Some great Chicago history in this one. Thanks, Jim!

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17 May 2018

Dominic A. Pacyga (#37)

We were back at Pilsen Community Books for our monthly live show, this time featuring author and professor Dominic A. Pacyga and his new book, Slaughterhouse: Chicago's Union Stock Yard and the World it Made. Tune in to hear about the "squeal wheel", Dominic's time as a worker in the stockyards, labor union struggles, and the potential of livestock returning to the urban setting.

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6 May 2018

Joe Peterson (#36)

In Peterson's Gunmetal Blue, detective Art Topp is grieving the grisly murder of his wife. We spoke with Joe about grief, gun violence, genre fiction, and the portrayal of the working class in literary fiction, among other things. Thanks, Joe!

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22 April 2018

Grab Bag (#35)

Jeremy brought a couple of his colleagues, Steve and Kelly, from the library to join us for a grab bag show. The books we discussed are as follows:

Jeremy: Ice by Anna Kavan

Kelly: I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

Jamie: The High Priest of California by Charles Willeford

Steve: Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday

Mike: Hard Rain Falling by Don Carpenter

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15 April 2018

Jim Gauer (#34)

Jim Gauer wrote a novel called Novel Explosives. He woke up before the sunrise everyday for seven years to finish it. It's about a lot of things. Maximalist, many would call it. The subjects of artillery ammunition, poetry, corporate finance, drug trafficking, money laundering, Ciudad Juárez, drug cartels, pharmacology, Western philosophy, neuroscience, fiction, language, among others, are all explored in great detail within the narrative. The narrative: A man wakes up in Guanajuato, Mexico not knowing who he is or how he got there; a venture capitalist is struggling to write his memoirs of financial stardom; and two gunmen cross the U.S.-Mexico border from El Paso to Ciudad Juarez in search of an anonymous man they've been contracted to kill.

We spoke with Jim about books, Thomas Pynchon and the municipal water qualities of coastal California and Manhattan Beach, and his time spent in Juárez, Mexico researching for the novel.

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29 March 2018

Michael P. Daley (#33)

We taped this show in front of a live audience at Pilsen Community Books. Michael's book, Bobby BlueJacket: The Tribe, The Joint, The Tulsa Underworld, is the result of five years' research and conversation with the subject himself. Bobby BlueJacket, an Eastern Shawnee Native American, was sentenced to 99 years in prison in 1948. Read the book for a ride on the BlueJacket wild side. Thank you, Michael!

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11 March 2018

Gary Indiana (#32)

We called Gary in New York City to discuss the re-release of Three Month Fever from Semiotext(e). Three Month Fever chronicles the life of Andrew Cunanan and the US media circus in what Mr. Indiana has called pastiche form. Cunanan killed five men over a three month period in 1997 before killing himself. We all laughed a lot with each other. Inappropriate?

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4 March 2018

Frances FitzGerald (#31)

We called up the Pulitzer Prize winning author in Connecticut to discuss her latest work, The Evangelicals.

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22 February 2018

Eve Ewing (#30)

Eve pretty much ran the show tonight, and it was a pleasure to kick back and enjoy. This show was taped in front of a live audience at Pilsen Community Books. Thanks, Eve!

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4 February 2018

Grab Bag/Dorothy, a publishing project (#29)

We each took a pick and brought it to the mics:

Jeremy: Mirages of the Mind by Mushtaq Ahmad Yousufi (New Directions)

Mike: Gnomon by Nick Harkaway (Knopf)

Jamie: The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington (Dorothy, a publishing project)

Martin Riker, co-founder of Dorothy, a publishing project, joined us by phone from St. Louis for some great book talk. Thanks, Martin!

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18 January 2018

Joe Allen (#28)

Author and activist Joe Allen joined us at Pilsen Community Books for a live taping of Eye 94. We discussed his books Vietnam: The (Last) War the U.S. Lost and People Wasn't Made to Burn: A True Story of Race, Murder, and Justice in Chicago. Thanks for coming out, Joe.

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14 January 2018

Ivy Pochoda (#27)

We called up Ivy in Los Angeles to talk about Wonder Valley, her third novel, which takes place in: Los Angeles. Jamie gives a verbal reconstructive blueprint of the city; Ivy talks about her time as a professional squash player; Mike wonders what the differences between racquetball and squash are; Jeremy wants to know about Ivy's pet rabbits. And we all talk about her new novel, where five characters from five absurdly different walks of life all become intertwined in the search for meaning in their lives. Warning: drugs, sex, and violence. Thanks, Ivy!

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7 January 2018

Archipelago Books (#26)

We speak with Kendall Storey, editor and publicist at Archipelago Books, about the Archipelago catalog. It was a pleasure, Kendall! Titles mentioned include: Sarajevo Marlboro by Milenko Jergovic (trans. by Stela Tomasevic), Nest in the Bones by Antonio Di Benedetto (trans. by Martina Broner), My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard (trans. by Don Bartlett), Incest by Christine Angot (trans. by Tess Lewis), and For Isabel: A Mandala by Antonio Tabucchi (trans. by Elizabeth Harris).

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