AWP, that annual meeting of the writers, teachers, publishers, and MFA programs, takes place in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC. Like many others, I feel conflicted even entering the area code of the Orange-Headed Fascist, but perhaps there is strength in numbers. There better be.
I’ll be doing the Spinal Tap-style book-signing thing at the 99: The Press table (414-T) on Friday, 1-2pm. Buy a copy of SHADER, get some extra goodies from me.
It’s a mixed bag this time out, with a cold open featuring none other than Eric, the UrbanSurfer himself, interviewed out in the wild (i.e., a basement studio in North Jersey). I ask him a question about keytar ownership that just popped into my head. Great interviews work that way sometimes. After that, we feature a 25-year-old field recording of speeches made at a union holiday party in midtown Manhattan. Then our centerpiece: a dramatic reading of “20 Things Not to Do at an Open Poetry Reading,” which originally ran on the Best American Poetry Blog back in November 2015 and was shared widely throughout the Poetryland universe. And, before you know it, the Shadercast episode is over, and you’ll have to go back to your regular, workaday lives, trying to forget how the American left couldn’t get it together to hold back a totalitarian fake-billionaire from being elected president. We’ll be back sooner, rather than later, to help you keep up your diligence to preserve our fragile republic.
And we’re back. A good two months have passed, but Shadercast lives on. We have a fascist elected to be our next president, but stories still need to be told. Do they have to be my stories? Well, dear listeners, that’s all the stories I have. We open with your podcaster sharing Eagles small talk as scripted by a student to use on Thanksgiving. The other voice you hear is my uncle’s brother, Patrick, who seems to know what he’s hearing. After that, I vent spleen about the Orange-haired, numb-nutted president-elect and how working class voters have been taken into an eminence front. Next, we have a dramatic reading of “I’ll Lead a Live in Some Small Dive: A Christmas Eve Eve Story,” which ran in Philadelphia Weekly, formerly The Welcomat, in 2009. Listen for the Rod Stewart cameo and an outro from Johnny Hartman.
Good Bad Boys, what ya gonna do? This episode centers around Catholicism! Well, a book I read as a wee lad that was steeped in Catholicism called The Good Bad Boy. Featured is an essay written for the National Book Critics Circle’s website that was adapted from a chapter in Shader. Join us in this discussion of Goodness and Badness, as Judge Smails of Caddyshack might put it. There’s also a vocal element from Rachel, star barista at Hudson River Coffee House, and, as always, music from UrbanSurfer, written by Eric Schnorr.
We start at the beginning, or almost the beginning, in this Shadercast, with a reading of Chapter 2 from Shader. Mentioned: my car stereo, Long Island rock festival incompetence, Billy Squier, Geoffrey Wolff’s The Duke of Deception, and how one reacts to getting life-changing news over the phone. There’s also a voicemail message from Todd Colby, and music from UrbanSurfer, written by Eric Schnorr.