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LIVE ON CROWDCAST: Wayne Koestenbaum, "FIGURE IT OUT" w/ Maggie Nelson

EIn his new nonfiction collection, poet, artist, critic, novelist, and performer Wayne Koestenbaum enacts twenty-six ecstatic collisions between his mind and the world. A subway passenger’s leather bracelet prompts musings on the German word for “stranger”; Montaigne leads to the memory of a fourth-grade friend’s stinky feet. Wayne dreams about a handjob from John Ashbery, swims next to Nicole Kidman, reclaims Robert Rauschenberg’s squeegee, and apotheosizes Marguerite Duras as a destroyer of sentences. He directly proposes assignments to readers: “Buy a one-dollar cactus, and start anthropomorphizing it. Call it Sabrina.” “Describe an ungenerous or unkind act you have committed.” “Find in every orgasm an encyclopedic richness . . . Reimagine doing the laundry as having an orgasm, and reinterpret orgasm as not a tiny experience, temporally limited, occurring in a single human body, but as an experience that somehow touches on all of human history.” Figure It Out is both a ...

81 MIN1 d ago
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LIVE ON CROWDCAST: Wayne Koestenbaum, "FIGURE IT OUT" w/ Maggie Nelson

LIVE ON CROWDCAST: Rosalie Knecht, "VERA KELLY IS NOT A MYSTERY" w/ Amy Stewart

EWhen ex-CIA agent Vera Kelly loses her job and her girlfriend in a single day, she reluctantly goes into business as a private detective. Heartbroken and cash-strapped, she takes a case that dredges up dark memories and attracts dangerous characters from across the Cold War landscape. Before it’s over, she’ll chase a lost child through foster care and follow a trail of Dominican exiles to the Caribbean. Forever looking over her shoulder, she nearly misses what’s right in front of her: her own desire for home, connection, and a new romance at the local bar. In Vera Kelly is Not a Mystery, theexciting second installment of the Vera Kelly series, Rosalie Knecht challenges and deepens the Vera we love: a woman of sparkling wit, deep moral fiber, and martini-dry humor who knows how to follow a case even as she struggles to follow her heart. The “splendid genre-pushing” (People) Vera Kelly series returns in full force as our recently out-of-the-spy-game heroine travels from Brooklyn ...

56 MIN6 d ago
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LIVE ON CROWDCAST: Rosalie Knecht, "VERA KELLY IS NOT A MYSTERY" w/ Amy Stewart

LIVE ON CROWDCAST: Tom Rastrelli, "CONFESSIONS OF A GAY PRIEST" w/ Janet Finch

ETom Rastrelli isa survivor of clergy-perpetrated sexual abuse who then became a priest in the early days of the Catholic Church’s ongoing scandals.Confessions of a Gay Priestdivulges the clandestine inner workings of the seminary, providing an intimate and unapologetic look into the psychosexual and spiritual dynamics of celibacy and lays bare the “formation” system that perpetuates the cycle of abuse and cover-up that continues today. Under the guidance of a charismatic college campus minister, Rastrelli sought to reconcile his homosexuality and childhood sexual abuse. When he felt called to the priesthood, Rastrelli began the process of “priestly discernment.” Priests welcomed him into a confusing clerical culture where public displays of piety, celibacy, and homophobia masked a closeted underworld in which elder priests preyed upon young recruits. Rastrelli is in conversation withJanet Finch, author ofWhite Oleander and teacher of fiction writing. ___________________________...

83 MIN6 d ago
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LIVE ON CROWDCAST: Tom Rastrelli, "CONFESSIONS OF A GAY PRIEST" w/ Janet Finch

LIVE ON CROWDCAST: Sara Sligar and Amy Jo Burns

ESkylight Events are now on Crowdcast! Our Crowdcast debut featuresSara Sligar(Take Me Apart) andAmy Jo Burns (Shiner)in conversation, discussing their respective books. Take Me Apart by Sara Silgar A young archivist’s obsession with her subject’s mysterious death threatens to destroy her fragile grasp on sanity, in a riveting debut novel of psychological suspenseWhen the famed photographer Miranda Brand died mysteriously at the height of her career, it sent shock waves through Callinas, California. Decades later, old wounds are reopened when her son, Theo, hires the ex-journalist Kate Aitken to create an archive of his mother’s work. From Miranda’s vast maze of personal effects, Kate pieces together a portrait of a vibrant artist buckling under the pressures of ambition, motherhood, and marriage. As the summer progresses, Kate navigates vicious local rumors and her growing attraction to the enigmatic Theo, all while unearthing the shocking details of Miranda’s private life. But...

85 MIN1 w ago
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LIVE ON CROWDCAST: Sara Sligar and Amy Jo Burns

LIVE ON ZOOM: "OBJECT LESSONS" Group Reading

EObject Lessons is a series of concise, collectable, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. Each book starts from a specific inspiration: an historical event, a literary passage, a personal narrative, a technological innovation-and from that starting point explores the object of the title, gleaning a singular lesson or multiple lessons along the way. Featuring contributions from writers, artists, scholars, journalists, and others, the emphasis throughout is lucid writing, imagination, and brevity. Object Lessons paints a picture of the world around us, and tells the story of how we got here, one object at a time. Our readers areDinah Lenney, Steve Mentz, Steven E. Jones, Rolf Halden,andErik Anderson. _______________________________________________ Produced by Maddie Gobbo & Michael Kowaleski Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.

72 MIN1 w ago
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LIVE ON ZOOM: "OBJECT LESSONS" Group Reading

LIVE ON ZOOM: Yuri Herrera, "A SILENT FURY" w/ John Gibler

EWe're taking a break from producing Handsell episodes for a bit, so we're going to give you guys an extra Skylit episode to get you through the weekend! On March 10, 1920, in Pachuca, Mexico, theCompañía de Santa Gertrudis — the largest employer in the region, and a subsidiary of the United States Smelting, Refining and Mining Company — may have committed murder. The alert was first raised at six in the morning: a fire was tearing through the El Bordo mine. After a brief evacuation, the mouths of the shafts were sealed. Company representatives hastened to assert that “no more than ten” men remained inside the mineshafts, and that all ten were most certainly dead. Yet when the mine was opened six days later, the death toll was not ten, but eighty-seven. And there were seven survivors. A century later, acclaimed novelist Yuri Herrera has reconstructed a workers’ tragedy at once globally resonant and deeply personal: Pachuca is his hometown. A Silent Fury is an act of restitutio...

66 MIN1 w ago
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LIVE ON ZOOM: Yuri Herrera, "A SILENT FURY" w/ John Gibler

LIVE ON ZOOM: Bethany C. Morrow, "A SONG BELOW WATER" w/ Mark Oshiro

EBethany C. Morrow'sA Song Below Wateris the story for today’s readers — a captivating modern fantasy about black mermaids, friendship, and self-discovery set against the challenges of today's racism and sexism.In a society determined to keep her under lock and key, Tavia must hide her siren powers.Meanwhile, Effie is fighting her own family struggles, pitted against literal demons from her past. Together, these best friends must navigate through the perils of high school’s junior year.But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice at the worst possible moment.Soon, nothing in Portland, Oregon, seems safe. To save themselves from drowning, it’s only Tavia and Effie’s unbreakable sisterhood that proves to be the strongest magic of all. Morrow is in conversation withMark Oshiro,the author of Anger is a Gift. _______________________________________________ Produced by Maddie Gobbo & Michael Ko...

70 MIN1 w ago
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LIVE ON ZOOM: Bethany C. Morrow, "A SONG BELOW WATER" w/ Mark Oshiro

Pedro Jiménez & Matthew Gleeson, "EARTHLY DAYS BY JOSÉ REVUELTAS"

EPublisher Pedro Jiménez and translator Matthew Gleeson get together to discuss the first-ever English translation ofJosé Revueltas's "most accomplished and controversial novel,"Earthly Days. Like Joyce, Revueltas allows the reader to view the inner depths of his characters; like Proust, he meticulously examines memories, thoughts, and feelings; like Dostoyevsky, he focuses his gaze on the darkest passages of the soul; like Sartre, he dwells on the nausea of existence; and like Simone de Beauvoir, he reflects on the possibility of a new woman, leftist and liberated. Revueltas preceded writers of the Latin American boom such as Cort zar, Garc a M rquez, and even Juan Rulfo, authors who achieved the reputation and fame that Revueltas was denied. If one may have differences with his style or ideology, the structure of the book is impeccable. Each chapter is a perfect story, woven together by an Ariadne-like thread that unites all parts. To conceptually define the book, I would have to...

71 MIN2 w ago
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Pedro Jiménez & Matthew Gleeson, "EARTHLY DAYS BY JOSÉ REVUELTAS"

LIVE ON ZOOM: Meredith Talusan, "FAIREST" w/ Amber Tamblyn

EFairestis a memoir about a precocious boy with albinism, a “sun child” from a rural Philippine village, who would grow up to become a woman in America. Coping with the strain of parental neglect and the elusive promise of U.S. citizenship, Meredith Talusan found childhood comfort from her devoted grandmother, a grounding force as she was treated by others with special preference or public curiosity. As an immigrant to the United States, Talusan came to be perceived as white. An academic scholarship to Harvard provided access to elite circles of privilege but required Talusan to navigate through the complex spheres of race, class, sexuality, and her place within the gay community. She emerged as an artist and an activist questioning the boundaries of gender. Talusan realized she did not want to be confined to a prescribed role as a man, and transitioned to become a woman, despite the risk of losing a man she deeply loved. Throughout her journey, Talusan shares poignant and powerful...

62 MIN2 w ago
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LIVE ON ZOOM: Meredith Talusan, "FAIREST" w/ Amber Tamblyn

Handsell, Ep. 11, "Juneteenth & Lambda Lit's William Johnson"

EHappy belated Juneteenth everyone! Mick and Maddie are joined by Yves to talk about the holiday and give an update on Skylight's new browsing policy. Later, Maddie interviews Lambda Literary's Deputy Director, William Johnson. What We're Reading: Maddie:Luster by Raven Leilani Mick:Beloved by Toni Morrison Yves: Whore Foods by L.A. Warman _______________________________________________ Produced by Maddie Gobbo & Michael Kowaleski Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.

37 MIN2 w ago
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Handsell, Ep. 11, "Juneteenth & Lambda Lit's William Johnson"

Latest Episodes

LIVE ON CROWDCAST: Wayne Koestenbaum, "FIGURE IT OUT" w/ Maggie Nelson

EIn his new nonfiction collection, poet, artist, critic, novelist, and performer Wayne Koestenbaum enacts twenty-six ecstatic collisions between his mind and the world. A subway passenger’s leather bracelet prompts musings on the German word for “stranger”; Montaigne leads to the memory of a fourth-grade friend’s stinky feet. Wayne dreams about a handjob from John Ashbery, swims next to Nicole Kidman, reclaims Robert Rauschenberg’s squeegee, and apotheosizes Marguerite Duras as a destroyer of sentences. He directly proposes assignments to readers: “Buy a one-dollar cactus, and start anthropomorphizing it. Call it Sabrina.” “Describe an ungenerous or unkind act you have committed.” “Find in every orgasm an encyclopedic richness . . . Reimagine doing the laundry as having an orgasm, and reinterpret orgasm as not a tiny experience, temporally limited, occurring in a single human body, but as an experience that somehow touches on all of human history.” Figure It Out is both a ...

81 MIN1 d ago
Comments
LIVE ON CROWDCAST: Wayne Koestenbaum, "FIGURE IT OUT" w/ Maggie Nelson

LIVE ON CROWDCAST: Rosalie Knecht, "VERA KELLY IS NOT A MYSTERY" w/ Amy Stewart

EWhen ex-CIA agent Vera Kelly loses her job and her girlfriend in a single day, she reluctantly goes into business as a private detective. Heartbroken and cash-strapped, she takes a case that dredges up dark memories and attracts dangerous characters from across the Cold War landscape. Before it’s over, she’ll chase a lost child through foster care and follow a trail of Dominican exiles to the Caribbean. Forever looking over her shoulder, she nearly misses what’s right in front of her: her own desire for home, connection, and a new romance at the local bar. In Vera Kelly is Not a Mystery, theexciting second installment of the Vera Kelly series, Rosalie Knecht challenges and deepens the Vera we love: a woman of sparkling wit, deep moral fiber, and martini-dry humor who knows how to follow a case even as she struggles to follow her heart. The “splendid genre-pushing” (People) Vera Kelly series returns in full force as our recently out-of-the-spy-game heroine travels from Brooklyn ...

56 MIN6 d ago
Comments
LIVE ON CROWDCAST: Rosalie Knecht, "VERA KELLY IS NOT A MYSTERY" w/ Amy Stewart

LIVE ON CROWDCAST: Tom Rastrelli, "CONFESSIONS OF A GAY PRIEST" w/ Janet Finch

ETom Rastrelli isa survivor of clergy-perpetrated sexual abuse who then became a priest in the early days of the Catholic Church’s ongoing scandals.Confessions of a Gay Priestdivulges the clandestine inner workings of the seminary, providing an intimate and unapologetic look into the psychosexual and spiritual dynamics of celibacy and lays bare the “formation” system that perpetuates the cycle of abuse and cover-up that continues today. Under the guidance of a charismatic college campus minister, Rastrelli sought to reconcile his homosexuality and childhood sexual abuse. When he felt called to the priesthood, Rastrelli began the process of “priestly discernment.” Priests welcomed him into a confusing clerical culture where public displays of piety, celibacy, and homophobia masked a closeted underworld in which elder priests preyed upon young recruits. Rastrelli is in conversation withJanet Finch, author ofWhite Oleander and teacher of fiction writing. ___________________________...

83 MIN6 d ago
Comments
LIVE ON CROWDCAST: Tom Rastrelli, "CONFESSIONS OF A GAY PRIEST" w/ Janet Finch

LIVE ON CROWDCAST: Sara Sligar and Amy Jo Burns

ESkylight Events are now on Crowdcast! Our Crowdcast debut featuresSara Sligar(Take Me Apart) andAmy Jo Burns (Shiner)in conversation, discussing their respective books. Take Me Apart by Sara Silgar A young archivist’s obsession with her subject’s mysterious death threatens to destroy her fragile grasp on sanity, in a riveting debut novel of psychological suspenseWhen the famed photographer Miranda Brand died mysteriously at the height of her career, it sent shock waves through Callinas, California. Decades later, old wounds are reopened when her son, Theo, hires the ex-journalist Kate Aitken to create an archive of his mother’s work. From Miranda’s vast maze of personal effects, Kate pieces together a portrait of a vibrant artist buckling under the pressures of ambition, motherhood, and marriage. As the summer progresses, Kate navigates vicious local rumors and her growing attraction to the enigmatic Theo, all while unearthing the shocking details of Miranda’s private life. But...

85 MIN1 w ago
Comments
LIVE ON CROWDCAST: Sara Sligar and Amy Jo Burns

LIVE ON ZOOM: "OBJECT LESSONS" Group Reading

EObject Lessons is a series of concise, collectable, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. Each book starts from a specific inspiration: an historical event, a literary passage, a personal narrative, a technological innovation-and from that starting point explores the object of the title, gleaning a singular lesson or multiple lessons along the way. Featuring contributions from writers, artists, scholars, journalists, and others, the emphasis throughout is lucid writing, imagination, and brevity. Object Lessons paints a picture of the world around us, and tells the story of how we got here, one object at a time. Our readers areDinah Lenney, Steve Mentz, Steven E. Jones, Rolf Halden,andErik Anderson. _______________________________________________ Produced by Maddie Gobbo & Michael Kowaleski Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.

72 MIN1 w ago
Comments
LIVE ON ZOOM: "OBJECT LESSONS" Group Reading

LIVE ON ZOOM: Yuri Herrera, "A SILENT FURY" w/ John Gibler

EWe're taking a break from producing Handsell episodes for a bit, so we're going to give you guys an extra Skylit episode to get you through the weekend! On March 10, 1920, in Pachuca, Mexico, theCompañía de Santa Gertrudis — the largest employer in the region, and a subsidiary of the United States Smelting, Refining and Mining Company — may have committed murder. The alert was first raised at six in the morning: a fire was tearing through the El Bordo mine. After a brief evacuation, the mouths of the shafts were sealed. Company representatives hastened to assert that “no more than ten” men remained inside the mineshafts, and that all ten were most certainly dead. Yet when the mine was opened six days later, the death toll was not ten, but eighty-seven. And there were seven survivors. A century later, acclaimed novelist Yuri Herrera has reconstructed a workers’ tragedy at once globally resonant and deeply personal: Pachuca is his hometown. A Silent Fury is an act of restitutio...

66 MIN1 w ago
Comments
LIVE ON ZOOM: Yuri Herrera, "A SILENT FURY" w/ John Gibler

LIVE ON ZOOM: Bethany C. Morrow, "A SONG BELOW WATER" w/ Mark Oshiro

EBethany C. Morrow'sA Song Below Wateris the story for today’s readers — a captivating modern fantasy about black mermaids, friendship, and self-discovery set against the challenges of today's racism and sexism.In a society determined to keep her under lock and key, Tavia must hide her siren powers.Meanwhile, Effie is fighting her own family struggles, pitted against literal demons from her past. Together, these best friends must navigate through the perils of high school’s junior year.But everything changes in the aftermath of a siren murder trial that rocks the nation, and Tavia accidentally lets out her magical voice at the worst possible moment.Soon, nothing in Portland, Oregon, seems safe. To save themselves from drowning, it’s only Tavia and Effie’s unbreakable sisterhood that proves to be the strongest magic of all. Morrow is in conversation withMark Oshiro,the author of Anger is a Gift. _______________________________________________ Produced by Maddie Gobbo & Michael Ko...

70 MIN1 w ago
Comments
LIVE ON ZOOM: Bethany C. Morrow, "A SONG BELOW WATER" w/ Mark Oshiro

Pedro Jiménez & Matthew Gleeson, "EARTHLY DAYS BY JOSÉ REVUELTAS"

EPublisher Pedro Jiménez and translator Matthew Gleeson get together to discuss the first-ever English translation ofJosé Revueltas's "most accomplished and controversial novel,"Earthly Days. Like Joyce, Revueltas allows the reader to view the inner depths of his characters; like Proust, he meticulously examines memories, thoughts, and feelings; like Dostoyevsky, he focuses his gaze on the darkest passages of the soul; like Sartre, he dwells on the nausea of existence; and like Simone de Beauvoir, he reflects on the possibility of a new woman, leftist and liberated. Revueltas preceded writers of the Latin American boom such as Cort zar, Garc a M rquez, and even Juan Rulfo, authors who achieved the reputation and fame that Revueltas was denied. If one may have differences with his style or ideology, the structure of the book is impeccable. Each chapter is a perfect story, woven together by an Ariadne-like thread that unites all parts. To conceptually define the book, I would have to...

71 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Pedro Jiménez & Matthew Gleeson, "EARTHLY DAYS BY JOSÉ REVUELTAS"

LIVE ON ZOOM: Meredith Talusan, "FAIREST" w/ Amber Tamblyn

EFairestis a memoir about a precocious boy with albinism, a “sun child” from a rural Philippine village, who would grow up to become a woman in America. Coping with the strain of parental neglect and the elusive promise of U.S. citizenship, Meredith Talusan found childhood comfort from her devoted grandmother, a grounding force as she was treated by others with special preference or public curiosity. As an immigrant to the United States, Talusan came to be perceived as white. An academic scholarship to Harvard provided access to elite circles of privilege but required Talusan to navigate through the complex spheres of race, class, sexuality, and her place within the gay community. She emerged as an artist and an activist questioning the boundaries of gender. Talusan realized she did not want to be confined to a prescribed role as a man, and transitioned to become a woman, despite the risk of losing a man she deeply loved. Throughout her journey, Talusan shares poignant and powerful...

62 MIN2 w ago
Comments
LIVE ON ZOOM: Meredith Talusan, "FAIREST" w/ Amber Tamblyn

Handsell, Ep. 11, "Juneteenth & Lambda Lit's William Johnson"

EHappy belated Juneteenth everyone! Mick and Maddie are joined by Yves to talk about the holiday and give an update on Skylight's new browsing policy. Later, Maddie interviews Lambda Literary's Deputy Director, William Johnson. What We're Reading: Maddie:Luster by Raven Leilani Mick:Beloved by Toni Morrison Yves: Whore Foods by L.A. Warman _______________________________________________ Produced by Maddie Gobbo & Michael Kowaleski Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang.

37 MIN2 w ago
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Handsell, Ep. 11, "Juneteenth & Lambda Lit's William Johnson"
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