Theresa Patzschke

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In this episode John talks with Calla Henkel. She was born in 1988 in Minneapolis, MN, USA. A writer, playwright, director and artist, she currently lives and works in Berlin. She has staged plays at Volksbühne Berlin, The Whitney Museum of Art, as well as at New Theater, the experimental theatre space she founded and programmed in Berlin from 2013-2015. Her art writing has been published in periodicals such as Texte zur Kunst, Spike, Mousse, and others. Her artistic work with Max Pitegoff has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. She currently operates a bar, performance space and film ...
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John talks with writer Habib William Kherbek. This was a great chat about lots of things—London, being in a band, William’s new novel Best Practices, fundraising and development aid, pub quizzes and much more. William has a lot of books about to be published so I was lucky to catch up with him.
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John talks with artist Kasia Fudakowski about her new book The Roll of The Artist Volume 1, ex-boyfriends, the artist Lee Lozano, Andy Kaufman, Liesl Karlstadt, Karl Valentin and we get an insight into what a German citizenship ceremony is like.
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John talks with Kristian Vistrup Madsen. We have a fascinating conversation about Kristian’s correspondence with a prisoner in the USA, what it means to tell people’s stories and how writing can lead to a better understanding of ourselves and the world at large. Kristian is a writer based in Berlin. He is a contributor to magazines such as Artforum, Frieze, Texte Zur Kunst and Kunstkritikk, and the recipient of the 2020 Broken Dimanche Press Writing Prize. DOING TIME, a collection of essays about prison correspondence, appropriation, and the boundaries of fiction, was published by Floating Opera Press in Summer 2021.
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John talks with writer Mark von Schlegell about a whole bunch of things: Jacques Derrida in NYC, Dublin’s Forty Foot, 19th century American literature, Mark’s unique fiction and criticism, LA in the 1990s, science fiction, being Lawrence Weiner’s archivist, Raymond Roussel. Also bonus—the author reads his work! And the Rapid Fire Question Round is quite circular this time around…
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John talks with May-Lan Tan. We talk writing, details, sex writing, screenplay readings… May-Lan is the author of the short story collection Things to Make and Break, published in the UK by Sceptre and in the US by Coffee House Press/Emily Books. Her fiction has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, the Atlas Review, the Reader, and Areté. She studied art in London and now lives in Berlin. She works as a ghostwriter.
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John talks with Mayra A. Rodríguez Castro, a poet, writer and editor about life in Berlin—and other cities, the life and work of Audre Lorde and the book by Lorde which Castro edited in 2020, Dreams of Europe. Other topics include archives and the curiosity they encourage, the universal vs. the particular, the poetic impulse and a really fun rapid-fire-question round!
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This week John is joined by Miriam Stoney. Often working collaboratively, her practice is primarily textual, encompassing art writing, performance, audio and installation. In 2021 her first solo exhibition opened at Kunstverein Kevin Space in Vienna. She received the Broken Dimanche Press Writing Prize in 2020, and will publish her first novel, Things we wore later this year.
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John talks with writer Rebecca Rukeyser about teaching creative writing, and writing workshops, the art of writing and editing, the revisionist western as a genre, her fantastic novel The Sea Plane on Final Approach and we carry out a daredevil reenactment from the book live.
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In this episode John Holten is joined by Tom McCarthy. Tom McCarthy’s work has been translated into more than twenty languages and adapted for cinema, theater, and radio. His novel, C, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Walter Scott Prize, and the European Literature Prize; his fourth, Satin Island, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Goldsmiths Prize. In 2013 he was awarded the inaugural Windham-Campbell Literature Prize by Yale University. McCarthy is also the author of the study Tintin and the Secret of Literature, and the essay collection Typewriters, Bombs, and Jellyfish. He lives in ...

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