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  1. With guest, Eddy Miramontes In this episode I’m catching up with my old Community College friend, San Diego-based artist Eddy Miramontes. We start off talking about one of his recent pieces and the conversation slowly turns into an oscillating inspection on the topics of fatherhood and the nature of art. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to hang out with this guy. Check out the notes section of this episode for extra links and goodies. Visity Eddy’s site here: https://www.projectionistpleasefocus.com/ If you’d like to find out more about “Cartolandia,” this is a great article that covers it all: https://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2002/oct/10/isnt-same-country-isnt-same-town/ If you're curious about John Hamon pasting his face around Paris you can check out this article: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/03/25/a-kilroy-in-paris
  2. With guest, Osiris Gomez In this episode I’m catching up with my old grad school buddy Osiris, Assistant professor of Mexican literature and culture at the University of Minnesota. You’ll hear us speak about Mexican indigenous literatures (his main area of research) and, you guessed it, avocados! We also talk about the pleasure of writing fiction and the panic of writing a dissertation which, of course, brings up some hilarious memories. Check out the show notes for bonus material (like that fish photo Osiris mentioned) or find it directly on our Instagram and Facebook.
  3. With guest, Ricardo Brites In this episode I’m catching up with my friend Ricardo, a Portuguese language and literature teacher. We talk about Portuguese identity and the myth around the concept of “saudade.” We also talk about the process of writing a Ph.D. dissertation and take some detours to chat about the death of the author, Fernando Pessoa, Herberto Helder, Amalia Rodrigues and even Chavela Vargas. Finally, we compare our respective experiences of leaving our hometowns to study abroad, as well as the benefits of judging books by their covers. You might even get to hear me sing a little flamenco… There’s plenty of references so make sure to check out the episode notes for extra links and goodies at https://www.podcastics.com/podcast/episode/what-is-your-definition-of-sexy-24084/ Fernando Pessoa “Tobacco Shop” https://www.ronnowpoetry.com/contents/pessoa/TobaccoShop.html “Sentimental Education” While giving an immediate intensity and complexity to the simplest and most inevitable of sensations does bring about a dramatic increase in the pleasure of feeling, it can also cause an inordinate increase in the suffering that comes from feeling. This is why the dreamer’s second step should be to avoid suffering. He should not avoid it as a stoic or an epicurean might do, by unsettling himself as a way of hardening himself against pleasure might be [...] Another subtler and more difficult method is to accustom oneself to projecting one’s pain onto some imaginary figure, to create another ‘I’ who takes on the burden of our suffering, who suffers what we suffer. The next stage is to create an inner sadism so entirely masochistic that it takes pleasure in your suffering as if it were someone else’s. This method, which at first glance seems impossible, is not easy, but should not prove difficult for those who have laboured to become expert at creating the inner lie. Fernando Pessoa. The Book of Disquiet: The Complete Edition. Translated by Margaret Jull Costa. Serpent’s Tail, 2017.z Amalia Rodrigues - Prece https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNx-SEsKO8I Chavela Vargas - No Volveré https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Um3hKcs3BA8 Cinema Paradiso (1988) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stLekU5BnbI I Vitelloni (1953) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L76OA8LzGjk Herberto Hélder Poetry International Archives https://www.poetryinternational.org/pi/poet/4650/Herberto-Helder/en/tile
  4. With guest, Michael Grafals In this episode I’m catching up with Michael Grafals, a Literature professor at Florida International University. Dr. Grafals finally explains the meaning behind the phrase “Rich Chocolaty Goodness” and brings some serious knowledge about Postmodern Literature and literary theory. But there’s more to life than books and Dr. Grafals knows it, you might even get to hear a song or two in this episode… Make sure to visit our site for quotes and additional info, as well as a link to a sweet playlist that Michael put together for this episode. Michael made a spotify playlist with the songs we talked about: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0grIah9aMzObgWchfb9Ysh?si=Ex9Vg0OgTsqyDQeEGSugUA Spotify URL spotify:playlist:0grIah9aMzObgWchfb9Ysh Quotation 1: Simone de Beauvoir, Philosophical Writings. Edited by Margaret A. Simmons with Marybeth Timmermann and Mary Beth Mader, University of Illinois Press, 2004. Literature and Metaphysics (1946) Translation by Veronique Zaytzeff and Frederick M. Morrison 276 Quotation 2: Pynchon, Thomas. The Crying of Lot 49. Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2006 [1966]. 64; 76 Quotation 3: Lacan, Jacques. Seminar II: The Ego in Freud’s Theory and in the Technique of Psychoanalysis, 1954-1955. Translated by Sylvana Tomaselli, Cambridge University Press, 1988. 308 Quotation 4: Paz, Octavio. The Labyrinth of Solitude. Translated by Lysander Kemp et al., Grove Press, 1985 [1961]. 195
  5. with guest, Andreas Skielboe In this episode I’m catching up with my grad school friend Andreas who recently left Copenhagen and moved to a comune in Jutland, Denmark, and we talk about leaving the world of academia to work in the tech industry. We also dig deep and try to understand what defines a happy life, what this means in terms of our struggle between curiosity and laziness, and an incident with the Dalai Lama...
  6. with guest, Adam Rost In this episode I’m catching up with my old college roommate Adam. We talk about comedy writing in Los Angeles, being raised in Scientology, and finding himself after finishing a 12-year relationship. Hilarity ensues...
  7. With guest, Diana García In this episode I’m catching up with Diana. We talk about how she got up close and personal with her gender identity issues. We also talk about moving to a new city and the challenges of finding time in your 30s to do the things you want to do, and how this can easily lead down a path to Bon Jovi. If you're curious about the subreddit Diana mentioned in this episode, you can find it by following this link: https://www.reddit.com/r/asktransgender/
  8. With guest, Nabil Iqbal In this episode I’m catching up with Nabil, a theoretical physicist and all around great guy. Join us as he explains black holes and the current issues being studied in this field. We also talk about the challenges of making friends in a new city, getting your order right at a French restaurant and, of course, family. Not enough Nabil for you? Then visit his website! www.nabiliqbal.com You can also take a look at what he and his colleagues are doing at the Palestinian Advanced Physics School organized through www.scientists4palestine.com The writers mentioned in the episode were Julio Cortázar and Isidore Ducasse AKA Comte de Lautréamont. And finally... some invisible beauty:
  9. Dignified Love Bugs In this episode I’m catching up with Miguel, a Postdoctoral researcher in Neuropsychology at Columbia University. Join us as we talk about transitioning to adult life, living paycheck to paycheck, therapy and mental health, the struggle of going through a graduate program... and of course, dads.
  10. With guest, Pedro Almeida In this episode I’m catching up with Pedro, a Ph.D. student in Portuguese literature. Join us as we talk about life in academia, his dissertation, therapy, Portuguese cuisine, electric scooters and urinals, among other things. Check out the show notes for extra links to some of the things mentioned in the episode.. If you're interested in learning more about the Panopticon, check out this video. This article is a great little introduction to Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa and his work. You can find a concise explanation of Todorov's narrative theory here. Click here to watch the trailer for the newly restored version of Soy Cuba (1964). Click here to view the trailer for Lumière ! L'aventure commence (2017). You'll find all those wonderful videos of Paris in the 1890s, without any of the nasty comments.
  11. With guest, Argenis Garcia In this episode I’m catching up with Argenis, a concert promoter and event organizer in Tijuana, Mexico. We talk about the ups and downs in his career, the music scene in Tijuana, the importance of persistence and the dangers of flying too close to the sun. Visit our site for links to the bands mentioned in this episode. You can check out the All My Friends Music Festival site here. Aaaand, you can also check out some of the bands we talked about in this episode by clicking on the links below: Los Blenders Los Planetas Jardín Ramona Entre Desiertos Tajak Mild High Club Beach Fossils Ambiente Low Helado Negro Princess Nokia Chelsea Wolfe
  12. Thanks for taking the time to comment! Just a couple more hours until Episode 2 comes out 😁
  13. With guest, Alex Romo In this episode I’m catching up with Alex as we talk about his move from Tijuana to Southern California to work as a developer, relationships, therapy, efficiency and that haunting feeling of watching life happen while you’re still trying to make plans. We also talk about the pains and pleasure of finding a happy medium between creative ambition and realistic expectations.
  14. An introduction from host, Pedro Escobar. An introduction from host, Pedro Escobar.
  15. intelligent conversations In 2014 I was living in Los Angeles. I had just dropped out of a Ph.D. program and was on my way to South Korea to work as an English teacher. Then, I met a French teacher. We fell in love, I dropped everything, and six months later I followed her to Paris with nothing but two suitcases. As exciting as this new life was, looking for work and struggling with everyday life in a language I didn't speak started to chip away at my confidence. I could see that people back home had been steadily building towards something: finishing Ph.D's and working stable jobs, successfully making the transition to adult life while I had the impression of continually starting over. This became the perfect excuse to call my friends and catch up. Beautiful people with big dreams whom I've met at different stages of life and who are now researchers, artists, teachers, scientists, parents. It turns out they too are trying to figure life out. Stay tuned for new episodes every two weeks.
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