This week on the BLYNKT podcast, Lei has a heart-to-heart conversation with Benjamin Lawrance Miller, who is an English professor at Queensborough Community College (CUNY), about writing and creative communities. Ben also speaks about his experience of living in the woods in his early twenties, which inspired his piece, "Failing Thoreau in the Year 2000" (featured in BLYNKT Issue 2).
Writer and philosopher Nicola Tams joins Lei on the BLYNKT podcast this week to talk about literary community, the creative process of writing non-fiction, cultural integration in Germany, and the idea of starting a literature movement in Berlin!
Read her poetic piece on Istanbul, "Istanbul: Belated vision and feline melancholy," on the BLYNKT blog: http://www.blynkt.com/blynkt-blog/istanbul-belated-vision-and-feline-melancholy
We are delighted to have poet and rapper, Malik Crumpler on the BLYNKT podcast this week! You can read some of Malik’s poetry in Issue 2 of BLYNKT magazine “Individual/Society” which will be published in the Spring. If you can’t wait until then, Malik will be reading us his political piece “Consolation Prize” on this week’s podcast. As if that wasn’t enough, he also shares a sample of his forthcoming album “iAncient” with us, which will be available soon on Def Pressé. Enjoy!
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Has our society become more moralizing or more conveniently so due to the Internet? This week on the BLYNKT podcast, Carly Dee and Q. Lei discuss the phenomenon of public shaming on the Internet and Jon Ronson's publication, So You've Been Publicly Shamed. Again, we are thinking of starting a book club on BLYNKT. Book club, no book club?
Welcome to the first Dee-Lei book chat! The editors of BLYNKT read and discuss the story, "The Third and Final Continent," by Indian-American writer Jhumpa Lahiri. It is included in her debut short story collection, Interpreter of Maladies, which won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Without spoiling the story, we get into a fun and deep conversation about our own culture shocks, gender and linguistics, and arranged marriage. And we may or may not start an international book club!
The story can be found in book form, or online in the June 1999 issue of The New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1999/06/21/the-third-and-final-continent