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Carmen Maria Machado

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Against Everyone with Conner Habib

I talk with author Carmen Maria Machado about the way desires always outrun us, about horror, about abuse narratives, and about genre.

1hr 47mins

20 Apr 2021

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On Haunted Houses with Carmen Maria Machado

American Hysteria

Carmen Maria Machado is the author of three books, the award-winning Her Body and Other Parties, a collection of vibrantly haunting short stories, In the Dream House, a bestselling memoir and examination of queer relationship abuse, and most recently, a graphic novel horror story called The Low Low Woods. She has also taught several courses at the University of Pennsylvania, most relevant today, a fiction course called The Art of Haunting. Today we are over the harvest moon to talk to Carmen about haunted house motifs in American horror movies, the emotional core of these stories, and our personal experiences with various kinds of ghosts, both the scary and the beautiful. Get yourself a copy of Carmen’s books!: In the Dreamhouse, Her Body and Other Parties, and The Low Low Woods Next time on the show: Horror Movies pt. 2 Head to TryFirstLeaf.com/HYSTERIA to get six customized wines delivered to your door for just $29.95! Become a Patron to watch our entire Live Variety Hour and our brand new podcast Walk with Me Produced by Miranda Zickler Sound design by Clear Commo Studios Follow American Hysteria on social media: Twitter: @AmerHysteria Instagram: @AmericanHysteriaPodcast Find our merch and more at americanhysteria.com


5 Apr 2021

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S3:Ep1: "The Hungry Earth" by Carmen Maria Machado & "The Verge of Utopia" by Sondra Fink


The meek shall inherit the Earth. Carmen Maria Machado and Sondra Fink tell us how the world ends. But every ending is also the beginning of something new."The Hungry Earth" by Carmen Maria Machado, Read by Tony PerryCarmen Maria Machado is the author of the bestselling memoir In the Dream House and the short story collection Her Body and Other Parties. She has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize, the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Nonfiction, the Brooklyn Public Library Literature Prize, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize. In 2018, the New York Times listed Her Body and Other Parties as a member of "The New Vanguard," one of "15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century." Her essays, fiction, and criticism have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Granta, Vogue, This American Life, Harper’s Bazaar, Tin House, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, The Believer, Guernica, Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Guggenheim Foundation, Michener-Copernicus Foundation, Elizabeth George Foundation, CINTAS Foundation, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She is the Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Philadelphia with her wife.Tony Perry is an actor and singer-songwriter. He narrated the film Lost and Found, and the audio comic The Captain Punishment Adventure Hour. He has performed in English and Yiddish, and he’s happy to talk about all things Doctor Who."The Verge of Utopia" by Sondra Fink, read by Lanna JoffreySondra Fink is a writer whose published work appears on posturemag.com and brooklynherborium.com. She is an organizing member of the Brooklyn Speculative Fiction Writers and currently at work on a young-adult dystopian fantasy novel. “The Verge of Utopia” is her first published work of fiction.Lanna Joffrey is an actor, spoken-word performer and writer working in the United States and United Kingdom based in London. She has earned a New York Fringe, IRNE and Ovation Award in Performance. And her verbatim play of women’s war stories, "Valiant" has traveled the U.K. and U.S. to critical acclaim. lannajoffrey.com


9 Mar 2021

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In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado with my friend Madeline!

These Girls Read Books

This week, I sit down with my friend Madeline and we talk about In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado, a masterpiece of a book that challenges form and prose to bring you a memoir that transcends person and place. Making the personal universal. This is a brave book that addresses the realities of domestic violence and abuse in the queer community. Its delicious. Grab a copy, then devour and then hunger for more Machado. She is a literary powerhouse. Find us on IG, and email me Thesegirlsreadbooks@gmail.com  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/molly-tallon/support

1hr 30mins

4 Mar 2021

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Episode QS35: Laura Marks + Carmen Maria Machado (January 28, 2021)

The Greenlight Bookstore Podcast

Two literary authors discuss their new horror-tinged graphic novels: Laura Marks on her blood-soaked 19th-century tale Daphne Byrne and Carmen Maria Machado on her spooky small-town story The Low, Low Woods. The authors talk about the connections between memoir, screenwriting, and comics writing, the rewards of working with a graphic artist on interpreting their work, and the space for ambiguity and suspense that the graphic novel form offers for horror stories, in this warm-hearted reading and discussion.  (Recorded November 16, 2020) 


28 Jan 2021

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Book Club: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Scream Service

Join us as we discuss the popular short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties. We cover childhood urban legends, Girl Scout camp trauma, the mundane plot lines of Law and Order: SVU and write a poem together based on Machado's work. Special thanks to guests Nick and Shane for coming to a queer, feminist horror book club meeting and knocking it out of the park. 

1hr 23mins

16 Jan 2021

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Stepping Back Inside Carmen Maria Machado's 'Dream House'

Code Switch

It's no secret that Code Switch is a team full of book nerds. So this week, we're revisiting one of our favorite book conversations, with author Carmen Maria Machado. Her genre-defying memoir, In the Dream House, tells the story of how she survived intimate partner violence, despite having few models of how to deal with, or even recognize abusive dynamics in queer relationships.


9 Dec 2020

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Carmen Maria Machado, The Granta Podcast, Ep. 95


Carmen Maria Machado discusses her new memoir, In the Dream House, with Josie Mitchell. They discuss memory as architecture, formal experimentation, and making space for queer narrative. Carmen is the author of Her Body and Other Parties. You can read more of her work, including the new story ‘The Lost Performance of the High Priestess of the Temple of Horror’, from our Winter 2020 issue, here.


14 Oct 2020

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31. Short Story Club: Horror Story by Carmen Maria Machado and spooky book recommendations

Novel Pairings

Today Chelsey and Sara are discussing “Horror Story” by Carmen Maria Machado for this season’s installment of Short Story Club. Each quarter, we choose a short story that’s widely available and discuss its genre, themes, and important moments before recommending books to pair with it. For spooky season, we decided to go with a fresh, new voice we both love. This super short “micro story” felt like the right balance of spookiness for two readers who don’t love horror. Of course, we end up taking a bit of a deep dive into the horror genre anyway. If you read the story and join us for this mini book club, please let us know what you think of the story! Our discussion includes: Machado’s striking imagery and sparse prose What does the horror genre do? Why is it popular? Gaslighting in horror stories Deeper themes and metaphors Plus, as always, we’re recommending six pairings,  including a modern gothic novel and a few scary short story collections.  Shop the pairings: https://bookshop.org/lists/novel-pairings-for-horror-story Books mentioned: In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin . . . . . . . . Shop the pairings: Chelsey’s Pairings: His Hideous Heart ed. by Dahlia Adler [32:47] Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez [39:18] Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft ed. by Jessica Spotswood [45:05] Sara’s Pairings: The Bright Lands by John Fram [30:17] When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole [35:18] Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia [41:22] Also mentioned: Gaslight (1944)


13 Oct 2020

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Literary Friction - Behind Closed Doors With Carmen Maria Machado

Literary Friction

This month, we're going behind closed doors with Carmen Maria Machado, who dialled in from the States to talk to us. Her innovative memoir, In The Dream House, is about her experience of domestic abuse, something that is so often hidden from view, and even more so when it happens in a queer relationship. What does it mean to write into archival silence? How do we tell the most difficult stories? As usual, our theme is inspired by our guest, so join us as we talk about literature that looks at what happens behind closed doors, both in the literal sense - domestic spaces that are not what they seem, or hold secrets - but also those books that show us narratives that are usually left out of literature and culture. Plus, of course, our usual book recommendations - so sit back, and let us open YOUR door on Literary Friction.Recommendations on the theme, Behind Closed Doors:Octavia: The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/40771/the-year-of-magical-thinking-by-joan-didion/9781400078431/readers-guide/Carrie: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/133/133431/we-have-always-lived-in-the-castle/9780141191454.htmlGeneral Recommendations:Octavia: The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter https://www.bl.uk/20th-century-literature/articles/an-introduction-to-the-bloody-chamber-and-other-storiesCarmen: Milk Fed by Melissa Broder http://www.melissabroder.com/about/Carrie: Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor https://www.ndbooks.com/book/hurricane-season-1/#/Email us: litfriction@gmail.comTweet us & find us on Instagram: @litfrictionThis episode is sponsored by Picador https://www.panmacmillan.com/picador

1hr 3mins

25 Jun 2020