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Open Stacks brings you conversations with scholars, poets, novelists and activists on subjects as eclectic as the books on our shelves, from under-the-radar debates in the academy to pressing contemporary social issues, and from bestselling works of fiction to avant-garde poetics. Recorded live at Chicago's Seminary Co-op Bookstores, Open Stacks invites listeners to sit in on the kind of candid discussions and lively debates made possible by the participation of readers in a public space, with the aim of expanding and encouraging a broader community of ideas. Turn up the volume, pull up a chair, and let's start a conversation.

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Open Stacks brings you conversations with scholars, poets, novelists and activists on subjects as eclectic as the books on our shelves, from under-the-radar debates in the academy to pressing contemporary social issues, and from bestselling works of fiction to avant-garde poetics. Recorded live at Chicago's Seminary Co-op Bookstores, Open Stacks invites listeners to sit in on the kind of candid discussions and lively debates made possible by the participation of readers in a public space, with the aim of expanding and encouraging a broader community of ideas. Turn up the volume, pull up a chair, and let's start a conversation.

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One of a kind bookstore

By Hufjyjhvjhvjh - Aug 29 2017
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Continue doing what you doing. It is great.

Really well done

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A range of topics and speakers, all really engaging. Great!

iTunes Ratings

54 Ratings
Average Ratings
52
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0
0
1

One of a kind bookstore

By Hufjyjhvjhvjh - Aug 29 2017
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Continue doing what you doing. It is great.

Really well done

By lhw627 - Aug 01 2017
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A range of topics and speakers, all really engaging. Great!
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Open Stacks

Latest release on Mar 15, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail about 1 month ago

Rank #1: #10 Laura Kipnis & Lisa Wade: Sex Ed

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Essayist Laura Kipnis discusses her latest book "Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus" touching on professor-student relationships and trigger warnings. Sociologist Lisa Wade discusses campus hook-up culture and her book "American Hookup."

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-op Bookstores. This episode was produced by Kit Brennen.

Jul 16 2017

58mins

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Rank #2: #21 Autumn: Karl Ove Knausgaard & Camille Bordas

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This week on Open Stacks, we bring you a celebration of new fall literature, featuring rising star Camille Bordas, author of "How to Behave in a Crowd" and literary sensation Karl Ove Knausgaard, best known for the My Struggle novels, author most recently of "Autumn," a collection of reflective essays. Plus, a smattering of fall literature recommendations from our booksellers.

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-operative Bookstores. This episode was produced by Kit Brennen and Imani E. Jackson.

Oct 01 2017

55mins

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Rank #3: #29 Back in the USSR: Masha Gessen, Julia Alekseyeva, Franz Nicolay & William Nickell

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This week, we hear from Masha Gessen on 'The Future is History' and Putin's Russia, Julia Alekseyeva on 'Soviet Daughter,' and Franz Nicolay on 'The Humorless Ladies of Border Control' Plus, U. Chicago Professor William Nickell gives a crash course in the Russian Revolution & its legacy.

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-operative Bookstores. This episode was produced by Kit Brennen, Imani E. Jackson and Marina Malazoniya. 

Nov 26 2017

1hr 10mins

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Rank #4: #50 Biblio-files: Co-op Legends - Marshall Sahlins

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This week on Open Stacks, the inaugural episode of our occasional Biblio-files series, featuring Co-op friends and legends, beginning with prolific author, esteemed anthropologist and professor, and publishing partner of the Co-op, Marshall Sahlins. 

May 07 2018

1hr 17mins

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Rank #5: #6 Colson Whitehead and Deepak Unnikrishnan: Dystopias Past and Present

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Colson Whitehead & Deepak Unnikrishnan read from their latest novels, The Underground Railroad and Temporary People, each a work of hallucinatory dystopian fiction that uses surreal elements to convey the very real terrors of societies past and present.

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-operative Bookstores. This episode was produced by Kit Brennen.

Jun 19 2017

58mins

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Rank #6: #41 History from Below: William Pelz, Lisa Lee, David Stovall, Bill Ayers, Nate Marshall, and Jeremy McCarter

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This week's episode of Open Stacks features William Pelz discussing history from below; Lisa Lee, David Stovall, and Bill Ayers in conversation from the Singing In Dark Times series; and a discussion with Nate Marshall and Jeremy McCarter, about activists and art.

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-operative Bookstores.

Mar 04 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #7: Exoteric Advice: Edith Hall & Helen Rosner

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What might 4th century BC philosopher Aristotle and 20th century celebrity chef Julia Child have to say to each other and to us? We’re in dialogue with renowned classicist Edith Hall, author of Aristotle's Way, and The New Yorker’s James Beard Award-winning roving food correspondent Helen Rosner on how ancient wisdom, practical advice, and a decided lack of elitism are key ingredients for eating and living well. Plus, a dash of good taste (and advice) in books our staff live by.

May 12 2019

52mins

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Rank #8: World Makers: Ocean Vuong & Rebecca Clarren

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Award winning poet Ocean Vuong and journalist Rebecca Clarren turn a romantic and empiric lens on the art of fiction in their acclaimed debut novels, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous and Kickdown, both of which plunge new emotional depths of American experience on this episode of Open Stacks. 

Oct 27 2019

49mins

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Rank #9: An Episodic Life: Andrew Sean Greer, Malynne Sternstein, and Seminary Co-op on Campus Novels

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Tricky narrators and learning spaces: Pulitzer Prize winning author Andrew Sean Greer takes listeners through a break up with an excerpt from Less, University of Chicago professor Malynne Sterstein parses Nabokov's Pnin, and Co-op booksellers recount some of their favorite campus novels (with expanded takes on the genre).

Oct 14 2018

38mins

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Rank #10: "The opposite of an out-of-body experience": In the Stacks with Eileen Myles + The "Gentle Madness" of Collecting Books

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Poet Eileen Myles joins us in the stacks to discuss writing EVOLUTION: their new collection of essays and poems, reading in good company, and "trying so hard to be in this world." Co-op Booksellers weigh in on the art and "gentle madness" of collecting books.

Mar 04 2019

45mins

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Rank #11: #34 Anima Sana: Resmaa Menakem, Andrea Petersen & Yael Shy

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This week we explore the embodied aspect of mental illness. Resmaa Menakem discusses racial trauma and his book "My Grandmother's Hands." Andrea Petersen discusses anxiety and her book "On Edge." Yael Shy shares mindfulness tips and a guided meditation.

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-operative Bookstores.

Jan 14 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #12: #55 Biblio-files - Co-op Legends: Hanna Holborn Gray

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This week on Open Stacks, the second episode of our occasional Biblio-files series, featuring Co-op friends and legends, with professor emerita and former University of Chicago president Hanna Holborn Gray.

Jun 10 2018

1hr 3mins

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Rank #13: #17 Tamil Saints and Poets: David Shulman & Ravi Shankar

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This week we explore Tamil language and literature. David Shulman and Wendy Doniger discuss his new book Tamil: A Biography. Poet Ravi Shankar reads his translations of the poet Andal. Plus, a performance of Dhrupad music, Indian classical singing.

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-operative Bookstores. This episode was produced by Kit Brennen and Imani Jackson. 

Sep 03 2017

56mins

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Rank #14: #47 All Things Poetry - Thing: Cecilia Vicuña and Jen Bervin

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This week on Open Stacks, a look at poemthings that point to the truths beyond the given names of the things contained within them, with Cecilia Vicuña and Jen Bervin.

Apr 15 2018

1hr 4mins

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Rank #15: #7 Simon Critchley & Nathan McClain: It Is Enough to Endure

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Philosopher Simon Critchley reads and discusses recent works, Bowie and Notes on Suicide, touching on the beauty of endurance, the dangers of optimism, and the power of tragedy. Poet Nathan McClain reads from his debut collection, Scale.

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-op Bookstores. This episode was produced by Kit Brennen.

Jun 26 2017

55mins

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Rank #16: Are We There Yet? Amit Chaudhuri & Evelyn Hampton

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How do you get to the end when there’s no where to get? Authors Evelyn Hampton and Amit Chaudhuri read and discuss fictions of anxiety, memory, autobiography, and impersonation, taking us there one sentence at a time. Booksellers Freddie and Joe chime in on Co-op staff favorites W.G. Sebald, Annie Dilliard, and more.

May 26 2019

56mins

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Rank #17: Out of Season: Kathryn Scanlan & Devin Johnston

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At 82, May Sarton “made a dialogue out of what had been a soliloquy,” in her journal. On this entry of Open Stacks, we take the measure of our days in diaries and diaristic units of shared sense in conversations with Kathryn Scanlan and Devin Johnston.

This episode was produced by Veronica Karlin and Jackson Roach, and features music by Kevin MacLeod, Daniel Birch, Gallery Six, and Andrei Pohorelsky. Special thanks to Co-op booksellers Adam Stern and Fred Tadrowski.

Nov 25 2019

49mins

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Rank #18: #26 Homegoings: Eve Ewing, Angela Jackson & Kevin Coval

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This week, we hear from the current generation of classic Chicago literature. Eve Ewing reads from "Electric Arches," Angela Jackson reads from "Roads, Where There Are No Roads," and Kevin Coval reads from "A People's History of Chicago."

Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-operative Bookstores. This episode was produced by Kit Brennen and Imani E. Jackson.

Nov 05 2017

59mins

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Rank #19: Autobiography of Song: Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib & Timuel Black

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From autobiography to music criticism, poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib walks the floor of the Seminary Co-op in conversation with the books that served as muses of his love letter to A Tribe Called Quest, Go Ahead in the Rain. Oral historian and civil rights activist Timuel D. Black, Jr. shares his long-awaited memoir, Sacred Ground.

Mar 17 2019

43mins

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Rank #20: #45 All Things Poetry - Idea: Daniel Borzutzky, Nate Marshall, & Robert Darnton

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On this week's episode, National Book Award Winner Daniel Borzutsky, discusses his new book, Lake Michigan, with Chicago poet Nate Marshall. They also talk politics, education, violence, and the state. Then we talk with historian Robert Darnton about the revolutionary potential of poetry in 18th Century France.

Apr 01 2018

54mins

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