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Open Stacks

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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

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

iTunes Ratings

47 Ratings
Average Ratings
45
1
0
0
1

One of a kind bookstore

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

Really well done

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

Updated 12 days ago

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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.

Rank #1: The Front Table: 7/30/19

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Fresh off inventory, the Seminary Co-op’s Colin and Alena investigate the “impulse to accumulate” as qualitatively quantified in yet more new books on this week’s Front Table.

Jul 30 2019
7 mins
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Rank #2: 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
38 mins
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Rank #3: The Front Table: 7/16/19

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Since medieval times, if not before, writers like Francois Villon and St. Teresa of Avila have been showing us how writing about oneself is done. Or is it? The Co-op's Colin and Alena have a look at how far we’ve come on this week's Front Table, with a short stack of new memoirs long in the making.

Jul 16 2019
7 mins
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Rank #4: #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
58 mins
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Rank #5: Illegibility Writ Large: Dark Ages and Pages with Charles Bernstein and James Bridle

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To accept that truth and expression can be easily conveyed is to become a ploy of dark forces, says poet, essayist, and scholar Charles Bernstein, whose "difficult" poems take on the opacity, adjacency, multiplicity and technology of language by "slipping on the banana of words." Picking up where our conversation in the stacks of the Co-op leaves off, James Bridle calls for new metaphors and questions to guide us through our new Dark Age of information.

Jan 20 2019
46 mins
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Rank #6: #36 Myths and Folktales: William Hansen and Wendy Doniger

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This week myths and folktales take the stage in their basic and abstract forms. William Hansen recounts ancient Greek and Roman folktales from his collection, "The Book of Greek and Roman Folktales, Legends, and Myths." Wendy Doniger joins us in talking about cross-cultural mythologies surrounding rings and their connection to love and sex as she writes about in her recent book, "The Ring of Truth."

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

Jan 28 2018
54 mins
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Rank #7: #12 Sickness Unto Death: Dr. David Ansell & Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal

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Doctor and activist Dr. David Ansell discusses "The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills." Journalist Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal discusses "An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back."

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

Jul 30 2017
53 mins
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Rank #8: #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
58 mins
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Rank #9: 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
52 mins
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Rank #10: #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
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #11: #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
1 hour 17 mins
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Rank #12: Time-Literate: Marcia Bjornerud on Timefulness and James Joyce’s Ulysses

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To deny our place in time is to imperil our perspective, says Marcia Bjornerud, professor of geology and author of TIMEFULNESS. This time on Open Stacks, we expand our view of the Seminary Co-op, with new looks at the Front Table, James Joyce’s time-intensive staff favorite ULYSSES, and Bjornerud’s poly-temporal thinking and reading to support the claim that, contrary to current trains of thought, time is on our side.

Feb 18 2019
43 mins
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Rank #13: All Things Poetry: Place - Andy Fitch, Miquel Àngel Llauger, Joshua Beckman, & Patrick Morrissey

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This week on the podcast, we traverse the poetics of place and shared space with Andy Fitch, Miquel Àngel Llauger, Joshua Beckman, & Patrick Morrissey.

Apr 22 2018
59 mins
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Rank #14: #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
56 mins
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Rank #15: #39 In Search of French Lit: Alison James, Kit Schluter, and Adam Hocker

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This week's episode explores the world of French-language literature. Alison James talks about literary movements, such as Oulipo. Kit Schluter discusses of the joys and sorrows of the translator. Adam Hocker sends word of new books, including finalists for the Albertine Prize.

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

Feb 18 2018
59 mins
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Rank #16: #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
55 mins
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Rank #17: #9 Bart Schultz & Kate Hennessy: Public Figures, Private Lives

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Philosopher Bart Schultz discusses "The Happiness Philosophers" which explores the ideas and the eccentric lives of the great Utilitarians. Kate Hennessy gives an inside look into the family life of her grandmother, famed Catholic activist Dorothy Day.

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

Jul 10 2017
48 mins
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Rank #18: "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
45 mins
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Rank #19: #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
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #20: #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
1 hour 7 mins
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