Rank #1: #49 Children's Book Week: Javaka Steptoe & Elizabeth Acevedo
This week on Open Stacks, lit for the little ones: it's Children's Book Week! Writers Javaka Steptoe and Elizabeth Acevedo join us, Colin interviews Franny, special selections from storytime, and more.
Rank #2: Something Like Freedom: David Ferry, David Shulman & Michelle Obama's "Becoming"
A bookstore is more than a retail space, and on this episode of Open Stacks we welcome back old friends and longtime members of the Co-op for a celebration of community committed to a sense of time and conversation spoken across the ages. Poet David Ferry goes in search of a communal voice in his landmark translation of Virgil's The Aeneid; peace activist and Indologist David Shulman walks us through the West Bank in Palestine, retracing the "ambiguous grounds for action," freedom, and despair in territories that can't seem to coexist; and Hyde Park's own Michelle Obama returns to the Co-op to kickoff her tour for Becoming.
Rank #3: #55 Biblio-files - Co-op Legends: Hanna Holborn Gray
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.
Rank #4: #10 Laura Kipnis & Lisa Wade: Sex Ed
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.
Rank #5: #3 Portraits of Chicago - From Black Picket Fences to the Once-Cursed Cubs, with Natalie Moore, Scott Simon & Kevin Coval
Poet Kevin Coval, NPR Weekend Edition’s Scott Simon, and WBEZ Chicago's Natalie Moore share stories and reflections on their home town of Chicago, from corner stores and food deserts on the city's South Side to the North Side's once-cursed Cubs. Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-op Bookstores. This episode was produced by Kit Brennen.
Rank #6: #41 History from Below: William Pelz, Lisa Lee, David Stovall, Bill Ayers, Nate Marshall, and Jeremy McCarter
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.
Rank #7: #36 Myths and Folktales: William Hansen and Wendy Doniger
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.
Rank #8: #6 Colson Whitehead and Deepak Unnikrishnan: Dystopias Past and Present
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.
Rank #9: #50 Biblio-files: Co-op Legends - Marshall Sahlins
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.
Rank #10: #40 Gentrifier: Marc Lamont Hill, John Joe Schlichtman, Sharon Nelson-Payne
This week Marc Lamont Hill and John Joe Schlichtman discuss their book Gentrifier, and local activist Sharon Nelson-Payne, a co-founder of STOP (Southside Together Organizing for Power), talks about gentrification in Woodlawn and nearby neighborhoods of Chicago. Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-operative Bookstores.
Rank #11: #39 In Search of French Lit: Alison James, Kit Schluter, and Adam Hocker
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.
Rank #12: Autobiography of Song: Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib & Timuel Black
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.
Rank #13: "The opposite of an out-of-body experience": In the Stacks with Eileen Myles + The "Gentle Madness" of Collecting Books
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.
Rank #14: #32 Home for the Holidays: David Ferry, Mai Der Vang, Emily Yoon, Zhou Sivan, Eduardo Rabasa, Erika L. Sanchez, & José Ángel Navejas
Poet David Ferry reads from his translation of Vergil's Aeneid. Poets Mai Der Vang, Emily Yoon, and Zhou Sivan share stories of conflict and displacement. Eduardo Rabasa, Erika L. Sanchez, & José Ángel Navejas discuss the immigrant experience. Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-operative Bookstores.
Rank #15: Illegibility Writ Large: Dark Ages and Pages with Charles Bernstein and James Bridle
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.
Rank #16: An Episodic Life: Andrew Sean Greer, Malynne Sternstein, and Seminary Co-op on Campus Novels
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).
Rank #17: #7 Simon Critchley & Nathan McClain: It Is Enough to Endure
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.
Rank #18: #33 Future Imperfect: Mike Duncan & Alfred McCoy
Can history predict the future? Where do we fall in history's great cycles? History professor Alfred McCoy, author of "In the Shadow of the American Century," and historian and podcaster Mike Duncan, author of "The Storm Before the Storm," weigh in. Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-op Bookstores.
Rank #19: #53: Shifting the City - Ben Austen, LaDale C. Winling, & Gordon Douglas
This week on the program, cities shifting and shifted, and the people, institutions, and social structures that make it so. Ben Austen recounts the dissolution of Cabrini Green, America’s most iconic public housing project, on Chicago’s west side and tells a story of America’s public housing experiments and failures; LaDale C. Winling examines the role of universities on the shape of their neighborhoods and towns; and Gordon Douglas considers how DIY planning takes place, and who participates, within urban contexts.
Rank #20: #8 Specters of Revolution: China Mieville, Norma Field and Heather Bowen-Struyk
China Mieville reads from his latest book "October" and discusses the haunting legacy of the Russian Revolution. Editors Norma Field and Heather Bowen-Struyk read from their anthology of Japanese proletarian writings "For Dignity, Justice and Revolution". Plus, University of Chicago Professor Robert Bird reads and discusses Vladimir Mayakovsky's poem "Our March". Open Stacks is the official podcast of the Seminary Co-op Bookstores. This episode was produced by Kit Brennen and Imani Jackson.