Episode 19 – Chanelle Gallant

We were thrilled to sit down with Chanelle Gallant in Toronto to talk about her brilliant essay, “Fuck You Pay Me,” in Pleasure Activism (see Episode 13), her book-in-progress about sex as a form of unpaid work, and, of course, Hustlers. In the conversation, Chanelle references the crucial work of Kate Zen (Twitter, articles on Truth Out, and Kate Zen on Hustlers); Red Canary, which supports the grassroots organizing of migrant sex workers; and the Toronto-based group Butterfly, which “provides support to, and advocates for, the rights of Asian and migrant sex workers .” Check it out.

Episode 18 – Succession

Please, Greg, pull this off.

We review Succession through the second season. We didn’t mean to. It just happened. I’m hoping oligarchs won’t be relevant in two years so we don’t have to review it again. Who knows!

Thanks to slfhlp for providing us some SICK BEATS for our intro and outro.

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Episode 17 – Hustlers (2019)

J.Lo & $.

The one where we talk about J.Lo looking phenomenal at 50, the honesty of a lap dance, and how the whole world’s a strip club.

After our discussion our comrade Chanelle recommended some reading–a piece by Kate Zen that adds some crucial context and insight into the film’s representation of Destiny: “Constance Wu’s real-life ‘Hustlers’ inspiration and the problem with model minority redemption narratives.”

Thanks to slfhlp for providing us some SICK BEATS for our intro and outro.

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Episode 16 – Matewan (1987)

I have a very convoluted biblical allegory to tell you that starts with Joseph and his coat of many colors and ends with company spies getting got.

We dip into the vault to watch John Sayles 1987 labor classic, Matewan, the based-on-fact story (and here’s a hilariously biased company version of the story for kicks) in which Mingo County coalminers enter a deadly struggle with their bosses and their thugs for improved conditions. We talk labor in cinema, dramatizing solidarity and organizing, what the labor films of the future might look like, and Cheryl-super-crush Will Oldham and his gorgeous kissable lips. Solidarity forever! And thanks to slfhlp for providing us some SICK BEATS for our intro and outro.

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Episode 15 – Midsommer (2019)

It’s like day 7 of our summer vacation and I ate so much I’m like uggggggggggghhhhhhhhhh.
fill yr precious sound cups

Dearest listeners, we have returned from a short break to get freaked out by this summer’s horror-pastoral freakout, Midsommer. We discuss literary precedents, communitarian-phobia in cinema, grad students as villains (I hate that I’m linking to Slate but C pointed out that our point had been made), and more. Also, stay tuned for our first episode featuring an interview with a writer-activist who is doing rad, necessary things. We’re freaking out about this, but in a different way. Skål! <drinks mushroom tea>

Episode 14 – The Wandering Earth (2019)

don’t worry there are so many explosions in this shot you just can’t see them

We streamed Frant Gwo’s mega-blockbuster The Wandering Earth after a long weekend of find a place to live seeking, flat tires, and dead batteries. Our initial take: it’s a fun asplode fest! Is there more to this movie as we talk it out? Find out, dear reader, by listening.

Also, here’s some context that we dug up after our talk: There’s a lot of buzz about this movie representing a landmark in Chinese cinema–it’s first Sci-Fi blockbuster. Here’s a Vice piece by Muqing Zhang on Western techno-orientalist reception of the movie.

Also, errata: the movie does explain something we think it doesn’t explain–an unexpected spike in Jupiter’s gravity. Maybe our batteries were dead.

Episode 13 – Chanelle Gallant’s “F_ck You, Pay Me” (2019) (BOOK CLUB)

We’re reading Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good, written and gathered by adrienne maree brown. There was so much here to talk about but, for now, we’re turning to one essay in particular: Chanelle Gallant’s tremendous “Fuck You, Pay Me,” a myth-shattering case for the right of sex workers to use their sexuality to get the life they want. You can learn more about adrienne maree brown’s work here and Chanelle Gallant’s work here.