W.B. Appendix 008: Natalie Myers & Mary Kate Teske et al.

March 21, 2019

Waste Correspondents Mary Kate Teske and Phil Griffin hang out with Billings, MT visual artist  Natalie Myers for a meandering conversation about work, being a parent, living in your hometown, and hair care. Homies Sawyer Peterson and Kianna Valasquez chime in too! To see more of Natalie's stuff check out @nataliekay19 on Instagram!

Music on this week's episode from the band In Rapture, with their track "Writhe" from the album In Rapture. Check 'em out on Bandcamp, Spotify, or wherever you get music!

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Produced by Mary Kate & Phil.

Waste Books Ep. 13 - The Argonauts

March 18, 2019

Join us this month's book club as we discuss Maggie Nelson's queer memoir The Argonauts!

Overview

Maggie Nelson’s 2015 book The Argonauts combines theory and memoir in a successful attempt to prove that the political is personal. Combining queer theory, feminism, a bit of Marxism, a dollop of psychoanalysis, heaps of gender theory, and a healthy dose of highfaluting post-structuralism, Nelson undertakes an odyssey like the mythic Argonauts not in pursuit of any Golden Fleece but a record of the self’s permutations and the difficulties with understanding others when all of our experiences appear so diverse.

Nelson’s writing comfortably rests between the informality of a blog and the professionalism of a tenured professor. Her writing rests in this golden mean by suffusing her text with quotes as wide-ranging as Ralph Waldo Emerson to Judith Butler, Michel Foucault to her partner Harry. Rather than introduce each zinger of a quote like an academic paper she cites the quote in italics while identifying its author in the margins. The effect works splendidly and renders the reading experience with heady but fluid results. The narrative consists of two stories, Nelson’s pregnancy where she faces her femininity in lurid but intimate detail, and her husband Harry Dodge’s gender reassignment where their body becomes slowly transformed in intense but exciting ways. Positioned between these two are their children, one Nelson slowly becomes more acquainted with, the other a new life force growing inside our author.

The title of the book references Roland Barthes, Nelson quoting “the phrase ‘I love you’ is like ‘the Argonaut renewing his ship during its voyage without changing its name.’ Just as the Argo’s part may be replaced over time but the boat is still called the Argo, whenever the lover utters the phrase ‘I love you,’ its meaning must be renewed by each use…” The Argonauts mission is one that attempts to locate meaning in a world where meaning seems to take away our freedom. Nelson finds that even in alienated modernity “the inexpressible is contained – inexpressibly! In the expressed.” The read is a deeply engaging one for anyone even remotely interested in gender or queer theory, and makes what for many people is deeply unsettling, familiar, funny, but most importantly, unflinchingly honest.

-Jordan Finn

 

Show Notes

Music this show provided by the Big Sky Trio. Check out their album Short Stories on Spotify or wherever you get music!

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Podcast produced by Phillip Griffin. Graphic by Cooper Malin.

W.B. Appendix 007: Tyler Murphy & Phillip Griffin

March 13, 2019

For the latest episode of the Waste Books appendices Waste Correspondent Phillip Griffin sat down over coffee with a MT-based painter, gallery owner, and all-around sweetie Tyler Murphy to talk philosophy & other shtuff. Topics include discursivity, Story Night at Montana Gallery, danger & vulnerability in modern life, Paul Tillich's book The Courage to Be, and Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil. For more of Tyler's work visit montanagallery.net!

Music in this episode features Bust! The track is called "Slip Mat." Check out their bandcamp page!

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Podcast produced by Phillip Griffin. Graphic originally by Tyler for his Lonely Painter Podcast, but "reappropriated" for this one by Phil.

W.B. Appendix 006: Cooper Tells A Story

February 22, 2019

Cooper Malin tries his hand at being "professional" and a "storyteller." It totally "worked" and wasn't a "weird exploration into ASMR."

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Podcast produced by Cooper Malin. Graphic also by Coop. Check out his new art page on Instagram @rustyfleece!

W.B. Appendix 005: Broquel Albertson & Cooper Malin (Part 1)

February 14, 2019

Waste Correspondent Cooper Malin had some brewskis with his old friend Broquel to talk about books and other stuff they've been thinking about. Topics include Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, separating the art from the artist, John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath, and FUPAs.

Music in this episode features MT band Boy Feud. The track is called "Left Behind." Check out their bandcamp page!

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Podcast produced by Cooper Malin. Graphic also by Coop. Check out his new art page on Instagram @rustyfleece!

W.B. Appendix 004 - Chris Tsekouras & Eric Toennis

February 6, 2019

Waste correspondent Eric Toennis sat down with his friend Chris Tsekouras to talk about their road trip from Eugene, OR to Billings, MT for Julia Louis-Dreyfest last August. They tell of their experience volunteering for the fest, as well as attending concerts and a comedy show there. Dreyfest also inspired these guys to pack a drumset back from MT and start jamming themselves.

Music in this episode features Dreyfest vets, Lung, from Cincinnati, OH. The track is called "All The King's Horses."

Graphic by Cooper Malin.

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Podcast produced by Phillip Griffin.

Waste Books Episode 12: The Dispossessed

January 29, 2019

Join us this month as we discuss Ursula K. Le Guin's anarchist utopian space novel, The Dispossessed!

Overview

With all this talk about walls, Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Dispossessed is a timely masterpiece for science fiction. Her novel chronicles the physicist Shevek who travels from the utopian but inhospitable planet of Anarres for the earthly Urras where the landscape is verdant but capitalism and hierarchy dominate society’s mores. Rather than present a fable filled with hyperspace travel, exotic alien species, and intergalactic threats to peace, Le Guin utilizes the freedom of the genre to experiment with societal alternatives rather than provide our society with brash escapism.

Shevek’s home planet of Anarres is an anarchist culture where possessive pronouns are nonexistent, play and work are indistinguishable, and nothing has a monetary value. But even this perfect world starts to reveal its limitations in the exclusionary practices of those who resist the planet’s groupthink. Shevek is seen as a threat to this egalitarian order where individual success is considered egoizing, and Shevek rebelliously heads to the nearby Urras to complete his theory on physics and time hoping that in his search for individual fulfilment he may also be able to save his community from becoming as close-minded as Urras’ propetarians. His odyssey to this vibrant planet finds freedoms never known to his people but at costs that precipitate global wars, amplify class privation, and objectify women with contemptible intensity. Urras’ focus on division rather than unity, possession instead of community forces Shevek to reevaluate his theory, his values, and what it means to communicate when the space inbetween may preclude ever being understood.

Somehow, The Dispossessed manages to stuff Daoism, anarcho-syndicalism, quantum mechanics, vehement feminism, ecological tension, philosophical dualism, memorable characters, and hella good writing without ever sounding pedantic, patronizing, or preachy. It’s an accessible page-turner of a saga that tastefully retains the intrigue of novel ideas, technology, and locales without the need to flip back to the appendix every few pages.  For those that can’t stand science-fiction’s monolithic world-building but want an exploration of societal and political themes in a strange land, look no further!

-Jordan Finn

Show Notes

This episode features the track "Dryspellcaster," from FUULS's EP, its a secret.

Wastoid Cooper Malin did the graphic for this episode!

Podcast produced by Phillip Griffin.

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W.B. Appendix 003 - A Naval Flight Officer & Phil Griffin

January 18, 2019

Waste correspondent Phillip Griffin sat in a hot tub with an old friend who finds himself training to be a Naval Flight Officer, achieving the dream of flight he's had since he was a kid. They talk about flying, discipline, guns, and music in the latest episode of the Waste Books Appendices! Get the low-down on the up-high from this Grade-A Derelict Wastoid.

Speaking of music, The track at the end of this is a demo called "Dry County" by the pilot himself.

Graphic by Cooper Malin.

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W.B. Appendix 002 - Mary Kate Teske & Phil Griffin

January 11, 2019

Mary Kate Teske is a woman of many talents. She's a photographer, graphic designer, web designer, videographer, musician, crocheter, talker, classic car maintainer... etc.etc.etc. In a word: she's dope! And she's doing a lot of stuff. To check out her work visit her Instagram or her website.

Aaaaaaand to see her web design and other work check out www.waste-division.org!

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Illustrations of Mary Kate as your 80s boyfriend (mullet included) were sketched by our own Cooper Malin.

W.B. Appendix 001 - Cooper Malin & Phil Griffin

January 6, 2019

This is a new addition to our show & feed, a series of mini-episodes that feature one-on-one conversations between the Waste Books doods, orrrrr other cools peeps we manage to sit down with. Cooper and Phil catch up on their non-WB projects, including Coop's new ventures into graphic design commission work and Phil's training as a professional musician. Topics include social media & self promotion, conspiracy theories, our reading practices (or lack thereof), and of course the extracurricular books we've been on, including The People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn, Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell, and More Than Two - A Practical Guide to Ethical Polyamory by Franklin Veaux and Eve Rickert.

This is a looser, "over coffee"-type conversation compared to our regular show. And shorter! Let us know what you think.

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Produced by Cooper Malin & Phillip Griffin. Graphic by the Cooper Malin.