Share

cover art for These Short Cuts Go a Long Way - The SpokenWeb Podcast

Getting Lit With Linda

These Short Cuts Go a Long Way - The SpokenWeb Podcast

Season 4, Ep. 62

In this episode, Linda chats with Dr. Katherine McLeod about her role in the SpokenWeb Podcast, particularly Short Cuts. The conversation covers so much ground in such a short period! We discuss the following:



We talked about SpokenWeb’s beginnings, but here is another example. And, if you're curious, here is a sample of McLeod talking about “holding the sound” in a ShortCuts episode. And if you want to hear the recording of Dionne Brand speaking with Lee Maracle, try going here.

More episodes

View all episodes

  • 66. Plucking Women's Lives (and Messages) from the Shorelines of History

    35:30
    In this episode, Linda and Bryn Turnbull discuss her new historical novel, The Paris Deception - and what it means to represent women's lives historically when there has been inadequate records or representation for them. Linda considers the Indigo Girls and their song about Virginia Woolf - and listening attentively to the voices of women through time. Turnbull alludes to The Monuments Men (both the movie and the book) and her novel as an equivalent for women to such a story. Among other topics, we addressnecessary deceptions (18.56)significant visual art work still missing since the Second World War (21.30)women are scapegoats during Second World War (27)
  • 65. "Radical Self-Inclusion" - An Interview with Michael V. Smith

    48:19
    Michael V. Smith is a deeply loving, insightful poet and performer – who uses intimacy and humour as tools to explore pain. In this interview, Linda chats with him about power dynamics and bullying, as they address his poetry collection, Queers Like Me (published by Book*hug in 2023)Here are some of the subjects we covered:  on the nature of creative writing and genre (6.15)poetic technique, poetic devices, and poetic voice (verbatim poems: 6.45, 8.00, 42.43)Facebook poem and writing about his father (9.35, 10.48, 27.50, 32.20)depictions of masculinity  (21.40 mistake with bike/book; 12.05, 21.25)The Floating Man (13.03, 27.10)Agnes Varda (12.12)Eloise Marseille (4.18)working across genres (16.25)Michael reads from “Grandma Cooper’s Corpse” (20.25)humour and contrast (22.42, 24.25)poetry and knowledge - the function of poetry (37.00)his chapbook (23.45)dynamics of power and bullying (32, 32.40, 33.40)the importance of nuance (34.50)gay marriage (36.08)Bronwen Wallace (38.30)Lorna Crozier (39.20)His memoir, My Body is Yours (40.38, published by Arsenal Pulp Press)radical inclusion (46.54)
  • 64. Radical Self-Love, with Eloise Marseille

    01:03:41
    Eloise Marseille is the first guest for Season 5 - yes, season 5! - and, this time, it's English AND French (starting at the 31.55 mark for the French interview). Marseille is a wonderful Quebecoise graphic novelist, whose candid and humorous book, Naked: The Confessions of a Normal Woman / Confessions d'une Femme Normale examines sexuality and self-love--especially as it bears on women, cis- and trans-. Linda begins with a reference to the feminist theory courses she teaches and some of the theorists, like Kimberlé Crenshaw, and how sometimes students say "do we need feminist theory any more?" Linda wants to unplug students from the Matrix (a reference to the film starring Keanu Reeves) and show them the gritty reality in which we live - yes, we STILL need feminism and Marseille is leading the way/the charge!With thanks to James Healey, the recording engineer who set up the studio; Raphael Krux for music; and Marco Timpano, Sarah Henzi, and Benoit Cantin for giving this episode an advance listen!****Eloise Marseille est la première invitée de la saison 5 - oui, la saison 5 ! - et, cette fois, c'est en anglais ET en français (à partir de 31.55 pour l'entretien en français). Marseille est une merveilleuse écrivaine, dont le livre candide et humoristique, Naked: The Confessions of a Normal Woman / Confessions d'une Femme Normale, examine la sexualité et l'amour de soi, en particulier en ce qui concerne les femmes, cis et trans. Linda commence par évoquer les cours de théorie féministe qu'elle donne et certaines théoriciennes, comme Kimberlé Crenshaw, et comment les étudiants disent parfois "avons-nous encore besoin de la théorie féministe?" Linda veut débrancher les étudiants de la Matrice (référence au film avec Keanu Reeves) et leur montrer la réalité crue dans laquelle nous vivons - oui, nous avons ENCORE besoin du féminisme et Marseille montre la charge!Merci à James Healey, l'ingénieur du son qui a installé le studio, à Raphael Krux pour la musique, et à Marco Timpano, Sarah Henzi, et Benoit Cantin pour avoir écouté cet épisode en avant-première!
  • 63. Season 4 - Holiday Wishes ... and Some Hints for Season 5

    02:20
    Linda wishes her listeners a very happy holiday - and offers a hint about what to expect for at least the first episode of Season 5! Have a restful, joyful period. Getting Lit With Linda returns on March 1, 2024.
  • 61. Feminist Killjoys - An Interview with Erin Wunker

    42:15
    Linda is thrilled to have been able to conduct this interview with one of the foremost feminist scholars in Canada right now—Erin Wunker. They speak about her book Notes from a Feminist Killjoy, published by book*hug, and the important work it undertakes in relation to the labour of being a “feminist killjoy.”Don’t know what a feminist killjoy is? Give this interview a listen to find out more.Here are only some of the key points of the discussion:·    About Erin Wunker (2.46)  ·   About the book itself: Notes from a Feminist Killjoy (book*hug press) (1.41)·     The meaning of the title (4.39)·     What is a killjoy? (1.47)·     Sarah Ahmed, as a thinker and community-engaged intellectual (1.58, 5.40, 8.10, 30.08)·     About the feminist killjoy (6.20, 7.09, 9.46, 19.40, 24.56) and intersectional feminism (15.57)·     Betty Friedan (25.00)·     The style of writing (25.30)·     Collection action, allyship, friendship (18.55)·     The podcast We Can Do Hard Things (Glennon Doyle, 13.08)·     Catherine MacKinnon (30.14, 38.04) ·     Tarana Burke, #MeToo, and Jian Ghomeshi (32.58)
  • 60. Milestones: A Sixtieth and Live Episode - An interview with Catherine Hernandez and Eva Crocker

    01:14:59
    In this episode -- recorded live in Tiohtià:ke in the DeSeve Cinema at Concordia University -- Linda interviews award-winning authors, Catherine Hernandez and Eva Crocker. Linda begins by thanking celebrated Montreal-based author, Christopher DiRaddo, who is the director of the Violet Hour and who opens the event with a territorial acknowledgement and with an introduction to the authors. The Violet Hour and the Association of English-Language Publishers of Quebec (AELAQ) co-sponsored the event, so Linda also recognizes the superb professionalism of the team at AELAQ, including Rebecca West, Alex Sweny, and Elise Moser. She also thanks Stephen Burgess, the audio-visual technician who helped to record the event that day.The interview begins with Hernandez and considerations of her three novels, Scarborough (Arsenal Pulp Press), Crosshairs (Simon & Schuster), and The Story of Us (HarperCollins). They also speak about her amazing Wild Strawberry Homestead. Then, Eva Crocker joins them on the stage and so they also discuss her two novels, Back in the Land of the Living (House of Anansi) and All I Ask (House of Anansi).A question period follows the two interviews, as members in the audience also interact with Hernandez and Crocker. It's a longer episode than usual (which is why there is only ONE this month!), but you will appreciate why: the interview is at turns funny, moving, and warm.
  • 59. An Entry Without an Exit: Dionne Brand's A Map to the Door of No Return

    18:24
    In this episode, Linda reflects on Dionne Brand's magnificent A Map to the Door of No Return: Notes to Belonging, reprinted by Vintage (a division of Random House) in 2023 - but initially published over twenty years ago. That's the staying power of this particular volume - the "Door of No Return" is a particularly harrowing metaphor and, as Linda notes, there are many expressions that use "doors" in contemporary usage. Just not like this book does! A prolific and accomplished writer and professor, Brand is referring to the Black diaspora vis-a-vis the Black Atlantic slave trade.To set up this discussion, Linda considers her personal fascination with "doors" (consider the gorgeous doors of the Atwater Library in Montreal) and then how they have been used in other works -- like that of Complaint! by Sara Ahmed or The Diamond Grill by Fred Wah or The Door by Margaret Atwood -- and then compares them to how the image is used in Brand's literary text.In the Takeaway, Linda gives a shout-out to the annual Read Quebec Book Fair, that this year is taking place from November 3 to November 4th in the McConnell Building Atrium of Concordia University. Please join her there, where she will be interviewing Catherine Hernandez and Eva Crocker live!
  • 58. And this is how we get here - Keith Barker's This is How We Got Here

    41:52
    Linda speaks with Métis playwright, actor, and director, Keith Barker about his play, This is How We Got Here (Playwrights Canada Press) It is a moving interview, as Barker explains the origins and shape of this play.Their discussions touch on the following subjects (among others!):current and past productions of the play (3.00; 28.15; 34.10, 36.00)loss and trauma (1.14, 1.50, 4.30, 6.10, 12.56, 19.20, 33.58)structure of This is How We Got Here (1.20, 22.28, 23.25)representations of grief (3.50, 25.08)structure and shape of the play (5.48, 9.05)fox figure (10.04, 17.01, 18.58, 20.45, 25.10, 33.00, 36.00)play’s epigraph (from Jonathan Livingston Seagull, 10.30, 13.16, 15.40)discussion of suicide (11.51, 21.40)figures from nature (17.58)Catholicism (20.45)meaning of the title of the play (37.50)Linda also invites Barker to read from his play, which he does, selecting the first scene related to the fox figure (25.25).With a special thanks to James Healey, the podcasting studio manager - and Barker's cats, who also made an appearance in this interview!