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Author: Dmitry Samarov

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Bits and pieces of what's on my mind. Maybe some talks with others about Chicago, about art, about music and movies. The things I love.

More: http://dmitrysamarov.com
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If a Tree Falls...

If a Tree Falls...

2020-02-1400:47:25

What happens when you set up a book talk and no one shows up? Paul Durica (of the Newberry Library) and I talk about Soviet Stamps and the writing racket to a bunch of empty chairs in the secret back room of Uncharted Books in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago.
Return to The Green Arcade

Return to The Green Arcade

2020-02-0601:00:27

I make my triumphant return to The Green Arcade in San Francisco and discuss Soviet Stamps, art, cabdriving, and other related and unrelated topics with Ben Terrall (Namaste, Motherfucker!)
Kyle Beachy (author of The Slide and many, many essays about skateboarding) puts me through my paces about Soviet Stamps, art, writing, making a living, and much else at Logan Square's City Lit Books.
Soviet Stamps at The Dial

Soviet Stamps at The Dial

2020-01-1000:53:28

Christian TeBordo interviews me about my new book, Soviet Stamps and other related topics at The Dial Bookshop in Chicago.
Tim Kinsella interviews me about my book, art, writing, and all that jazz at the Rainbo Club in Chicago on August 31st, 2019.
Christian TeBordo meets me at the Rainbo Club to talk about his forthcoming short story collection, Ghost Engine, teaching writing, and how he got from being the son of two pastors to where he is to day—the author of six books and the director of an MFA writing program.
I talk to Ben Terrall (of Namaste, Motherfucker! fame) about my new book at The Green Arcade in San Francisco. Andy Gillis—a longtime store employee—does the introduction.  More info about my book here: http://www.tortoisebooks.com/store/music-to-my-eyes
Daniel X. O'Neil talks about Arte Agora—art made, sold, or placed in the public way. More info here: http://www.arteagorabook.com/.
Musician Peter Prescott's talks about Mission of Burma, Minibeast, fighting nostalgia, and continuing to stay vital and creative in his 60s. Read more here: https://aquariumdrunkard.com/2019/04/15/catching-up-with-peter-prescott/
Moby Dick, chapter 57

Moby Dick, chapter 57

2019-01-2000:07:24

I read Chapter 57, "Of Whales and Paint," as part of Newberry Library's Moby-Dick Read-a-Thon. It was about 12:30am on Sunday, January 20th.
Stan Klein talks art

Stan Klein talks art

2018-12-0701:10:47

I talk to Stan Klein at Firecat Projects about how he got his start in art, opening a frame shop, working for other artists, and the whole kit and caboodle.
Filmfront talks film

Filmfront talks film

2018-11-2801:20:20

Cofounders Malia Haines-Stewart and Alan Medina talk about their Pilsen community storefront cinema. Then Ashley Cooper talks about her series of classic Hollywood films and how she learned to love movies from her grandma.
Krimstein talks Arendt

Krimstein talks Arendt

2018-11-1800:46:54

Ken Krimstein visits the Dial Bookshop to talk about "The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt.
The Other Side of the Wind

The Other Side of the Wind

2018-11-0300:33:32

Don De Grazia and I get together at the Music Box Lounge to talk about Orson Welles' "new" movie, toxic masculinity, film nerds, and the overall state of the world.
Skyler Rowe talks music

Skyler Rowe talks music

2018-09-2701:13:48

I meet Chicago musician and man-about-town, Skyler Rowe, at Firecat Projects and The Handlebar to talk about how he became the drummer in seventeen local bands. The Rainbo Club, gentrification, and the eternal conflict between metal and punk is also discussed.
Dmitry Samarov and Northwestern University professor Bill Savage discuss Samarov's show of marker drawings done on CTA buses and trains on view at Firecat Projects in Chicago.
Rebekka Federle talks art

Rebekka Federle talks art

2018-08-2900:45:59

I met Chicago collagist and sculptor Rebekka Federle—it's pronounced "fade-early", she insists—at Feed and, after eating some ribs, she talked to me about art, Chicago, and copywriting. You can see a bunch of her work at https://rebekkafederle.com/.
Charles Bronson

Charles Bronson

2018-07-2700:03:47

A story from cab-driving days. Written and read by Dmitry Samarov, with improvised music by Bill MacKay (guitar), Daniel Thatcher (bass), and Charles Rumback (drums). Recorded up on Frogg Mountain in Chicago, Illinois by John Vernon Forbes in 2013.
Brian Wells Talks Art

Brian Wells Talks Art

2018-07-2501:26:42

I visit Chicago painter Brian Wells to talk about his art, day-jobs, the art world, and his time in the city. You can see a bunch of his work at https://brianwellsart.com/.
John Vernon Forbes visits Jackalope Coffee in Bridgeport to talk about art, Tijuana Hercules, childhood, and the whole kit and caboodle.
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