The Reading Life With Alex Beard And Colleen Mooney

Jan 24, 2017

This week on The Reading Life: Artist Alex Beard, author of A Brush with Nature: Abstract Realism and the Painting of Life. Colleen Mooney, author of Rescued by a Kiss and Dead and Breakfast, talks about her efforts to form a New Orleans chapter of the mystery writers' and readers' organization, Sisters in Crime. And Susan has a report from the recent Writers Resist reading.

**Lagniappe Audio**

Writers Resist, New Orleans: Program, January 15, 2017

Opening remarks from Jami Attenberg & Adrian Van Young

Excerpt from “What I Pledge Allegiance To” by Kiese Laymon, as read by Jo Gehringer (Loyola), Alexandra Gulden (Lusher), Gloria Jordan (NOCCA) & Lexie Roussel (NOCCA),

“Brown Boy, White House” by Amir Safi, as read by Bryan Washington

“A Supermarket in California” by Allen Ginsberg, as read by Zachary Lazar

Excerpt from “Fuck Off ISIS & Imperialism” by Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def, as read by Kristina Robinson

“Untitled” by Dima Yousef, “Exclusive Interview with Noah’s Son” by Am’l Donqual, and “Poem of Prohibitions” by Ahmed Fouad Negm, as translated and read by Andy Young & Khaled Hegazzi

Excerpt from “Autocracy: Rules for Survival” by Masha Gessen, as read by Jordan Hirsch

“Nobody Will Give You Freedom, You Have to Take it” by Meret Oppenheim, as read by Stacey Balkun

“At the Justice Department November 15 1969 ” by Denise Levertov and “Trickster” by Joy Harjo, as read by Carolyn Hembree

“A Small, Needful Fact” by Ross Guy, as read by Brad Richard

“Graffiti” by Julio Cortazar, as read by Tom Andes

“Earth Light: I” by Lynn Xu, as read by Isabel Balee

“Dedication” by Czeslaw Milosz, as read by Katy Simpson Smith

Excerpt from “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula K. LeGuin, as read by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

“Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes, as read by Adam Karlin

Letters from the students of Big Class: “Dear President Obama” by Quincy (Grade 8) and “Dear Donald Trump” by Alekesis (Grade 7), as introduced by Sanii (Grade 3)

“My Dungeon Shook: A Letter to My Nephew on the 100th  Anniversary of Emancipation” by James Baldwin, as read by Anya Groner

“A Joint Session of the U.S. Congress” by Vaclav Havel, as read by Michael Allen Zell

“Dear Corporation” by Adam Fell, as read by John D’Addario

Excerpt from The Melancholy of Resistance by Laszlo Krasznahorkai, as read by Mike Zapata

“Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front” by Wendell Berry, as read by Alison Barker

An excerpt from Italy From Within by Richard G. Massock, as read by Thomas Beller

“The Breath of History” by Mary Dorcey, as read by Ladee Hubbard

“From Walking By” by Leslie Scalapino, as read by Ben Luton

“The Eclipse” by Alberto Monterroso, as read by Yuri Herrera

Excerpt from “Politics and the English Language” by George Orwell, as read by Tom Piazza

Excerpt from The Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling, as read by Jami Attenberg

“Poem About My Rights” by June Jordan, as read by Kelly Harris D

Excerpt from Guantanamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, as read by Ambata Kazi-Nance

“A New National Anthem” by Ada Limon, as read by Ann Glaviano

Excerpt from “Uses of the Erotic” by Audre Lorde, as read by Elizabeth Gross

“We Are the House That Holds the Table at Which Yes We Will Happily Take a Goddamn Seat” by Morgan Parker, as read by Peyton Burgess

“Turns Out” by Sam Sax, as read by Adam Karlin

“Animals” by Hayan Charara, as read by Glenn Shaheen

“You’re Dead, America” by Danez Smith, as read by Andy Young

“Must the Novelist Crusade?” by Eudora Welty, as read by Katy Simpson Smith

Excerpt from The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, as read by Gina Allen

Excerpt from “Rediscovering Lost Values” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as read by Anahi Molina (Loyola), Katherine Grace Rice (Loyola), Lauren Stroh (Loyola), Naomi Adler (NOCCA) & Mary Murphy (NOCCA)