Exploring Alt-Alphabetic Texts and Creative-Critical Scholarship
Listen to any of our 18 podcast episodes below.
Season 1 Episode 1: “Welcome; Meet Ames and Trauman; Encountering S. a novel by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst”
Season 2 Episode 2: “Digital Storytelling; Art Activism; Audio Text Birthday Present for Ames’ Mom”
Season 1 Episode 3: “Going Gurlesque; Learning to Read Again; and more of Abrams and Dorst’s S.”
Season 1 Episode 4: “The Making of Gurlesque; More of the S. Project”
Season 1 Episode 5: “Audio Editing Software and New Media Design Strategies”
Season 1 Episode 6: “The New Work of Reading; More S. Project Chatter”
Season 1 Episode 7: “Vox Fabri, Vox Dea, and Adventures in Microcasting”
Season 1 Episode 8: “Storytelling through Marginalia, a Radical Dance Workshop, and Creative Processes as Research Methodologies”
In the second half of the episode, Ames and her frequent collaborator, Phil Bratta have a conversation about participating in a radical dance workshop with Guillermo Gomez Pena and Sara Shelton Mann this past summer.
Season 1 Episode 9: “DIY Audio Cables, Scholars as Makers, Penultimate S. Discussion”
This episode’s second segment brings to your the penultimate discussion of J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst’s experimental storytelling project S. Even thought we LOVE this book, it’s certainly not without its flaws. This is easily our most detailed discussion, and we take the authors to task in a couple of ways they didn’t really deliver on the enormous early promise of this project.
Season 1 Episode 10: “Soundwriting in the FYW classroom”
In the second part of the episode, Ames and Trauman each choose and offer for your listening pleasure one of our favorite student-created podcast segments. We had a devil of a time choosing, and could have filled hours of MoT with student work—much of which is AMAZING. But we’ve gone with these examples because they illustrate well some of the affordances of sound, and each makes clear the ways that soundwriting expands our understanding of how and when storytelling can inform and be, in and of itself, scholarly work.
Season 1 Episode 11: “Ames’s Amazing Austrian Audio Adventure!”
Ames recommends, if you’re so inclined, to re-listen (or perhaps first listen), to Episode 7. There, we feature the process involved in producing the Columbia Weekend MicroCAST. And Ames presents a vox pop piece she produced following recording at the 10th Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference in Tempe, AZ, October 2015. It was the making of “Vox Fabri; Vox Dea,” that directly led to Ames’s invitation to come to Austria. Episode 11 builds upon the knowledge created in Episode 7, extending the scholarly exploration of the affordances and limits of and for the vox pop form.
Season 1 Episode 12: “The ‘S’ Projects we didn’t make, and and the ones we did!”
Season 2 Episode 1: “Nox Pre-reading Thoughts and Rethinking a Table of Contents”
Season 2 Episode 2: “Reading Nox; Death & Desire Vox Pop”
Season 2 Episode 3: “Final Reflections on Nox; Conversation with Nickole Brown”
Season 2 Episode 4: “Pre-Reading BS Johnson’s The Unfortunates; Reflecting on the Vox Pop”
Season 2 Episode 5: “Discussion of BS Johnson’s The Unfortunates; More thoughts on the Vox Pop”
Season 2 Episode 6: “Reflections on a Good Run and our final BS Johnson conversation”