“Storytelling through Marginalia, a Radical Dance Workshop, and Creative Processes as Research Methodologies.” (Podcast s01e08)

In this episode, we offer two segments and spotlight three excellent texts.

In our first segment, we continue our discussion of S., the experimental novel by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. As we reflect on reading chapters 7,8,9, and an “interlude,” we return to some of the main themes of the book: scholarship, love, identity, documentation, and collaboration. It’s such an amazing book. You should really get yourself a copy, start reading it, and keep listening to us talk about it.

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.

And between these two segments, we want to point your attention to three excellent texts we’ve been reading and thinking about lately:

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“The New Work of Reading; More S. Project Chatter” (Podcast s01e06)

In episode 6 of Masters of Text, Ames presents the first part of a three-section piece called “The New Work of Reading,” an experimental audio-autoethnographic piece in which she examines her own process of learning to read multimodal scholarship. This episode also features the third segment of our S. Project, a dialogue that focuses on what we thought about Chapters 4, 5, and 6 of S.. by J.J. Abrahams and Doug Dorst. As an interlude, Trauman offers a spotlight on a couple of texts he recommends our listeners check out.

“Going Gurlesque; Learning to Read Again; and more of Abrams and Dorst’s S.” (Podcast s01e03)

In this episode, Ames and Trauman continue their conversation about Abrams and Dorst’s novel, S. after reading the first quarter of the book. They find that’s is fascinating. And damn difficult reading. And totally worth it. The second half of the show is Ames’s text: “An Open Letter to Gurlesque.” It’s smart, racy, and beautiful. No doubt a “must-listen.”

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“Welcome; Meet Ames and Trauman; Encountering S. a novel by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst.” (Podcast s01e01)

In this episode, you meet us, the two hosts of the show, Ames Hawkins and Ryan Trauman. We talk a little about our backgrounds, how we met, and how this podcast came into being. In the second half of the episode, we discuss our first encounter with S., a novel by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. But the book is also a fascinating experiment with storytelling and “book-ness.”

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S. by Abrams & Dorst: Some Background Resources

In Episode S01E01, we begin our discussion of S., a literary project produced by J.J. Abrams and written by Doug Dorst. Just in case you wanted some background reading, we thought we’d put together a starter-list of resources you might want to checkout to familiarize yourself with their project. Of course, the best thing you could do would be to buy the book. But in lieu of that, check out the videos and links below if you want a slightly better sense of what the hell we’re babbling on about.