Matthew Stadler (b4b – s2.e7)

In radio show on June 7, 2012 at 5:07 pm

“I’m a writer, and that’s all I’ve really cared about for most of my life, is writing, and what happens to it.”
Matthew Stadler

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Matthew Stadler (b4b – s2.e7)

June 7th:
Peter is bleary because it’s another Cassettestival week (series #2). This is a periodical publication that sees bedroom recordings issued as hand-designed cassettes. A highlight of this event will be the release of a compilation of local female musicians.

Jon B joins us for a game of Stump The Literary Canon. Listen to find out the rules of this wild new party game.

Feature: Matthew Stadler
Boy is this guy inspiring. With poverty and passion as his drivers, and Patricia No as a co-editor/co-publisher, Matthew Stadler found a way to make gorgeous, minimal, handbound, print-on-demand books in a loaned storefront in Portland, Oregon. Publication Studio further expresses Matthew’s ideas about the public that can and will form around the publication of a text. We talk with Matthew about selling books one at a time, selling books at dinner parties, special events planning, writing from the margins, and the speaker’s circuit for a guy who is on the vanguard of print-on-demand production. He also presents us with a recent Publication Studio Bordeaux release, Revolution: A Reader.

Also, for those in need, we coin a term: “Booksick” is when you call in sick to work because you are compelled to finish the book you’re reading.

Next Week:
Books: something you might want to read. Music: Peter Bradley’s personal shortlist of what should make the Polaris Prize shortlist but probably won’t.

Things we talked about:
Cassettestival #2

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  1. Hey guys! So I’ve been listening to your show! Since some time in the spring, I guess. (Hey Dan, I’m sure I’ll see you soon at the store. Hey Peter, I’ve actually probably met you since I went to a couple shows on Northumberland. But I guess you’re in the Yukon now! Awesome. One of my best friends is living in Dawson City and it sounds amazing.)

    I keep thinking I should write with comments but haven’t done it yet. So here I am! Comments for you! My first comment is that it’s awesome that you have a website now! Where one can comment! And catch up on the latest shows and download them for offline listening! This is truly a great thing. (Do you like how I cleverly didn’t mention anything about having to settle for listening to last week’s show on the cfru website? It cuts off at the 9 o’clock mark. The last word is “diapers.”)

    So I’m going to try to become a loyal commenter as well as a loyal listener. So that you’ll feel all supported—instead of pressured—to update your website. Really, just support. No pressure. Buuuut I am going to have to put my comments for last week’s show HERE. (No offense to Matthew Stadler; I can’t remember what I was going to say about that show, or he would get comments too.)

    Comment One:
    There was a BBC World Book Club with Henning Mankell. (Do you know about this show? They have authors in to their London digs and the book club members can be there in person or write/call in with questions. So great.

    Apparently a lot of women who wrote in were interested in dating Wallender (the book version, I think, not the Branagh version). Popular guy.

    Comment Two:
    Tell me if this kind of comment is annoying, but – you were asking about the pronunciation of Sacco’s name? I can’t speak for his name, but if you’re interested, the normal rule for Italian pronunciation is that C makes a hard K sound (one or two Cs) except before an I or an E, like Baci, or Cacciatore, or…um…Pace…in which case it sounds like an English CH. (Does that make sense?)

    Ok. See you later! With more comments! Yes.

    • Okay Emily, I’ll try to be better about updates. It’s very good of you to tune in, thank you. And I appreciate the Sacco tip, that’s not annoying at all. I called my friend Dan Pace, “Dan Pay-ss”, all through high school. He’s Maltese. I should apologize.

      • OOH! Replies! That is gratifying. Now I must uptake my commenting with renewed vigour. Except that I’ll be away next week in a place where there is no internet and I am cooking all day. So maybe not then.

        The thing about names is that you just never know, eh? People can pronounce their names however they damn well please, for one thing, but also names cross a lot of borders and get mangled and smoothed and bent and stuff, and who knows what regional or personal idiosyncrasies made them what they were in the first place. I like learning language pronunciation stuff but when it comes to names the only thing you can really count on is whatever they say. Hence my slight hedging (oh i’m so funny) on that. And then of course there are people who just don’t give a crap how you say it, as long as the contact is made. Or as long as you’re trying and not just being another oblivious noodlehead like they’re used to. That’s what I aim for with my students. Not perfection, maybe, but hopefully this side of obliviousnoodleness. Oh, la. (I’m sure Dan forgave you.)

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