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She’s A Talker

32 EpisodesProduced by Neil GoldbergWebsite

Artist Neil Goldberg uses a collection of thousands of index cards onto which he's obsessively jotted observations, reflections, and ideas to prompt conversations with some of his favorite New York artists, writers, performers, and beyond.

32 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

Oscar René Cornejo: Quema Rancho

September 18th, 2020

47:10

Artist Oscar René Cornejo talks about burning his home down as a child and other early artistic endeavors. Neil talks about the erotics of Amazon checkout.

ABOUT THE GUEST Oscar René Cornejo earned an MFA from Yale …

Ray Lipstein: The One Hundred Face

September 11th, 2020

39:07

Writer Ray Lipstein describes the melodrama of looking in the mirror. 

ABOUT THE GUEST RL (Ray) Lipstein is a writer, editor, and performer who works for The New Yorker, and previously for the Hudson River Sloop …

Kathleen Turner: Unspoken Treaties

August 28th, 2020

42:00

Actor Kathleen Turner talks about not bringing characters home. Neil wonders if he himself created COVID.

ABOUT THE GUEST Among Kathleen Turner’s …

Monique Truong: Peak Desperation

August 21st, 2020

42:45

Writer Monique Truong describes her love of showering when it's raining outside. Neil realizes he is bad in a crisis.

ABOUT THE GUEST Monique Truong is the Vietnamese American author of the bestselling, award-winning …

Angela Dufresne: Our Sex is Aesthetic

August 14th, 2020

37:56

Artist Angela Dufresne makes the case that painting is like cats, fashion is like dogs. Neil proposes that certain worked-out bodies are never naked.

ABOUT THE GUEST Angela Dufresne is a painter originally from …

Cassie da Costa: Thanks In Advance

August 7th, 2020

34:34

Neil discusses the micro-acting exercise of saying “my husband.” Writer Cassie da Costa finds deep truths in customer service language.

ABOUT THE GUEST Cassie da Costa is a writer and editor who works for The Daily …

Isaac Mizrahi: Nakedness & Abstraction

July 31st, 2020

33:17

Neil discusses the pleasure of medical touch. Designer/entertainer Isaac Mizrahi consoles us that at least Stephen Sondheim isn't the best bridge …

Mike Dimpfl: Post-Embarrassment

July 24th, 2020

34:14

Neil talks about his childhood wish to stop the waves. DJ and academic Mike Dimpfl talks about his research on "toilet feelings."

ABOUT THE GUEST Mike Dimpfl is a teacher, academic, costume builder, and DJ. His academic …

Cakes Da Killa: Wild Orchid in a Basement

July 17th, 2020

30:10

Neil talks about summer as its own lifespan. His guest, rapper Cakes Da Killa, discusses how to tell a friend their music sucks.

ABOUT THE GUEST Cakes Da Killa is a rapper and the talent behind five critically-acclaimed …

Sharon Marcus: Bred for Opacity

July 17th, 2020

33:57

Neil talks about air conditioning and sense memory. His guest, literary scholar Sharon Marcus, imagines a daredevil visit to a perfume shop.

ABOUT …

Michael Smith: Room Tone

May 1st, 2020

25:06

BONUS EPISODE In this bonus live episode, artist Michael Smith talks about how to get creative with bad teaching evaluations. Season 3 coming …

Annie Lanzillotto: The Most Beautiful No

March 27th, 2020

24:51

Writer and performer Annie Lanzillotto talks about how, actually, old people are the future.

ABOUT THE GUEST Born and raised in the Westchester …

Jeff Hiller: Lockdown Cuddle Duds

March 20th, 2020

38:46

In this episode, Neil talks to the one person he’s not isolating from: his husband, actor and comedian Jeff Hiller, from TV’s 30 Rock, Broadway’s …

Melissa Anderson: Compost of the Soul

March 13th, 2020

27:32

Film critic Melissa Anderson talks about the correlation between smoldering internal rage and a lighthearted use of exclamation marks.

ABOUT THE …

Nick Flynn: Storytelling As Illness

March 6th, 2020

33:33

Poet Nick Flynn talks about the ways in which he won't die.

ABOUT THE GUEST Nick Flynn has worked as a ship’s captain, an electrician, and a …

Jon Wan: Complex Enchantment

February 28th, 2020

28:25

Performer Jon Wan argues that kids are campy.

ABOUT THE GUEST  Slipping in and out of drag skin Kiko Soirée, animagus Jon Wan serves an alluring feast of emotion - sensual, sincere, stupid. Kiko (@kikosoiree) is a …

Tony Bluestone: Death Is So Queer

February 21st, 2020

28:42

Artist Tony Bluestone talks about the existential condition of the Wet Paint sign.

Kate Johnson: The Discomfort of Patience

February 14th, 2020

29:22

Meditator Kate Johnson explores the connection between car horns and anonymous comment sections.

ABOUT THE GUEST Kate Johnson teaches classes and retreats integrating Buddhist meditation, somatics, social justice and …

Jacques Servin: Crypto-Optimist

February 7th, 2020

23:50

Activist and filmmaker Jacques Servin talks about shoplifting in airports.

ABOUT THE GUEST Jacques Servin is co-founder of the Yes Men, an …

Andy Hawkes: Almost Art

January 31st, 2020

33:44

Artist and baker Andrew Hawkes talks about bouncing around pixelated mansions.

ABOUT THE GUEST Andy Hawkes is an interdisciplinary artist based in Harlem. He creates performances, videos and baked goods that interrogate …

Alicia Svigals: Uncourageously Obscure

January 24th, 2020

26:15

Violinist Alicia Svigals talks about the erotics of dishwashing.

ABOUT THE GUESTAlicia Svigals is violinist, composer, and co-founder of the …

John Early: Jazz Hands in the Face of Global Collapse

December 20th, 2019

26:13

Comedian John Early talks about blooper reel politics and the challenges of performing sleep.

ABOUT THE GUEST:  John Early is a comedian and actor …

Miguel Gutierrez: Touch My Actual Body

December 13th, 2019

25:28

Choreographer Miguel Gutierrez talks about the beauty of confident mistakes and what you can learn about people by how they handle fruit.

ABOUT THE GUEST: Miguel Gutierrez is a choreographer, composer, performer, …

Roz Chast: Making Each Other Less Miserable

December 6th, 2019

23:08

Cartoonist Roz Chast talks about arsenic-infused wallpaper and the occasional dutifulness of "I love you, too."

ABOUT THE GUEST: Roz Chast has had …

Robert Reid-Pharr: Forever 54

November 29th, 2019

24:33

Cultural critic Robert Reid-Pharr examines the existential choice between elapsed time and remaining time on the elliptical.

ABOUT THE GUEST: Robert …

Karen Sherman: The Smell of Dance

November 22nd, 2019

28:23

Choreographer Karen Sherman talks about the politics of applause and the olfactory landscape of the stage.

ABOUT THE GUEST: Karen Sherman makes …

Mike Albo: Hand Model Anxiety

November 15th, 2019

24:28

Writer and performer Mike Albo talks about enthusiasm as a gay survival strategy and the erotics of fermented food.

ABOUT THE GUEST: Mike Albo is a writer, performer, humorist and author. His novels include Hornito

Jia Tolentino: The Wish to Die in Space

November 8th, 2019

27:59

Writer Jia Tolentino contemplates whether animals can feel embarrassed for other animals and explores her desire to die in space. ABOUT THE GUEST: …

Morgan Bassichis: The Labor of the Face

November 1st, 2019

26:22

Performer Morgan Bassichis talks about the drama of sealing an envelope and the pleasure of leaving parties early.  ABOUT THE GUEST: Morgan Bassichis is a comedic performer whose recent shows include Nibbling the Hand …

Naomi Ekperigin: And Yet We Brunch

October 25th, 2019

28:03

Comedian Naomi Ekperigin discusses her feelings about the spacebar key and the wisdom of not trusting your gut.

ABOUT THE GUEST:  Naomi Ekperigin is an actor, stand-up comedian and writer who has appeared on Late Night …

Annie Lanzillotto: Elevator Catch

October 25th, 2019

24:23

Writer and performer Annie Lanzillotto discusses the pleasure of wolfing food down and how the "feels like" temperature is measured.

ABOUT THE …

Introducing SHE'S A TALKER

September 18th, 2019

2:17

Introducing SHE'S A TALKER, a podcast in which visual artist Neil Goldberg talks with some of his favorite New Yorkers (and former New Yorkers and …

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