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51 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

Blake Butler on Obsession and the Unholy Sacredness of Time

December 3rd, 2021


Blake Butler is the author of seven book-length works, including Alice Knott (Riverhead),  300,000,000 (Harper Perennial), Sky Saw (Tyrant Books), There is No Year (Harper Perennial), Scorch Atlas (Featherproof …

Rosecrans Baldwin on the City-State of Los Angeles

November 19th, 2021


Rosecrans Baldwin (he/him) is the bestselling author of Everything Now: Lessons From the City-State of Los Angeles. Other books include The Last Kid Left and Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down. His debut …

Catherine Liu - Virtue Hoarders: The Case Against the Professional Managerial Class

November 5th, 2021


Catherine Liu is the author of Virtue Hoarders: The Case Against the Professional Managerial Class. 

We get into the: dynamics of noir, the pseudo …

A New Gothic Age with Patrick McGrath & David Leo Rice

September 8th, 2021


Patrick McGrath is the author of three collections of short fiction, including Ghost Town: Tales of Manhattan Then and Now, and ten novels, including …

Inside the Castle roundtable with Megan Jeanne Gette, Germ√°n Sierra and John Trefry

September 7th, 2021


Inside the Castle is a small press operated from Lawrence, Kansas by John Trefrey. Their books are unique from one another but share a vision, that literature is not representational but incantatory, that books are …

Matthew Specktor - Always Crashing in the Same Car On Art, Crisis, and Los Angeles, California w/ David Leo Rice

August 5th, 2021


Matthew Specktor is the author of the novels American Dream Machine and That Summertime Sound; a nonfiction book, The Sting; and the forthcoming …

Kate Durbin - Hoarders

July 29th, 2021


Kate Durbin is a visual artist, filmmaker, and writer from Los Angeles, California (USA), whose artworks are nervous, unnerving, and playful …

Jamie Nares on motion, stillness, transition, escape, painting and art in the year of the pandemic

July 21st, 2021


Over the course of a five-decade career, Nares has investigated, challenged, and expanded the boundaries of her multi-media practice that encompasses …

Dr. Stephen C. Finley on African American embodiment, spirituality, esotericism and UFO traditions, featuring David Leo Rice

July 14th, 2021


Dr. Finley is a Religious Studies Professor at Louisiana State University and has been studying African American religious thought, and spirituality. His research expands upon these themes with an emphasis on …

Mikita Brottman - Couple Found Slain

July 7th, 2021


Mikita Brottman is an author and psychoanalyst with particular interests in true crime, forensics, psychoanalysis, animals, abjection, and the …

Brian Broome - Punch Me Up to the Gods: A Memoir

June 23rd, 2021


Punch Me Up to the Gods is a poetic and raw coming-of-age memoir about Blackness, masculinity, and addiction. 

In the conversation we talk about …

Dennis Cooper - I Wished

May 27th, 2021


Dennis Cooper is on Wake Island! We talk about: Hoarders, escorts & slaves, dark rides, haunted houses, his forthcoming book I Wished, creating a literary monument to George Myles through the medium of devotion, the …

Gina Frangello - Blow Your House Down: A Story or Family, Feminism, and Treason

May 20th, 2021


Gina Frangello is the author of BLOW YOUR HOUSE DOWN: A Story or Family, Feminism, and Treason, EVERY KIND OF WANTING, & A LIFE IN MEN. Nonfiction editor at LA Review of Books. A Life in Men: A Novel is currently …

Brian Evenson - The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell

May 12th, 2021


Literary horror icon Brian Evenson is on the show! We talk about: the uncanny psychogeography of Utah, religious text & parables, writing as a replacement for spirituality, Brian’s philosophical approach, the …

Peter Vronsky - American Serial Killers: The Epidemic Years 1950-2000 (featuring David Leo Rice)

May 5th, 2021


David Leo RIce co-hosts this special episode of Wake Island in which we interview historian Peter Vronsky. We discuss serial murderer consciousness …

Justine Bateman - FACE

April 28th, 2021


Bateman’s directorial feature film debut of her own script, VIOLET, stars Olivia Munn, Luke Bracey, and Justin Theroux, and had its World Premiere at …

Elissa Washuta - White Magic

April 21st, 2021


Throughout her life, Elissa Washuta has been surrounded by cheap facsimiles of Native spiritual tools and occult trends, ‚Äústarter witch kits‚ÄĚ of ‚Ķ

Sam Tallent - Running the Light

April 14th, 2021


Sam Tallent is a comedian and author. His debut novel is Running the Lights, and it‚Äôs about a road comic named Billy Ray Schafer who embodies the archetype of a tragic road comic ‚Äď trapped in the wreckage of his wasted ‚Ķ

Chris Kelso - Burroughs and Scotland: Dethroning the Ancients: The Commitment of Exile

April 7th, 2021


In Burroughs and Scotland, Chris Kelso explores the relationship between William S. Burroughs (author of Naked Lunch, Junkie, and The Soft Machine) and a country very much attuned to the Beat author’s provocative, …

Chris Zeischegg - Baise-moi + Sauvage

March 24th, 2021


On this episode Chris and I discuss two movies we adore: Baise-moi and Sauvage. Through these films we have an honest and open conversation about: sex work, nihilism, transgression/transformation, subverted …

Gina Nutt - Night Rooms

March 22nd, 2021


Jump down the rabbit hole with Gina and I - in this episode we talk about: the enchantment of malls, movies like It Follows/Poltergeists/Showgirls, …

David Leo Rice - Drifter: Stories

March 17th, 2021


David and I drill down into the emendation point of Americana’s psychic crisis and investigate its rotten core. We also talk about seediness, the uncanny and drift.  

David Leo Rice is the author of ‚ÄėA Room in Dodge ‚Ķ

Audrey Szasz - Tears of a Komsomol Girl

March 10th, 2021


Audrey Szasz (aka Zutka) is a London-based writer with roots in Central Europe. Her experimental narratives combine vivid prose with exotic imagery …

Rose Anderson - The Heart and Other Monsters

March 3rd, 2021


In November 2013, Rose Andersen's younger sister Sarah died of an overdose in the bathroom of her boyfriend's home in a small town with one of the highest rates of opioid use in the state. Like too many of her …

Eileen Myles - For Now

February 24th, 2021


Eileen Myles (they/them) came to New York from Boston in 1974 to be a poet. Their books include For Now (an essay/talk about writing), I Must Be Living Twice/new and selected poems, and Chelsea Girls. They showed their …

Elizabeth V. Aldrich - Ruthless Little Things

February 17th, 2021


During this conversation we talk about jail dildos and Los Angeles.  Eris marries starry-eyed feral lust with California decadence and punk poetry in a sensory carnival of bleary abstraction and bubblegum. Meet Madzi, …

Betsy Bonner - The Book of Atlantis Black

February 10th, 2021


A young woman is found dead on the floor of a Tijuana hotel room. An ID in a nearby purse reads ‚ÄúAtlantis Black.‚ÄĚ The police report states that the ‚Ķ

Derek McCormack - Castle Faggot

December 16th, 2020


Derek McCormack's latest book is Castle Faggot (Semiotext(e)). His previous books include The Show that Smells, The Well-Dressed Wound, Grab Bag and The Haunted Hillbilly.

We talk about: the childhood memories and …

Ryan Shorosky - Trucker/Photographer

December 9th, 2020


Photographer and long haul truck driver Ryan Shorosky is the guest.   

Ryan and I spoke while he was driving from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. Ride …

Elisa Gabbert - The Unreality of Memory

December 3rd, 2020


Poet and essayist Elisa Gabbert is the guest. She is the author of The Unreality of Memory: And Other Essays. We get into: soul ravaging poetry, …

Niko Vorobyov - Dopeworld

November 11th, 2020


Niko Vorobyov is a former drug dealer turned author. We talk about what it was like to be incarcerated as a college student, early transformative …

Steve Finbow - The Mindshaft

October 28th, 2020


Steve Finbow and I chat about his latest book The Mindshaft which is based on the infamous members-only BDSM gay leather bar and sex club called the Mineshaft. 

We get into: William Burroughs, J. G. Ballard, Francis …

Grant Maierhofer - Works

October 14th, 2020


Grant Maierhofer is the author of Works (11:11 Press, 2020),  Peripatet (Inside the Castle, 2019), Postures (Publication Studio, 2015), Grobbing Thistle (2016), and Flamingos (ITNA). His work is available via The …

James Grauerholz - Last Words: The Final Journals of William S. Burroughs.

September 30th, 2020


James Grauerholz is a writer and editor. He is most famous as the bibliographer and literary executor of the estate of William S. Burroughs. He …

Karolina Waclawiak - Life Events

September 16th, 2020


Karolina Waclawiak’s breakout novel, Life Events, follows Evelyn, who, at thirty-seven, is on the verge of divorce and anxiously dreading the death …

Chris Rush - The Light Years

September 2nd, 2020


Chris Rush is an award-winning artist and designer, whose work is held in numerous museum collections. His memoir, The Light Years, was published by …

Jeff Ferrell - Drift: Illicit Mobility and Uncertain Knowledge

August 30th, 2020


Jeff Ferrell is Visiting Professor of Criminology at the University of Kent, UK, and Professor of Sociology at Texas Christian University, USA. He is …

Thomas Moore - Alone

August 19th, 2020


A Has Grindr killed psychic gay powers? 

Find out on this episode of Wake Island with Thomas Moore, author of Certain Kind of Light, In Their Arms (Rebel Satori), The Night Is An Empire, Skeleton Costumes, When People …

Kent Russell - In the Land of Good Living

August 5th, 2020


In the summer of 2016, Kent Russell‚Äďbroke, at loose ends, hungry for adventure‚Äďset off to walk across Florida. Mythic, superficial, soaked in ‚Ķ

Wayne Koestenbaum - Figure it Out

July 22nd, 2020


Wayne Koestenbaum is a poet, critic, and artist. 

His books include The Queen’s Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; Jackie Under My Skin: Interpreting …

Diarmuid Hester - Wrong

July 8th, 2020


Diarmuid Hester is a radical cultural historian, writer, and performer based in Cambridge, England. Diarmuid grew up in County Kilkenny, Ireland. He …

Nina Renata Aron - Good Morning, Destroyer of Men’s Souls

June 24th, 2020


Nina Renata Aron is the author of GOOD MORNING, DESTROYER OF MEN'S SOULS: A Memoir of Women, Addiction & Love - a scorching memoir of a love …

Christopher Zeischegg - The Magician

June 8th, 2020


California brings out the fucking worst in people. Makes them junkies, whores, killers - failed saints, predatory sinners. Must be something in the …

J.J. Anselmi - Doomed to Fail: The Incredibly Loud History of Doom, Sludge, and Post-metal

May 19th, 2020


J.J. Anselmi is the author of Doomed to Fail: The Incredibly Loud History of Doom, Sludge, and Post-metal; and Heavy: A Memoir of Wyoming, BMX, and Heavy Fucking Music. He’s played drums in several heavy bands, …

B.R. Yeager - Negative Space

April 24th, 2020


BR Yeager‚Äės debut novel, Amygdalatropolis, is about an incel dissolving into his online world of depravity. And if you want to read something that ‚Ķ

Chelsea Hodson - I Could Live Without Speaking

March 30th, 2020


Chelsea Hodson is the author of the book of essays Tonight I'm Someone Else and the chapbook Pity the Animal. She teaches at Bennington College and …

Harley Flanagan - Hard-Core: Life of My Own/Cro-Mags

March 12th, 2020


Harley‚Äôs memoir, Hard-Core: Life of My Own, is about growing up a feral street kid and coming of age amid the wreckage of old New York City‚ÄĒa now ‚Ķ

James Howard Kunstler - The Long Emergency

February 10th, 2020


From the Ted Talk stage to Wake Island, today on the show we have social critic, lecturer, and author, James Howard Kunstler. His books include: The …

Matthew Stokoe - Cows/High Life/Empty Mile/Colony of Whores

January 22nd, 2020


Matthew Stokoe, the king of the neo-noir murder mystery novel, is on Wake Island today. If I had to pick one writers whose new books I’m most excited for and who consistently delivers the page-turners, it’s Stokoe. His …

Steve Anwyll - Welfare

January 8th, 2020


Wake Island was on a short hiatus for the holidays but today we’re back at it with author Steve Anwyll. Even though we met for the first time the day …

Jack Riccobono - The Seventh Fire

December 18th, 2019


Today on Wake Island, we have documentarian Jack Riccobono, who directed one of my all-time favorite documentaries, The Seventh Fire, which was produced by Natalie Portman, Chris Eyre, and Terrence Mallick.
The Seventh …

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