14 episodes of The Electro-Library since the first episode, which aired on December 13th, 2017.
Short Circuits #5: Eileen Myles
January 8th, 2023 | Season 5 | 46 mins 55 secs
art, eileen myles, literature, pandemic, poetry
Prof. Amra Brooks and multi-genre author Eileen Myles in conversation
Short Circuits #4: Ross Gay
November 25th, 2021 | Season 4 | 58 mins 47 secs
body, delight, gratitude, mushrooms, music, poetry, presence, ross gay
A wide-ranging interview with poet, essayist, and professor Ross Gay.
E-L Live: Ross Gay
November 19th, 2021 | Season 4 | 1 hr 7 mins
basketball, delight, poetry, ross gay, writing
Short Circuits #3: Conversation with Layli Long Soldier
November 10th, 2020 | Season 3 | 46 mins 42 secs
apology, dakota, forgiveness, lakota, layli long soldier, motherhood, native american, oglala, pandemic, poetry
Layli joins Amra over Zoom for a wide-ranging conversation about life, art, politics, human connection, and parenting in complicated times.
E-L Live: Layli Long Soldier
November 1st, 2020 | Season 3 | 1 hr 6 mins
apology, dakota, forgiveness, lakota, layli long soldier, native american, oglala, poetry
Poet, essayist, and activist Layli Long Soldier joins us via Zoom for a reading from her collection, Whereas, followed by a question-and-answer session.
August 7th, 2020 | Season 3 | 49 mins 54 secs
abigail donovan, carlos josé perez samano, chinese hermits, clarice lispector, da powell, don delillo, fiction, franz kafka, john keats, maira kalman, medicine, poetry
Perspectives on the experience of quarantine across cultures and historical periods. Guest: Maira Kalman.
E-L Live: Ocean Vuong and Rickey Laurentiis
March 24th, 2020 | Season 3 | 1 hr 23 mins
america, ethnicity, gender, language, love, ocean vuong, poetry, queerness, race, rickey laurentiis, vietnam, violence
Recording of poets Ocean Vuong and Rickey Laurentiis from the Chet Raymo Series at Stonehill College.
Short Circuits #2: Conversation with Fred Moten
January 10th, 2020 | Season 3 | 37 mins 58 secs
blackness, community, fred moten, identity, jazz, literature, performativity, philosophy, race, resistance
Jared interviews poet and philosopher Fred Moten.
E-L Live: Fred Moten
November 3rd, 2019 | Season 3 | 51 mins 57 secs
live, moten, poetry, reading
On October 16, 2019, Fred Moten was the 2019 Chet Raymo Series speaker at Stonehill College in Easton, MA.
Short Circuits #1: Conversation with Teju Cole
May 21st, 2019 | Season 2 | 26 mins 20 secs
creativity, freedom, hunger, identity, nigeria, race, teju cole, writing
Photography (Part Two)
May 8th, 2019 | Season 2 | 41 mins 45 secs
amra brooks, camera, ethan canin, italo calvino, john berger, memory, orson welles, photography, roland barthes, september 11, time, vladimir nabokov, wislawa szymborska
Part two of our two-part series on photography.
Photography (Part One)
April 4th, 2019 | Season 2 | 44 mins 32 secs
balzac, camera, daguerreotype, eco, emerson, italy, joanna mcnaney stein, memory, photography, sontag
What happens when we take a photograph? What happens when we capture light on paper, in emulsion, or in pixels and look, across a gulf of time, at these fragments of the past? What gets in the frame and what lies just beyond? If, as John Berger notes, “photographs bear witness to a human choice being exercised in a certain situation,” then what can photographs tell us about the choices we make and why we make them?
May 23rd, 2018 | Season 1 | 40 mins 28 secs
death, forgetting, homer, loss, memory, proust, time, virgil
Where is a memory? Is it stored inside of us, entire and complete, like a volume in a cellular archive, awaiting retrieval and rereading? Or is it a mosaic of experience fragments re-collected from bits and pieces of sensory input? Is it a feedback loop, folding now into then, truth into fiction?
December 13th, 2017 | Season 1 | 32 mins 7 secs
charles baudelaire, infinite monkeys, joan didion, liver, lynda barry, storytelling, student writing, walter benjamin
What do we do when we tell a story? What happens when we listen to a story told? Is storytelling simply an offer of entertainment or a deeply empathetic act that connects us to what it is to be the human animal? Is it a vanishing art or is it something that will always define who and what we are? And could infinite monkeys really tell a tale from Shakespeare, given infinite time?