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Episode 76 in English: This Is Lit.

Leslie Gray joined us for this episode to discuss many enlightening topics (we’re shameless about our light puns).  The reason for the light puns is because Leslie is involved in theater, and he operates the lighting equipment during productions.  We talked about that during this episode, along with the time he spent at NYU Abu Dhabi as a student.  He also discussed his research and the mixed implications of visibility in the context of Pride or other externally accessible queer spaces.  Leslie talked about the privilege that comes with the ability to be visible, and discusses how the model of Pride in the western context does not necessarily translate into a beneficial model in settings elsewhere.  On the flipside of that, he discusses the pros of being visible and how that can aid in furthering goals politically.  Enjoy this bright episode, and enjoy hearing Nadia co-host with us!

Follow Leslie on IG @lesthegray; he’s also on Facebook (Leslie Gray).
Follow Nadia @nadiainherownworld on IG, and check out her website at

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Episode 75: Correspondents

We got to talk to Tim Murphy, author of the novels Correspondents & Christodora!  This episode focuses on his latest novel (Correspondents).  The book is incredible and we recommend it to everyone.  Elements of the novel’s plot include the US invasion of Iraq, migration, and blended families (in this case, a mixed Irish & Lebanese family in the US).  This is a powerful novel which conveys some of the most complex human feelings that are not often put into words (such as some of the darkest, hard-to-talk-about moral dilemmas).  Enjoy the book and enjoy this wonderful convo!  We think you’ll love Tim’s personality as much as we do once you hear this.


Read more about the book & see where you can get your own copy at:

Find Tim Murphy on Facebook; on Instagram he’s @timmurphynycwriter

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