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Episode 61: Saleem Haddad!

We are so incredibly grateful and excited that we have writer Saleem Haddad on our podcast!  This was an excellent discussion during which we talked about Saleem’s novel Guapa, some of his essays, and his latest work.  “Marco” is a short film that Saleem wrote and directed; it just premiered recently in Tunisia and the UK.  It’s a 20-minute film that carried the intellectual & emotional weight of a full-length film.  It’s powerful and will stay in your mind longterm.  Follow @marcoshortfilm on Instagram to stay updated on when and where you can see it.
During this episode, we also got to hear Saleem talk about the transition from living in London to living in the less bustling atmosphere of Lisbon.  If you have not read Guapa yet, please do.  Saleem’s essays (which you can find on his website) are also gorgeous.

Read more about Saleem & see several of his pieces here:
http://www.saleemhaddad.com

https://commapress.co.uk/books is where you can check out the +100 series (and more); keep an eye out for the release of Palestine +100, which Saleem’s work will be a part of.

Follow Saleem Haddad on social media:
@salhad on Instagram
@sysh on Twitter

Follow @marcoshortfilm on Instagram as well.

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Episode 55 in English: Quinte55ential Quinn!

We got to talk to Quinn Fati, a beautifully badass human we met last year at Yallapunk.  They’re a visual artist and a musician; during this episode, we talked about exploring different areas of art throughout life and how important it is to allow oneself to do that.  We also talked about body hair and how everyone should feel free to keep or get rid of their own body hair in the way they goddamn want!  We discussed the process of coming out as trans, about our love for Yallapunk, and more.  Quinn also shared about how their Persian-American identity influenced various aspects of their life.  Basically, we talked about some of the quintessential qualities of Quinn (ok using the letter “Q” this much is super fun).  It was so nice hanging out with Quinn again (remotely this time, but hopefully soon in person)!  By the way, as you’ll hear on the episode, we thought we would meet up in Austin this weekend, but it’s not happening after all because life does shit like that sometimes.  We love Quinn and can’t wait to see each other again in the near future.

Follow Quinn on Instagram @salmanrushdieofficial

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