Episode 55: Vulnerability Will Connect You (w/ Marcus Scott Williams)

Hey everyone. It has definitely been a crazy week and it seems things are turning out ok. It was four days of election news and uncertainty, but there is some sort of clarity now. I feel some kind of hope, in spite of 70 million Americans voting for an outright racist. With the bar so low, it seems the situation can more likely get better. I partially didn’t release an episode last week because of the timing, but also I was in the middle of flying back into China. I was a bit stressed out with the whole ordeal of getting the all the proper documents, visas, COVID tests, and jet lag. At the moment, I am currently in Xiamen and day six of hotel quarantine. In addition to the COVID test I had to take in order to board the airline, I received another COVID test upon landing, before being directly shuttled to a hotel where will be tested for again before I leave. After that, I can travel back to Zhuhai and around China.

So anyway. Enough about me. For today on the podcast, I am interviewing Marcus Scott Williams, a writer I met last winter at Vermont Studio Center. I can’t believe it has been almost a whole year since that residency and right before the whole pandemic started. I spent a lot of time with Marcus that snowy January and even did my first stick and poke for him. Before our interview, I read Marcus’s last book, Sparse Black Whimsy, and found it to be a smooth stream of consciousness mixed with poetic examinations that are both playful and thrilling. I’ve linked the book in the episode descriptions if you are interested. Marcus had a long and winding path to get to where he is today, which we chat about, along with vulnerability, questioning the need to be right all the time, and paying attention to the minor details in life. I hope you enjoy this.

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