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Episode 29 - Casey Carsel
Episode 29 - Casey Carsel
May 01, 2021

In this episode, I welcome New Zealand-born, Jewish editor, writer, and artist Casey Larkin Mazer Carsel. Her practice focuses on how communal narratives are constructed and passed down through generations and across the world, and how these stories shape identities and make connections. What is held onto? What is forgotten? What is lost in translation? Her work is often laced with dark humor as she explores themes such as grief, storytelling, ritual, and culturally specific jokes. She wants you to know that the things that are funny and the things that are sad are usually the same things. Carsel received her BFA from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland (2016), and her MFA in Creative Writing from School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2019). In 2019 she co-founded Plates: An Experimental Journal with Unyimeabasi Udoh. She is also a 2021 Fullbright Scholar. Instagram: @carsellular

Songs in this episode:

(Opening) Redemption Song (Instrumental), by Bob Marley and the Wailers
1. Ping Pong Affair, by The Slits
2. Should Have Known Better, by Sufjan Stevens
3. I Don't Know, by Elemeno P
4. American Music, by Violent Femmes
5. Ghost, by Neutral Milk Hotel
6. The bug Collector, by Haley Heynderickx
7. You Are Never Alone, by Socalled
8. I Like Giants, by Kimya Dawson
9. Seaweed, by Mount Eerie
10. No Children, by The Mountain Goats