This podcast series of monthly conversations organized by Adam Pendleton features pairs of notable writers, theorists, philosophers, and musicians. Participants include Jack Halberstam and Lynne Tillman, Michael Hardt and Joshua Chambers-Letson, Ruby Sales and Simone White, Susan Howe and Alexis Pauline Gumbs, and Tyshawn Sorey and Matana Roberts. This audio series is published on as part of the exhibition Adam Pendleton: Who Is Queen? Excerpts from these dialogues are periodically incorporated into the sound installation within the exhibition, on view September 18, 2021–February 21, 2022. The conversations are presented in fragments, purposely incomplete. Transcripts of these conversations are available upon request by emailing [email protected].

Adam Pendleton: Who Is Queen? exhibition page

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Episode One

Episode Two: We: A Conversation with Michael Hardt and Joshua Chambers-Letson

Performance studies scholar Joshua Chambers-Letson and political philosopher Michael Hardt discuss the politics of love and the composition of social movements


Joshua Chambers-Letson is professor of performance studies at Northwestern University, author of After the Party: A Manifesto for Queer of Color Life and A Race So Different: Law and Performance in Asian America, and co-editor with Tavia Nyong’o of José Esteban Muñoz’s The Sense of Brown.

Michael Hardt teaches at Duke University, where he is codirector of the Social Movements Lab. Among the books he has co-authored with Antonio Negri are Empire and, most recently, Assembly.

Episode One: Wild: A Conversation with Jack Halberstam and Lynne Tillman

Gender theorist Jack Halberstam and author Lynne Tillman discuss the roles of writing, bewilderment, and wildness in their work and lives.


Jack Halberstam is professor of gender studies and English at Columbia University. Halberstam is the author of seven books, including Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (1995), Female Masculinity (1998), In a Queer Time and Place (2005), The Queer Art of Failure (2011), Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (2012), and a short book titled Trans*: A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variance (2018). Halberstam’s latest book is Wild Things: The Disorder of Desire (2020). Places Journal awarded Halberstam its Arcus/ Places Prize in 2018 for innovative public scholarship on the relationship between gender, sexuality, and the built environment. Halberstam is now finishing a second volume on wildness titled The Wild Beyond: Music, Architecture and Anarchy.

Lynne Tillman is a novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Her most recent novel is Men and Apparitions (2018); her latest story collection, The Complete Madame Realism and Other Stories (2016), was published in Spanish in Argentina (2021). Her writing appears in literary and art magazines, including “The Dead Live Longer” in n+1 (2020), a piece on Kaitlin Maxwell’s photographs in Granta (2021), and a piece on Steve Pyke’s 9/11 photographs in Aperture (2021).