In celebration of Asymptote’s milestone 30th issue, Podcast Editor Dominick Boyle dives into the archives to uncover some of his favorite recordings from the archive. In this episode, he revisits poetry set to music in Tamil and Spanish from Aandaal and Enrique Winter, and snarky telephone conversations with a whole city by way of voice-mail from Jonas Hassen Khemiri. He also spotlights: the touching suicide notes left by Jean Améry, which reveal 3 different sides of a man in his death; experimental Vietnamese poetry by Bùi Chát, which comes to life read by translator Jack J. Huynh; and Owen Good’s translations of Hungarian poet Krisztina Tóth, which Eliot Weinberger awarded first prize in our inaugural Close Approximations contest. Take a walk down memory lane—this time with your headphones on!
Dominick Boyle is a podcast editor at Asymptote, master’s student in linguistics at the University of Basel, musician, and English teacher.
Produced by: Dominick Boyle.
Featuring: Anita Ratnam, Rachel Willson-Broyles, Leopold Lippert, Jack J. Huynh, Eliot Weinberger.
Music: “Song Seven: White Conch from the Fathomless Sea,” written by Aandaal and performed by Anita Ratnam. “Sculpture” by Enrique Winter, performed by Enrique Winter and Gonzalo Planet.