Bits and pieces of what’s on my mind. Maybe some talks with others about Chicago, about art, about music and movies. The things I love. More:

If a Tree Falls…
Feb 13 • 47 min
What happens when you set up a book talk and no one shows up? Paul Durica (of the Newberry Library) and I talk about Soviet Stamps and the writing racket to a bunch of empty chairs in the secret back room of Uncharted Books in the Andersonville…
Return to The Green Arcade
Feb 6 • 60 min
I make my triumphant return to The Green Arcade in San Francisco and discuss Soviet Stamps, art, cabdriving, and other related and unrelated topics with Ben Terrall (Namaste, Motherfucker!)
Soviet Stamps w/ Kyle Beachy at City Lit Books (1/30/20)
Jan 30 • 65 min
Kyle Beachy (author of The Slide and many, many essays about skateboarding) puts me through my paces about Soviet Stamps, art, writing, making a living, and much else at Logan Square’s City Lit Books.
Soviet Stamps at The Dial
Jan 9 • 53 min
Christian TeBordo interviews me about my new book, Soviet Stamps and other related topics at The Dial Bookshop in Chicago.
Samarov & Kinsella at the Rainbo Club
Aug 31, 2019 • 42 min
Tim Kinsella interviews me about my book, art, writing, and all that jazz at the Rainbo Club in Chicago on August 31st, 2019.
Christian TeBordo talks writing
Aug 11, 2019 • 45 min
Christian TeBordo meets me at the Rainbo Club to talk about his forthcoming short story collection, Ghost Engine, teaching writing, and how he got from being the son of two pastors to where he is to day—the author of six books and the director of an MFA…
Music to My Eyes (May 4th, San Francisco)
May 5, 2019 • 67 min
I talk to Ben Terrall (of Namaste, Motherfucker! fame) about my new book at The Green Arcade in San Francisco. Andy Gillis—a longtime store employee—does the introduction. More info about my book here:
Daniel X. O’Neil talks Arte Agora
Apr 16, 2019 • 44 min
Daniel X. O’Neil talks about Arte Agora—art made, sold, or placed in the public way. More info here:
Peter Prescott talks Minibeast
Apr 8, 2019 • 121 min
Musician Peter Prescott’s talks about Mission of Burma, Minibeast, fighting nostalgia, and continuing to stay vital and creative in his 60s. Read more here:
Moby Dick, chapter 57
Jan 20, 2019 • 7 min
I read Chapter 57, “Of Whales and Paint,” as part of Newberry Library’s Moby-Dick Read-a-Thon. It was about 12:30am on Sunday, January 20th.
Stan Klein talks art
Dec 7, 2018 • 70 min
I talk to Stan Klein at Firecat Projects about how he got his start in art, opening a frame shop, working for other artists, and the whole kit and caboodle.
Filmfront talks film
Nov 28, 2018 • 80 min
Cofounders Malia Haines-Stewart and Alan Medina talk about their Pilsen community storefront cinema. Then Ashley Cooper talks about her series of classic Hollywood films and how she learned to love movies from her grandma.
Krimstein talks Arendt
Nov 18, 2018 • 46 min
Ken Krimstein visits the Dial Bookshop to talk about “The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt.
The Other Side of the Wind
Nov 3, 2018 • 33 min
Don De Grazia and I get together at the Music Box Lounge to talk about Orson Welles’ “new” movie, toxic masculinity, film nerds, and the overall state of the world.
Skyler Rowe talks music
Sep 27, 2018 • 73 min
I meet Chicago musician and man-about-town, Skyler Rowe, at Firecat Projects and The Handlebar to talk about how he became the drummer in seventeen local bands. The Rainbo Club, gentrification, and the eternal conflict between metal and punk is also…
CTA Drawings by Dmitry Samarov
Sep 7, 2018 • 39 min
Dmitry Samarov and Northwestern University professor Bill Savage discuss Samarov’s show of marker drawings done on CTA buses and trains on view at Firecat Projects in Chicago.
Rebekka Federle talks art
Aug 29, 2018 • 45 min
I met Chicago collagist and sculptor Rebekka Federle—it’s pronounced “fade-early”, she insists—at Feed and, after eating some ribs, she talked to me about art, Chicago, and copywriting. You can see a bunch of her work at
Charles Bronson
Jul 27, 2018 • 3 min
A story from cab-driving days. Written and read by Dmitry Samarov, with improvised music by Bill MacKay (guitar), Daniel Thatcher (bass), and Charles Rumback (drums). Recorded up on Frogg Mountain in Chicago, Illinois by John Vernon Forbes in 2013.
Brian Wells Talks Art
Jul 25, 2018 • 86 min
I visit Chicago painter Brian Wells to talk about his art, day-jobs, the art world, and his time in the city. You can see a bunch of his work at
Drink Any Music Good—A talk with John Vernon Forbes
Jul 5, 2018 • 81 min
John Vernon Forbes visits Jackalope Coffee in Bridgeport to talk about art, Tijuana Hercules, childhood, and the whole kit and caboodle.
Old Fashioned Days
Jun 1, 2018 • 72 min
Photographer/historian Paul Petraitis and filmmaker John McNaughton talk about shooting footage of Old Fashioned Days in the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago in 1970. White flight, rock-n-roll, and growing up in Chicago in the ’60s are discussed.
Paul Schrader’s First Reformed
May 27, 2018 • 33 min
Don De Grazia and Dmitry Samarov convene at the cocktail lounge of a movie theater, situated within a deadmall which just won’t die, to discuss Paul Schrader’s new film. Also, whether the axe-throwing concern recently opened in the basement of the mall…
Joaquin Phoenix
May 5, 2018 • 23 min
Don De Grazia convene at the Chicago Cultural Center to debate the thespian talents of Joaquin Phoenix and the merits of Lynne Ramsey’s 2018 film, You Were Never Really Here.
Wendy Clinard Talks Art
Apr 27, 2018 • 12 min
Choreographer/artist/dancer Wendy Clinard talks to Dmitry Samarov about her collaboration with Japanese photographer Akito Tsuda on a new multimedia piece.
Apr 23, 2018 • 23 min
Don De Grazia and Dmitry Samarov repair to an undisclosed Ecuadorean eatery to debate the merits of Ryan Prows’ 2017 feature film, “Lowlife”.
Jitney 2018
Apr 12, 2018 • 4 min
About jitneys, the rideshare racket, and the end of the taxi industry as we know it.