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Skype/Live readings

I’m waiting at this moment to do a Skype reading–live–for South Texas College, and I know this sort of thing is becoming more popular. I wonder if others might share some cool experiences with live remote readings?  What type of crazy stuff have you seen/done–especially in the age of chatroullette?

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Davis Schneiderman is a multimedia artist and writer and the author or editor of eight print and audio works, including the novels Drain, Abecedarium, and Blank; the co-edited collections Retaking the Universe: William S. Burroughs in the Age of Globalization and The Exquisite Corpse: Chance and Collaboration in Surrealism’s Parlor Game; as well as the audio-collage Memorials to Future Catastrophes. His first short story collection, there is no appropriate #emoji—with collaborations from Lance Olsen, Cris Mazza, Kelly Haramis, Stacy Levine, Tim Guthrie, Andi Olsen, and Megan Milks—will be released in Fall 2019.

His work has also appeared in numerous publications, including Fiction International, The Chicago Tribune, The Iowa Review, and TriQuarterly.

He is Krebs Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Lake Forest College.

6 thoughts on “Skype/Live readings

  1. I read an entire novel over Internet radio via Skype a few years ago, every week from January to May. My friend, the show’s host, had a whole international community and I ended up discussing writing with people in Algeria, Denmark and Manchester, England, to name a few, depending on who called in each week. The same friend moved to China a few years later to teach at a university there. I wound up reading on the university station there via Skype and talking to some Chinese students. Pretty cool.

    1. No, it was live and fleeting, but the show did replay a day after the live reading, so I could hear it. We talked about setting up an archive, but it never happened. Hearing myself read helped me a lot in revision and in becoming a better reader.

  2. Well, I think this is great–especially the ephemeral quality of it. Also, the delay in your hearing it is fascinating, and fundamentally different than pre-recording a reading (as Lytoard did, supposedly, for a conference, late in his life).

    I imagine your audience watched you on computer screens, for the most part, and the audience yesterday watched me on a projector or large television. These differences are fascinating–I’d love to explore the size of the reception screen in more detail.

    Where can I find some of your work, JT? I have an idea.


    1. An idea? Fantastic. I’ve got a story in Monkeybicycle 6, and a podcast of that story up on their site under “Media.”

      We didn’t actually have video skype at the time. This was back in 2007, and I don’t know if it had the video component yet. It was all audio. I’ve since graduated to the video, though.

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