On this week’s show, we’re setting up John-Paul Gurnett, a multidisciplinary artist. JP is the co-founder of Queer Nite and serves as communications director for BFF Omaha, both now long-running queer institutions in Nebraska. When not building community through arts engagement, he teaches English as a Second Language in a high school.
JP recently read and loved A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt and Go Home, Ricky! by Gene Kwak. Sometimes JP struggles to read fiction, since he prioritizes reading to learn. He absolutely believes in astrology (Aries sun, Sag moon, and Gemini rising). A self-proclaimed snob about music and art, he recently adored the Showtime series, Yellowjackets.
Which co-host will choose the best reads for this eclectic artist and activist? Tune in to find out!
Round 1 Picks
Fake Like Me by Barbara Bourland
Mouth to Mouth by Antoine Wilson
Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike-Iyimide
Round 2 Picks
Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole
Some of My Best Friends: Essays on Lip Service by Tajja Isen
Bath Haus by PJ Vernon
Antigone Books in Tuscon, AZ
Montana Book Company in Helena, MT
P&T Knitwear in NYC