Bonus Episode – Remembering Michael Denneny

Virtual Memories Show Bonus Episode:
Remembering Michael Denneny

No show this week, but here’s a bonus episode with my impromptu speech at the remembrance-memorial for the late Michael Denneny, recorded June 19, 2023. Michael & I were supposed to record a podcast on April 15 about his collection, On Christopher Street (U of Chicago), but he was dead when I arrived at his apartment. I recorded a wrenching monologue about that discovery the next day, and a followup a week later, so this piece serves as a sort of coda to that, and a celebration of all Michael meant to the literary and gay communities. If you’d like to watch the video of my speech, it’s on YouTube. We’ll be back next week. Give it a listen, and go read On Christopher Street

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About our Guest

Michael Denneny was a longtime book and magazine editor who played an outsized role in promoting openly gay writers from the mid-1970s onward. In 1976, he cofounded Christopher Street Magazine, one of the first gay literary magazines. He was a freelance editor and consultant living in New York City.

Credits: The intro for this episode was recorded at my home on a Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone feeding into a Zoom PodTrak P4. The memorial was recorded on site. All processing and editing done in Adobe Audition CC. Photo of Michael by David Morgan. It’s on my instagram.

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