This Is Your Mixtape

36. One Glorious Anthem. [Derek Bolt.]

Derek Bolt is an architect, bodybuilder, and gay porn star based in Washington, D.C. He’s the winner of the heavyweight class at the 2018 NPC MaxMuscle Mid-Atlantic open bodybuilding competition, and he will be competing at the 2019 NPC Nationals at the end of July. 

Derek and Michael talk about how taekwondo is better than Boy Scouts, the cruelty and casual homophobia of children, non-monogamous relationships, bodybuilding, and loneliness. Derek is also one of Michael's best friends, and they nerd out about common interests and explain how they met.

Derek’s Five Songs.

Walking on Broken Glass by Annie Lennox.
Waiting on the World to Change by John Mayer.
Slut Like You by P!nk.
Immortals by Fall Out Boy.
Monument (The Inevitable End Version) by Röyksopp ft. Robyn.

Show Notes.

Derek on Instagram and Twitter [NSFW]. 

Derek’s posing routine to "Monument”.

Some of Derek’s jewelry designs.

Annie Lennox’s art exhibit.

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35. Hey Jupiter. [Pride Special.]

In this special episode, host Michael Collins takes you back to his preteen and early teen years, and talks about what it was like growing up a lonely closeted gay boy in rural Newfoundland, and how Tori Amos and the piano helped him make a sort of sense of it all. Regular programming will resume next week!

Songs in this episode.

Prelude in C minor by J.S. Bach.
Precious Things by Tori Amos.
Hey Jupiter by Tori Amos.

Show Notes.

This story and more of Michael's writing can be found at his new Medium page,

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34. I Want That Freedom. [Andrés N. Ordorica.]

Andrés N. Ordorica is a Queer Latinx writer and educator based in Edinburgh, Scotland. As a writer, he aspires to create liminal worlds filled with characters who are from neither here nor there (ni de aquí, ni de allá). His work has been published by Confluence Medway, The Acentos Review, 404 ink, The Colour of Madness, The Skinny, and Bella Caledonia.  His writing often addresses mental health, loss, sexuality and living in a liminal state.

Andrés and Michael chat about otherness, denial, long distance relationships, finding liberation in a double-wide trailer outside of Ithaca, and what happens when your mom discovers gay porn on the family computer.

Andrés’s Five Songs.

Bidi Bidi Bom Bom by Selena.
Brothers on a Hotel Bed by Death Cab for Cutie.
Single Ladies (RedTop Remix) by Beyoncé.
Latch by Disclosure feat. Sam Smith.
Make It Up to You by Julia Michaels.

Show Notes.

Andrés’s website and Twitter.

Things Andrés has written that you can read online.

Andrés‘s love letter to Beyoncé.

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33. My Heart Beats at the Rhythm of a Double Bass. [Sarah Chamberlain.]

Sarah Chamberlain is a co-host of A Part of Our Scare-itage, a Megaphonic podcast about Canadian horror movies. This is a great joy to her, since she spends most of her leisure time watching, playing, or reading scary stuff anyway. Sarah lives in Ontario and loves to write about anything that strikes her fancy.

Sarah and Michael talk about foster families, thrill-seeking, high drama, feeling music in your body, and saxophones.

Sarah’s Five Songs:

Poor Unfortunate Souls by Pat Carroll [as Ursula the Sea Witch].
Gardenia by Malice Mizer.
Walk with Me in Hell by Lamb of God.
Bela Lugosi’s Dead by Bauhaus.
Where Owls Know My Name by Rivers of Nihil.

Show Notes.

A Part Of Our Scare-itage, Sarah’s podcast about Canadian horror films.

Correction: It was the drummer, not the lead singer, of Malice Mazer, who passed.

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32. Boys on a Screen or a Page. [Ryan Vance.]

Ryan Vance is a writer, editor, and general literary busybody with a penchant for speculative fiction and queer representation. Originally from rural-ish Northern Ireland, he now lives in Glasgow, Scotland. His work has been published by Friction, Motherboard and Dark Mountain, he reviews for Gutter Magazine, and he recently co-edited an anthology of queer Scottish writing, called We Were Always Here, published by 404 Ink.

Ryan and Michael talk about utopian parents, a zest for fantasy, phantasmic internet friendships, false epiphanies, and how being disillusioned sets you free—amongst many other things.

Ryan’s Five Songs.

Once in a Lifetime by Talking Heads.
Fast as You Can by Fiona Apple.
Transatlanticism by Death Cab for Cutie.
He Poos Clouds by Final Fantasy (Owen Pallett).
Bizness by tUnE-yArDs.

Show Notes.

Ryan on Twitter.

Ryan’s website, where you can find out more about his writing.

We Were Always Here, a queer words anthology.

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