Make/Work Episode 36: Abeer Hoque

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In Episode 36 of Make/Work, host Scott Pinkmountain speaks with author and photographer Abeer Hoque. Hoque lives in New York, has Bangladeshi roots, was born and raised in Nigeria, and identifies home in several different places. She captures this kind of simultaneous global existence beautifully in her new collection of linked short stories, The Lovers and the Leavers, which was recently published by HarperCollins India. She speaks with Scott about the radical difference of the publishing world in India, her long ten-year journey to publication, and her obsession with memory and nostalgia.

I used to think that things didn’t happen or exist unless I’d written them down.

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Every creative laborer has a different story to tell about how they negotiate their relationship between their creative work and their paycheck and how they balance their lives to sustain their creative practice. In Make/Work, Scott will speak with emerging and established artists working in a wide range of creative mediums about how they survive, how they make a living, and how they maintain their work over the long term. New episodes will be released the third Thursday of every month.

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Photo © Josh Steinbauer.


Scott Pinkmountain is a writer and musician living in California. He is the creator and host of The History Channeler comedy podcast and has written for This American Life, A Public Space, HTMLGIANT, and other publications. He has also released dozens of albums of both instrumental music and songs including the recent No Country Music. He can be found at http://www.scottpinkmountain.com/. More from this author →