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(ONE GIANT THANK U LETTER SRY, NOT SRY)

This past weekend, I had the absolute privilege of traveling to Chicago to participate in a live performance that Season of the Bitch did together. The whole experience was extremely surreal for me, and it had me reflecting a lot about what this podcast life has been like (this may or may not have to do with the fact that I literally thought I would die on my flight home). In lieu of our regular podcast this week (due to the fact that we were all performing and couldn’t record), I’m writing out my thoughts, and I hope you’re all cool with that.

I wanted to start by saying how grateful I am to work with this talented and driven group of women. We all had no idea what would happen when we all started talking to one another, and I’m pretty sure none of us thought things would go this well. There were about ten women who answered Ambria’s call-to-action on the DSA’s Dank Meme Stash facebook page (RIP). Through natural filtering (i.e. people were just too busy), that group dwindled to the five of us that y’all have come to know through the podcast. Each of these women have inspired me and made me feel proud to do work with the Coven.

Okay, now for da real MVPs – it’s all of you! The listeners, the patreon supporters, the people who can’t afford to be patreon supporters but still listen every week, and the randos who have listened to a couple of episodes. To the women who have sent us long emails, DMs, and shoutouts – we see you, and we are so grateful this podcast has meant anything at all to you. To the blind patreon supporters from day one – those of you who have supported us before you even heard us, thank you. You are the reason we can even function. And to the folks who drove from near and far to see our live show in Chicago: I am absolutely floored. Thank you so much for thinking a live séance would go well.

For the folks who live in the dark spaces of the internet (some may call this subreddit, some may call this your mom’s basement, who’s to say) thanks so much for all of your critical feedback on our podcast. We are eternally grateful that you don’t like to hear a bunch of “soft spoken women taking turns talking,” it truly means a lot. We knew we made it when we found your thoughts, and it made us all just grateful to be alive.

To all of our guests: HOLY COW YOU ARE AMAZING. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom with us. To all of our musicians – YAAAAAS KWEENS! Thank you for being your beautiful talented selves. Thanks for continuing to rock it out (in whatever genre you prefer, duh). To our artists: Darby, Erin, and Van – thank you for helping us to look REALLY good. To BRANDON, thank you for having the most baller theme music, and for being a great dude – we need more people like you in the world. Here’s the real deal – I think the internet is trash and is poisoning us all, but when I think about this podcast, my cynical side gets a little tripped up. And when we get to work with Tanya from the Trillbillies Worker’s Party (CHECK THEM OUT), I’m like, “WOAH, okay maybe the internet can be a good thing.” I’m not that convinced yet, but I think we are doing some good work out here. 

Okay so this letter got a little weird, but hey, I’m a weirdo, so I guess that works out. I also wanted to let y’all know that we are starting a ~*~bLoG~*~ on our website that will have these sorts of things, but also more REAL LIFE articles, like the role of the United States in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, or how podcasts can be an extension of the Riot Grrrl movement, or how international development co-opts the language of gender justice to bring women into neoliberal capitalist hegemony – I’m just spit balling here, but it’s going to be a really good time.

As a little gift to you all, we’d like to close this out with the original brainstorming list we made when we were coming up with names for this podcast. You’re welcome. We are benevolent witches, after all.

 

Xoxox,

Laura

 

~*~*~ NAME BRAINSTORM ~*~*~

  • Disunity Radio
  • Comrade and Ambria
  • I thought we were naming it fucksticks ????
  • Season of the Witch
  • No, Your Other Left
  • Praxis Makes Perfect
  • Season of the Bitch
  • Roses on My Table (from the Emma Goldman quote “I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck”) <3
  • If I Can't Dance (from the Emma Goldman quote “If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution”)
  • The Communist Princess Diaries
  • Buffy the Capitalist Slayer
  • Girls just wanna smash the state
  • This, y’all
  • Very Online Ladies Radio
  • Leftism and all its discontents
  • Brocialism nor barbarism
  • Rose Grrrls
  • Rose Grrrl Radio
  • Coming up Roses
  • Open poll, nice
  • Hoecialist Collective
  • Git Learnt Radio

 

Hope Adair