Author and illustrator Phoebe Gloeckner on the new film adaptation of her book The Diary of a Teenage Girl, 826 Michigan’s Amanda Uhle on the future of Mittenfest, and Pete Larson flies in from Kenya to perform live …on this weekend’s edition of the Saturday Six Pack

DiaryOfATeenageGirlWe’re not quite sure why, but the woman behind the most talked about coming-of-age movie in the country this summer, author and illustrator Phoebe Gloeckner, has agreed to come on the Saturday Six Pack this weekend and tell us what it’s like to see your young, semi-autobiographical self projected on the silver screen in front of people made painfully uncomfortable by unflinching depictions of young female sexuality. Maybe she thinks I’ll get at things that Terry Gross didn’t uncover when they spoke last week. Or maybe she just wants a friendly place to vent and have a drink after wrapping up an intense promotional tour, traveling from city to city to answer the same questions over and over again. Either way, it promises to be an interesting evening, especially for those of us who have read Gloeckner’s intensely personal and painfully honest novel that spawned the film, The Diary of a Teenage Girl… Here, for those of you who are not familiar with her work, is the trailer for the film, which begins a three-day run at the Michigan Theater this Friday.

In addition to Gloeckner, we’ll also be visited by two other folks this Saturday evening. One of them is someone who has been on the show before, our friend from Kenya, Dr. Peter Larson, who will be stopping by to tell us about mashed potato borne illnesses and playing some of the songs that he’s been sending into the show each week from Africa. Speaking of those songs Pete has been writing for us every week, here’s a version of one that he just recently recorded with drummer Taiko No Tettsu in Osaka. [If you like it, be sure to come to Ypsi on Sunday, September 6th, when Pete will be playing a free show on the Washington Street porch of J.T. Garfield.]

And we also have a last minute bonus guest… Amanda Uhle, the executive director of 826michigan, will be dropping by to talk about the work the creative writing non-profit has been doing in Ypsi, and share some big news concerning this winter’s Mittenfest event.

And, here, thanks to AM 1700 graphic designer Kate de Fuccio, is this week’s poster, in case any of you want to print it out and leave it laying around your workplace.



Unless you live inside the AM 1700 studio, chances are you won’t be able to pick the show up on your radio. As that’s the case, I’d recommend streaming the show online, which you can do either on the AM1700 website or by way of

And for those of you who aren’t yet familiar with the show, and need to get caught up, you can listen to the entire archive on iTunes.

One last thing… If you’d like to tell your friends and neighbors about the program, feel free to share the Facebook event listing.

And do call us if you have a chance. We love phone calls. So please scratch this number into the cinder block wall of the recreation room of whichever facility you’ve been assigned to… 734.217.8624… and call us between 5:00 and 7:00 this Saturday evening. The show is nothing without you. And I mean that. [And you read that right. This week’s show is going to be starting an hour earlier, at 5:00, as the owner of AM 1700 needs to hightail it early so that he can drink beer in the woods with Germans.]

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  1. A.
    Posted August 26, 2015 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    Ask her about growing up around R. Crumb.

  2. Posted August 27, 2015 at 5:02 am | Permalink

    People will have an interesting time.

  3. Ypsi Loveer
    Posted August 27, 2015 at 5:42 am | Permalink

    I hope you and Peter continue your online fight over hair braiding. That would be some scintillating radio.

  4. Posted August 27, 2015 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    That will be dangerous. I will simply bring up the fact that he has never done a feature on Bunky’s pawn shop instead.

  5. site admin
    Posted August 27, 2015 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    Yes, the entire show will be one long fight over whether or not Mark devotes enough of his time to the subject of hair braiding.


  6. You Should
    Posted August 27, 2015 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    You should braid Pete’s hair.

  7. You Should
    Posted August 27, 2015 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    As he eats mashed potatoes.

  8. Frosted Flakes
    Posted August 27, 2015 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    I just paused the Gloekner interview on “Fresh Air”. It is a fascinating interview. I paused so I could ask Mark this question: Are you nervous about this interview? This is some complicated stuff. I wouldn’t blame you if you were nervous, given your gender and seemingly narrow / outside point of view regarding the issues handled in the movie. Do you plan to prepare for this interview in a way that is different than other interviews you have done? Anyway, just curious,
    And feeling a little nervous for you… She seems like an awesome guest….

  9. Eel
    Posted August 27, 2015 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Frosted Flakes were were created to curb masturbatory impulses.

  10. Frosted Flakes
    Posted August 27, 2015 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Yes Eel, a few yogurt enemas and everything will be fine!

  11. Posted August 27, 2015 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    I always worry abut upcoming shows. I was worried about the last one, filling the studio with cops and kids. It worked out, though. Things typically work out. So, to answer your question, no, I’m not any more stressed about this show that others. As for my “seemingly narrow point of view regarding the issues” raised in the book, I’m not sure what you mean. Do you mean that, since I don’t condone relationships between adults and young people, I won’t be able to have a conversation about her work? Again, I’m not too worried about it. For the most part, I’m not scared of uncomfortable conversations… Or, more to the point, I think they’re necessary… So, yeah, I’m looking forward to it, and I’m prepping the way I usually do. I’m reading a lot, looking back over the book (we own a copy), and plan to see the film adaptation tomorrow. I’m sure there’s a chance that I’ll blow it, but, regardless, it should be good radio. Good conversations, I’m pretty sure, will be had.

  12. Posted August 27, 2015 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    And, yes, we’ll be eating corn flakes, braiding hair, and eating mashed potatoes.

  13. Frosted Flakes
    Posted August 28, 2015 at 12:17 am | Permalink

    No, I wasn’t trying to say you are too narrowminded to enjoy the plot of the film. It was probably poor word choice on my part. I haven’t seen it or read the book but from the half of an interview I listened to on “Fresh Air” it just seemed like a difficult topic to discuss given the subject matter, the first person “diary” point of view of a young teenage girl, and, if I understand correctly, empathetic treatment of all the characters–including a character who fits the legal definition of “statutory rapist”…Add to these facts that it is at least somewhat based upon the real experiences of the author and it seems like a difficult conversation to have….Good luck. I am sure it will turn out to be a good interview.

  14. Posted August 28, 2015 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    I’d agree that it’s difficult terrain to traverse. We’ll see how it goes. My only concern is that I’ll come across as judgmental, as other interviewers have. The story is hers, and I’ll try to approach it that in mind, and not attempt, as I think others have, to put myself in the narrative. I think it’s that the natural inclination, though… to say, “Well, if this had happened to me, I would have done X,” or “I would have seen it this way,” or “I would have pressed charges,” or whatever. But, like I said, I think these are good things to be thinking about. Empathy. Listening to people tell their own stories. Etc. Hopefully the result is a good conversation that gets people thinking.

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