5/30/18 Show ft. Adrian Khactu

This week’s show features the literature of Adrian Khactu and the musical choices he’s selected to go with his work!


Adrian Khactu teaches high school English at ‘Iolani School in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, where he specializes in race and comparative American literatures. He holds shiny, though not entirely profitable, creative writing degrees from Stanford and Temple Universities. His work has won the Richard Moyer Prize in Fiction, the Academy of American Poets’ William Carlos Williams Prize, the Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Contest, and the Ezra Pound Prize in Literary Translation, as well as writing fellowships from Kundiman, VONA, Iowa Writers’ Summer Workshop, and Vermont Studio Center. He writes a lot about queer things and Vietnamese things and Marvin Gaye. Facebook or Twitter: @AdrianKhactu


  1. Lizzo, “Good as Hell” (clean)
  2. LIT: Disneyland, 1979
  3. Childish Gambino, “This Is America” (clean/2:50)
  4. LIT Hotel Joy Joy or Novel Prologue
  5. Chance the Rapper, “Sunday Candy” 
  6. LIT: Novel Excerpt (WGO)
  7. Marvin Gaye, “What’s Going On” 
  8. Lauryn Hill, “Tell Him” 
  9. Janelle Monáe, “Americans” (explicit around 1:52)



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