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Coffee with Comrades

May 26, 2020

Today, Tauno Biltsted joins Pearson to talk about his new book, The Anatomist's Tale, a novel about an unwitting surgeon who gets swept up in a high seas adventure of piracy and rebellion. In this discussion, Tauno provides a history of his experience squatting, details his current residence at the Umbrella House, and talks about tools and strategies for organizers looking to squat in their own neighborhoods. Then, Tauno and Pearson talk about The Anatomist's Tale, exploring animal agency, autonomy, piracy, race, class, labor, gender, identity, unreliable narrators, nonlinear stories, and so much more.


  • Intro: “I Ain’t Got No Home in this World” by Woody Guthrie
  • Interlude: “A Pirate's Life" from Peter Pan
  • Outro: “Main Theme” from Pirates of the Caribbean