This week our guest Nadja Spiegleman takes us deep into her family history. Be warned; her revelations are sure to spark some of your own. Nadja’s memoir, “I’m Supposed To Protect You From All This” is a riveting examination of the interconnected nature and […]
Here’s how she turned challenges–like moving to a new country, struggling to lose weight, and battling endometriosis–into opportunities. PHOTO: FLICKR USER ELLEN WALLOP, ASIA SOCIETY It’s easy to look at Padma Lakshmi and think, here is a person made for the spotlight. But for […]
New York’s Chicest Women-Only Club In a matter of months, The Wing already has a 3000-strong waiting list. (lead image credit: Harper’s Bazaar) The pastel-hued Wing. Photo: Supplied Late last year, after a decade trying to make it in New York’s hectic media world, with a weekly […]
Listen to Jami Attenberg HERE.
Jami Attenberg is the best! I’ve been waiting to have her back on the show ever since Emily and I interviewed her about her last book Saint Mazie. As you will hear, All Grown Up, knocked me about and triggered a lot, but in the very best heart-expanding, what-am-I-doing-with-my-life? way. If you’ve ever been single, infatuated, partnered up, in a weird, not-right relationship (this excludes no one)… if you love your mom so hard and in the same moment think she might be killing you with her emotions, this fantastic novel is for you. Jami’s protagonist Andrea is the hysterical truth-teller you’ve been looking for. Big revelations in this convo. I’m sure you’ll have some too if you listen up.
Buy All Grown Up here.
Jami Attenberg has written about sex, technology, design, books, television, and urban life for The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Lenny Letter and others. In March 2017, HMH Books will release her novel All Grown Up. It will also be published in the UK, Italy, Holland, Poland, France and Germany.
Her debut collection of stories, Instant Love, was published in 2006, followed by the novels The Kept Man and The Melting Season. Her fourth book, The Middlesteins, was published in October 2012. It appeared on The New York Times bestseller list, and was published in ten countries in 2013. It was also a finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction and the St. Francis College Literary Prize, and has been optioned by Showtime. A fifth book, Saint Mazie, was published in 2015 in the U.S. and the UK, and in Italy, France and Germany in 2016, and has been optioned by Fable Pictures. All Grown Up will be published in 2017 in the US and the UK, and in Italy, France, Germany, Holland, Poland and Turkey in 2017.
She divides her time between New Orleans, LA and Brooklyn, NY.
Listen to Jin Min Lee HERE. I’m excited to celebrate International Women’s Day with my convo with writer Min Jin Lee, whose latest novel Pachinko is a stellar example of female resilience through the ages. Pachinko illuminates a period of history unknown to many of us – early […]
Listen to JENNIFER WRIGHT HERE. I’ve wanted to have Jennifer Wright on the pod ever since I read her first book, It Ended Badly: Thirteen of the Worst Breakups in History. Jennifer has a rare ability to make history funny, titivating, and relevant, in way I’ve not […]
Listen to AYELET WALDMAN’S EPISODE HERE. This episode is sure to have you rethinking all you know about LSD and drugs in general. In her memoir, A Really Good Day – How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life, Ayelet […]
Episode 88: Patricia Bosworth on The Men in Her Life, Her Time at The Actors Studio & Tea with Audrey Hepburn & Givenchy
Patricia Bosworth has written biographies about Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda and Diane Arbus, and now she applies her talents to her own fascinating life in her second memoir, The Men in My Life. The book chronicles Bosworth’s adolescence and sexual awakening, her foray into modeling for the likes of Arbus, as well as her time in Lee Strasberg’s Actors Studio, treading the boards alongside Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, and Marilyn Monroe. Before becoming a writer, she starred opposite Audrey Hepburn in the 1959 film The Nun’s Story, and the stories about her time shooting the film in Rome are gripping to say the least. All the glamour and excitement of this period is haunted by her brother and father’s suicide, and in this conversation Patricia opens up about what is like being a “suicide survivor” and how it irreversibly affected her life. I adored our time together and I hope you like listening to what became of it.
Buy The Men in My Life here.
Patricia Bosworth is an American journalist and biographer living in New York City. She is a contributing editor of Vanity Fair. A winner of the Front Page Award, she’s taught literary non-fiction at Columbia University’s School of Journalism and Barnard College. A long-time board member of the Actors Studio. She’s also the author of bestselling biographies of Montgomery Clift, Jane Fonda, Marlon Brando and the photographer Diane Arbus, the latter of which was made into the movie Fur starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr. Her first memoir about her family and the Hollywood Blacklist is entitled Anything Your Little Heart Desires: An American Family Story. Her second memoir, entitled The Men in My Life: A Memoir of Love and Art in 1950’s Manhattan.
Upcoming Lit Up podcast guest Ayelet Waldman was featured in The Sunday Book Review in the New York Times sharing her favorite books. Next week she’ll be on the show to talk about her most recent book, A Really Good Day about micro dosing with LSD. Illustration […]
Whether you prefer your reading sexy and satirical, political and polarizing or simply amusing, these stand-out books in February are guaranteed to hit the spot by providing some much-needed escapism, while challenging the status quo and sparking timely conversation. The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen […]
This week’s episode with writer and photographer Rachel Hulin is the perfect antidote to these politically uncertain times–sometimes you simply need to sit down with a smart and lovely person and have a conversation that snaps you into the moment and leads to unexpected places.
As well as talking about Rachel’s witty and refreshing novel, Hey Harry, Hey Matilda, (about two, very funny, codependent twins searching for comfort and belonging), we also chat about hormone horoscopes, how her book grew out of a blog and into the first Instagram novel, and so much more. Rachel was a photo editor at Rolling Stone and one of her recent pieces for Salon, My year with Amy Winehouse: What I learned watching her through paparazzi lenses, draws on that time.
I hope you enjoy this conversation.
Buy Hey Harry, Hey Matilda here.
Rachel Hulin is a photographer and writer. Her photographs have been shown at Jen Bekman Gallery, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Wallspace Gallery, The New York Photo Festival, and ClampArt Gallery, where she is represented.
She’s worked as a photo editor at Rolling Stone, Radar Magazine, and Nerve.com. Her personal essays and art writing have appeared in Salon, The Daily Beast, The Photography Post, which she co-founded.
Her editorial photographs have appeared include The New York Times and The New Republic. In 2013 she released a children’s book Flying Henry with an accompanying photo exhibit.
LISTEN TO ROXANE GAY HERE. I’ve read Roxane Gay’s work ever since I discovered her writing in grad school in 2010. Whenever there’s a huge cultural moment–a political catastrophe, an attack on Feminism, or breaking Channing Tatum news—I’m eager to see what she has to […]
Hello 2017! We are back with an exciting lineup for the year that will hopefully inspire, challenge, and provoke. LISTEN TO LUCINDA ROSENFELD HERE. This week Lucinda Rosenfeld talks about her most recent novel “Class.” The novel is as provocative as the title suggests. It’s […]
I’ve been following author, broadcaster, journalist, and fellow Australian Julia Baird for more than a decade. In fact, I’ve been lurking around waiting for an opportunity to speak with her because I admire her work so much. Now she’s written the most incredible book, Victoria the Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire, I’ve got my chance!
Don’t be fooled by the demure portrait of Victoria on the cover—here is a woman who reigned over a quarter of the world’s population at the height of her rule. (She also bore nine children and survived eight assassination attempts.) In Baird’s deft portrayal, Victoria lives, breathes, and struts before us in all her complexity, and so do her consorts, particularly her politically ambitious husband Prince Albert—and later her “Scottish stallion” and probable lover, John Brown. On a geopolitical level, Baird’s sweeping historical portrait also illuminates just how interconnected the European royal families were during this time—Victoria’s Belgian cousin, King Leopold II, perpetrated genocide in the Congo while her German nephew, Kaiser Wilhelm II, would go on to initiate World War I. Historical astuteness aside, the pages gallop along enhanced by titillating morsels of info—like a certain Prime Minister’s predilection for whipping, in and out of the bedroom.
I hope this conversation gives you a taste of just how compelling Queen Victoria is as a subject, and most of all, how fabulous a story teller and biographer Julia is. Please let us know what you think of the conversation @litupshow & @bairdjulia on Twitter.
Buy Victoria the Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire here.
Julia Baird a journalist, broadcaster and author based in Sydney, Australia. She hosts The Drum on ABCTV and writes columns for the Sydney Morning Herald and the International New York Times. Her writing has appeared in a range of publications including Newsweek, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Guardian, the Good Weekend, The Sydney Morning Herald, the Sun-Herald, The Monthly and Harper’s Bazaar.
Baird was based in the USA until 2011, working at Newsweek as columnist and deputy editor. She began work at the magazine as senior editor for Science, Society and Ideas. She edited and wrote cover stories on subjects including human evolution, the history of climate change denial, the mysterious lives of surrogate mothers, the politics of transgender, the significance of 1968, and the then vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, as well as a profile of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. In 2010 she moved with her family to Philadelphia and worked as a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Baird began her career in journalism at the Sydney Morning Herald, where she worked as a columnist, oped editor, education reporter and election editor. In 2006 and again at the end of 2011 she was the host of the in depth interview radio program “Sunday Profile” on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. In 2012, she covered the US presidential campaign in Iowa for The Monthly, the ABC, and the Sun-Herald.
In 2005, Baird was a fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press and Public Policy at Harvard, researching the global response to American opinion in the lead-up to the Iraq War. Her Ph.D., on female politicians and the press, formed the basis of her book, Media Tarts: How the Australian Press Frames Female Politicians (2004). Baird has also taught history (20th century cultural history and personal narratives, involving the study of letters, diaries and journals), and made radio documentaries on subjects as diverse as black metal music and convent education.
Baird received both her B.A. and Ph.D. in history from Sydney University. She is a regular commentator on television and radio. She has also become expert in making play-doh, bug catchers and brownies for her two little kids, and lives near the sea, which she swims in as long and often as she can.
LISTEN to Siri Hustvedt on the pod HERE. For many years I’ve read Siri Hustvedt’s work and marveled at her intelligence. The breadth of her knowledge–of the sciences, arts and literature– is mind boggling. Now, she shares another example of her genius with the world; […]
There may not have been a more positive presence in the Lit Up studio than that of Jade Chang. It’s little wonder that she’s the author of the astute, funny, and sharp novel, The Wangs vs. the World, a road trip romp about the Wangs, a Chinese American family who’ve lost their cosmetics empire fortune. The mischievous patriarch Charles, Barbra his second wife, and Charles’s three children; Sina, a disgraced art world wunderkind; Andrew, an aspiring stand up comic; and high school fashion blogger, Grace; must cross the country redefine what the American dream means to them.
Jade’s book prompted so many threads of conversation, from her own family’s history to the state of politics in America. My time with Jade lifted my spirits and I hope it lifts yours too.
Jade Chang has covered arts and culture as a journalist and editor. She is the recipient of a Sundance Fellowship for Arts Journalism, the AIGA/Winterhouse Award for Design Criticism, and the James D. Houston Memorial scholarship from the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. The Wangs vs. the World is her debut novel. She lives in Los Angeles.
LISTEN TO TREVOR NOAH HERE. Riveting. Humble. Inspiring. This is how I would describe comedian, writer, and host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah. This week he joined me at NeueHouse, in New York, for an intimate conversation about his memoir Born a Crime, which should be required reading […]
Immerse yourself in the life of a young documentarian searching for her roots in a seaside Indian pilgrim town in Sleeping on Jupiter, Anuradha Roy’s most recent novel about the legacy of war and the state of womanhood in India. One of the pleasures of […]
This week we have Emma Donoghue on the show to talk about her latest novel, The Wonder. She’s the author of five story collections and eight other novels, including Room (2010), which was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize and adapted, with a screenplay by Donoghue, into last year’s Academy Award-winning film.
In The Wonder, a small Irish village is mystified by a little girl who refuses to eat. Anna O’Donnell says she’s being kept alive by her faith in God. In this conversation we hear about the fasting girls from history that inspired Emma’s book, the fairies that inhabit the Irish countryside, and more.
You can read Stephen King’s New York Times review of The Wonder here.
This week we decided to switch it up and have two of our favorite literary professionals share their favorite books of the season. Steph Opitz is the books reviewer for Marie Claire magazine and celebrates books via work with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and the […]
With all the controversy surrounding the Supreme Court and the upcoming election and the landmark opinion written by Justice Stephen Breyer last week that struck down a Texas law that would have closed all but nine abortion clinics in the state–supported by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg–it seemed […]
What a week. After many, many months of (admittedly very fun) preparation, Lit Up is here. Thank you for listening and for helping launch our pod into the world. With your help we made it onto the iTunes New & Noteworthy list, hurrah! We […]