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Episode 116: Alex Gilvarry on those all-consuming post-breakup runaway thoughts and channeling the voice of Norman Mailer

Episode 116: Alex Gilvarry on those all-consuming post-breakup runaway thoughts and channeling the voice of Norman Mailer

Listen to Alex Gilvarry on the pod here. It’s Alex’s second time on the pod and what a treat it was to have him on the show again, this time to talk about his second novel East man Was Here. Here’s what I wrote about it […]

Episode 115: Claire Messud on long-Lost friendships

Episode 115: Claire Messud on long-Lost friendships

Listen to Claire Messud here. Claire Messud and I talk about her new novel The Burning Girl, as well as Claire’s childhood years in Australia, and how childhood friendships can haunt and define us. I’ve loved Claire’s work ever since I read The Emperor’s Children when I was living […]

Episode 114: Kaitlyn Greenidge on Writing Into Taboo Territory

Episode 114: Kaitlyn Greenidge on Writing Into Taboo Territory

Listen to Kaitlyn Greenidge on the pod here.

Kaitlyn Greenidge and I chat about her funny, strange and wonderful debut novel, “We Love You, Charlie Freeman.”

The Freeman family–Charles, Laurel, and their daughters, teenage Charlotte and nine-year-old Callie–have been invited to the Toneybee Institute in rural Massachusetts to participate in a research experiment. They will live in an apartment on campus with Charlie, a young chimp abandoned by his mother. The Freemans were selected for the experiment because they know sign language; they are supposed to teach it to Charlie and welcome him as a member of their family.

Isolated in their new, nearly all-white community not just by their race but by their strange living situation, the Freemans come undone. And when Charlotte discovers the truth about the Institute’s history of questionable studies, the secrets of the past begin to invade the present.

I hope you enjoy this conversation.

xx Angie

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Episode 113: Tom Perrotta on Porn Addiction, Suburban America & Exploring Gender Norms

Episode 113: Tom Perrotta on Porn Addiction, Suburban America & Exploring Gender Norms

Listen to Tom Perrotta here. Tom Perrotta and I talk about his latest novel Mrs. Fletcher, which explores sexuality in America. U R MY MILF! Send me a naked pic!! Divorced mother Eve Fletcher has never, ever, received a text like this before. Could it be from one […]

Episode 112: Jenny Zhang on Chinese American Immigrant Culture Shock, Family Expectations & Freeing Her Voice

Episode 112: Jenny Zhang on Chinese American Immigrant Culture Shock, Family Expectations & Freeing Her Voice

Listen to Jenny Zhang here. Poet and writer Jenny Zhang joined me to talk about her debut collection of stories “Sour Heart.” The first book from Lena Dunham’s Lenny imprint at Random House crackles with vivid and vital stories of newly arrived Chinese Americans adjusting to New York […]

Episode 111: Zinzi Clemmons on Identity, Race & Making Sense of Grief

Episode 111: Zinzi Clemmons on Identity, Race & Making Sense of Grief

Listen to Zinzi Clemmons on the podcast here.

This week I talk to debut author Zinzi Clemmons about her book “What We Lose: A Novel.” This novel signals the launch of an important new voice who we’ll be turning to to make sense of our world for years to come. Zinzi shares what it was like visiting her mom’s home country of South Africa throughout her childhood and the significance of this place on her identity, the strange ways we process grief and more.

Buy her book HERE!

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Zinzi is a writer and editor raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad. I received my BA in Critical Theory and Literary Arts from Brown, and my MFA in Fiction from Columbia. My writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-StoryTransitionThe Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. I have received fellowships and support from The MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. I am co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and I am a Contributing Editor to LitHub.com. I teach literature and creative writing at The Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. My debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

Episode 110: Rachel Khong on Food & Family Matters

Episode 110: Rachel Khong on Food & Family Matters

Listen to Rachel Khong on the pod here. Beloved food writer Rachel Khong joins us this week to talk about her debut novel Goodbye, Vitamin. Our very relaxed conversation ranges from how Rachel met her husband, the science of alzheimer’s, and more. Buy Goodbye, Vitamin here.

Episode 109: Katja Meier on Running a Refugee Home in a Tuscan Village

Episode 109: Katja Meier on Running a Refugee Home in a Tuscan Village

Listen to Katja Meier here. Without doubt this episode with Katja Meier stands out as one of the very special ones. Katja and I become “Instagram friends” (follow Katja on @anythingtuscan), meaning, we liked each other’s posts and commented on each other’s pics. When Katja told me about her […]

Episode 108: Christopher Bollen on Crafting a Thriller & the Summer Antics of the Ultra-Rich

Episode 108: Christopher Bollen on Crafting a Thriller & the Summer Antics of the Ultra-Rich

Listen to Christopher Bollen on the pod here.

I’m so excited for this week because I’ve wanted to interview Chris Bollen ever since her was my boss at Interview Magazine where her was editor-in-chief for many years.

This is how I described his new book in Esquire

Ever wanted to fall into a wealthy friend’s life because it would simply solve everything? In this Talented MrRipley-esque thriller, you’ll get transported to the remote and dazzling Greek island of Patmos where Europe’s glitzy jet set cavort all summer long. When Ian Bledsoe flees New York after the death of his father, he reunites with his childhood best friend Charlie Konstantinou—who, Ian hopes, has riches to spare. Like most things that seem too good to be true, however, there ends up being a sinister twist that shatters his escapist fantasies.

This interview is such a fun one, and perfect to get you in the mood for summer.

xoxo Angie

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Episode 107: Affinity Konar on the Stories That Haunt Us

Episode 107: Affinity Konar on the Stories That Haunt Us

Listen to Affinity Konar HERE. This week Affinity Konar and I discuss her harrowing debut novel Mischling, drawn from the tragedy of Auschwitz and Josef Mengele’s experiments on identical twins during World War II. The twins Stasha and Pearl are part of the experimental population of twins […]

Episode 106: J. Courtney Sullivan on Sisters, Secrets & Irish American Families

Episode 106: J. Courtney Sullivan on Sisters, Secrets & Irish American Families

Listen to Courtney Sullivan HERE. I’ve been waiting years to have Courtney on the show and her new book finally gave me the chance! We discuss J. Courtney Sullivan’s fourth novel “Saints for All Occasions” about two sisters who leave their small Irish village to make a new life […]

Episode 105: Samantha Irby on Intentional Dating, Sexual Mishaps and Redefining Family

Episode 105: Samantha Irby on Intentional Dating, Sexual Mishaps and Redefining Family

Listen to Samantha Irby HERE.

Samantha Irby amassed a cult following with her Bitches Gotta Eat blog and then she wowed her fans with her hilarious and brutally honest memoir, Meaty, which is in TV development by Jessi Klein, head writer for Inside Amy Schumer, and Broad City co-creator/star Abbi Jacobson. Now, in her second book of essays, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, Irby continues to share the treasure trove inside her mind. Whether it’s her hilarious application to be a contestant on The Bachelorette, her relationship to $$$ and lipstick, and the life lessons she learned from her 14 years working at an animal hospital, every story will lodge in your brain and keep you wanting more. this conversation was such a thrill, as you will hear we could have gone on all day. I can’t wait to have Sam back in the studio asap.

Let us know what you think of this episode @litupshow on Twitter and Instagram.

xoxo Angie

Buy We Are Never Meeting in Real Life HERE.

Episode 104: Lidia Yuknavitch on the Future of Our Planet, the Mythology of Joan of Arc & Smashing the Patriarchy

Episode 104: Lidia Yuknavitch on the Future of Our Planet, the Mythology of Joan of Arc & Smashing the Patriarchy

Listen to Lidia Yuknavitch HERE. I’ve been waiting two years for Lidia Yuknavitch to return to the pod. We had one of the most illuminating conversations about her novel The Small Backs of Children and her memoir the Chronology of Water, and again we waste no time […]

Episode 103: Dani Shapiro on Memory, Time & Marriage

Episode 103: Dani Shapiro on Memory, Time & Marriage

Listen to Dani Shapiro HERE. This week writer Dani Shapiro joined me to talk about her recent memoir Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage, an exquisite and intimate interrogation of her 18-year marriage to “M.” The conversation ranges from the wonderful advice given by her aunt to […]

Actress Pom Klementieff shares her Unique Russian-French-Korean Perspective

Actress Pom Klementieff shares her Unique Russian-French-Korean Perspective

Pom Klementieff arrives at our meeting on New York’s Upper West Side clutching a dog-eared copy of Hanya Yanagihara‘s haunting novel A Little Life. “It’s beautiful and brutal,” says the 31-year-old actress with a sigh. “I guess I’m drawn to complicated stories.” The daughter of a Russian-French diplomat father and a Korean mother, Klementieff grew up crisscrossing the globe, from Quebec to Kyoto to the Ivory Coast, before settling in the bucolic Vallée de Chevreuse, an hour’s drive from Paris. Perhaps it’s her eclectic heritage (she’ll drop a few “bad” Russian words if you ask nicely) or the slog of making and losing friends every few years as a child, but she possesses an air of resilience and worldliness.

Audiences will get a glimpse of Klementieff’s range in two upcoming indies: Newness, a love story set in the age of Tinder, directed by Drake Doremus and starring Nicholas Hoult; and Ingrid Goes West, a twisted thriller with Elizabeth Olsen and Aubrey Plaza about the seemingly perfect life of a social media “influencer.” But first, she’ll appear this month in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, a sequel to the Marvel blockbuster in which she plays the innocent, bug-like superhero Mantis. “I wore black contact lenses covering my whole eyes,” she says of her role alongside Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana. “I was worried that Mantis’s emotions might not come through, so I found physical ways to show how she’s feeling.” Her unlikeliest inspiration? Mr. Burns, The Simpsons‘ tyrannical curmudgeon, whose hand gestures she mimicked.

Klementieff’s interest in acting was sparked at 16 when she saw the cultish South Korean revenge odyssey Oldboy. “I wanted to be inside the film and part of the creative process that made it come to life,” she says. Instead, she went to law school. “It felt like a pretentious fantasy to say, ‘I want to be an actress,’ ” she admits. “But when I didn’t connect with law, I saw my chance.” After studying drama at the Cours Florent in Paris, Klementieff played opposite Catherine Deneuve in Après Lui, filmed a movie in Siberia (where she learned to ride reindeer), and, in a twist of fate, fought (quite literally) for her part in Spike Lee’s 2013 remake of Oldboy. She still studies boxing and tae kwan do in Los Angeles, where she’s lived for four years. “When I walk down the street, I feel stronger,” she says. “It’s crazy that as women we are taught to be cute and nice and polite, when we should learn to be less nice sometimes.”

Samantha Bee and Masha Gessen Implore Us to Resist Trump’s “Word Salads”

Samantha Bee and Masha Gessen Implore Us to Resist Trump’s “Word Salads”

I wrote this for Elle! The Full Frontal host discussed Trump’s damaging use of language with journalist Masha Gessen at the PEN World Voices Festival. “Waking up every morning is like having a tennis ball machine and having the tennis balls shoot us in the […]

Episode 102: Jo Piazza on How to be Married

Episode 102: Jo Piazza on How to be Married

Listen to Jo Piazza HERE. In Jo Piazza’s new book “How to be Married” she travels the globe in search of answers because she’s been married a year and seems to be getting it (just a little bit) wrong. So why not ask people who’ve […]

Episode 101: Kristen Radtke on Writing From the Heart

Episode 101: Kristen Radtke on Writing From the Heart

Listen to Kristen Radtke HERE.

Kristen Radtke masters a mode of storytelling that’s uniquely her own in her graphic memoir, “Imagine Wanting Only This.” Eerily-haunting, her book explores how certain special people touch and shape our lives, and why we’re sometimes attracted to places (and people) in various states of ruin and unraveling. This genre-smashing novel (and our pod conversation) never shies away from the big questions: Why are we here, and what will we leave behind?

Enjoy this show!

xxo Angie

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Buy “Imagine Wanting Only This” HERE.

Kristen Radtke is the author of the graphic nonfiction book Imagine Wanting Only This (Pantheon, 2017). She is the managing editor of Sarabande Books and the film & video editor of TriQuarterly magazine. She has an MFA from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program. She lives and works in Brooklyn. Find her on Twitter @kristenradtke.

 

Episode 100: Kelly Oxford on #NotOkay, Activism & Her New Book of Essays

Episode 100: Kelly Oxford on #NotOkay, Activism & Her New Book of Essays

Listen to Kelly Oxford HERE. This weeks guest, Kelly Oxford, tells it like it is — and she inspires millions of other women to speak their minds and share their experiences too. Her first book of essays “Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar” was an […]

Stephanie Danler on Grub Street – with surprise Lit Up mention

Stephanie Danler on Grub Street – with surprise Lit Up mention

What a treat to be mentioned in Stephanie Danler’s Grub Street Diet piece, Drinks Butterbeer, Manzanilla Sherry, and Lots of Campari by Sierra Tishgart “So many reasons to love Marlow …” Photo: Liz Clayman Since Sweetbitter was published last May, it has gone on to become […]

Episode 99: Viet Thanh Nguyen on the Vietnamese-American Refugee Experience

Episode 99: Viet Thanh Nguyen on the Vietnamese-American Refugee Experience

Listen to Viet Thanh Nguyen HERE.

The multi-talented Nguyen knows what it means to inhabit a life radically shaped by history. In 1975, he and his family came to The United States as refugees in the wake of the Vietnam War. His debut novel, The Sympathizer, winner of last year’s Pulitzer Prize, revisited the conflict that changed the trajectory of his life and inserted a much-needed Vietnamese perspective to the largely American-driven narrative. In The Refugees, a collection of stories nearly two decades in the making, he gives voice to the Vietnamese communities in Southern California (where he grew up) and to those living in the country he fled, acknowledging that the ghosts of war reverberate for generations. Our conversation jumps right into the personal and there are surprises! I have to admit that this convo was an all time favorite. I hope you enjoy listening to it unfold.

xox Angie

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Buy The Refugees here.

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer is a New York Times best seller and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Other honors include the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction from the American Library Association, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, a Gold Medal in First Fiction from the California Book Awards, and the Asian/Pacific American Literature Award from the Asian/Pacific American Librarian Association. His other books are Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award in General Nonfiction) and Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America. He is the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He has been interviewed by Tavis Smiley, Charlie RoseSeth Meyers, and Terry Gross, among many others. His current book is the bestselling short story collection, The Refugees. 

Episode 98: Julie Buntin on the Childhood Friends That Shape Us

Episode 98: Julie Buntin on the Childhood Friends That Shape Us

Listen to Julie Buntin HERE. My brilliant and dear friend Julie Buntin joins me to dive beyond the pages of her remarkable novel, Marlena. She tells the story of two girls, Cat & Marlena, and the wild year that will cost one her life, and […]

Episode 97: Alyssa Mastromonaco on her Heady Years as President Obama’s Deputy Chief of Staff

Episode 97: Alyssa Mastromonaco on her Heady Years as President Obama’s Deputy Chief of Staff

Listen to Alyssa Mastromonaco HERE. Subscribe on iTunes HERE. How does a fastidious IGA check-out chick and public school kid from upstate New York, with no connections and no Ivy League education, end up a few feet from the Oval Office, working as the youngest-ever […]

Esquire’s 5 Best Books of March (written by moi)

Esquire’s 5 Best Books of March (written by moi)

Whether you prefer your reading sexy and satirical, political and polarizing, or simply amusing, the year’s best releases are guaranteed to hit the spot by providing some much-needed escapism, while challenging the status quo and sparking timely conversation. The best books of 2017 (so far, that is) will guide us through this messy year with the opportunity to see the world beyond our close confines, allow us to learn more deeply about the human experience, or simply offer valuable entertainment. We live in exhausting times—why not escape for a bit with a book?


The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

A self-described professional explorer, Levy likens the exhilaration of orienting herself amongst new people and new surroundings to the euphoric early weeks with a new lover—think heightened senses and heady in-the-moment intensity. She’s crisscrossed the globe in search of these unique experiences as a staff writer for The New Yorker since 2008, and now turns her interrogative eye on herself. What results is profound, and lasting. Growing out of an essay called “Thanksgiving in Mongolia,” Rules Do Not Apply reveals what happens when nature decides to smash the plans you’ve made, and derail what you thought was your life.


Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

“In a city swollen by refugees but still mostly at peace, or at least not yet openly at war, a young man met a young woman in a classroom and did not speak to her.” This opening sentence sets the scene for this swiftly told love story between Nadia and Saeed, whose relationship is pressurized and contorted by war. In this unnamed city, suspended somewhere between the past, the present, and the future, text messages and one hour of daily internet connection link Nadia and Saeed with the world beyond a home that is disintegrating day by day. First the rich flee, then communication halts, and as the violence escalates they must decide how and when to escape their crumbling homeland. This timely novel brings the frightening reality of war outside your window up close and makes it deeply personal.


Celine by Peter Heller

Though born in New York City, Peter Heller has turned himself into an inveterate adventurer, eco-pirate, and surfer whose life and work has been defined by the remote parts of the globe he’s explored. In his new detective novel Celine, he returns (momentarily) to the place of his childhood, with a story inspired by the life of his own remarkable mother, a stylish and rule-breaking private eye. Celine wrestles with themes of family, loss and privilege—and when a photographer’s mauled body shows up in Yellowstone National Park, a cold trail gets warmer and a daughter’s need for the truth ratchets up the suspense.


Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House by Alyssa Mastromonaco

How does a fastidious IGA check-out chick and public school kid from upstate New York, with no connections and no Ivy League education, end up a few feet from the Oval Office, working as the youngest-ever woman to be deputy chief of staff for the president of the United States? Mastromonaco shares the memories and mishaps that shaped her journey, from desperately trying (and failing) to get a job in politics after college to finding herself joking with Obama about his penchant for black mock turtlenecks. This relatable memoir is packed with juicy on-the-road stories and crisis management advice, and presents a strong case for embracing a sense of humor in the face of humbling setbacks.


The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn

Ever fantasize about “opening up” your relationship or marriage? If so, you can live vicariously through another couple’s experiences in Dunn’s comedic novel before you give it a whirl yourself. When Lucy and Owen’s friends reveal that they’re giving open marriage a shot at a boozy dinner party, Lucy shudders at the thought. Still, she can see the appeal of indulging in some no questions asked rendezvous’ in the city—just for six months, as an experiment, of course. What could go possibly wrong? This funny and relatable tale from the writer who crafted many of the mishap-laden stories on Murphy Brown and Spin City delivers the perfect escapist read in these angsty political times.

A Few of My Favorite Things on Undrrated

A Few of My Favorite Things on Undrrated

I was lucky enough to be featured on Marina Khidekel’s newsletter Undrrated.  I did reveal that I’m a lover of BBQ ribs, and that I prefer to devour them alone, so no one can judge the significant stack of bones left in my wake. Some things […]

Episode 96: Mohsin Hamid on Immigration, Life in Pakistan & Donald Trump

Episode 96: Mohsin Hamid on Immigration, Life in Pakistan & Donald Trump

Listen to Mohsin Hamid HERE. Sure to win a swath of awards this year, Mohsin Hamid‘s timely and important novel Exit West is about young lovers Nadia and Saeed, whose relationship is pressurized and contorted by war. In this unnamed city, suspended somewhere between the […]

Episode 95: Ariel Levy on Life Before and After “Thanksgiving in Mongolia”

Episode 95: Ariel Levy on Life Before and After “Thanksgiving in Mongolia”

Listen to Ariel Levy on the podcast HERE.

This week’s guest is Ariel Levy, a self-described professional explorer. She’s crisscrossed the globe in search of these unique experiences as a staff writer for The New Yorker since 2008, and now turns her interrogative eye on herself. What results is profound, and lasting. Growing out of an essay called “Thanksgiving in Mongolia,” Rules Do Not Apply reveals what happens when nature decides to smash the plans you’ve made, and derail what you thought was your life.

This conversation is one I’ll remember all my life. I hope it resonates with you too.

xoxo Angie

 

Padma Lakshmi on How Her Indian Heritage Influenced Her Career

Padma Lakshmi on How Her Indian Heritage Influenced Her Career

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 […]

Ode to the Wing

Ode to the Wing

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 […]

Episode 94: Jami Attenberg On Being your Own Kind of Grown Up

Episode 94: Jami Attenberg On Being your Own Kind of Grown Up

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.

xox Angie

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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.

Episode 93: On the Korean Immigrant Experience in Japan

Episode 93: On the Korean Immigrant Experience in Japan

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 […]

Episode 92: Daphne Merkin on Reckoning with Depression

Episode 92: Daphne Merkin on Reckoning with Depression

Listen to Daphne’s episode HERE. Daphne Merkin is one of my favorite people and she is hands down one of the best writers I’ve ever come across. This is one of my favorite episodes. Daphne is a former staff writer for The New Yorker and […]

Episode 91: Alana Massey on the Cult of Celebrity & Being a Winona Vs a Gwyneth

Episode 91: Alana Massey on the Cult of Celebrity & Being a Winona Vs a Gwyneth

Listen to Alana Massey and Payton Costell Turner HERE.

This week we bring you writer and cultural critic Alana Massey whose book of essays All The Lives I Want: Essays About My Best Friends Who Happen to be Strangers examines celebrity womanhood and how it shapes our lives. I enlisted the help of Payton Costell Turner, a multi-disciplinary artist, co-founder of the design studio Flat Vernacular and co-founder GAL (Girls at Library) to co-host this evocative discussion. This conversation was recorded live at the Wythe Hotel as part of the work x work ON AIR series, a pop up live streaming radio lounge that explores creativity and storytelling.

Please let us know what you think about this show @litupshow on Instagram and Twitter.

 xoxo Angie
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Episode 90: Jennifer Wright on How Understanding Plagues Can Help Humanity

Episode 90: Jennifer Wright on How Understanding Plagues Can Help Humanity

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 […]

Episode 89: Ayelet Waldman on how Microdosing with LSD Changed Her Life

Episode 89: Ayelet Waldman on how Microdosing with LSD Changed Her Life

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

Episode 88: Patricia Bosworth on The Men in Her Life, Her Time at The Actors Studio & Tea with Audrey Hepburn & Givenchy

LISTEN TO PATRICIA’S EPIDOSE HERE.

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.

xoxo Angie

 

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.

Ayelet Waldman’s Unusual “Trip” & Favorite Books Revealed

Ayelet Waldman’s Unusual “Trip” & Favorite Books Revealed

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 […]

My 5 Must-Read Books of FEB for Esquire

My 5 Must-Read Books of FEB for Esquire

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 […]

Episode 87: Rachel Hulin on her Instagram novel “Hey Harry, Hey Matilda”

Episode 87: Rachel Hulin on her Instagram novel “Hey Harry, Hey Matilda”

LISTEN TO RACHEL HULIN’S EPISODE HERE.

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.

xoxo Angie

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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.

Episode 86: Roxane Gay on “Difficult Women”

Episode 86: Roxane Gay on “Difficult Women”

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 […]

Episode 85: Lucinda Rosenfeld on the Liberal Bubble, Education, and Class

Episode 85: Lucinda Rosenfeld on the Liberal Bubble, Education, and Class

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 […]

Episode 84: Julia Baird on the Real Queen Victoria

Episode 84: Julia Baird on the Real Queen Victoria

Listen to Julia Baird HERE.

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.

xoxox Angie

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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.

Episode 83: Siri Hustvedt on Art, Feminism, Psychology & the Mind/Body Conundrum

Episode 83: Siri Hustvedt on Art, Feminism, Psychology & the Mind/Body Conundrum

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; […]

Episode 82: David Szalay on “All That Man Is”

Episode 82: David Szalay on “All That Man Is”

Listen to David Szalay HERE. I often talk to women, but this week I reversed the trend and spoke to a man about the experience of being a man. A truly original idea! The man is David Szalay. His book, All That Man Is, shortlisted for the […]

Episode 81: Jade Chang on Times of Social Upheaval and the American Dream

Episode 81: Jade Chang on Times of Social Upheaval and the American Dream

LISTEN TO JADE CHANG HERE.

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.

Follow Jade on Twitter @thejadechang and Lit Up @litupshow on Twitter & Instagram.

xox Angie

 

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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.

Episode 80: Trevor Noah on Being Born a Crime

Episode 80: Trevor Noah on Being Born a Crime

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 […]

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Trevor Noah Reveals All

Trevor Noah on Born a Crime Wednesday Nov. 16 @ NeueHouse As host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah is one of the world’s brightest voices, and provides viewers in America and around the globe with their nightly dose of biting satire. With his new […]

Episode 77: Brit Bennett On Secrets & The Decisions That Shape Us

Episode 77: Brit Bennett On Secrets & The Decisions That Shape Us

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It’s not often that a book gets as much buzz as Brit Bennett’s, The Mothers, and wholeheartedly delivers. Brit’s breakout novel eloquently dives head-on into taboo topics like religion and black motherhood, and explores how we’re shaped by certain pivotal decisions more than others. Set in a Southern Californian beach town (similar to where Brit grew up), the story revolves around a complicated love triangle between Nadia, Aubrey, and Luke–one that’s fueled by secrets and passionate longings. Along the way, we’re accompanied by a Greek-style chorus of gossipy elder church women who pipe in with judgmental comments and I-told-you-so quips as the novel progresses. I raced through this book and saw myself in all three main characters, making for some necessary reflection.

Please share this lovely conversation. you can follow us @litupshow on Twitter and Instagram and you can find Brit on Twitter @Britrbennett.

xo Angie

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Cover photo credit: Chantal Anderson, Vogue, October 2016

Episode 75: Maria Semple on her Witchy Powers, 90201, and Adapting to Seattle

Episode 75: Maria Semple on her Witchy Powers, 90201, and Adapting to Seattle

Listen here!  “Today will be different,” Maria Semple‘s latest novel, begins the way we might hope to begin a new day, with the words: “Today I will be present. Today, anyone I’m speaking to, I will look them in the eye and listen deeply. . . . […]

Episode 74: Anuradha Roy on Womanhood in India

Episode 74: Anuradha Roy on Womanhood in India

  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 […]

Episode 73: Emma Donoghue on Fasting, Fairies, and More

Episode 73: Emma Donoghue on Fasting, Fairies, and More

 

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.

Enjoy!

Angie

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Episode 72: Jessica Bennett & Aminatou Sow on Fighting Sexism & the Patriarchy at Work

Episode 72: Jessica Bennett & Aminatou Sow on Fighting Sexism & the Patriarchy at Work

  This week we recorded live from NeueHouse Madison Square with award-winning journalist and critic Jessica Bennett, and consultant and co-host of the podcast Call Your Girlfriend, Aminatou Sow. We gathered to talk about Jessica’s new book Feminist Fight Club, an incisive guide to navigating subtle sexism at […]

Episode 71: Ann Patchett on Step Families, and Lasting Bonds

Episode 71: Ann Patchett on Step Families, and Lasting Bonds

Bestselling author—winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize—Ann Patchett delights us with stories from her childhood, the inspiration for her new novel Commonwealth. Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how a chance encounter at a Sunday afternoon, gin-fueled party, reverberates through the lives of […]

Episode 70: Revisting Mary-Louise Parker on Men and Motherhood

Episode 70: Revisting Mary-Louise Parker on Men and Motherhood

 

We’re republishing one of our favorite interviews, with actress and writer Mary-Louise Parker. If you missed it the first time, I hope you’ll take a listen now. As many of you know, Mary-Louise is the Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe award-winning actress and writer of the exceptional memoir-in-letters, Dear Mr. You. It was such a pleasure to have such an open and honest conversation with someone I admire so much. Dear Mr. You was a revelation for me. I cried so many times while reading it – not because I was upset – more because Mary-Louise hit on truths that I hadn’t had words for before. I cannot recommend this book enough.

Check out The New York Times review Mary-Louise Parker’s ‘Dear Mr. You’ by one of our other favorite guests, Kate Bolick.

I’ll be back next week, September 13th, with literary legend Ann Patchett.

xoxo Angie

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Episode 69: Steph Opitz and Rachel Fershleiser on Summer Reads

Episode 69: Steph Opitz and Rachel Fershleiser on Summer Reads

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 […]

Episode 68: Colson Whitehead on The Underground Railroad

Episode 68: Colson Whitehead on The Underground Railroad

Our guest this week is Colson Whitehead. His latest novel, The Underground Railroad, chronicles a young slave’s adventures, from the hellish Georgia plantation where she is born, through many treacherous Southern states with varying barbaric laws, towards freedom in the north. This is an extraordinary, brutal, and […]

Episode 67: Nadja Spiegleman on mother daughter relationships & family legacy

Episode 67: Nadja Spiegleman on mother daughter relationships & family legacy

 

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 intensity of the relationships between the women in her family–including herself, her French mother Françoise Mouly (art editor of The New Yorker), her grandmother and great grandmother. This insightful book is all about the extent to which we fight to be free of our parents, and yet, how we are inextricably pulled back into their orbit and influenced by their struggles, even if we know little about them.

Nadja’s father is the Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman, whose graphic memoir, Maus, is based on interviews with his Holocaust survivor father. The book is dedicated to Nadja. Nadja is also the author of a trio of graphic novels for children.

This conversation was an absolute favorite. Happy listening!

xox Angie

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Episode 66: Jessi Klein on Facing Fear, Speaking Up & Modern Femininity

Episode 66: Jessi Klein on Facing Fear, Speaking Up & Modern Femininity

Jessi Klein has been making us laugh and challenging our ideas about womanhood, feminism, and issues like age-ism, gun control, and online harassment as the head writer and executive producer of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer for years.  Now, you can get 100% pure Klein in […]

Episode 65: Jay McInerney on his Heady Early NY Years & “Bright, Precious Days”

Episode 65: Jay McInerney on his Heady Early NY Years & “Bright, Precious Days”

For those of us who ever dreamed of living in New York City, Jay McInerney’s cult sensation “Bright Lights, Big City” fueled and formed our impressions of the city. Particularly the possibility of bumping into our literary heroes and partying with them until the wee […]

Episode 64: Nicole Dennis-Benn and BuzzFeed’s Annie Daly on the Real Jamaica

Episode 64: Nicole Dennis-Benn and BuzzFeed’s Annie Daly on the Real Jamaica

Our guests this week are novelist Nicole Dennis-Benn and BuzzFeed Travel Editor Annie Daly. Together, we talk about Nicole’s debut novel “Here Comes the Sun,” a riveting look at the Jamaica beyond the pristine beaches and resorts that cater to foreigners. The novel closely examines the lives of four women, each grappling with the sacrifices they’ve made for the promise of a better life. Nicole was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, and the book hums with local voices–characters so unique, they’ve not been seen or heard in fiction until now.

I decided to have Annie join in the conversation not only because she is Jamaica obsessed, but also because her writing shapes ideas and perceptions about travel and places.

Please let us know what you think of this conversation on Twitter @litupshow and Instagram @litupshow 

xoxox Angie

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Episode 63: Stephanie Danler on coming of age in NYC, food culture, and lessons learned

Episode 63: Stephanie Danler on coming of age in NYC, food culture, and lessons learned

Not since Anthony Bourdain’s “Kitchen Confidential” and Gabrielle Hamilton’s “Blood, Bones and Butter” has there been a more hotly anticipated book set in the restaurant world than Stephanie Danler‘s debut novel, “Sweetbitter.” And, boy, does it deliver. The story swirls and crashes around its central […]

Episode 61: Revisiting the Genius of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Through Irin Carmon

Episode 61: Revisiting the Genius of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Through Irin Carmon

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 […]

Episode 60: Arianna Huffington on the Science of Sleep

Episode 60: Arianna Huffington on the Science of Sleep

This week Arianna Huffington brings her warmth, wit and wisdom to the show. It was an honor hear about her life–from growing up in Athens, to Cambridge at sixteen, to moving to New York and founding one of the most powerful media companies in the world. She reveals her “wake up call” moment–when she was forced to radically change her lifestyle or face debilitating exhaustion. She discovered that prioritizing sleep would become one of the most radical acts of her life. In her book, The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time, she chronicles her journey, touching on the science of sleep, the industrial revolution, sex, the power of dreams, and much more. Reading this book will give you concrete ways to reduce stress, combat anxiety, and reclaim the night. Our conversation also touches on some politics–how could I not ask Arianna about Trump?! I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did and that it inspires you to go to bed a little earlier tonight.

Please let us know what you think on Twitter and Instagram @litupshow and @ariannahuff.

xoxox Angie

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Buy The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at your local independent bookstore.

Arianna Huffington is the co-founder, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, the news and blog site that she launched in 2005. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.
She has been named one of the world’s most influential people by  Time Magazine and she’s graced Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.
 She serves on numerous boards, including The Center for Public Integrity and Uber. Her 15th book, The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time, on the science, history and mystery of sleep, was published in April and became an instant New York Times Bestseller.

Episode 59: Max Porter on the Realities of Grief

Episode 59: Max Porter on the Realities of Grief

Sometimes a book comes along and knocks you off kilter–revealing your fears and longings–reminding you how to love and live better. Grief Is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter is one such book. This astonishing, rowdy, rude, and brilliant novel dramatizes one family’s experience of mourning with […]

Episode 58: Yaa Gyasi on Slavery and its Haunting Legacy

Episode 58: Yaa Gyasi on Slavery and its Haunting Legacy

This week’s guest Yaa Gyasi is being called the next Toni Morrison. Her debut novel, Homegoing–praised by Ta-Nehisi Coates–is set to start conversations at home and abroad. The story spans three centuries and follows two branches of a family tree beginning with half-sisters Effia and […]

Episode 57: Jessica Valenti on How Sexism & Misogyny Negatively Shapes Womens’ Lives

Episode 57: Jessica Valenti on How Sexism & Misogyny Negatively Shapes Womens’ Lives

Jessica Valenti has been fighting against misogyny and sexism, bravely paving the way for women online ever since she founded Feministing.com. In her memoir Sex Object, out today, she reveals how decades of harassment has shaped who she is today. In this week’s episode she talks about growing up in NYC, dealing with internet trolls, date rape, and why it is important to acknowledge that sexism is still negatively shaping the contemporary female experience.

We both hope this conversation sparks many more as you’re inspired to share your stories. Please let us know what issues resonate with you most. We are on twitter and Instagram @litupshow and you can find Jessica @JessicaValenti on both too. Also be sure to read Jessica’s New York Times piece, What Does a Lifetime of Leers Do to Us? here.

xox Angie

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Episode 56: Revisiting the Wisdom of Lidia Yuknavitch

Episode 56: Revisiting the Wisdom of Lidia Yuknavitch

I hope everyone had a lovely long weekend. This week we revisit one of our most loved episodes of last year with the incomparable Lidia Yuknavitch. Since the episode aired, we’ve had so much positive feedback, so if you missed it then, I suggest taking a […]

Episode 55: Geoff Dyer on the Lure of Travel, Art & the Power of Place

Episode 55: Geoff Dyer on the Lure of Travel, Art & the Power of Place

I’ve read Geoff Dyer‘s work for years, so getting to talk to him in person about his work this week was an honor and a treat. One thing I didn’t expect when I started reading his most recent book–a series of fiction and non fiction […]

Episode 54: Lindy West On Living with Pride

Episode 54: Lindy West On Living with Pride

Whether this week’s guest Lindy West is taking a stance on victim-targeting rape jokes, misogyny in the comedy world or defending her place in the world as a fat woman, her words are always sharp, brilliant and ever so witty. Furthermore, she is willing to speak out about issues that affect all women, even when it comes at great personal cost–think Internet trolls who’ve made it their mission to disrupt her life. In her memoir Shrill – Notes From a Loud Woman she reveals all and her glorious self shines through as it does in this interview.

If you enjoy what you hear or want to add to the conversation please let us know @LitUpShow and @thlindywest on Twitter.

xoxox Angie

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Lindy West is a columnist at The Guardian, and a contributor to This American Life. Her work has appeared in the New York TimesCosmopolitan, GQVultureJezebel, The Stranger, and others. Her writing focuses on feminist polemics, social justice, body image, and more. She is the founder of I Believe You, It’s Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens, as well as the reproductive rights destigmatization campaign #ShoutYourAbortion.

Episode 53: Kate Tempest on Evolving through Form

Episode 53: Kate Tempest on Evolving through Form

This week our guest is the British poet, playwright, and spoken-word performer Kate Tempest. She’s a force to be reckoned with — her talents are so plentiful and her intellect so sharp, that I’m sure you’ll be hanging on her every word, just like I […]

Episode 52: Molly Prentiss on Artistic Ambition & New York Stories

Episode 52: Molly Prentiss on Artistic Ambition & New York Stories

This week Molly Prentiss and I talk about her buzz-worthy debut novel “Tuesday Nights in 1980.” This book is the ultimate absorbing read. Prepare to be swiftly transported to the downtown art scene of New York, packed with renegade artists, ambitious critics, and opportunistic curators […]

Episode 51: Maggie Nelson on Gender, Sexuality, and Beyond

In the introduction to this week’s show, I say that Maggie Nelson is one of the most electrifying writers at work today. It’s worth mentioning this again, because it’s true! Her writing defies, blends, and bends genres. Reading it makes me question why we’re so obsessed with classifying art into categories–this will be a recurring theme in the conversation, in regards to classifying people too. Maggie’s writing exists outside the world of stodgy literary rules and conventions and soars because of it, and hopefully we are nearing a place where people are accepted and celebrated for the same reasons. I was so nervous to speak with Maggie because I respect her so much, and I tripped up a lot! But, Maggie was so kind and gracious that we had some laughs too.

Like Maggie’s work, we go many places. She clarifies how her partner, the artist Harry Dodge is fluidly gendered and what that means. We discuss the murder of Maggie’s aunt and how it’s affected her life and work. And, I share an experience that I thought I’d buried long ago. It was a honor to have Maggie in the studio. Please share what touched or interested you about this episode @litupshow on Twitter and Instagram. I also suggest reading Hilton Al’s excellent profile of Maggie in The New Yorker, “Immediate Family.”

xoxox Angie

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Maggie Nelson is the author of the book length lyric essay Bluets. This month Graywolf is reissuing her memoir “The Red Parts” (first published in 2007) which focusses on the aftermath of the 1969 murder of Nelson’s aunt and the trial, thirty-six years later, of a suspect in the case. Nelson is also the author of “The Argonauts,” an account of Nelson’s relationship with her fluidly gendered partner the artist Harry Dodge and her pregnancy with their child Iggy. She is also the author of several books of poetry, including Jane: A Murder, and several books of criticism including “Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions” and “The Art of Cruelty”. She’s been awarded, among other prizes, both a Guggenheim and an NEA fellowship.

Lead image of Maggie Courtesy The New Yorker taken by Graeme Mitchell. 

Episode 50: Padma Lakshmi on Love, Loss, and What We Ate

Episode 50: Padma Lakshmi on Love, Loss, and What We Ate

This week’s episode is guaranteed to inspire. My guest is the one and only Padma Lakshmi. I was lucky enough to record with her last week at Soho House in New York to celebrate her memoir “Love, Loss, and What We Ate.” In it she […]

Episode 49: Matt Gallagher on War, Coming Home & Life After Combat

  This week I sat down with former US Army Captain Matt Gallagher to talk about his debut novel Young Blood. I have to admit, I’m not routinely drawn to contemporary war novels, but when a friend suggested I read this book (and I began to […]

Episode 48: Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney on Relishing Dysfunctional Families

This week, our guest Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney brings us her scandalous and sexy debut novel, “The Nest,” a comedy about greed, family rifts and money anxiety in New York City. The adult Plumb siblings Leo, Jack, Melody and Beatrice have built their adult lives on the promise of a trust fund “The Nest” set up by their late father. Each was set to inherit a hefty sum when the youngest daughter Melody turned forty, but when the handsome and reckless Leo Plumb abandons his wife at a party, seduces a teenage waitress and totals his car during a sex act. Medical bills, legal fees and hush money effectively drain the nest. This is where we start the book… from this description I’m sure you can already tell how much fun it is to read. In our conversation Cynthia reveals why she finally committed to the writing life, how her years living in New York informed the novel, and so much more.

We hope you enjoy the show the show! Let us know @litupshow on Twitter and Instagram. 

XO Angie

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Episode 47: Karan Mahajan on Living with Global Terrorism

Karan Mahajan‘s novel “The Association of Small Bombs” is, put simply, excellent. It’s devastating, sharp and tender. In it, Karan explores the disintegration of the lives of both Hindus and Muslims affected by a bomb blast at Lajpat Market in Delhi in 1996. Karan and I […]

Episode 46: Melissa Broder & Karolina Waclawiak on So Sad Today

This week we get up close and personal with two of the most exciting voices of today; Melissa Broder and Karolina Waclawiak. Melissa Broder is a poet, author of the collection of essays “So Sad Today,” a Twitter guru and a monthly horoscope columnist for Lenny Letter. Karolina […]

Episode 45: Alec Ross on Innovation, Cyber Weaponry, and Robots!

Get ready for a conversation that will get you thinking (or in my case, freaking out) about the future.

Globalization and the Internet have had a world-changing impact on markets and businesses over the last two decades. The question now is: What comes next? This week, Secretary Hillary Clinton’s former senior advisor for innovation, Alec Ross joins me and my special co-host Marcus BaramFast Company’s Senior News Editor to discuss Alec’s new book The Industries of the Future.  Alec, Marcus and I had so much fun, maybe a little too much. You’ll hear that our microphones couldn’t handle it at some points – we recorded this live at Soho house so please excuse any sound interference.

This week should definitely prompt some interesting conversations at home – let us know what issues got to you the most @litupshow on Twitter and Instagram. We love hearing from you.

xoxox Angie

Alec Ross, author of THE INDUSTRIES OF THE FUTURE, is one of America’s leading experts on innovation. For four years he served as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s senior advisor for innovation, and in that role traveled more than half a million miles to 41 countries, including some of the toughest places on earth: Haiti, the war zones of Syria, and the cartel-controlled border towns in northern Mexico, to name a few. He was also exposed to the highest levels of leadership in the biggest technology companies and governments around the world. This four-year immersion traveling the globe gave him unique insight into the changing nature of innovation. From phone-charger stands in eastern Congo to R&D labs in South Korea, Ross had the chance to see many of the technologies that await us in the coming years.

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Buy The Industries of the Future on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or at your local independent bookstore.

Marcus Baram has worked as an editor at the New York Observer, The Wall Street Journal, and the Huffington Post. He has written and reported for the New York Daily News, ABC News, the New York Times, the New Yorker, New York magazine, and the Village Voice. He’s also the author of the critically-acclaimed biography “Pieces of a Man: Gil Scott-Heron,” has waited on tables, bartended, deejayed at nightclubs, driven an ice cream truck and taught elementary school.

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I’d also like to thank Paris-based, composer and bassist, Marc Marder, for our new, elegant and ever so sexy, intro music. You’ll get a hint of his immense talent in this brief opening snippet, but you can find more about his celebrated film scores, theater music and concert pieces here. Theme music by Marc Marder ©2016.

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Episode 44: Hannah Tennant-Moore On Lust, Rage and Finding Buddhism

  Welcome to this week’s episode! I’d like to thank Paris-based, composer and bassist, Marc Marder, for our new, elegant and ever so sexy, intro music. You’ll get a hint of his immense talent in this brief opening snippet, but you can find more about his celebrated […]

Episode 43: Style Icon Garance Doré On Ditching Perfection and Getting On With it!

In the world of fashion Garance Doré needs no introduction – she is, perhaps, the most beloved style icon of today – stylish because she is both elegant and kind. Since starting her namesake blog ten years ago she has amassed a huge cult following, in part because of […]

Episode 42: Maria Konnikova on the Psychology of Crafty Con Artists

From the moment this week’s conversation starts with journalist and psychologist Maria Konnikova, author (most-recently) of The Confidence Game: Why We Fall For It…Every Time, you’ll be captivated by her enthusiasm for the criminal mind. Join us as we chat about the cunning antics of the world’s most notorious cheats, swindlers and con men. Have you ever been conned? Well, I have and you’ll hear all about it here. It wasn’t my finest moment 🙂

We also switch gears and talk about Maria’s research into sleep. Do you press that snooze button like me? If so, you had better read Snoozers Are, in Fact, Losers. Oof!

You can check some of Maria’s other articles here.

Let us know what you think of this episode @litupshow on Twitter and Instagram.

xoxox Angie

Buy The Confidence Game on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or at your local independent book store.

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Maria is a contributing writer for The New Yorker, where she writes a regular column with a focus on psychology and culture, and is currently working on an assortment of non-fiction and fiction projects. Her first book, Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes (Viking/Penguin, 2013), was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into eighteen languages. It was nominated for the Agatha Award and the Anthony Award for Best Non-fiction and was a Goodreads People’s Choice Semifinalist for 2013. Her writing has appeared online and in print in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Slate, California Sunday, Pacific Standard, The New Republic, The Paris Review, The Wall Street Journal, Salon, The Boston Globe, The Observer, Scientific American MIND, WIRED, and Scientific American, among numerous other publications. Maria is a recipient of the 2015 Harvard Medical School Media Fellowship, and is a Schachter Writing Fellow at Columbia University’s Motivation Science Center. She formerly wrote the “Literally Psyched” column for Scientific American and the popular psychology blog “Artful Choice” for Big Think. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, where she studied psychology, creative writing, and government, and received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University. She previously worked as a producer for the Charlie Rose show on PBS.

Episode 41: The Revelatory Mary-Louise Parker

Our guest this week is Mary-Louise Parker; the Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe award-winning actress and writer of the exceptional memoir-in-letters, Dear Mr. You. It would be an understatement to say I was nervous for this interview – there were breathing exercises happening moments before she walked in […]

Episode 40: Alexander Chee on the Power of the 19th Century Parisian Courtesan

This week we go on a sumptuous and extravagant journey back in time to Second Empire Paris with Alexander Chee. We were lucky enough to record this conversation live at Soho House in New York.  It was the perfect setting to celebrate Alex’s epic novel The Queen of […]

Episode 39: Helen Ellis – Writer, Poker Player and Housewife Extraordinaire

This week’s conversation with writer, professional poker player and all-round Southern belle, Helen Ellis, author of the sardonic, brilliant and sharp-witted collection of stories American Housewife, may have you longing for a mint julep, or perhaps, more importantly, an expert bra fitter of your own – in my case it was both (and the plight of my bosoms will never be the same).

As you will hear, Helen’s life is as eclectic as her intriguing stories that feature manic reality TV thrifting shows, murderous Manhattanites, chardonnay-swilling bookclubbers, and so much more.

Check out this great piece in The New York TimesThe Real Housewife of New York (Who Happens to Be a Poker Star) by fellow author J. Courtney Sullivan.

XOXOX Angie

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You can buy American Housewife at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at your local independent book store. Helen is also the author of Eating the Cheshire Cat.

Episode 38: Sunil Yapa on Action Through Empathy

Our guest this week Sunil Yapa talks about his first novel Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, which takes place on one cold November day at the 1999 The World Trade Organization protests in Seattle. There couldn’t be a more timely […]

Episode 37: ‘Spotlight’ Screenwriter Josh Singer & Journalist Megan Twohey on the Complexity of Truth

This week we have two exceptional guests to kick off 2016. Josh Singer, the co-screenwriter (with director Tom McCarthy) of the award-winning film “Spotlight“, based on The Boston Globe’s 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church; and Reuters investigative journalist Megan Twohey, a 2014 Pulitzer-prize finalist for […]

Episode 36: Steve Toltz on resilience and human nature

 

This week I was lucky enough to speak with fellow Aussie writer Steve Toltz, author of the highly acclaimed and universally loved, A Fraction of the Whole, shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the 2008 Guardian First Book Award. His new novel Quicksand is as wonderfully deranged as his first. The book’s protagonist, failed get-rich-quick entrepreneur Aldo Benjamin, accused of murder, is one of the most darkly comic characters in fiction. He’s guaranteed to have you laughing out loud and noting down his insightful life lessons. In this conversation you’ll also hear how Steve’s experience of being paralyzed while living in Paris, inspired parts of the book.

I hope you enjoy this conversation – especially the two Aussie accents! Let us know what you think on Instagram and Twitter @litupshow.

xoxoxox Angie

 

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Buy Quicksand at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at your local independent bookstore. Also, go get A Fraction of the Whole now if you haven’t read it.

 

 

 

Episode 35: Stacy Schiff Unpacks the Hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials

This week’s guest is the formidable Stacy Schiff. She’s the author of Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) for which she won the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Exupéry, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; and A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, and Cleopatra: A Life. Her latest book, The Witches: […]

Episode 34: Lauren Redniss on unearthing unique stories and the challenges of climate change

  I have been following Lauren Redniss‘s work for many years. When a friend suggested I get her second book, Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout, after it was a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award, I snapped it up right […]

Episode 33: Molly Crabapple on The Paris Attacks, Refugees, Her Art and witness journalism

This week I’m joined by artist, writer and activist Molly Crabapple to talk about her memoir Drawing Blood. It’s as visceral as the title suggests—there is so little separating her wild heart from the page, that her words (and illustrations), bursting with passion, will ignite the adventurer and activist in you.

Here we talk about the state of the world at large, her work with Syrian refugees, her reporting at Guantanamo, the time she questioned Trump about the labor camps of Abu Dhabi, and most recently the terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut and Mali. We also touch upon her sex worker activism, her relationship with her body and feminism. Drawing Blood is out December 1st so preorder it now.

Molly is such an impressive human. I hope you’ll be as inspired by her as I am. Let us know what you think on Twitter @litupshow.

xoxo Angie

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Pre-order your copy today at Indiebound, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.

Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer in New York. Her memoir, Drawing Blood, will be published by HarperCollins in December 2015. Called “An emblem of the way art can break out of the gilded gallery” by the New Republic, she has drawn in Guantanamo Bay, Abu Dhabi’s migrant labor camps, and with rebels in Syria. Crabapple is a contributing editor for VICE, and has written for publications including The New York Times, Paris Review, and Vanity Fair. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

 

 

Episode 32: Alex Mar on Modern Witchcraft in America

When I hear the word “witches” I think of Salem, black cats and broomsticks. But according to our guest this week, Alex Mar, the real life world of witches couldn’t be farther from those storybook images. Her gripping book, Witches of America, explores not only modern-day, nature-worshipping witchcraft, but […]

Episode 31: Mary Gaitskill on Horses, Love, and Rihanna

Having Mary Gaitskill on the show this week was a dream come true—sorry for the cliché—but there’s no other way to say it. The Mare, her follow up to the National Book Award–nominated Veronica, may be her most poignant work yet. I’m always amazed when I […]

Our First Live! Episode at the Soho House with Bill Clegg

This week’s show is our first live recording from the Soho House in New York! I was so excited to kick off the Lit Up Literary Salon with NY-based writer and renowned literary agent, Bill Clegg. His novel Did You Ever Have a Family is a heartbreaking book for sure, but does a masterful job of showing the resilience of the human spirit. It begins with a catastrophic tragedy that obliterates four people on the eve of a wedding, leaving the inhabitants of a small Connecticut town reeling. As readers, we are taken on a journey through the characters eyes and hearts, which ultimately shows hope after an unfathomable devastation. It’s no surprise that the book was nominated for both the Man Booker Prize and The National Book Award.

While I love the intimateness we get when it’s just a couple of us in a room recording, the energy of a live audience and their questions was a really special experience, which I think you’ll hear in this episode.  I’m currently scheduling our next live episode, also at Soho House, for January. If you’re a member, we’d love to see you there, but we do plan on doing more live conversations in the future!  If there is anyone YOU’D like to hear from, tweet me at @litupshow with suggestions or leave a note in the comments below!

XO Angie

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Buy Did You Ever Have a Family on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at your local independent bookstore here. Bill is also the author of two captivating memoirs; 90 Days and Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man.

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Episode 29: Irin Carmon on Notorious RBG Fighting for Equality

As soon as I heard that MSNBC journalist, Irin Carmon, and Shana Knizhnik, creator of the Internet sensation Notorious RBG Tumblr planned to co-author a book about the formidable Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, I was relentless in my goal to get one of them on the show! Apparently […]

Episode 2: Hanya Yanagihara on Adulthood and Its Many Variations

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My Diary

New Art Book: Parisians’ Private Moments

 

Photographer Gail Albert-Halaban likes to look into people’s windows. But not in a creepy way. In fact, when she started her Out My Window project she had no idea how much it would change her life and enrich the lives of those involved.

In 2009 she created a body of work inspired by the late nights and eerie mornings of early motherhood – all those moments spent staring into her neighbors’ windows while cradling her newborn. The resulting series similarly captured New Yorkers at home in their apartments from the point of view of a neighbor looking in. The pictures were staged, though all the subjects were photographed in their own homes, and in the process, she connected the neighbors, who meet and talk for the first time.

In 2012 Le Monde Magazine asked her to come to Paris and do her thing. Now the latest series Vis- a-Vis is on show at the Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York until July 10th, 2015. A book of her haunting Paris images is available from Aperture.

 


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