The “to have, or not to have kids” question is very topical right now. This week Emily and I spoke with writer and Los Angeles Times opinion columnist Meghan Daum about the book she edited Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not To Have Kids and her book of essays The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion. Our chat roves from what makes us adults (is it a home or nice towels?!) to what it means to lead “non-traditional” lives, and more.
Earlier this week Emily hung out with Kate Bolick at the launch of her controversial new book Spinster and I read two particularly transporting New Yorker articles worth passing on.
1. Moving to Mars: Preparing for the longest, lonelist voyage ever. By Tom Kizzia.
We hope you enjoy this week’s episode. Next week we have breakout star Nigerian novelist Chigozie Obioma on the show.
Meghan Daum is the author of four books, most recently the collection of original essays The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion. She is also the editor of Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not To Have Kids. Her other books include the essay collection My Misspent Youth, the novel The Quality of Life Report, and Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House, a memoir. Since 2005, Meghan has been an opinion columnist at The Los Angeles Times, covering cultural and political topics. Meghan has written for numerous magazines, including The New Yorker, Harper’s, and Vogue. She is the recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship and is currently an adjunct associate professor in the M.F.A. Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.