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Episode 117: Karl Ove Knausgaard on Fate, Shame, Prolonging Pleasure and Iconic Memories

Episode 117: Karl Ove Knausgaard on Fate, Shame, Prolonging Pleasure and Iconic Memories

Listen to Karl Ove Knausgaard here. To say I’ve been looking forward to interviewing Karl Ove Knausguaard is an understatement. That said, I couldn’t have foreseen how lovely it was to speak with him in person. The world outside drifted away and we were able to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

MARCH 23 BOOK LAUNCH: Alyssa Mastromonaco and I will chat about her years as Obama’s Deputy Chief of Staff and how to run an international media powerhouse!

MARCH 23 BOOK LAUNCH: Alyssa Mastromonaco and I will chat about her years as Obama’s Deputy Chief of Staff and how to run an international media powerhouse!

Thursday March 23rd 7-8PM at Neuehouse in New York, Alyssa Mastromonaco, A+E’s President of global communications strategy & talent, former Vice Media chief operating officer, and President Obama’s former deputy chief of staff, will talk about her upcoming book Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And […]

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 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 […]

Esquire’s Best Books of 2016

Esquire’s Best Books of 2016

Maris Kreizman and I compiled this list of books for Esquire to mark the end of an invigorating year of publishing. At a time when politics have dominated the national conversation in a way that can often feel overwhelming, the best books of 2016 so […]

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 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 […]

Colson Whitehead Wins National Book Award!

Colson Whitehead Wins National Book Award!

Last night Colson Whitehead won the National Book Award for his novel The Underground Railroad, a important book that 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 […]

Ode to Mira Jacob

Ode to Mira Jacob

Since the election last week I’ve been searching out work of smart and eloquent people I respect. These perspectives are helping me understand the consequences of Trump’s election. One such person is Mira Jacob. Her most recent piece for Buzzfeed, Here’s What I’m Telling My Brown Son About […]

Trevor Noah Featured on By the Book @ New York Times

Trevor Noah Featured on By the Book @ New York Times

The New York Times spoke to Trevor Noah, the “Daily Show” host and author of “Born a Crime” about his reading habit this week. I’m interviewing him next Wednesday about this incredible book and Trevor’s answers have given me much to think about… What books […]

16 Writers on Trump’s America @New Yorker

16 Writers on Trump’s America @New Yorker

The New Yorker has published sixteen pieces by leading thinkers like Toni Morrison, Atul Gawande, Hilary Mantel, George Packer, Jane Mayer, Jeffrey Toobin, Junot Díaz, and more. Read the essays below or online at The New Yorker here.  A DEMOCRATIC OPPOSITION By George Packer Four decades […]

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Dave Chappelle’s Searing Monologue on SNL

As we try to comprehend what happened last week with the election of Donald Trump, comedian Dave Chapelle delivers one of the most moving and insightful sets of his career.  

Jonny Cash’s Poetry

Jonny Cash’s Poetry

Last week, I was chatting to Chazz Jogie from the independent bookstore WORD (they have two wonderful locations in Brooklyn and Queens). Feeling very low about the election results, we decided to focus on something positive and that meant talking about the books we’ve been […]