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 […]
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 […]
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 in America. Very early into their new lives in Boston each is forced to make a difficult decision that will impact their lives and divide loyalties. This is such a fun discussion about family secrets and family bonds, and about the time Courtney spent a week at a silent nunnery.
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 […]
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 […]
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 what happened when she Googled herself. We discuss those chance meetings that change your life, the challenge (and beauty) of committing to a creative life, and how love, ultimately, is what sustains us. Take a listen and you’ll soon see why Dani is celebrated across the globe. I loved this conversation so much. Dani’s books are the kind that you savor, reread, and buy for your very best friends.
Buy Hourglass here.
Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Still Writing, Devotion, and Slow Motion, and five novels including Black & White and Family History. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, One Story, Elle, The New York Times Book Review, the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and has been broadcast on “This American Life”. Dani was recently Oprah Winfrey’s guest on”Super Soul Sunday.” She has taught in the writing programs at Columbia, NYU, The New School and Wesleyan University; she is co-founder of the Sirenland Writers Conference in Positano, Italy. A contributing editor at Condé Nast Traveler, Dani lives with her family in Litchfield County, Connecticut. Her most recent book, Hourglass, was just published by Knopf.
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 […]
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 […]
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 been married for decades, and living in different cultures, for their advice and relationship philosophies? Who does she ask? Polygamous warrior women in Kenya, classy French ladies (who advised her to act like their husband’s mistress), Chilean dancers, Orthodox Jewish women in Jerusalem, and more. Jo is one of the most radiant and special people I’ve had on the pod and I know you;ll be able to hear in this episode. #dreamguest!
Buy How to be Married HERE.
Jo Piazza is an award-winning journalist, editor, digital content strategist and author. Her latest book, How to be Married will be released by Penguin Random House in April 2017. Her novel, The Knockoff, became an instant international bestseller in May 2015 and has been translated into 13 languages.
She has written and reported for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Daily News, the New York Times, New York, Glamour, CNN, Elle, Marie Claire and Slate. Jo regularly appears as a commentator on NPR, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. Her nonfiction book about progressive American nuns, If Nuns Ruled the World, was released to critical acclaim in September of 2014. The New York Times columnist Nick Kristof wrote about it in the Sunday Times: “In an age of villainy, war and inequality, it makes sense that we need superheroes. And after trying Superman, Batman and Spider-Man, we may have found the best superheroes yet: Nuns.” She is also the author of the highly acclaimed Celebrity Inc.: How Famous People Make Money, an economic case study of the Hollywood Industrial Complex and the novel Love Rehab.
Jo holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University and a Masters in Religious Studies from New York University. She lives in San Francisco with her giant dog and her husband.
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 […]