Tag: Emily Gould

Art of the Out-of-Office Reply – Emily’s Latest New York Times Piece

Art of the Out-0f-Office Reply by Emily Gould (as first seen in The New York Times August 27th) Ah, the feeling of excitement and gratification that someone has replied to your email so quickly, followed milliseconds later by the deflating realization that what you have actually […]

Lit Up Episode 10: Laura Dave on winemaking, starting over & writing in Los Angeles

We like to think of this week’s show with Laura Dave as our ‘get ready for Summer’ episode, packed with books that beckon to be read as the temperature rises. Emily often returns to the work of French novelist Colette and I’m excited to devour […]

Elisa Albert On Birth, Friendships, and the Job That Unexpectedly Changed Her Life

Elisa Albert’s After Birth, her third book, has been a breakthrough for the young novelist, reviewed glowingly all over the damn place. In the New York Times, Merritt Tierce memorably described the book as  “wet, red, slimy, alive: a truth baby.”  It’s the story of a woman named Ari whose postpartum depression begins to lift when she forms an intense bond with a charismatic fellow new mother in her small upstate New York town (hijinks ensue). We got to talk with Elisa a few weeks back about the challenges of  speaking and writing about women’s physical and emotional experiences without essentializing or making anyone feel excluded. We also found out about how, when she was in her early 20s, she had a job writing onscreen captions for the Canadian documentary show Birth Stories, which ended up sparking her interest in the politics of birth. She’s even become a certified doula — a non-medical person who attends births and provides physical and emotional support to the laboring woman and her family. Books we namedrop in this episode include: A Life’s Work by Rachel Cusk, Home/Birth: A Poemic by Arielle Greenberg and Rachel Zucker, and An Exact Replica of A Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken.

You can (and should) buy After Birth at your local independent bookstore, at Amazon, or at Barnes and Noble.



Emily’s Must-Read Books of 2015

2015 is shaping up to be a good year for people who depend on books as much as I do for diversion and emotional sustenance. Here are some forthcoming books (first seen in Paper Magazine) that I’ve been #blessed enough to get a peek at […]

Welcome to Lit Up!

I am proud and excited to share the launch of Angela Ledgerwood and Emily Gould’s podcast, Lit Up!  This isn’t a talk show about process or literary theory- it’s a show for people who love to read everything from The Goldfinch to Ulysses to Bridget Jones’s Diary.  Inspired by the conversations we […]