Episode 1: Why We’re Here & Catherine Lacey on Big Decisions


Our first tag line for Lit Up was “Getting Wasted on Words, ” which I believe we rightly scrapped because it felt too frat boy, not enough rosé on a sunny Sunday afternoon with friends. For me, reading has always been one of the best parts of my day, which is something I share with Emily. Somedays, ‘getting wasted on words,’ does seem to fit, afterall, reading can be intoxicating, all-consuming and outright blissful. We hope you feel this way too and that this show can be a place for you to hear about the books we love in a way that’s relatable, and sometimes (hopefully lots of times) fun.

Our first guest is Catherine Lacey, the author of Nobody Is Ever Missing.  She was named a Granta New Voice in 2014 and was a finalist for the 2014 NYPL’s Young Lions Fiction Award. Her fiction and essays have been in The New York Times, The Atlantic, VICE, The Believer, Granta and more. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Columbia University. Her forthcoming novel is titled, The End of Uncertainty.

Read Catherine’s article ‘Mother’s Helper: A Shocking Thing I Learned After Giving Up My Eggs’ from The Atlantic that we chat about in the pod here.

The other books mentioned in this episode are Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year and Ben Kunkel’s Indecision.

We so enjoyed this conversation (and I think you’ll hear a new friendship between Catherine & Emily blossom).

Xx Angie

nobodyevermissingCatherine Lacey



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