Episode 2: Hanya Yanagihara on Adulthood and Its Many Variations


What a week. After many, many months of (admittedly very fun) preparation, Lit Up is here. Thank you for listening and for helping launch our pod into the world. With your help we made it onto the iTunes New & Noteworthy list, hurrah!

We could not be more excited to share this week’s episode with Hanya Yanagihara whose most recent book A Little Life is making a huge splash in the literary world.

First up though, Emily and I catch up on what happened in our lives this past week – Emily interviewed Jennifer Weiner about online authenticity and she fell in love with Heidi Julavits’s new book The Folded Clock (she’ll be on the show in a week or two – stay tuned).

I hosted my book club for a Cuban themed soirée inspired by Rachel Kushner’s Telex From Cuba (I got the title wrong in our discussion, sorry Rachel!). I was lucky enough to visit the home of artist Arne Svenson. His new series of photographs are on show in New York at The Julie Saul Gallery until May 30th.

The main event, our discussion with Hanya, is undoubtedly one of the best things that happened to me this week. Her candid, fresh and fierce take on life prompted me to ask myself some big questions and I’ve been thinking about snippets of our conversation at strange moments ever since. Please let Emily and I know what it brings up for you.

One book mentioned in the conversation is Subtle Bodies by Norman Rush.


xx Angie

Hanya Yanagihara is an editor-at-large at Conde Nast Traveler and the author of the novels The People in the Trees and most recently A Little Life. She has created a beautiful Instagram account for A Little Life and of course has her own stunning feed account. Make sure to take a look.

You can buy A Little Life on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or better yet, your local independent bookstore. Get her first book The People in the Trees here on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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