Episode 3: Heidi Julavits on Archiving Life


This week was all about the undeniable force that is Heidi Julavits. We were lucky enough to catch her in conversation with her husband and fellow writer, Ben Marcus, at The powerHouse Arena in Dumbo. It’s always fun to get an eye into other people’s relationships, especially when it’s two such talented writers and their willingness to reveal themselves so honestly in front of an audience definitely inspired our chat a few days later. (The powerHouse Arena is also known as book heaven – it’s worth a trip if you’ve never been.)

Here Heidi talks candidly about the illness (pelvic floor dysfunction) that prompted her to write her lastest book The Folded Clock – A Diary. She shares personal anecdotes about her relationship with her husband, muses on the idea of “nostalgia friends” and the challenges of being a female writer – she writes to be a threat – and to that we say, hell yes!

Check out Heidi’s Tumblr page The Keeping Society where you can contribute pictures of your own pocket objects and her NY Times piece, Turning Clutter Into Joy.

We hope you like the episode.

xxx A & E

Heidi Julavits is a founding editor of The Believer Magazine, the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and winner of the PEN New  England Award for Literary Excellence in Fiction. She is also the author of four critically acclaimed novels: The Vanishers, The Uses of Enchantment, The Effect of Living Backwards, and The Mineral Palace.

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Buy The Folded Clock – A Diary on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at your local independent book store.


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