Lit Up Episode 4: Meghan Daum on Choices


The “to have, or not to have kids” question is very topical right now. This week Emily and I spoke with writer and Los Angeles Times opinion columnist Meghan Daum about the book she edited Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers  on the Decision Not To Have Kids and her book of essays The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion.  Our chat roves from what makes us adults (is it a home or nice towels?!) to what it means to lead “non-traditional” lives, and more.

Earlier this week Emily hung out with Kate Bolick at the launch of her controversial new book Spinster and I read two particularly transporting New Yorker articles worth passing on.

1. Moving to Mars: Preparing for the longest, lonelist voyage ever.  By Tom Kizzia.

2. Polar Express: A journey through the melting Arctic, with sixty-odd thousand tons of iron ore. By Keith Gessen.

We hope you enjoy this week’s episode. Next week we have breakout star Nigerian novelist Chigozie Obioma on the show.

xx Angie

Meghan Daum is the author of four books, most recently the collection of original essays The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion. She is also the editor of Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers  on the Decision Not To Have Kids. Her other books include the essay collection My Misspent Youth, the novel The Quality of Life Report, and Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House, a memoir. Since 2005, Meghan has been an opinion columnist at The Los Angeles Times, covering cultural and political topics. Meghan has written for numerous magazines, including The New Yorker, Harper’s, and Vogue. She is the recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship and is currently an adjunct associate professor in the M.F.A. Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

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Buy The Unspeakable on Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or at your local independent book store.

Buy Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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  • Melody

    Love the podcast! I’m an un-established writer living outside of the literary scene but you guys make me feel connected. I’m about to start an MFA program this fall and am so happy that you’ve clued me into so many great contemporary female writers (and writers in general).

    My only suggestion is to make the podcast longer. It also feels like it ends before I’m ready.


    • Angela Ledgerwood

      Melody, I’m so glad you’re liking the podcast. Congratulations on starting your MFA.

      So funny, we wondered if the episodes were too long so it’s so lovely to get this feedback. Thank you so much! I think you’ll like the authors we have coming up.

      Thanks again for taking the time to commment.


  • Elsa Williams

    Looking forward to listening! Could you make episodes 3 & 4 downloadable?

    • Britton Schey

      Yes! Take a try now!

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