Episode 46: Melissa Broder & Karolina Waclawiak on So Sad Today

This week we get up close and personal with two of the most exciting voices of today; Melissa Broder and Karolina Waclawiak. Melissa Broder is a poet, author of the collection of essays “So Sad Today,” a Twitter guru and a monthly horoscope columnist for Lenny Letter. Karolina is the author (most recently) of “The Invaders,” and she’s Buzzfeed’s LA-based Deputy Cultural Editor.

I was lucky enough to go to LA (where these two amazing ladies live) for this interview. What followed is an especially candid conversation about sex, overcoming anxiety, the complications of keeping desire alive, how open marriage works for some people, and how fetishes can come from specific childhood events. We hope you enjoy this episode with all its twists and turns. Please be in touch either way on Twitter & Instagram @litupshow.

xoxo Angie L

Melissa Broder is the author of four poetry collections: SCARECRONE, MEAT HEART, WHEN YOU SAY ONE THING BUT MEAN YOUR MOTHER, and the forthcoming LAST SEXT (Tin House, 2016). She is also the author of the essay collection, SO SAD TODAY (Grand Central, March 2016). Her poems appear in POETRY, The Iowa Review, Tin House, Guernica, Fence, The Missouri Review, Denver Quarterly, Washington Square Review, Redivider, Court Green, The Awl, Drunken Boat, et al. By day, she is Director of Media and Special Projects at NewHive. Broder received her BA from Tufts University and her MFA from City College of New York. She lives in Venice, CA. Photo credit: Courtesy Elle Magazine


Buy So Sad Today on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or better yet, at your local independent bookstore.

Karolina Waclawiak’s critically acclaimed first novel, How To Get Into The Twin Palms, was published by Two Dollar Radio in 2012. Her second novel, THE INVADERS, which was published in July 2015, was recently optioned by ABC Television. AWOL, a feature she co-wrote with Deb Shoval, is currently in post-production. Formerly an editor at the Believer, she is now the Deputy Culture Editor at Buzzfeed. Waclawiak received her BFA in Screenwriting from USC School of Cinematic Arts and her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. Her last name is pronounced Vahts-Slav-iak and she is repped by Janklow & Nesbit and Gersh.
Photo credit: Eric Burg


Buy The Invaders on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or at your local independent bookstore.

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