Episode 76: Jessica Grose & Teddy Wayne on gender politics, infatuation and belonging

Listen to the episode here.

This week I was lucky enough to have two fab writers in the studio, Jessica Grose and Teddy Wayne. I have admired Jessica Grose from afar for as long as I’ve lived in the US, I’ve always connected with her work–her relentless quest to challenge the status quo, particularly as it relates to women, has inspired and energized me. When she became the editor-in-chief of Lenny, I thought, brilliant, now there’s a place I can witness her vision every week. NY Times columnist and author Teddy Wayne, is a good friend. I’ve been waiting impatiently for his new novel Loner to come out so I could have him on the pod. Finally, they are both here together!

This week we discuss Jessica’s second novel Soulmates about a marriage and a murder at a yoga retreat, and Teddy’s third book Loner, that follows David Federman, a Harvard student who becomes fixated on a fellow freshman. The three of us delve deep into gender politics, privilege, and modern man’s crisis of belonging. Whoa.

I hope you enjoy this conversation. Please share it with your friends if you do.



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Buy Loner here and Soulmates here.

Jessica Grose is the editor of Lenny, an email newsletter from Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner. She also writes about women’s issues, family, culture, and grizzly bears. She was named one of LinkedIn’s Next Wave top professionals 35 and under in 2016. She was formerly a senior editor at Slate, and an editor at Jezebel. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, New York, Businessweek, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and many other publications. Jessica is the co-author of the novel SAD DESK SALAD, LOVE, MOM: Poignant, Goofy, Brilliant Messages from Home, based on the blog, Postcards From Yo Momma. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

Teddy Wayne is the author of the novels Loner , The Love Song of Jonny Valentine, and Kapitoil. He is the winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award and an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship as well as a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award, PEN/Bingham Prize, and Dayton Literary Peace Prize. A columnist for the New York Times, he is a regular contributor to The New Yorker,Vanity Fair, and McSweeney’s and has taught at Columbia University and Washington University in St. Louis. He lives in New York. Cover image courtesy Christopher Galello.

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