Listen to Dani Shapiro HERE. This week writer Dani Shapiro joined me to talk about her recent memoir Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage, an exquisite and intimate interrogation of her 18-year marriage to “M.” The conversation ranges from the wonderful advice given by her aunt to […]
Jessica Valenti has been fighting against misogyny and sexism, bravely paving the way for women online ever since she founded Feministing.com. In her memoir Sex Object, out today, she reveals how decades of harassment has shaped who she is today. In this week’s episode she talks […]
In the introduction to this week’s show, I say that Maggie Nelson is one of the most electrifying writers at work today. It’s worth mentioning this again, because it’s true! Her writing defies, blends, and bends genres. Reading it makes me question why we’re so obsessed with classifying art into categories–this will be a recurring theme in the conversation, in regards to classifying people too. Maggie’s writing exists outside the world of stodgy literary rules and conventions and soars because of it, and hopefully we are nearing a place where people are accepted and celebrated for the same reasons. I was so nervous to speak with Maggie because I respect her so much, and I tripped up a lot! But, Maggie was so kind and gracious that we had some laughs too.
Like Maggie’s work, we go many places. She clarifies how her partner, the artist Harry Dodge is fluidly gendered and what that means. We discuss the murder of Maggie’s aunt and how it’s affected her life and work. And, I share an experience that I thought I’d buried long ago. It was a honor to have Maggie in the studio. Please share what touched or interested you about this episode @litupshow on Twitter and Instagram. I also suggest reading Hilton Al’s excellent profile of Maggie in The New Yorker, “Immediate Family.”
Maggie Nelson is the author of the book length lyric essay Bluets. This month Graywolf is reissuing her memoir “The Red Parts” (first published in 2007) which focusses on the aftermath of the 1969 murder of Nelson’s aunt and the trial, thirty-six years later, of a suspect in the case. Nelson is also the author of “The Argonauts,” an account of Nelson’s relationship with her fluidly gendered partner the artist Harry Dodge and her pregnancy with their child Iggy. She is also the author of several books of poetry, including Jane: A Murder, and several books of criticism including “Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions” and “The Art of Cruelty”. She’s been awarded, among other prizes, both a Guggenheim and an NEA fellowship.
Lead image of Maggie Courtesy The New Yorker taken by Graeme Mitchell.
This week’s episode is guaranteed to inspire. My guest is the one and only Padma Lakshmi. I was lucky enough to record with her last week at Soho House in New York to celebrate her memoir “Love, Loss, and What We Ate.” In it she […]
This week I’m joined by artist, writer and activist Molly Crabapple to talk about her memoir Drawing Blood. It’s as visceral as the title suggests—there is so little separating her wild heart from the page, that her words (and illustrations), bursting with passion, will ignite […]
Welcome to our powerhouse episode with Jess Walter and Emma Straub! We sipped on Bloody Marys and chatted about every topic under the sun from the Rachel Dolezal controversy, Emma’s imaginary morning workout regime, the memoir-ization of fiction, what “summer reads” mean to each of them, and more. We let the clock run long on this one as we really had so much to cover.
Jess and Emma had big shoes to fill as Emily is out this week looking after her newborn baby Raphael. Congratulations Emily!
We talk about several of Emma’s recent articles: How Food Brought My Husband and I Together for Cosmopolitan, Learning to Make the Most of Every Moment for SELF Magazine and Cheating on Paper for Rookie.
I hope you enjoy this episode as much I did. Do let us know your thoughts!
The many books mentioned on the pod this week:
Plotto: The Master Book of All Plots by William Cook
We Live in Water by Jess Walter
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard
The Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner
How Should a Person Be?: A Novel from Life by Sheila Heti
Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Simple
Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee
The Sixth Extinction – An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
Fates and Furies: A Novel by Lauren Groff
Arcadia by Lauren Groff
Valley Fever: a Novel by Katherine Taylor
Emma Straub is from New York City. She is the author of the novels The Vacationers and Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, and the short story collection Other People We Married. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in Vogue, New York Magazine, Tin House, The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, and the The Paris Review Daily. She is a staff writer for Rookie. Straub lives with her husband and son in Brooklyn. A more illustrated version of this appears at M+E.
Jess Walter is the author of We Live in Water, Beautiful Ruins, The Financial Lives of the Poets, The Zero, Citizen Vince, Land of the Blind, Over Tumbled Graves and Ruby Ridge. He’s been a #1 New York Times bestseller, finalist for the 2006 National Book Award and the PEN/USA Literary prize in both fiction and nonfiction, and won the 2005 Edgar Allan Poe Award. His work has been published in 30 languages and his short fiction has appeared in Harpers, McSweeney’s, Esquire and more. He has an upcoming story “Mr. Voice” (first published in Tin House) has been selected for Best American Short Stories 2015 (available in October).
These are Angie’s three favorites:
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 […]
2015 is shaping up to be a good year for people who depend on books as much as I do for diversion and emotional sustenance. Here are some forthcoming books (first seen in Paper Magazine) that I’ve been #blessed enough to get a peek at […]