Not since Anthony Bourdain’s “Kitchen Confidential” and Gabrielle Hamilton’s “Blood, Bones and Butter” has there been a more hotly anticipated book set in the restaurant world than Stephanie Danler‘s debut novel, “Sweetbitter.” And, boy, does it deliver. The story swirls and crashes around its central […]
If you’ve ever been in love, had your heart broken, been in had a relationship, or yearned for one, this week’s episode is for you — in other words, if you’re a human, you’ll benefit from listening to the wise words of world-renowned philosopher and writer Alain […]
Karan Mahajan‘s novel “The Association of Small Bombs” is, put simply, excellent. It’s devastating, sharp and tender. In it, Karan explores the disintegration of the lives of both Hindus and Muslims affected by a bomb blast at Lajpat Market in Delhi in 1996.
Karan and I spoke last Wednesday, the day after the terrorist attacks in Brussels. I couldn’t have imagined there would be another atrocity so soon, such as the suicide bomb in Lahore, Pakistan on Sunday. Like I said on Instagram, I was confused and worried about how to broach this conversation, but I knew it was important to try. Karan’s understanding of the subject is astounding and I think you’ll be very interested about how his experiences growing up in New Delhi informed the novel. You’ll also hear about the extent of his research on the perpetrators of these type of attacks, the affect of pornography on Indian society, and so much more. I am very proud to bring this conversation to air. Thank you for listening and embracing the wide range of issues we talk about on the show.
Karan Mahajan grew up in New Delhi, India. His first novel, Family Planning, was a finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize and was published in nine countries. A graduate of the Michener Center for Writers and Stanford University, he lives in Austin, Texas. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker Online, The Believer, NPR’s All Things Considered, The San Francisco Chronicle, and many more. In the past, Karan has worked as an editor, a consultant on economic and urban planning issues for the New York City government, and as a researcher in Bangalore.
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 […]
This week we go on a sumptuous and extravagant journey back in time to Second Empire Paris with Alexander Chee. We were lucky enough to record this conversation live at Soho House in New York. It was the perfect setting to celebrate Alex’s epic novel The Queen of […]
This week Emily and I were lucky enough to chat with Lauren Groff about her most recent novel Fates and Furies. Just days before, the book was long listed for The National Book Award for Fiction, so of course we needed to celebrate. We apologize (not really) for the clinking of ice in our cocktails in advance!
Fates and Furies will consume your life and urge you to examine all of your relationships from a different perspective. You’ve been warned! It does what great literature is meant to do – it makes you look at what you think you know differently.
In this episode Lauren reveals why depicting a sexy marriage was important to her, what Greek myths and Shakespeare plays have influenced her most, the story of how she met her husband (they remember it differently), and so much more.
This is going to be a BIG book, one of those that will be discussed at many dinner parties and over coffee. So go get it and get in on the conversation! As always, let us know what you think on Twitter & Instagram @litupshow.
Lauren Groff is also the author of the novel The Monsters of Templeton, shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers, Delicate Edible Birds, a collection of stories, and Arcadia, a New York Times Notable Book, winner of the Medici Book Club Prize, and finalist for the L.A. Times Book Award. Her work has appeared in journals including the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Tin House, One Story, McSweeney’s, and Ploughshares, and in the anthologies 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, and three editions of the Best American Short Stories. She lives in Gainesville, Florida with her husband and two sons.
This week we talk sex with journalist Rachel Hills about her new book The Sex Myth: The Gap Between Our Fantasies and Reality. Hills explores big questions like; ‘What do our sex lives say about us?’ And, personal gems such as, ‘if everyone’s really having sex all […]
Lidia Yuknavitch was one of the most warm and open guests we’ve had on the podcast and spoke with me about everything from the expansive nature of sex, to potential ways through trauma, to much more. Most recently, she is the author of the fierce and explosive novel, The […]