Tag: The New Yorker

Episode 95: Ariel Levy on Life Before and After “Thanksgiving in Mongolia”

Episode 95: Ariel Levy on Life Before and After “Thanksgiving in Mongolia”

Listen to Ariel Levy on the podcast HERE. This week’s guest is Ariel Levy, a self-described professional explorer. She’s crisscrossed the globe in search of these unique experiences as a staff writer for The New Yorker since 2008, and now turns her interrogative eye on […]

16 Writers on Trump’s America @New Yorker

16 Writers on Trump’s America @New Yorker

The New Yorker has published sixteen pieces by leading thinkers like Toni Morrison, Atul Gawande, Hilary Mantel, George Packer, Jane Mayer, Jeffrey Toobin, Junot Díaz, and more. Read the essays below or online at The New Yorker here.  A DEMOCRATIC OPPOSITION By George Packer Four decades […]

Episode 67: Nadja Spiegleman on mother daughter relationships & family legacy

Episode 67: Nadja Spiegleman on mother daughter relationships & family legacy


This week our guest Nadja Spiegleman takes us deep into her family history. Be warned; her revelations are sure to spark some of your own. Nadja’s memoir, “I’m Supposed To Protect You From All This” is a riveting examination of the interconnected nature and intensity of the relationships between the women in her family–including herself, her French mother Françoise Mouly (art editor of The New Yorker), her grandmother and great grandmother. This insightful book is all about the extent to which we fight to be free of our parents, and yet, how we are inextricably pulled back into their orbit and influenced by their struggles, even if we know little about them.

Nadja’s father is the Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman, whose graphic memoir, Maus, is based on interviews with his Holocaust survivor father. The book is dedicated to Nadja. Nadja is also the author of a trio of graphic novels for children.

This conversation was an absolute favorite. Happy listening!

xox Angie


Episode 56: Revisiting the Wisdom of Lidia Yuknavitch

Episode 56: Revisiting the Wisdom of Lidia Yuknavitch

I hope everyone had a lovely long weekend. This week we revisit one of our most loved episodes of last year with the incomparable Lidia Yuknavitch. Since the episode aired, we’ve had so much positive feedback, so if you missed it then, I suggest taking a […]

Episode 42: Maria Konnikova on the Psychology of Crafty Con Artists

From the moment this week’s conversation starts with journalist and psychologist Maria Konnikova, author (most-recently) of The Confidence Game: Why We Fall For It…Every Time, you’ll be captivated by her enthusiasm for the criminal mind. Join us as we chat about the cunning antics of the […]

Episode 22: Cosmic Cartoonist Marisa Acocella Marchetto

How have I been missing out on graphic novels for so long?! This week’s guest is the celebrated New Yorker cartoonist and the acclaimed author of Cancer Vixen, Marisa Acocella Marchetto. She talks about her stunning new graphic novel Ann Tenna which chronicles an influential gossip columnist brought face-to-face with her own mortality and the greater cosmic realm. Marisa shares intimate details about struggling as artist in New York, how breast cancer changed the trajectory of her life, and how dressing and believing you’re a vixen helps just about any situation.

Ann Tenna was my introduction to graphic novels and now I am hooked!

If you are in New York tonight (September 8th) come join Marisa and I in conversation at the Ace Hotel for the PEN DIY series. Marisa will talk about her life in fashion and offer guidelines for what to do and wear, when death comes knocking. Doors open at 7:30 PM. Program begins at 8 PM. Tickets are $10.

Let us know what you think of the show on Twitter and Instagram @litupshow.


Marisa Acocella Marchetto is a cartoonist for The New Yorker whose work has appeared in The New York Times; Glamour; and O, The Oprah Magazine, among other publications. She is the author of the forthcoming graphic novel Ann Tenna (Knopf, September 1, 2015), Cancer Vixen (Knopf), and Just Who the Hell Is She Anyway? (Crown). Her graphic memoir Cancer Vixen was named one of Time’s top ten graphic memoirs, and a finalist for the National Cartoonists Society Graphic Novel of the Year. A founder and chair of the Marisa Acocella Marchetto Foundation at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Dubin Breast Center at Mount Sinai, she lives in New York City.

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Buy Ann Tenna on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at your local independent bookstore.



Episode 21: Julia Pierpont, on the Road from MFA to Debut Novelist

This week’s guest, Julia Pierpont, talks about her gripping, breakout, debut novel Among the Ten Thousand Things. This psychologically nuanced story about a family’s unraveling begins with the unthinkable when a box full of correspondence between the family’s father, Jack, and his mistress, arrives at his home. Then, instead […]

Episode 18: Hallie Cantor & Maeve Higgins on Writing Comic Gold

Funny girls, Hallie Cantor and Maeve Higgins, join me to talk about mining their humiliations for material, being vulnerable in front of an audience, developing their jokes on Twitter, and so much more. Hallie wrote on the sensational 3rd season of Inside Amy Schumer and writes humor pieces […]

About Race: The Much-Needed Voice of The New Yorker’s Jelani Cobb

After recording this week’s episode with Jess Walter and Emma Straub I realized how uncomfortable and nervous I was talking about race on the show. The topic came up because Jess is from Spokane, Washington, the same town as Rachel Dolezal, the former president of the NAACP (The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) who lied about her race and heritage.

Last week there was also the sickening act of terrorism in Charleston, where nine black churchgoers were killed in cold blood. The universal reaction has been outrage and grief and I felt deeply troubled by what had happened.

I have also noticed that I feel utterly ill-equipped to have a conversation about the extent to which race underpins the fabric of American society. Maybe it’s because I grew up in another country, Australia? After all, what do I know about America? Then I ask myself ‘is that just an excuse?’  (It must be noted that Australians have their own awful history of racist violence and behavior.)

I have been reading the papers and searching online for someone to help guide me through, to help me understand the nuances and complications associated with race in America. I am so relieved to say that I have found him – writer Jelani Cobb, a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of “The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress.” He’s an associate professor of history, and the director of the Africana Studies Institute, at the University of Connecticut. He also won the 2015 Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, for his columns on race, the police, and injustice.

I urge you to read his work. We all need to be engaged and educated in this issue, most of all me. All of these pieces have appeared in The New Yorker in print or online:

Equality and the Confederate Flag – The Confederate flag is not the only symbol valorizing the racially horrific past; it is simply the most obvious.

Terrorism in Charleston – What happened was more than a hate crime.

Murders in Charleston – In Charleston, the existential question of who is black has been answered in the most concussive and horrific way possible.

Black Like Her – What makes Rachel Dolezal’s deception so complicated.

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Follow him on Twitter @jelani9


Lit Up Episode 11: Jami Attenberg on being an ‘open source writer’ and her worst fear

It’s the season of summer reading lists! We gave you some of our favs last week, but decided to take it inward this episode with our own ‘books that make us better’ list. Angie went to her yoga teacher Aaron Dias for some recommendations to take away with […]

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 […]

‘Telex from Cuba’ Inspired Book Club Recipes

Last week I hosted my book club (the first gathering of pals in my new apartment) and despite the lack of chairs, knives and exotic appetizers, I think the evening ending up being a blast. We read Rachel Kushner’s Telex from Cuba (a unanimous good read) and it prompted some very interesting conversations about privilege, race and the history of the Cuban Revolution. Heady stuff! I wish we’d read Elif Batuman’s compelling New Yorker article Reading Racist Literature beforehand to help guide our discussion (nice find Amelia).


To give you an idea of how committed we are at BC, last year when we read Night Film by Marisha Pessl, one fearless member, brought along a creepy one-eyed doll she found on the side of the road suspended inside a jello blood bath (in a salad bowl).

My menu was a little less daring, but nonetheless delicious. It included roast chicken,  prosciutto and plantains (a very Cuban combo), an ABC Kitchen-inspired roasted carrot and avocado salad, and a cauliflower, eggplant, and pine nut side – a dish that pays homage to my favorite restaurant in Los Angeles and my former (incredible) employer Gjelina.

Thanks to my friend Abigail, who arrived early with everything Pina Colada related, we were set for success.

I admit that I bought the chicken and plantains (from Cafe Habana), so I won’t share that recipe. The others are below.

Abi’s Piña Coladas (serves 4)

1 cup of pineapple juice

6 oz. rum

1/2 cream of coconut

2 cups crushed ice

fresh mint

Basically you just mix or blend and serve with some fresh mint for color. These could also be served for dessert.



ABC Kitchen-Inspired Roasted Carrot & Avo Salad 

You’ll need arugula, carrots, salted and roasted sunflower seeds, ripe avocados, a simple lemon/balsamic dressing. This salad is pretty self-explanatory. The only thinking part is the carrots. Cut them lengthways, toss in olive oil and whatever combo of Indian spices that take your fancy (cumin, paprika, turmeric) and roast them on a tray (350 degrees) until tender. Then use your intuition about the amounts of the other ingredients and you have yourself a super salad. The pic below has croutons and a dollop of natural yogurt – I left them out.

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Gjelina-Inspired Cauliflower, Eggplant, Currant & Pine Nuts

You’ll need one whole cauliflower, 2 eggplants, 1/2 cup pine nuts, 1/2 cup currants or sultanas, one small tub natural yogurt, shallots, lemon juice, and olive oil.

The secret to roasting eggplant is time. I don’t do the salt thing that draws out the water, I’ve found if you cook it slowly and long enough, like for over an hour on 350 degrees, it’ll be perfect and not rubbery.

Cut cauliflower and eggplant into large chunks or bite-sized pieces and place on separate baking trays (the eggplant will take longer). Toss in olive oil, add chili flakes, salt and pepper to your liking. Roast the cauliflower until golden (1 hour on 350 degrees) and eggplant until it looks done, prob an hour and half.

Brown the pine nuts in a frying pan or in the oven until and set aside. Place dash of olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a pan and add currants/sultanas until they get nice and plump. Take off the heat.

Slice up the shallots and mix them into the yogurt with a squeeze of lemon juice and a tablespoon of olive oil.

Combine eggplant and cauliflower in your serving dish, sprinkle the pine nuts and currants over the top and then dollp the yogurt on top. Garnish with some left over shallots. Done!

The shot below is not of my version – it’s Gjelina’s. I forgot to take pics!



xx Angie