Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Ocean Vuong author of On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (Penguin Press 2019) about poetry, memory, masculinity, language, newcomers to America, and finding a sense of home and belonging.
Polly Rosenwaike reads from her debut stories Look How Happy I’m Making You (Doubleday 2019).
We talk about stories, motherhood, characters, agents and babies.
Gina Brandolino reads from her latest essay The Monster Inside: Frankenstein’s Legacy (2018).We talk about horror, the devil, films, monsters, and things you can’t unsee.
Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Leland de la Durantaye, author of Hannah vs. the Tree (McSweeney’s 2018). A Michigan native, De la Durantaye is currently a professor, critic, and translator based in Los Angeles. They talk about the book’s Michigan setting, the power of families in novels, and much more.
photo credit: Rosalie Atkinson
Aimee Bender joins Living Writers via phone from California and reads part of her short story “Tiger Mending” from The Color Master (Vintage & Anchor Books 2013).
We talk about creativity + limitation, exhilaration, Virginia Woolf + a room of one’s own, and consequences.
In the last quarter of the episode, T reads the prologue to Aimee Bender’s novel An Invisible Sign of My Own.
Aimee Bender’s Playlist includes: Night Shift (Commodores), Decatur (Sufjan Stevens), In the Bleak Mid-Winter (Jane Siberry), Alejandro (Lady Gaga), You Said Something (PJ Harvey), and This is the Day (The The).
Lo Dagerman reads from her father Stig Dagerman’s novel now available in translation Wedding Worries (David R. Godine 2018). We talk about vocation, youth, fathers, legacy and coming home to art.
Stig Dagerman collage by Lo Dagerman, featuring Stig Dagerman at 9 years old with his paternal grandparents and their farmhouse–all inspiration for his novel Wedding Worries, written at age 26.
Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Daniel Gumbiner, managing editor of The Believer and author of The Boatbuilder (McSweeney’s 2018), long-listed for the National Book Award for Fiction. They talk about coming of age stories, the letters of E.B. White, the importance of working with your hands, boats, and forgiveness.
Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Abbey Mei Otis about her stories Alien Virus Love Disaster (Small Beer Press 2018). Strong and haunting science fiction. What more do you need for your poolside, or mountain top?
Richard Russo reads from Destiny Thief: Essays on Writing, Writers and Life (Knopf 2018). We talk about looking backwards to make sense of things, creativity and mental illness, voice and honesty, Springsteen, and destiny.
*taped on June 6th, 2018, anniversary of D-Day