Guest host Amanda Uhle talks with Jennifer Traig, author of Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood, Well Enough Alone: A Cultural History of My Hypochondria, editor of The Autobiographer’s Handbook and many other titles. Her upcoming book is a cultural history of parenting, due out in 2019. A memoirist, humorist, editor, and a self-possessed craft addict with a PhD in literature, Jennifer joins Amanda to talk about writing about oneself, parenting, feminism, food, mental illness, religion, the 80s, and beyond.
In May of this year Lorna Goodison became the Poet Laureate of Jamaica.
In a conversation from December 2014, we talk about how place has influenced her poems – from sunshine and salt to Michigan’s own snowy streets. We talk about Lorna coming to Michigan, her time and friends here and beyond. We also talk about songs and joy and what is coming next.
This show and the next has a special focus on Detroit, in part to mark the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 uprising. Frances Stroh, author of Beer Money, talks about her family’s beer empire and their legacy. We talk memoir, money, families, art, and shifting perspectives on real life facts. We talk beer. And of course, we talk Detroit. Guest host: Amanda Uhle; Engineer: Frank Uhle.
Christine Montross reads from her book Falling Into the Fire: A Psychiatrist’s Encounters with the Mind in Crisis published by Penguin Press. We talk about ambiguity, doubt, and the inherent discomfort doctors have with helplessness. We also talk about the writing of a memoir as a way to more deeply understand the stories we are living and the stories of others.