#100 Sarah Selecky and Mary Laura Philpott
I don't know how else to say it. This episode is long.
But it's so good that we couldn't stand to cut anything out of it. As soon as I knew that Sarah Selecky's book was coming out in Canada this week, I knew she was episode 100. And then I had to talk about the amazing books coming out this spring with Mary Laura Philpott. And I love talking to both of them, so we didn't cut it short. We went all out talking about everything we're excited about.
I know going over an hour asks a lot of people listening, but my hope is that these conversations are worth the time. I left talking to Sarah and Mary Laura buzzing with excitement and I expect you will, too. As always, it's a joy creating this show and it's an even bigger joy showing it off in its new home!
Discussed in Episode 100 with Sarah Selecky:
“It’s still not outside of me.”
On the limbo between ‘final draft’ and publication.
“It’s not mine & it’s not ‘not mine’.”
On the limbo between ‘final draft’ and publication.”
“The antidote is writing something new.”
On feeling adrift after finishing something big.
“It really is like opening a portal and going into Narnia.”
On disappearing into the writing process.
Even after publication, her reading copy is marked up and edited. The book is never static.
Authors change over time, so it’s to be expected that who they were when they started writing is different from who they are once it’s published .
“I was so uncomfortable.”
On living inside her main character.
Slow Regard of Silent Things
“Am I allowed to write about all these minuscule details of a woman's life?”
On wondering how much detail is too much.
When she started she imagined the book would take place “next year”, sometime in the near - but undated - future. But during the course of writing, the world caught up. The things she imagined as being ‘out there’ started to happen today. Choosing to date the book in 2016.
“I’m a little sad that the word ‘authentic’ causes us to barf in our mouths now.”
On social media being overwhelmed with marketing.
Mosquito Coast, based on a novel by Paul Theroux
The Wisdom of No Escape, Pema Chodron
Discussed in Episode 100 with Mary Laura Philpott:
Circe by Madeline Miller
Miller - Schwab Interview
The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld
Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
The Sandman by Lars Kepler
Self Portrait With Boy by Rachel Lyon
And Now We Have Everything by Meaghan O’Connell
How To Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee
Sharp by Michelle Dean
Look Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley
The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman
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