MAGGIE NELSON ON GENDER, SEXUALITY, AND BEYOND
Listen to Maggie Nelson HERE.
In the introduction to this week’s show, I say that Maggie Nelson is one of the most electrifying writers at work today. It’s worth mentioning this again, because it’s true! Her writing defies, blends, and bends genres. Reading it makes me question why we’re so obsessed with classifying art into categories–this will be a recurring theme in the conversation, in regards to classifying people too. Maggie’s writing exists outside the world of stodgy literary rules and conventions and soars because of it, and hopefully we are nearing a place where people are accepted and celebrated for the same reasons. I was so nervous to speak with Maggie because I respect her so much, and I tripped up a lot! But, Maggie was so kind and gracious that we had some laughs too.
Like Maggie’s work, we go many places. She clarifies how her partner, the artist Harry Dodge is fluidly gendered and what that means. We discuss the murder of Maggie’s aunt and how it’s affected her life and work. And, I share an experience that I thought I’d buried long ago. It was a honor to have Maggie in the studio. Please share what touched or interested you about this episode @litupshow on Twitterand Instagram. I also suggest reading Hilton Al’s excellent profile of Maggie in The New Yorker, “Immediate Family.”