Olivia Laing on Dealing with Contradictions

Olivia Laing's agitation about the political events of 2017 led her to keep a diary that became the basis for her novel Crudo. In it she becomes a hybrid of herself and late author Kathy Acker as topics that were relevant in the 80s crop up again in the modern day like Nazism, body-autonomy and hyper-violence. Olivia discusses her difficulty in reconciling the fact that the pain of others can co-exist alongside the minor pleasures you take from life.

Olivia has written several books but you might know her from her best-selling book Lonely City about the effect of loneliness on the artistic process. It’s an amazing read.

I hope you enjoy this episode!

Listen to Olivia Laing on the podcast HERE.

Angela Ledgerwood