SIRI HUSTVEDT ON ART, PSYCHOANALYSIS, AND THE MIND/BODY CONUNDRUM

For many years I’ve read Siri Hustvedt’s work and marveled at her intelligence. The breadth of her knowledge–of the sciences, arts and literature– is mind boggling. Now, she shares another example of her genius with the world; a compelling and radical collection of essays on art, feminism, neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy called, A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind. 

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ROXANE GAY ON “DIFFICULT WOMEN”

I’ve read Roxane Gay’s work ever since I discovered her writing in grad school in 2010. Whenever there’s a huge cultural moment–a political catastrophe, an attack on Feminism, or breaking Channing Tatum newsI’m eager to see what she has to say. Her view point helps broaden and illuminate my own.

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CLAIRE MESSUD ON LONG-LOST FRIENDSHIPS

Claire Messud and I talk about her new novel The Burning Girl, as well as Claire’s childhood years in Australia, and how childhood friendships can haunt and define us. I’ve loved Claire’s work ever since I read The Emperor’s Children when I was living in Sydney. In the opening scene she captured so vividly what a certain set of creative people are like that I knew she must to have spent time in my hometown.

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KAITLYN GREENIDGE ON WRITING INTO TABOO TERRITORY

Kaitlyn Greenidge and I chat about her funny, strange and wonderful debut novel, “We Love You, Charlie Freeman.” The Freeman family–Charles, Laurel, and their daughters, teenage Charlotte and nine-year-old Callie–have been invited to the Toneybee Institute in rural Massachusetts to participate in a research experiment.

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ESTHER PEREL ON RETHINKING FIDELITY

Psychotherapist Esther Perel joins me to talk about her latest book “The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity,” the provocative follow up to her New York Times best-seller “Mating in Captivity.” This conversation, like Esther’s book, will no doubt push some buttons and leave you questioning–and perhaps rethinking–the boundaries of your romantic relationships.

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