In this episode, we first pay homage to Toni Morrison with a short excerpt from the perfect SULA, in honor of The Free Black Women’s Library. Because Morrison shaped American literature, one reading isn’t enough — so we also gravitate and catapult to Vickie Vértiz’s poem, ONLY WE MAKE BEAUTIFUL THINGS JUST TO DESTROY THEM.
In this episode, we read from The Summer I Married Fletcher Greel, the first novel from Suzanne Kingsbury, the founder of Gateless Writing. We sink into the heat of a Mississippi summer. We get to hear the final notes of the symphony of a novel — the terrible and tender resolution of a dark and passionate story.
In this episode, we splash around in the intersection of magic, music, and luscious language. Poet Blake Edwards found the podcast through a Goodreads.com board and asked if we’d like to read from his melodic, mythic Strange Diary Days. Yes! Being loving and discerning readers for each other — what an honor and mutual gift.
In this episode, holy moley. We read one of the most intimate, transformative passages from AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE by Tayari Jones. How do you write about two people in bed? How do you bring in their pasts and their desires and their fears? How do you do all that and make it both sexy and safe (and sad and unknowable)? You learn from Tayari Jones.
In this episode, we get to learn craft from an absolute master — Laura Belgray, professional writer and co-founder of Talking Shrimp and co-creator with Marie Forleo of The Copy Cure. Her emails to her list are expertly structured, generous, smart, full of teaching and jokes, iconoclastic, unexpected, funny. Every one, a masterclass. Here, we read one about her dad.