Talking fame, trauma and fiction with Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Gris and Lilah return with a revamped show: welcome to Culture Call! Lilah visits New York Times feature writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner at home in suburban New Jersey to talk about how she constructs her viral celebrity profiles (think Gwyneth Paltrow and Nicki Minaj). We also discuss her first novel, Fleishman is in Trouble

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Relevant links:

Gris’s piece on how women essayists are shifting the rules in the literary world (paywall):

Taffy’s GQ cover story on Tom Hiddleston and his bolognese:

The Financial Times’ book review of Fleishman is in Trouble

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