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Dec 20, 2021


Award-winning journalist and bestselling biographer, Laurence Leamer, spoke to me about getting banned from Mar a Lago, why book proposals are a con job, and Truman Capote's Women (and terminal writer's block).

Laurence is best known as the New York Times bestselling author of multiple celebrity...

Dec 6, 2021


Award-winning author and essayist, Vanessa Veselka, spoke to me about her transformation as an artist, writing out of necessity, and the journey from nervy debut to National Book Award longlist.

Vanessa is the author of the debut novel Zazen, which won the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize in 2012.


Nov 19, 2021

Award-winning filmmakers and multi-hyphenate screenwriting duo, Kaz and Ryan Firpo, spoke to me about their breakout Hollywood moment, writing Marvel's Eternals, and how to eat a whale.

The Firpos are cousins who grew up in Northern California – with a storied background in commercials and documentary filmmaking...

Nov 4, 2021


Critically-acclaimed debut author, Jocelyn Nicole Johnson, spoke to me about becoming a late-stage "literary debutante," Walmart militias, and the #writinglife as an introvert.

Jocelyn is a veteran public school art teacher, whose short story “Control Negro” was anthologized in Best American...

Oct 22, 2021


Journalist and Founder of the bestselling Six-Word Memoirs series, Larry Smith, spoke to me about his evolution as a journalist, TEDxing the Six-Word Memoir, and famous micro-memoirists.

In the early days of Twitter, with a single tweet in 2006 – “Can you describe your life in six words?" –...