In this episode we sit down with Leigh Stein, author of the novel The Fallback Plan, a book of poems, Dispatch From The Future, and co-host of the reading series[with Sasha Fletcher] The Book Report. We talked with Leigh about writing memoir, dealing with trauma/grief and how that affects the process of writing, her new venture calledBinderCon, standing up to online misogyny in the literary community, and a gang of other things–including Civil War reenactments. We can safely say this: Leigh is rad, and you should check out everything she does.
I’ve pretty much always had cats. There was one point when the Jesus Lizard guys all lived together, and our landlord wouldn’t allow us to have a cat. So we had a life-size cardboard cutout of a cat that we named “Toody,” being….two-dimensional. Outside of that, I think I’ve pretty much always had cats. David and I had cats when we were roommates. Hugh, Spacemonkey, and Orson. Tweedle-Do. David. There was one we got when David Sims and I were roommates, and we got this cat, and he was great. But we couldn’t figure out what to name him. Our friend Becky goes, “Um….David?” So we had a cat named David.
Do you love the internet? Do you love books? In this episode, we hang with someone who loves both more than anyone you could ever hope to meet, Buzzfeed Books’ managing editor, Isaac Fitzgerald. We talk about his career path from The Rumpus to McSweeney’s and his move across America to New York City and Buzzfeed. We had a great time with Isaac and we know you will have a great time, too. Pop open a cold something and enjoy.
I wrote the prose sections as a whole, yes. As a poet, I’m always worried that the tropes I espouse (get it?) in book-length projects will be runny at best, too saturated with lyricism and some dubious melancholy. I got this germ to write locating epistle blocks all called “[letter excavated from the willendorf tomb]” in which I write from the voice of the Venus to the character N. You might guess who that is. In these letters, once the Venus is excavated, she becomes something of a party girl in the Meatpacking District, but one who annoyingly and constantly boasts of her sexy immortality. Can you imagine doing bodyshots off the Venus of Willendorf? Well, I did. (via Vol. 1 Brooklyn | Excavation, Consciousness, and Creation: An Interview with Natalie Eilbert)