Daring author & journalist Elissa Schappell joins us to talk about the Michigan legislature’s decision to censure one of their own for using the word ‘vagina’ on the floor. From the standards of writing and reading in America, to the state of women in society, Elissa speaks her mind with the clarity (and comedy) people have come to expect from her.
We also discuss the tricky business of women criticising other women, the Michigan abortion debate, and how too much tv makes for a lousy novelist.
Elissa Schappell is the author of two books of fiction, most recently Blueprints for Building Better Girls, and Use Me, which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award, a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. She is also the co-editor with Jenny Offill of two anthologies, The Friend Who Got Away and Money Changes Everything. She’s currently a contributing editor at Vanity Fair where she writes the book column, a co-founder and editor-at-large of Tin House magazine, and a former senior editor of The Paris Review. Her work has appeared in many publications including The New York Time Book Review, Vogue, SPIN, BOMB, One Story and anthologies such as The Mrs. Dalloway Reader, Cooking and Stealing, Lit Riffs, The KGB Bar Reader and The Bitch in the House.