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This week on Lit Hub Radio: reproductive rights, toxic masculinity, and Virginia Woolf

Kevin Chau

May 31, 2019, 10:12am

Comics legend Seth talks Virginia Woolf, Charles Schulz, and his latest book: “The scene that really hits me in To the Lighthouse is when Mrs. Ramsay is watching the fruit in the bowl and thinking how beautiful the arrangement is and hoping no one will take a piece of fruit—and then the moment a grape is plucked, she’s like ‘oh, why did it have to happen?'”

–On So Many Damn Books with Drew Broussard and Christopher Hermelin

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Celebrating three years of Reading Women with Reading Men: “And we were always tag-teaming in book clubs; it was always this joke like, oh, The Kendra and Autumn Show—you should have a podcast.”

–On Reading Women with Autumn Privett and Kendra Winchester

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Elisa Gabbert on the problem with television: “I don’t feel it’s good art ever. When people are like, ‘TV is good now,’ TV has always been entertaining. It’s not that it isn’t entertaining; the problem is that it’s too entertaining and super addictive.

–On Otherppl with Brad Listi

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The Man They Wanted Me to Be and the ways that masculinity harms men: “We see man after man in this book going through unimaginable pain. It’s important for people to understand how abusive and constricting the ideas of the American Man are.”

–On Literary Disco with Julia Pistell, Tod Goldberg, and Rider Strong

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Lacy Johnson and Anjali Enjeti on the state of reproductive rights: “The moment I got pregnant, I saw them as babies. But this has nothing to do with whether I think a state should control a person’s body. It’s about health. My grandmother had three illegal abortions, and she almost died from one of them.”

–On fiction/non/fiction with Whitney Terrell and V.V. Ganeshananthan

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Albert Woodfox on the 43 years he spent in solitary confinement for a crime he didn’t commit: “ If you were convicted of one or more felonies, they can increase your time from hundreds of years to your natural life.”

–On The Literary Life with Mitchell Kaplan

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Ece Temelkuran shares her 7 taxonomies of global populism: “Her second step in the transition from democracy to dictatorship: the “terrorization” of language by the populists. She’s right to argue that you can only get what she calls “the politicization of ignorance” through the willful destruction of language.”

–On Keen On Democracy with Andrew Keen

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