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Allie Rowbottom

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Latest 3 Dec 2022 | Updated Daily

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9. Allie Rowbottom's Aesthetica, Erasure of the Flesh, and the Polymorphic Self

MEOW: A Literary Podcast for Cats

This podcast is sustained by sales of our debut book, Meow: A Novel (For Cats).  To pre-order Allie Rowbottom's Aesthetica, click here. Episode 9: Allie Rowbottom's Aesthetica, Erasure of the Flesh, and the Polymorphic Self Allie Rowbottom’s Aesthetica (available for preorder here)is a near-future peek into the inevitable: insubstantial and rudderless at 35, the protagonist, a former Instagram influencer, undergoes a dicey elective procedure to erase the years of fillers, lifts, laser and peels that extruded her form into one precision-engineered to resonate with a now-obsolete algorithm. We look back on the circumstances that led to her physical transformation and wonder whether yet another procedure could possibly allay her existential woes. In this episode of MEOW, we extend this scenario further into the future, positing ever-more-radical forms of physical transformation as the natural pursuit of the aging narcissist: human bodies, we suggest, will be reshaped into those of animals, insects, sculptural objects, architectural accents, and a variety of unfathomable inorganic forms. Representing a compromise between Rowbottom’s vision and our own, this week’s narrator is a man who has had his vocal canal reconfigured in such a way as to only be able to produce the word “meow.” Human-language translation of this week's podcast available upon request.  MEOW is the first and only literary podcast for your cat, conceived and presented in its native language. This podcast is sustained by sales of our debut book, Meow: A Novel (For Cats).  To pre-order Aesthetica, click here. Praise for Meow: A Novel "Breathtaking... a revelation." - Stubbs, Unaltered Domestic Shorthair "Meow meow meow meow meow, meow meow meow. Meow? Meow." - Joan Didion Follow us on Instagram: @meowliterature and Facebook: facebook.com/themeowlibrary  

26mins

11 Oct 2022

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The Plastic Surgery Episode with Allie Rowbottom

Free Validation With Dave Schilling and Alana Hope Levinson

This week, Dave and Alana are joined by the fabulous writer Allie Rowbottom, author of Jell-O Girls: A Family History and the upcoming novel Aesthetica. We dig into the thorny topic of self-improvement, both physical and emotional. Why does LA love plastic surgery, injectables, and other body modifications? Marvel at Dave trying to understand what a "unit" of Botox means!  Today's episode is sponsored by Dirt.fyi, a daily(ish) newsletter about pop culture and entertainment. Subscribe here.

53mins

5 Aug 2022

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29. Allie Rowbottom

Selected Prose

Allie Rowbottom is today's guest!  Allie is the author of the New York Times Editors’ Choice memoir Jell-O Girls (Little Brown) and the upcoming novel Aesthetica (SoHo Press). Allie's writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, Salon, Lit Hub, No Tokens, NY Tyrant, The Drunken Canal, Bitch, and elsewhere. She has a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and has taught fiction and non-fiction at the University of Houston, CalArts, and Catapult. In this episode, we discuss her upcoming book at length, explore the depths of Instagram and influencer culture, and Allie gives us invaluable lessons on incorporating the language of the social media into our work. Thrilled to have Allie on the show. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram and keep your eyes out for Aesthetica, coming soon.  If you like the show, please leave me a REVIEW on Apple Podcasts and/or support us on Patreon.  Music by @SighPilot

1hr 2mins

11 Jan 2022

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Episode QS61: J. Nicole Jones + Allie Rowbottom (August 5, 2021)

The Greenlight Bookstore Podcast

Greenlight neighbor J. Nicole Jones discusses Low Country, her new memoir of her South Carolina family, with Allie Rowbottom, Allie Rowbottom (author of the memoir Jell-O Girls). The two talk about the writing process, the book's grounding in Southern storytelling traditions, and the act of reclaiming stories through the retelling, especially for women. (Recorded April 14, 2021)

55mins

5 Aug 2021

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54: Allie Rowbottom on JELL-O GIRLS (2018)

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SILVER LAKE / HARLEM — Allie Rowbottom is the author of Jell-O Girls (Little Brown, 2018). She recently wrote this story in Hobart: https://www.hobartpulp.com/web_features/auralift She teaches writing classes for Catapult and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the writer Jon Lindsey. Buy her book: http://www.allierowbottom.comPOD CONTENTS:3 min - pod start6 min - how jell-o girls written thru reading her mom’s writing10 min - on the blend of her / her mom’s pov .. influences11 min - Jane (2005) by Maggie Nelson15 min - speaking oneself into selfhood / marketing of the book20 min - on sharing / generosity , exhibitionism22 min - the survival instinct as energizing25 min - on myopia/linearity vs empathy/panopticality29 min - on radical superficiality / Botox30 min - taking theory outta the classroom32 min - articulating the unsayable34 min - whether one can objectify oneself for power or nah35 min - Marguerite Duras41 min - botched Lil B the BasedGod riff42 min - hysteria = ‘wandering womb’ (hyster-ectomy)45 min - me admitting im a toxic male 47 min - privilege vs pain49 min - how able to manage health issues explored in the book, now52 min - person you wrote about as character vs real person54 min - edging on the pull. Till it’s time58 min - real life ramifications of book1 hr - dating another writer = double suicide pactIntro song: "Thank You" by Yamz https://soundcloud.com/yeums/thank-you-masterSean Thor Conroe lives in NYC and tweets @stconroe and grams @seanthorconroe

1hr 5mins

1 Nov 2020

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PANEL DISCUSSION: Chelsea Hodson, Allie Rowbottom, and Amanda Stern

LIC Reading Series

Where is all of the literary love for Queens? It’s right here at LIC Reading Series. Join them each week for stories, readings, and discussions with acclaimed writers, recorded with a live audience in the cozy carriage house of a classic pub in Long Island City, Queens, New York, and hosted by founder Catherine LaSota.This week, the podcast features the reading and panel discussion from the LIC Reading Series event on July 10, 2018, with Chelsea Hodson (Tonight I’m Someone Else), Allie Rowbottom (Jell-O Girls), and Amanda Stern (Little Panic).Chelsea Hodson is the author of the book of essays Tonight I’m Someone Else and the chapbook Pity the Animal. She teaches at Bennington College and she co-founded the Mors Tua Vita Mea workshop in Sezze Romano, Italy. She has been awarded fellowships from MacDowell Colony and PEN Center USA Emerging Voices. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Frieze Magazine, Hazlitt, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.Allie Rowbottom‘s essays can be found in Vanity Fair, Salon, The Florida Review, No Tokens, The South Loop Review, PQueue, Hunger Mountain, The Rumpus, A Women’s Thing and elsewhere. Her essay “Ghosts and Houses” won the 2015 Editor’s Award from The Florida Review and received a “notable” mention in The Best American Essays of 2016. Her long lyric work, “World of Blue” received her a “notable” mention in The Best American Essays of 2015. She has taught fiction and non-fiction at the University of Houston and CalArts, as well as at Boldface, an undergraduate creative writing conference. Allie has been the recipient of fellowships from Inprint and Tin House, where she was a 2016 scholar.Amanda Stern is the author of the novel The Long Haul and the nine book Frankly Frannie middle grade series. Since 2003, she has helmed the Happy Ending Reading series and she’s been a NYFA Fiction Fellow and held residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Salon, Post Road and St. Ann’s Review.*This event was made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

42mins

30 Jan 2020

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READING: Chelsea Hodson, Allie Rowbottom, and Amanda Stern

LIC Reading Series

Where is all of the literary love for Queens? It’s right here at LIC Reading Series. Join them each week for stories, readings, and discussions with acclaimed writers, recorded with a live audience in the cozy carriage house of a classic pub in Long Island City, Queens, New York, and hosted by founder Catherine LaSota.This week, the podcast features the reading and panel discussion from the LIC Reading Series event on July 10, 2018, with Chelsea Hodson (Tonight I’m Someone Else), Allie Rowbottom (Jell-O Girls), and Amanda Stern (Little Panic). Check back Thursday for the discussion!Chelsea Hodson is the author of the book of essays Tonight I’m Someone Else and the chapbook Pity the Animal. She teaches at Bennington College and she co-founded the Mors Tua Vita Mea workshop in Sezze Romano, Italy. She has been awarded fellowships from MacDowell Colony and PEN Center USA Emerging Voices. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Frieze Magazine, Hazlitt, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.Allie Rowbottom‘s essays can be found in Vanity Fair, Salon, The Florida Review, No Tokens, The South Loop Review, PQueue, Hunger Mountain, The Rumpus, A Women’s Thing and elsewhere. Her essay “Ghosts and Houses” won the 2015 Editor’s Award from The Florida Review and received a “notable” mention in The Best American Essays of 2016. Her long lyric work, “World of Blue” received her a “notable” mention in The Best American Essays of 2015. She has taught fiction and non-fiction at the University of Houston and CalArts, as well as at Boldface, an undergraduate creative writing conference. Allie has been the recipient of fellowships from Inprint and Tin House, where she was a 2016 scholar.Amanda Stern is the author of the novel The Long Haul and the nine book Frankly Frannie middle grade series. Since 2003, she has helmed the Happy Ending Reading series and she’s been a NYFA Fiction Fellow and held residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Salon, Post Road and St. Ann’s Review.*This event was made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

40mins

28 Jan 2020

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Liska Jacobs, "THE WORST KIND OF WANT" w/ Allie Rowbottom

Skylight Books Podcast Series

To cool-headed, fastidious Pricilla Messing, Italy will be an escape, a brief glimpse of freedom from a life that's starting to feel like one long decline. Rescued from the bedside of her difficult mother, forty-something Cilla finds herself called away to Rome to keep an eye on her wayward teenage niece, Hannah. But after years of caregiving, babysitting is the last thing Cilla wants to do. Instead she throws herself into Hannah's youthful, heedless world—drinking, dancing, smoking—relishing the heady atmosphere of the Italian summer. After years of feeling used up and overlooked, Cilla feels like she's coming back to life. But being so close to Hannah brings up complicated memories, making Cilla restless and increasingly reckless, and a dangerous flirtation with a teenage boy soon threatens to send her into a tailspin. With the sharp-edged insight of Ottessa Moshfegh and the taut seduction of Patricia Highsmith, The Worst Kind of Want is a dark exploration of the inherent dangers of being a woman. In her unsettling follow-up to Catalina, Liska Jacobs again delivers hypnotic literary noir about a woman whose unruly desires and troubled past push her to the brink of disaster. Jacobs is in conversation with Allie Rowbottom, author of Jell-O Girls.

36mins

18 Nov 2019

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Episode 159: Allie Rowbottom—The Page as Safe Place

The Creative Nonfiction Podcast with Brendan O'Meara

"Talent is not enough. You have to have luck. You have to have drive," says Allie Rowbottom (@allierowbottom) Allie Rowbottom, author of Jell-O Girls: A Family History is on the show to talk shop. She grew with an artist mother who empowered her to pursue her own art.  Keep the conversation alive on Twitter @CNFPod or Instagram @cnfpod. Subscribe to the show and consider leaving a kind review on Apple Podcasts. Thanks to Goucher College's MFA in Nonfiction and Bay Path University's MFA in Creative Nonfiction for the support. 

1hr 3mins

5 Jul 2019

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T. Kira Madden, "LONG LIVE THE TRIBE OF FATHERLESS GIRLS" w/ Allie Rowbottom

Skylight Books Podcast Series

Acclaimed literary essayist T Kira Madden’s raw and redemptive debut memoir is about coming of age and reckoning with desire as a queer, biracial teenager amidst the fierce contradictions of Boca Raton, Florida, a place where she found cult-like privilege, shocking racial disparities, rampant white-collar crime, and powerfully destructive standards of beauty hiding in plain sight. As a child, Madden lived a life of extravagance, from her exclusive private school to her equestrian trophies and designer shoe-brand name. But under the surface was a wild instability. The only child of parents continually battling drug and alcohol addictions, Madden confronted her environment alone. Facing a culture of assault and objectification, she found lifelines in the desperately loving friendships of fatherless girls. With unflinching honesty and lyrical prose, spanning from 1960s Hawai’i to the present-day struggle of a young woman mourning the loss of a father while unearthing truths that reframe her reality, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls is equal parts eulogy and love letter. It’s a story about trauma and forgiveness, about families of blood and affinity, both lost and found, unmade and rebuilt, crooked and beautiful. Madden is in conversation with Allie Rowbottom, author of Jell-O Girls.

40mins

24 Apr 2019

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