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Elena Ferrante

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Latest 10 Apr 2021 | Updated Daily

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Elena Ferrante (w/ Natalie Nielsen-Ruiz)

Anna McGary Knows EVERYTHING

This week I am joined by una donna straordinaria: Natalie "botanical gardens" Nielsen-Ruiz. We talk about everyone's favorite Italian author Elena Ferrante, focusing on The Neopolitan Novels and The Days of Abandonment. We look at some interviews she has given, name every hot person we can think of, and tell you the truth about Italy. Natalie really is.... my brilliant friend.  Content warning: there is some discussion of sexual assault, its portrayal in The Neopolitan novels and in wider media. Paris Review Interview: https://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/6370/art-of-fiction-no-228-elena-ferrante LA Times Interview: https://www.latimes.com/books/la-ca-jc-elena-ferrante-interview-20180517-htmlstory.html--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/annamcgary/support

1hr 58mins

31 Mar 2021

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Re-Release: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Book Club with Julia and Victoria

Julia and Victoria are taking a bit of a vacation to figure out what the hell they’re doing with their lives. But in the meantime, here’s one of their favorite episodes they’ve made so far (and the last one they recorded before the world shut down): My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante, with special guest Jessia Campion Park.

1hr 17mins

21 Feb 2021

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Sacred and Profane Love Episode 6: Elena Ferrante on Friendship and the Intellectual Life

Sacred and Profane Love

In Episode 6 of Sacred & Profane Love, Professor Jennifer A. Frey (University of South Carolina) has a conversation with Zena Hitz (St. John’s College) about friendship, the intellectual life, and the virtue of seriousness in Elena Ferrante’s Neopolitan novels.  This episode explores how the cultivation of an inner life through contemplation–i.e., seeing, understanding, and savoring things as they are–allows us to enter into a deep and meaningful communion with other human persons.


11 Jan 2021

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"As no one ever had before": Elena Ferrante's /The Lying Life of Adults/

Keene on Books

Professor Chris Parsons talks about The Lying Life of Adults with Celia Rabinowitz, Dean of Mason Library. 

1hr 11mins

9 Nov 2020

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Eason Book Club: Elena Ferrante’s The Lying of Life

Eason Book Club on The Pat Kenny Show

A coming of age tale set in the hills of Naples. Elena Ferrante’s The Lying of Life is under discussion for this month’s book club.Listen and subscribe to The Pat Kenny Show on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify.    Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App.   You can also listen to Newstalk live on newstalk.com or on Alexa, by adding the Newstalk skill and asking: 'Alexa, play Newstalk'.

15 Oct 2020

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Goodfellas, Elena Ferrante, Simon Cullen, Peter Broderick


Jenn Gannon retrospective on Goodfellas at 30, Dr Enrica Fererra reviews The Lying Life of Adults, by Italian author Elena Ferrante, Simon Cullen & music from Holding Patterns at the Fringe Festival & American singer songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick with music from his album, Blackberry.


10 Sep 2020

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Long Live Elena Ferrante, RIP Bernard Bailyn


Sean and Paul discuss a little pandemic reading, including Elena Ferrante’s novels about post-WW2 Italy and the work of the recently deceased historian of American Revolution, Bernard Bailyn. That leads into a discussion of whether Bailyn’s liberal legacy will endure new/old challenges from the New York Times’s 1619 Project and other more radical histories. Oh, and the two rhapsodize about how great SimCity is and whether it is the most or least neo-liberal video game ever created. https://impoliticblog.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/episode-80.mp3

17 Aug 2020

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Elena Ferrante: Friendships, fear and emotional pornography

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In this episode of she reads, Alma Limón inspired by Elena Ferrante´s novel "My Brilliant Friend" wanders about what makes a toxic friendship vs a healthy one. She also talks about how painful it is when we feel like we are no longer necessary to the people we love and how this can sabotage our relationships. Lastly, Alma thinks about why it is so hard to acknowledge our own feelings and why we are so inclined to consume emotional pornography. Books Mentioned:Elena Ferrante- My Brilliant FriendRising Strong- Brené Brown-Follow the podcast on Instagram here: shereads.podcastIntro/Outro song by Diego Alí


25 May 2020

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026 My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Book Club with Julia and Victoria

One of the best books about shoes ever written. A female-centric bildungsroman for the ages. “If Jane Austen got angry.” Whatever you want to call My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan epic narrative about two young women struggling to find power and agency in post-war Italy is a stunning work of art, and we can’t wait to talk about it with our special guest, Jessica. Plus there’s an incredible Italian miniseries that airs on HBO: As Bong Joon Ho said, “Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.”

1hr 13mins

22 Mar 2020

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Episode 30-My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

Reads and Weeds

Kris is back! and Jewlee!(NEW TO THE CREW-YAY) with Shelly to discuss the first book in the Neapolitan series by Elena Ferrante. Long time coming to get this scheduled and worth it because of the honest gritty truth and beauty of this one. We love Elena. We want to smoke with her and ask a million questions. And what better way to discuss this story of two girls becoming lifelong friends that share hardships and fears and a love of learning and have dreams of writing than with lifelong friends who share a love of learning and writing. Listen to the Max Richter music from the HBO series made from this book! So lovely. Also Kris wrote a kick ass essay about this one. Check it out in our blog.

1hr 27mins

4 Mar 2020