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Lit Up

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Join host Angela Ledgerwood as she discusses books, writers, life, love and all things literary with the authors she loves.

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Join host Angela Ledgerwood as she discusses books, writers, life, love and all things literary with the authors she loves.

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Lit up indeed!

By MOREPB - Oct 30 2019
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Excellent episode with Vicki, the 70-something memoirist.

Love this podcast

By bookish person - Oct 21 2018
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I listen to each and every one of these. Love the thoughtful questions

iTunes Ratings

102 Ratings
Average Ratings
76
7
8
4
7

Lit up indeed!

By MOREPB - Oct 30 2019
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Excellent episode with Vicki, the 70-something memoirist.

Love this podcast

By bookish person - Oct 21 2018
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I listen to each and every one of these. Love the thoughtful questions
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Lit Up

Latest release on Feb 19, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Esther Perel on rethinking infidelity

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Psychotherapist Esther Perel joins Angie to talk about her latest book "The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity," the provocative follow up to her New York Timesbest-seller "Mating in Captivity." This conversation, like Esther's book, will no doubt push some buttons and leave you questioning--and perhaps rethinking--the boundaries of your romantic relationships!

Jul 22 2018

53mins

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Rank #2: Alain de Botton on keeping love alive

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If you've ever been in love, had your heart broken, been in a relationship, or yearned for one, this week's episode is for you -- in other words, if you're a human, you'll benefit from listening to the wise words of world-renowned philosopher and writer Alain de Botton.

Jul 22 2018

34mins

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Rank #3: Elaine Welteroth on having the perfect life

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The perfect life is different for everyone and what we all dream of but sometimes it isn’t everything we think it is. Elaine Welteroth lifts the veil on the perfect social media life in her new book More Than Enough: Claiming Space For Who You Are and talks about finding those little clues in your earlier life full of enthusiasm to help you on your journey to doing what you love.

Oct 16 2019

1hr 7mins

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Rank #4: Ann Patchett on opening up in fiction

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Ann Patchett joins Angie from Nashville to discuss her not-to-be-missed novel, Commonwealth.

Jul 22 2018

43mins

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Rank #5: Maggie Nelson reflects on her work

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Maggie Nelson joins Angie to discuss her work, including The Argonauts and The Red Parts.

Jul 22 2018

43mins

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Rank #6: Olivia Laing and dealing with the contradictions of the world

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Olivia Laing's agitation about the political events of 2017 led her to keep a diary that became the basis for her novel Crudo. In it she becomes a hybrid of h2erself and late author Kathy Acker as topics that were relevant in the 80s crop up again in the modern day like Nazism, body-autonomy and hyper-violence. Olivia discusses with host Angela Ledgerwood her difficulty in reconciling the fact that the pain of others can co-exist alongside the minor pleasures you take from life.

Feb 13 2019

55mins

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Rank #7: Karl Ove Knausgaard on fate, shame, prolonging pleasure, and iconic memories

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Karl Ove Knausgaard, best known for his six-volume sensation My Struggle, talks to Angie about his new book, Autumn, addressed to his unborn daughter and the first in a quartet based on the four seasons.

Jul 22 2018

53mins

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Rank #8: R.O. Kwon and the cult of religion

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Getting rid of distractions and daily choices like what to eat and what to wear helped R.O. Kwon focus on her debut novel, The Incendiaries. This novel took her 10 years to write and she shares with Angela Ledgerwood how changes in her personal life, her stance on religion and her obsession with cults all found it's way into the final evolution of the novel.

Feb 06 2019

52mins

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Rank #9: Sheila Heti on the ties between female identity and motherhood

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Is it desire, duty or expectation that leads someone to become a mother? This is the question Sheila Heti explores in her book Motherhood. Sheila discusses the ties between the female identity and motherhood with host Angela Ledgerwood, as well as her theory as to why female artists seem to get a pass for being child-less when women in other professions don’t.

Apr 03 2019

35mins

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Rank #10: Rachel Kushner on Understanding Stalkers

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Rachel Kushner's existing relationships with people in the American penal system led to an understanding of, and sympathy for, the people involved in prison life, from workers to inmates. Rachel chats to Angela Ledgerwood about how she came to understand people's 'logic' surrounding murders they'd committed and how stalkers perceive their stalking actions and how this informed the writing of her book 'The Mars Room.'

Mar 20 2019

45mins

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Rank #11: The ever introspective Mary Louise Parker

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Sometimes, rarely, you meet someone whose energy radiates and fills the whole room. Mary Louise Parker is that person. She joins Angie to discuss her gorgeous first book, Dear Mr. You.

Jul 22 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #12: Stephanie Danler on coming of age in NYC

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Stephanie Dandler and Angie sit down to discuss her novel Sweetbitter

Jul 22 2018

52mins

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Rank #13: Samantha Irby on intentional dating, epic sexual mishaps and redefining family

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Irby's raw and relatable book of essays "We Are Never Meeting in Real Life" will make you LOL for real. Irby shares her hilarious application to be a contestant on The Bachelorette, the life lessons she learned from her 14 years at the animal hospital, and what she's willing to do for love.

Jul 22 2018

53mins

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Rank #14: Courtney Maum on the importance of touch

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What does touching look like in the future or do people even touch? In her book 'Touch', Courtney Maum looks to a world where romantic touching and spontaneous touch don't happen anymore and discusses, with host Angela Ledgerwood, the issues that touch deprivation can cause amongst people and how our body language skills are getting rusty because of social media.

Mar 06 2019

57mins

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Rank #15: Jennifer Egan on Manhattan Beach, gangsters and following her instincts

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Angie talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan about her latest novel "Manhattan Beach," which was 15 years in the making. They also talk about Jennifer's first solo European trip that helped forged her writing life, her intensive research for the book, and much more.

Jul 22 2018

55mins

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Rank #16: Rebecca Traister and the positive power of female rage

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Journalist Rebecca Traister writes about women in politics, media, and entertainment from a feminist perspective. Rebecca catches up with host Angela Ledgerwood to speak about her book 'Good and Mad' and how women's rage is portrayed negatively even though it is often the catalyst for big social change and movements.

Jan 30 2019

1hr 13mins

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Rank #17: Ingrid Fetell Lee and the aesthetics of Joy

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Design affects our health and happiness whether it be in our home, work or our natural surroundings. Designer an author of Joyful - The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness, Ingrid Fetell Lee, speaks to host Angela Ledgerwood about how to inject joy into your everyday surroundings.

Jan 09 2019

49mins

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Rank #18: Courtney Maum on heeding your own instincts

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Addiction to technology is hard to get away from, but author Courtney Maum is taking a break from the internet and returns to talk about the preservation of art in her new book Costalegre with Host Angela Ledgerwood. Courtney talks about deep diving into an idea rather moving quickly from one to the next.

Oct 10 2019

46mins

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Rank #19: Hermione Hoby is seeking to understand people

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In a world of click bait and jarring headlines journalist Hermione Hoby believes that the key to empathy and connection is in reading novels and getting the entire character of a person in order to understand their actions. Hermione speaks to host Angela Ledgerwood about her debut novel Neon in Daylight, the boundaries to searching for someone's humanity and the strange world of dialling up your specific fantasies through craigslist.

Apr 24 2019

46mins

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Rank #20: Natalka Burian on writing about family dynamics

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Through her book 'Welcome to the Slipstream' Natalka explores how sickness can complicate family dynamics. She discusses with host Angela Ledgerwood the freedom she found in placing her characters in the Nevada dessert, why she co-founded her feminist fundraising reading series The Freya Project and how the advice of her grandmother set her up for who she is today.

Apr 10 2019

37mins

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