Month: April 2020

Episode 5 – Daum, Didion, and the Leaving NYC Essay

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Episode 5 - Daum, Didion, and the Leaving NYC Essay
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In Episode 5, we discuss recent essay-adjacent events including a major loss in the literary world, Meghan Daum’s essay about leaving NYC during quarantine, and the tradition of essays about leaving New York, including Joan Didion, Eula Biss, and others.

Essays discussed:

Claire Fallon, “Please Stop Writing ‘Why I Left New York’ Pandemic Essays

Meghan Daum, “I Left New York for Greener Pastures–and a Puppy

Joan Didion, “Goodbye to All That

Eula Biss, “Goodbye to All That

And Elena’s outro song is Randy Newman’s “Louisiana 1927”:

Episode 4 – Joy & Death in the Cascadia Subduction Zone

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Episode 4 - Joy & Death in the Cascadia Subduction Zone
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In this episode, we discuss Zadie Smith’s essay “Joy,” the Mount Eerie song “Real Death,” the state of our brains in pandemic isolation, Elvis, Capote, Cardi B, Arizona’s kinship with Australia, and much, much more. Halfway through, David, our resident bartender, serves us his latest literary cocktail, the Cascadian Subduction Zone, a high-proof, face-heating concoction that enlivens the conversation.

Smith’s essay is available here: “Joy”

Mount Eerie’s “Real Death”:

Episode 3 – Ander Monson

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Episode 3 - Ander Monson
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In Episode 3, we welcome the essayist, professor, and creative community-builder Ander Monson to talk about his two new books, the movie Tron, @marchxness, Tucson, the Memoirizer, and much more.

Read more about Ander Monson at his website: www.otherelectricities.com, and buy his new books at Powell’s.

Essays referenced: Lorrie Moore, “Experiencing the Coronavirus Epidemic as a Kind of Zombie Apocalypse

Episode 2 – What Isn’t an Essay?

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Episode 2 - What Isn't an Essay?
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In Episode 2, special guests Arlo, Bonnie, and David help us answer the question: What isn’t a literary essay? Also featuring a literary cocktail, our first Blind Item, a profane joke about bears, and more.

Episode 1 – March Badness final

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Episode 1 - March Badness final
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On the first episode of I’ll Find Myself When I’m Dead, we welcome our former MFA student, Zoe Bossiere, to discuss her matchup with Elena in the finals of March Badness, the annual essay tournament hosted by Megan Campbell and Ander Monson – http://marchxness.com/#/badness-final/ – as well as why we like the tournament format, the essay form, her promotional strategy, velvet Elvises, why we’re making a podcast, and more.