For some reason, April has been the month of charitable writer friends asking me to join their recorded conversations. And for some reason, adolescence continues to be the organizing theme. Having recently come to suspect that I was at my smartest as a 16-year-old in AP English, I was more than eager to revisit those awkward halcyon days on a panel for The Common magazine at the Kelly Writers House and on Barrelhouse magazine's wildly successful (and Sam Lipsyte-endorsed) Book Fight podcast.
By all means, have a look/listen. Then see if you agree with me that I say "right, right" WAY too much when other people are talking.
Writing About Place: The Common at Penn's Kelly Writers House
In which I discussed place-based writing and read from Issue 3 of The Common with founding editor Jennifer Acker, fellow contributor Rolf Potts and KWH's indispensable Jamie-Lee Josselyn. (4/12/12)
Book Fight Episode 4: Judy Blume, Forever...
In which Barrelhouse editors Mike Ingram and Tom McAllister allowed me to be their special teen girl correspondent. No, really, I was honored. (4/23/12)
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