Episode 63 - Vendela Vida on why Fargo beats Parenthood

26Aug

In this second Writing Life Podcast Extra, Vendela Vida offers some TV recommendations and asks the questions for a change. Your host blethers on...

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Episode 62 - Vendela Vida on the real and fictional Patti Smith(s)

23Aug

In this first of two Writing Life Podcast extras, Vendela Vida recalls meeting the real rock star Patti Smith - who appears as herself in The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty. Vida also discusses how Dave Egger's A Hologram for a King changed her last novel.

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Episode 61 - Vendela Vida: Part 4

20Aug

The final part of ThisWriting Life's cheerful conversation with Vendela Vida begins with wondering whether writing is a form of narcissism and ends with a discussion of parenthood. Keep reading →

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Episode 60 - Vendela Vida Readng from The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty: Part 2

18Aug

Vendela Vida reads a second passage from her excellent new novel, The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty. It begins after a little banter and a glass of water.

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Episode 59 - Vendela Vida: Part 3

16Aug

In part three of This Writing Life's chat with American writer Vendela Vida about her latest novel The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty, we begin by asking: 'Why Casablanca?'
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Episode 58 - Vendela Vida on Joan Didion, and Interviews

14Aug

In this mini-podcast, Vendela Vida explains why Joan Didion is a formative literary hero, and why long-form interviews are great. Phew.

Part three to follow.

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Episode 57 - Vendela Vida: Part 2

12Aug

Part 2 of Vendela Vida's Writing Life podcast begins with a discussion of performance: parenthood as performance, self as performance, acting as performance. Keep reading →

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Episode 56 - Vendela Vida: Part 1

7Aug

Vendela Vida is a novelist, editor (of The Believer magazine), screenwriter, literacy advocate (via 826 Valencia). She is also a wife, of the similarly busy writer Dave Eggers, and mother. Keep reading →

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Episode 55 - Vendela Vida: Reading from The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty

5Aug

As a trailer for the next subject on This Writing Life, Vendela Vida reads from her latest novel, The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty - just released in paperback via Atlantic Books in the United Kingdom.

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