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Episode 43: Emily Gould, And the Heart Says Whatever

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This week is a Mike Pick, a 2010 essay collection/memoir that spawned all manner of online hate, though said hate seemed to have less to do with the essays in the book and more to do with the book’s mere existence, or maybe the existence of its author, Emily Gould, a former Gawker editor who scored a New York Times Magazine cover article about her willingness to write online about her own life, and some of the blowback that caused.


We talk some more about our expectations for nonfiction. Are we meant to learn things? Or is it enough for someone to honestly represent their life on the page? We also talk about online haters, underage sex, exposing oneself in writing, and how to filter out the interesting from the uninteresting when writing about your own life.

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Author: mikeingram25

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