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Episode 168: Winter of Wayback, 1961 (Tillie Olsen)

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This week we’ve set the time machine for 1961, and we’re reading a story by the renowned writer and activist Tillie Olsen. She’s not a household name these days, but her work is still appreciated (and taught in universities). The story we read, “I Stand Here Ironing,” comes from her one story collection, Tell Me A Riddle, and was featured in the Best American Short Stories anthology.

Here’s a photo of the author and her husband modeling gender equality via bicycle.


In addition to the story, we talk about other 1961 literary news, including hipster poets and a critical J.D. Salinger backlash. Plus: a racist conspiracy, Philadelphia corruption, and gigolos!

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Author: mikeingram25

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