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Episode 411: Amy Butcher

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We’re joined by Amy Butcher—author, most recently, of Mothertrucker—who tells us about the outsized influence Jo Ann Beard’s work has had on her own writing, including her decision to write creative nonfiction in the first place. We also dig into some of the difficult genre questions posed by Beard’s work. Is it fair to call a piece nonfiction when so much of it involves the invention of another person’s interior life? What does the term “essay” really encompass? And do these genre distinctions really matter?

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