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Episode 123: Spring of Success, Jhumpa Lahiri (“A Temporary Matter”)

We’re back with our second installment of the Spring of Success, in which we teach you how to break through the world’s literal and figurative slush piles and become a superstar! Ok, we can’t really do that, but we can speculate wildly about how various authors found success. This week: Jhumpa Lahiri, whose first collection of stories, Interpreter of Maladies, won a Pulitzer Prize. Had it come out several years later, it surely would’ve gotten its author on lots of “writers to watch” listicles.

Here’s a picture of Lahiri in what is surely a beautiful apartment. Apartments of success!


Also this week, we talk about people who sold their souls to the devil to achieve success. And evangelical Christians who think nearly all famous people are satanists.

Finally, we attempt to have a real conversation about race, and some of the ways we hear writers talking about it. That conversation could go on for hours, and we’re sure we only scratched the surface. If you want to add your opinion, leave a comment here on the site, shoot us an email, or hit is up on social media. We’re on Twitter and Facebook these days.

As always, you can stream the episode right here on our site, or download the mp3 file. We’re also in the iTunes store, or wherever you normally get your podcasts.


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