Episode 19: Lauren Holmes On The Word Slut, Sexuality, And More

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This week’s guest Lauren Holmes is one of the most exciting new writers to hit the literary scene. Her recently released, debut collection of short stories Barbara the Slut and Other People, is causing a stir not only because it is hysterical, moving and candid about sex, but also because her characters are so funny and recognizable that they jump off the page and into your head from page one.

We are thrilled to have co-host Camille Perri, Cosmopolitan Magazine’s books-editor-at-large, who helped guide the conversation around the big topics of sexuality and gender. Together we go far into the personal realm. We talk about the loaded meaning of the word ‘slut’, whether cheating is a deal breaker, bisexuality, and so much more.

I felt so lucky to be in the company of two such intelligent and insightful women and I hope you do too.

Lauren mentions three books that helped her understanding of love and relationships. They are: Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed, What Makes Love Last? How to Build Trust and Avoid Betrayal by John Gottman, and The Defining Decade: Why your Twenties Matter — And How to the Make the Most of Them Now by Meg Jay PhD.

Let us know what you think of this show on Twitter @litupshow and follow Lauren @_LaurenHolmes_ and Camille @CamillePerri.

Thanks for listening!

XOX Angie

Lauren Holmes grew up in upstate New York. She received a BA from Wellesley College and an MFA from Hunter College, where she was a Hertog Fellow and a teaching fellow. Her work has appeared in Granta, where she was a 2014 New Voice, and in Guernica. Holmes lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.

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Buy Barbara the Slut and Other People on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at your local independent bookstore.

Camille Perri the books editor-at-large at Cosmopolitan Magazine and the author of forthcoming novel THE ASSISTANTS. Camille was previously an editor at Esquire and before that she was a ghostwriter for YA books and a fiction reader for The Paris Review.

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Photo credit: Ash Barhamand

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