Get ready for a peculiar, wonderful, and wacky conversation with this week’s guest Alexandra Kleeman. Her debut novel You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine, out today, is supercharged with wit, creepiness and unsettling obsessions with hunger, religion, and consumerism. Did we mention inverse pornography, a very high stakes reality TV shows for couples, and something called The Disappearing Dads Disorder? To find out what all this means, and why writer Alex Gilvarry is our specially chosen co-host, listen to the pod now.
We could not have had more fun with Alex & Alex – we hope you can hear over the laughter!
Alexandra Kleeman is a NYC-based writer of fiction and nonfiction, and a PhD candidate in Rhetoric at UC Berkeley. Her fiction has been published in The Paris Review, Zoetrope: All-Story, Conjunctions, Guernica, and Gulf Coast, among others. Nonfiction essays and reportage have appeared in Tin House, n+1, and The Guardian. Her work has received scholarships and grants from Bread Loaf, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Santa Fe Art Institute, and ArtFarm Nebraska. She is the author of the forthcoming debut novel You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine (Harper, 2015) and Intimations (Harper, 2016), a short story collection.
Alex Gilvarry was born in Staten Island, New York, in 1981. He has been a Norman Mailer Fellow and a visiting scholar at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin. His first novel, From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant, won the Hornblower Award at the 2012 New York City Book Awards. He has been selected as one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35 honorees. And he teaches fiction at Wesleyan University and is the Artist-in-Residence at Monmouth University. He lives in New York City.