Episode 31: Mary Gaitskill on Horses, Love, and Rihanna


Having Mary Gaitskill on the show this week was a dream come true—sorry for the cliché—but there’s no other way to say it. The Mare, her follow up to the National Book Award–nominated Veronica, may be her most poignant work yet. I’m always amazed when I see writers who manage to one up themselves when they already are creating such important work.

While of course I’m partial to our interview, Parul Sehgal wrote another incredible piece, Mary Gaitskill and the Life Unseen, in The New York Times, which is definitely worth a read.

This is also our last episode with Emily. We’ve had the most incredible journey together up to this point and Lit Up could not have happened or developed this far without her. Make sure to listen to the very end of this one to hear in her own words what she’s up to next.

xo Angie


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