Episode 52: Molly Prentiss on Artistic Ambition & New York Stories

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This week Molly Prentiss and I talk about her buzz-worthy debut novel “Tuesday Nights in 1980.” This book is the ultimate absorbing read. Prepare to be swiftly transported to the downtown art scene of New York, packed with renegade artists, ambitious critics, and opportunistic curators and gallerists–not to mention one fresh-faced beauty–swirling around a city that threatens to swallow them whole. All the chaotic energy of the art world (and it’s promise of fame) fuel this book and it’s an absolute pleasure to read, especially if you’ve ever loved the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and James Turrell, and imagined yourself in their midst.

In this conversation we share our own “coming to NY stories,” we talk about Molly’s idyllic upbringing in Santa Cruz, and, what it means to be part of a creative couple. We also discuss  a condition called Synesthesia–you’ll see why when you listen. If you want to learn more about the artist I mention, José Parlá, you can do so here.

This chat makes the beginning of a precious new friendship for me, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Let us know @litupshow on Twitter and Instagram.

xoxox Angie

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Buy “Tuesday Nights in 1980” on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at your local independent bookstore.

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