Tuesday, February 23, 2016

New Late Night Conversations - Odilia Galván Rodríguez, John Matteson, and Sarah A. Chrisman

This winter, I've had the chance to talk to some fascinating people for Late Night Conversation. I'm very delayed in posting these, but I hope you'll take some time to listen to them now, if you haven't already!

This month, I was able to speak with Odilia Galván Rodríguez about her important new anthology, Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice. We spoke about what makes poetry such a good medium for social change, and the fascinating story of collaboration, technology, and social justice that went into the creation of this book. Listen here.

In January, I spoke with John Matteson, Pulitzer Prize winner and editor of The Annotated Little Women. I've loved Little Women since I was in middle school, and I still practically swoon when I see a clip from the 1994 movie, so it was really wonderful to hear some of the book's backstory and ephemera from an expert on the Alcott family. Listen here.

And in December, I was lucky enough to talk to Sarah A. Chrisman about her newest book, This Victorian Life. Sarah recounts what it’s like to explore nineteenth-century culture and technologies from the inside out, living with her husband as they would have in the 1800s. We spoke about women's rights, outsiders' reactions to her choices, and the nineteenth-century trend she wishes would catch on again. I especially loved hearing her clock in the background, and having her say, "We set our days by its ticking." Listen here.