Episode 37: Heather Havrilesky

 Author photo by Willy Somma.

Author photo by Willy Somma.

Episode 37

Heather Havrilesky’s new essay collection, What If This Were Enough?, is out now from Doubleday. She is also the author of How to Be a Person in the World and the memoir Disaster Preparedness. She writes the "Ask Polly" column for New York magazine, and has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and NPR's All Things Considered, among others. She was also Salon's TV critic for seven years.

Discussed In This Episode

How to assemble a collection. “What I aim for is to point people back to their own instincts and their own heart.” Our passivity problem. Holding ourselves accountable. Why do we feel so broken (and what can we do about it)? “I’m more interested in taking myself seriously these days.” #Metoo and feminism right now. Shirley Jackson and writing women. Our “weird aunt” vision board. Working from home.

Recommended Reading

What If This Were Enough?, Heather Havrilesky
How To Be a Person in the World, Heather Havrilesky
Rebecca Traister

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