Episode 432: Jess Zimmerman

Episode 432: Jess Zimmerman

Jess Zimmerman is editor-in-chief of Electric Literature. Her new book is Women and Other Monsters.“My goals are to be exactly as vulnerable as I feel is necessary. And not that’s necessary to me—that's necessary to the observer, to the reader. If [my story] is out there, it's out there because in order to make the larger point that I wanted to make … I had to give this level of access. It does kind of feel more strategic than cathartic.”

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Show notes:



Zimmerman's Electric Literature archive

01:00 Women and Other Monsters (Beacon Press • 2021)

03:00 "Hunger Makes Me" (Hazlitt • Jul 2016)

04:00 Charybdis (theoi.com)

05:00 Mary Roach's website

08:00 The Furies (theoi.com)

11:00 Lindy West's website

12:00 "We Can’t Believe Survivors’ Stories If We Never Hear Them" (Rachel Zarrow • Electric Literature • Mar 2021)

16:00 "Why Are Portholes Being Used on Cows?" (BBC News • Jun 2019)

22:00 Longform Podcast #193: Robin Marantz Henig

24:00 "The Biggest Moments in xoJane History" (Eve Peyser • Jezebel • Jan 2017)

31:00 I Overcame My Autism and All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder (Sarah Kurchak • Douglas & McIntyre • 2020)

31:00 Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex (Angela Chen • Beacon Press • 2020)

32:00 "’Where’s My Cut?’: Un Unpaid Emotional Labor" (The Toast • Jul 2015)

33:00 "’Where’s My Cut?’: Un Unpaid Emotional Labor" MetaFilter thread

37:00 Catapult

37:00 Hazlitt

37:00 Electric Literature

38:00 "What We Learned From Meghan and Harry’s Interview" (Sarah Lyall and Tariro Mzezewa • New York Times • Mar 2021)

39:00 "Please Just Let Women Be Villiains" (Elyse Martin • Electric Literature • Feb 2021)

39:00 Circe (Madeline Miller • Little, Brown and Company • 2018)

41:00 "How to Arrange a Poetry Collection Using Mix Tape Rules" (Rachelle Toarmino • Electric Literature • Mar 2021)

41:00 "What If We Cultivated Our Ugliness? or: The Monstrous Beauty of Medusa" (Catapult • May 2017)

43:00 Zimmerman's newsletter Dead Channel

43:00 "A Midlife Crisis, By Any Other Name" (Hazlitt • Jul 2015)

46:00 Lamia (theoi.com)

55:00 "I Always Thought of Myself as a Person Who Pays Attention" (Sarah Miller • Medium • Mar 2021)


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