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Episode 136 [in English]: Lot Six

Photo credit: Kitty Suen

This episode features writer David Adjmi, whose memoir Lot Six was recently released.  The beautiful telling of the often painful process of growing up while feeling a sense of unease/displacement in a repressed society is powerfully portrayed with a nuance that will make a reader feel seen.  David describes (in the book and in this episode) the relief of discovering theater and its ability to release emotions in a way that regular life often does not allow for.  In this episode, we also discuss David’s Syrian Jewish background, the experience of writing a memoir, his other writing, and more.

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Episode 116 [in English]: You Exist Too Much

Zaina Arafat is a journalist, fiction writer and teacher based in New York City.  We talked to Zaina about her new novel You Exist Too Much, which was released on June 9!  The novel centers a queer Palestinian American character who grapples with the effects of inherited trauma, her position within in-between spaces that come with being part of the diaspora, and her sexual identity.

Our conversation touches on the importance of the “messy” character (versus unrealistically aspirational) when bringing representation to any form of media.  We also discuss Zaina’s teaching and other writing she has done.

You can order a copy of the book here!

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