EPISODE SUMMARY

Carmen Maria Machado is the author of Her Body and Other Parties, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. Her new acclaimed memoir In the Dream House uses form and memory to excavate and explore an abusive queer relationship. The “Dream House” is both a physical place and the site of an emotional and psychological maelstrom. Machado’s inventive memoir, told non-linearly through hundreds of lenses, mimics the disorienting process of being immersed in an abusive relationship, and although the content is intense and heartbreaking at times, the power of her writing pulls the reader in and forward. In the episode, we talked about embodiment in writing, her process of writing In the Dream House, the challenges of living and making art during a time of such chaos and suffering, and some of her sources of inspiration.

EPISODE NOTES

Carmen Maria Machado is the author of In the Dream House and Her Body and Other Parties, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. She lives in Philadelphia with her wife.

Jillian Bessett: The voice in the intro and outro belong to songwriter Jillian Bessett. Jillian Bessett is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose evocative lyrics and welcoming stage presence have endeared her to audiences throughout the southwest music scene. Jillian is currently writing music and gigging with her new favorite instrument the Boss RC-505 Looping Station.

Mentioned in the Episode:

Machado’s essay in Guernica: The Trash Heap Has Spoken

Keven Brockmeier’s The Human Soul As A Rube Goldberg Device

Toni Morrison: ““If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

Machado’s essay on Medium: “Gaslight Nation”

Gaslight, 1944 film featuring Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer

Machado’s story Especially Heinous: 272 Views of Law & Order SVU

“Voices Carry” song and video by ‘Til Tuesday

The Grand Guignol

Writers:

Yōko Ogawa

Toni Morrison (The Pieces I Am, phenomenal documentary on her life now on Netflix)

Karen Russell

Kelly Link

Shirley Jackson

Patricia Highsmith

Angela Carter