Episode 235 — Joyelle McSweeney


Joyelle McSweeney is the guest. Her books include the poetry collection The Red Bird, and the novels Nylund, the Sarcographer and Flet. Recently, her play entitled Dead Youth, or, The Leaks won the inaugural Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Playwrights. She is also a co-editor of Action Books and the quarterly online literary journal Action Yes.

Kate Bernheimer says

If Vladimir Nabokov wanted to seduce Nancy Drew, he’d read her Nylund, The Sarcographer one dark afternoon over teacups of whiskey. Welcome to fiction’s new femme fatale, Joyelle McSweeney.

And Michael Martone says

You thought you knew your own language. This book hands it back to you on a platter and includes the instructional manual for its further use.

Monologue topics: Christmas, late capitalism, edginess, curmudgeonly behavior, my daughter.