A Conversation with Nona Willis Aronowitz

TALK Nona Willis Aronowitz NONA WILLIS ARONOWITZ is the author, most recently, of Bad Sex: Truth, Pleasure, and an Unfinished Revolution (Plume, 2022), a memoir about the end of the author’s marriage, as well as a work of social history that examines the enduring barriers to true sexual freedom. She co-authored Girldrive: Criss-crossing America, Redefining Feminism (Seal Press, 2009) and writes a sex and love column for Teen Vogue. The daughter of the late radical

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A Conversation with Kayla Martinez

TALK KAYLA MARTINEZ IS a writer, filmmaker, and Fulbright fellow teaching English in Madrid. In Kayla’s final undergraduate year at the University of Chicago, LIBER published their debut short story, “Gratification.” Noelle McManus and Jennifer Baumgardner talked with Kayla about Gen Z humor, hybrid storytelling, and the strangely enduring appeal of Legally Blonde. Noelle McManus: Could you tell us a bit about your background? Kayla Martinez: I was raised in Mandeville, Louisiana, which is an

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A Conversation with Ninotchka Rosca

TALK In 1972, when Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in the Philippines, award-winning feminist dissident and writer Ninotchka Rosca was a young radical journalist and chair of the Women’s Bureau. She was soon swept up and imprisoned for disseminating news that didn’t adhere to the government’s propaganda machine. She served a six-month sentence and escaped to the United States, where she would remain in exile until 1988. Finally, in the last days of the Marcos

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‘Comedy Is Not Pretty’: Q & A with Curtis Sittenfeld

AS A TWENTY-SOMETHING feminist in the early-nineties recession, I hit the job-jackpot: Ms. magazine. I’d grown up with the magazine. I’d internalized its references to back- alley abortions, men who “just don’t get it,” and workplace discrimination. The fact that nothing we published was by or about feminists of my generation or younger who’d grown up taking women’s rights for granted was, weirdly, not weird to me. One fateful editorial meeting, Barbara Findlen circulated “Your

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See Jane Start a Fire: An Interview With Phyllis Nagy

Sheila Smith, Martha Scott, and Diane Stevens, arrested in a 1972 raid of the underground abortion service Jane. After Patricia Highsmith’s death in 1995, her friend, playwright and filmmaker Phyllis Nagy, committed to adapting The Price of Salt for film. Nagy expected homophobic resistance—Highsmith herself used a pseudonym when she published this classic lesbian love story—but the real barrier to financing was that it starred two women. Nagy kept the faith and, a mere twenty

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Surrender to the Body: An Interview With Dana Goetsch

Diana Goetsch. Photo by Svetlana Jovanovic Diana Goetsch is the author of eight collections of poetry and the “Life in Transition” blog at The American Scholar. McKenzie Wark talked to Goetsch about gender transition, writing through the body, New York nightlife, and her new memoir, This Body I Wore (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, May 2022). McKenzie: You were an established writer as a poet before you transitioned. How did that change your writing? Diana: In

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The Bubble: An Interview With A.M. Homes

A.M. Homes. Photo by Marie Sanford. When A. M. Homes was growing up in Washington, D.C., her teachers were skeptical that she’d successfully write a check, much less a book. She dropped out of high school and eventually found herself at Sarah Lawrence, where she met Grace Paley. Homes’s books—The Safety of Objects (1990), The End of Alice (1996), and Music for Torching (1999), among others—have been translated into twenty-two languages, adapted for film and

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