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Interviews with writers, journalists, filmmakers, and podcasters about how they do their work. Hosted by Aaron Lammer, Max Linsky, and Evan Ratliff.


Episode 294: Sheila Heti

Sheila Heti is the author of seven books. Her latest is Motherhood: A Novel.

“[My parents] were afraid for me. As anybody who has a kid who wants to be a writer. I think they understood it was a hard life. It was a life in which you wouldn’t necessarily make enough money. It was a life in which you might be setting yourself up for a great amount of disappointment. My dad’s father was a painter, so there was in him this idea that it wasn’t so crazy to him. It wasn’t so outside his understanding. And, yeah, my mom thought it was a bad idea. And it probably is a bad idea in a lot of ways, but my dad was supportive but also cautioning. I think the book really moved [my mom] and really had an effect on her, so maybe you understand that it’s not necessarily a frivolous thing to be doing. Maybe it’s not just playing. I think my mom always had this idea that writing is playing, and it is playing, but it’s a serious kind of playing.”

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  • @sheilaheti
  • Heti on Longform
  • [01:40] How Should a Person Be?: A Novel from Life (Henry Holt and Co. • 2012)
  • [01:45] Motherhood: A Novel (Henry Holt and Co. • 2018)
  • [2:50] Sheila Heti’s archive at The Believer
  • [07:30] The Middle Stories (McSweeny’s • 2012)
  • [07:35] Ticknor (House of Anansi Press • 2005)
  • [09:10] Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles (Jennifer Baichwal • Zeitgeist Films • 2003)
  • [36:50] Emergency Contact (Mary H. K. Choi • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers • 2018)
  • [42:35] Da Ali G Show (Sacha Baron Cohen • Channel 4 • 2000)
  • [46:00] "Finding Raffi" (New York Magazine • Dec 2015)
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