Today's guest, Peggy Shinner is the author of You Feel So Mortal / Essays on the Body (University of Chicago Press, April 2014). Her work has appeared in BOMB, The Southern Review, Colorado Review, TriQuarterly, Fourth Genre, Bloom, and most recently on Salon. Newcity, Chicago's cultural weekly, named her one of the Lit 50 2014: Who Really Books in Chicago, and she has been awarded two Illinois Arts Council Fellowships and a fellowship at Ausable Press. Currently, she teaches in the MFA program at Northwestern University. As a trained martial artist, she taught Seido karate for seventeen years.
Peggy came by to to talk about snooping around for family secrets, pushing the essay form to its limits, and what the practice of martial arts taught her about the practice of writing.
In Peggy's words:
"I think that martial arts provided a model for discipline and for dealing with boredom, because martial arts is predicated on repetition. And in fact it's through that repetition that you lear