Today's guest, Leslie Jamison is the author of a novel, The Gin Closet, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Prize, and an essay collection, The Empathy Exams, which was a New York Times Best Seller. Her work has appeared in the Believer, Harper’s Magazine, Oxford American, A Public Space, and Tin House. She is also a New York Times Book Review “Bookends” columnist. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is completing a doctorate at Yale University. Find her at www.lesliejamison.com or @lsjamison.
When Leslie Jamison was in Chicago, Willy was out of Chicago, so we called in our friend and fellow writer Nathalie Lagerfeld to pinch-interview.
Nathalie and Karen talked to Leslie about the symbiotic relationship between her creative and academic work, disagreeing with a previous version of herself, and defending the right to indulge.
In Leslie's words:
"I really believe in the process of writing and thinking and feeling as a process of calibration and, at least for