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Episode 131: The filter of non-realism featuring Carmen Maria Machado

For our final Pride Extravaganza interview of 2022, we talk to Carmen Maria Machado about her memoir In the Dream House, her short story collection Her Body and Other Parties, and her graphic novel that absolutely rules The Low, Low Woods! We discuss the relationship between reality and speculative fiction, how trauma and abuse form us and who we choose to be in the aftermath, and the nature of being queer creatives. Plus, writing in different genres! Shirley Jackson! Haunted houses! Oh my!

Trigger warning: Discussions of intimate partner violence, abuse, sexual assault, and the aftermath of each throughout. Things get pretty heavy around 39:00.

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