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A monthly conversation about books and ideas on NTS Radio hosted by friends Carrie Plitt, a literary agent, and Octavia Bright, a writer and academic. Each show features an author interview, book recommendations, lively discussion and a little music too, all built around a related theme - anything from the novella to race to masculinity. Listen live on NTS Radio www.nts.live

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    • 4.8 • 39 Ratings

A monthly conversation about books and ideas on NTS Radio hosted by friends Carrie Plitt, a literary agent, and Octavia Bright, a writer and academic. Each show features an author interview, book recommendations, lively discussion and a little music too, all built around a related theme - anything from the novella to race to masculinity. Listen live on NTS Radio www.nts.live

    Literary Friction - Constraint with Maggie Nelson

    Literary Friction - Constraint with Maggie Nelson

    Can you have freedom without constraint? What role does it play in creativity, and can it be productive as well as limiting? This month our guest is the thinker and writer Maggie Nelson, whose latest book, On Freedom, explores the concept of freedom via four wide-ranging essays about art, sex, drugs and climate. Its subtitle is Four Songs of Care and Constraint, so we thought we’d make this month’s show about the boundaries that are often the counterpoint to freedom. Tune in for Maggie’s thoughts on – to borrow a phrase from Judith Butler – ‘working the trap’, our favourite books about constraint, plus all the usual recommendations.

    Recommendations on the theme, Constraint:
    Octavia: The Mad Women’s Ball by Victoria Mas, translated by Frank Wynne
    Carrie: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

    General Recommendations:
    Octavia: Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden-Keefe
    Maggie: My Brother by Jamaica Kinkaid
    Carrie: Train Dreams by Denis Johnson

    Find a list of all recommended books at: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/october-2021-constraint-with-maggie-nelson

    Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/litfriction

    Email us: litfriction@gmail.com
    Tweet us & find us on Instagram: @litfriction
    This episode is sponsored by Picador: https://www.panmacmillan.com/picador

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Minisode Twenty-Four: Back to School

    Minisode Twenty-Four: Back to School

    School is a loooong way in our past, but the imprint of that new start in September cycle runs deep, so in this minisode we are leaning into that back-to-school feeling. It also feels like there are more brilliant books on the horizon than ever this autumn, and we want to pay homage to our big and exciting to-read piles by telling you about some of the books we’re most jazzed to read in the coming months. Get your pencils out and take some notes!

    • 40 min
    Literary Friction - Writing For Change With Shon Faye

    Literary Friction - Writing For Change With Shon Faye

    It's September, the leaves are starting to turn, and we're kicking off our Autumn season with a vital conversation about the power of writing for change. Our guest is the author Shon Faye, who joined us to discuss her hotly anticipated first book, The Transgender Issue: An Argument for Justice. It's a necessary and inspiring text in which she argues that we're having the wrong conversation about trans people, and that the struggle for trans liberation is all of our struggle. In honour of Shon's book, which aims to change the terms of a cultural conversation, we'll talk more widely about books that seek to shift perspectives, including the ones that shifted ours. It's good to be back!

    Recommendations on the theme, Writing for Change:
    Octavia: The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud
    Carrie: Ways of Seeing by John Berger

    General Recommendations:
    Octavia: Paul by Daisy Lafarge
    Shon: The Right to Sex by Amia Srinivasan
    Carrie: Circe by Madeline Miller

    Find a list of all recommended books at: https://uk.bookshop.org/shop/litfriction
    Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/litfriction
    Email us: litfriction@gmail.com
    Tweet us & find us on Instagram: @litfriction

    This episode is sponsored by Picador: https://www.panmacmillan.com/picador

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Literary Friction - RE-RUN: Memoir with Viv Albertine

    Literary Friction - RE-RUN: Memoir with Viv Albertine

    We're on our summer break, which gives us a chance to re-run this brilliant conversation we had with punk superstar Viv Albertine when she dropped by the studio a few years ago to talk about her memoir, To Throw Away Unopened. Nothing grants insight into lived experience quite like a memoir, but the form can accommodate so much more than that, and Viv's book takes in many things alongside its descriptions of her experiences growing up as a working-class kid in London, and her complicated relationship with her extraordinary mother. So, tune in for a show celebrating memoirs that take us from the experience of giving birth to coming out to what it’s like to be in a world-famous band, via all the richness and thorny issues that this form promises, and we'll be back with a new episode in September.

    • 59 min
    Minisode Twenty-Three: The Sea, the Sea!

    Minisode Twenty-Three: The Sea, the Sea!

    It’s hot here, the sky is blue, the air smells sweet, and we are about to take our summer break, so we wanted this last minisode of the season to be a little ode to one of our very favourite things about this time of year: the ocean. Of course, the sea is for all seasons, but there is something magical about it in the summer - swimming in it, gazing at it, dreaming of it... that shimmery, glittery blue and green stretching all the way to the horizon. Writers and poets have been enthralled by it forever, so listen in as we ponder what it is about the ocean that will always be so captivating, and we'll be back with a new show in September.

    • 38 min
    Literary Friction - Grandparents with Anuk Arudpragasam

    Literary Friction - Grandparents with Anuk Arudpragasam

    Many of us have significant relationships with our grandparents, but is this reflected in literature? From Grandpa Joe in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Olive Kitteridge, which fictional grandparents have stayed with you? This month, we’re really excited to welcome the author Anuk Arudpragasam to talk about his second novel, A Passage North. It's a beautiful, meditative book about a young man named Krishan, who must take a train from Colombo to Northern Sri Lanka to attend a funeral. His relationship with his grandmother is a central part of the story, so we're dedicating this show to the elders of literature. We'll be asking what grandparents symbolise in family dynamics, and wondering why there seem to be so few grandparents in contemporary literature, so put the kettle on, get comfy, and imagine we're offering you a Werther's original for the next hour of Literary Friction.

    Recommendations on the theme, Grandparents:
    Octavia: The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
    Carrie: Olive Kitteridge and Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

    General Recommendations:
    Octavia: Milk Fed by Melissa Broder
    Anuk: A Book of Memories by Peter Nadas
    Carrie: Standard Deviation by Katherine Heiny

    Find lists of all recommended books at: http://uk.bookshop.org/shop/litfriction.

    Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/litfriction
    Email us: litfriction@gmail.com
    Tweet us & find us on Instagram: @litfriction

    This episode is sponsored by Picador: https://www.panmacmillan.com/picador

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

MRS TWINKLE UNICORN ,

A Joy

Carrie & Octavia are a balm for my mind, body & soul. I so cherish their friendship, their smarts, wit and generosity of spirit. Please peruse through their catalogue of episodes and fall utterly bewitched by their charms.

whehhe ,

Could not recommend more!

Literary Friction is hands down my favourite podcast. With no exaggeration intended, it literally changed my life and cleared my skin because it brings me so much peace, happiness and joy. I’ve recommended it countless times to all my friends, who are all definitely sick of me recommending it, and I could not recommend it more to anyone else still looking for a podcast to listen to. Carrie and Octavia are both such intelligent, witty, thoughtful and inspiring hosts that provide amazing company no matter what I’m doing, whether it’s going for a run, walking down the street or working on projects. No joke, sometimes I can’t stop myself from laughing out loud in public when I’m alone because it’s just that entertaining. Moreover, both Octavia and Carrie have such insightful points on any topic, and I always come out an episode feeling like my perspective has been changed or refreshed in a meaningful way, or that I’ve started thinking about things I’ve never considered before which then allows me to see the world in a new light. I started off only listening to the episodes that were themed around things I already had interest in and now I listen without selection because I know they’re all guaranteed to be good. I didn’t realise how much I learnt from Literary Friction until I found myself quoting or paraphrasing it in day to day life which makes me come off as a huge nerd these days, but that’s honestly a testament to how special this podcast is to me. In conclusion, I am a massive Literary Friction fan for life and it’s given me so much valuable guidance and food for thought at this stage in my life where I’m still figuring so much out about myself and the world. It’s also just a really good podcast in general. The music choices are also always so good!

tart-let ,

Great

Really enjoying the podcast. However the swearing is a bit of turn off.

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