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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

Literary Frictio‪n‬ Literary Friction

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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

    Minisode Nineteen: Party of Six

    Minisode Nineteen: Party of Six

    It has - astonishingly - been a year since our first lockdown minisode (Escapism in Quarantine), and here in the UK we are just starting to emerge from the latest restrictions. So, in honour of being able to meet six people outside again, we are dedicating this minisode to books about groups of friends. What makes stories about friendship groups so great? Which literary group of friends would you most like to tag along with, and which are the gangs that have really stayed with you? Let us get you in the mood while we all figure out how to socialise again (and don't forget your thermals when you meet in the park - in the words of Prince, sometimes it snows in April).

    • 46 min
    Literary Friction - Vulnerability with Katherine Angel

    Literary Friction - Vulnerability with Katherine Angel

    This month, as spring begins to spring, we're thinking about vulnerability, about the perils and pleasures of opening up. Joining us is author and academic Katherine Angel, whose latest book Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again is a nuanced and thought-provoking examination of women’s desire in the age of consent, exploring the shortcomings of our current discussions around things like sex, power and violence. Our theme is inspired by Katherine’s book, and her discussion of the necessity of vulnerability in sex, so listen in for our thoughts about some of the books that explore vulnerability and the complicated terrain of consent, as well as the vulnerability of writing itself. Come let your guard down with us for the next hour of Literary Friction.

    Recommendations on the theme, Vulnerability:
    Octavia: To Throw Away Unopened by Viv Albertine https://www.faber.co.uk/9780571326211-to-throw-away-unopened.html
    Carrie: The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride https://www.faber.co.uk/9780571327850-the-lesser-bohemians.html

    General recommendations:
    Octavia: Simple Passion by Annie Ernaux, translated by Tanya Leslie https://fitzcarraldoeditions.com/books/simple-passion
    Katherine: Gay Bar: Why We Went Out by Jeremy Atherton Lin https://granta.com/products/gay-bar/

    Carrie: Things I Don’t Want to Know by Deborah Levy https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/253/253221/things-i-don-t-want-to-know/9780241983089.html

    You can support us on Patreon: http://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

    • 59 min
    Literary Friction - Inside Publishing with Hannah Westland from Serpent's Tail (Sponsored Episode)

    Literary Friction - Inside Publishing with Hannah Westland from Serpent's Tail (Sponsored Episode)

    For Minisode Nineteen we’re doing something a little different - this episode is sponsored by publisher Serpent’s Tail, who are celebrating their thirty-fifth birthday this year (just like both of us!). We’ve had many of their authors on the show over the years, including Chris Kraus, Carmen Maria Machado, Mary Gaitskill, Esi Edugyan and Sarah Perry. So in honour of their birthday, we talked to Serpent’s Tail publisher Hannah Westland about what it's like to be an editor, how she works with authors and with text, and what it means to be looking for fresh talent. Plus she gave some hot tips about upcoming books this Spring. We hope you enjoy it!

    https://serpentstail.com/

    • 50 min
    Literary Friction - Adaptation with Niven Govinden

    Literary Friction - Adaptation with Niven Govinden

    Building on our show in 2017 with Dana Spiotta that looked at books about film, this month we want to explore what happens when books turn into films. We’ll be asking why literature is often a source for cinema, thinking about what the best adaptations get right, and remembering some of our favourite movies inspired by books. Our guest is author Niven Govinden, whose sixth novel, Diary of a Film, unfolds over the course of three days in an unnamed Italian city, where an auteur director has come to premier his latest film at a festival. It’s a love letter to the cinema, and an intense meditation on the creative process, artistic control, queer love and flaneurs. So, grab your popcorn - it will almost be like sitting in a crowded movie theatre again!

    Our recommended film adaptations:
    Octavia: Lady Macbeth, directed by William Oldroyd (https://www2.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/sight-sound-magazine/reviews-recommendations/lady-macbeth-william-oldroyd-period-film-bones) based on the novella Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District by Nikolai Leskov: https://www.nyrb.com/products/lady-macbeth-of-mtsensk?variant=32796791701641
    Carrie: Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve (https://www.vox.com/culture/2016/11/11/13587262/arrival-movie-review-amy-adams-denis-villeneuve) based on the short story Story Of Your Life by Ted Chiang: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/538163/arrival-stories-of-your-life-mti-by-ted-chiang/

    General recommendations:
    Octavia: The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante, translated by Ann Goldstein https://www.europaeditions.com/book/9781933372006/the-days-of-abandonment
    Niven: Romance in Marseille by Claude McKay https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/604955/romance-in-marseille-by-claude-mckay-edited-by-gary-edward-holcomb-and-william-j-maxwell/
    Carrie: Having and Being Had by Eula Biss https://www.faber.co.uk/books/non-fiction/9780571346424-having-and-being-had.html

    We'll be launching our Patreon next month so keep an eye on our socials if you'd like to become a patron and support our work!

    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 13 min
    Literary Friction - Minisode Eighteen: Winter Reads

    Literary Friction - Minisode Eighteen: Winter Reads

    Minisode Eighteen is dedicated to winter reads. Summer reading seems to get all the attention, but as we hunker down into our second month of winter lockdown in the UK, we’ve been thinking about the kinds of books we turn to in the colder months of the year (and at peak pandemic exhaustion). We’re going to discuss what makes a good read in bleak weather, and some of the best books set in the bleakest season. Also featuring: tantalising news of our forthcoming Patreon page! We can't wait for Spring but, til then, let's get lost in some excellent books. Enjoy!

    Email us: litfriction@gmail.com
    Tweet us & find us on Instagram: @litfriction

    • 49 min
    Literary Friction Special - Raven Leilani

    Literary Friction Special - Raven Leilani

    For our first show of 2021, we bring you this author special with Raven Leilani, who joined Carrie in cyberspace to talk about her smash hit debut novel, Luster. In this extended interview, they discussed making art in precarity, writing so the reader can’t look away, good and bad sex, what it means to write Black characters who unapologetically deny respectability, nerd culture, and so much more. Plus the usual book recommendations. We hope you enjoy!

    Recommendations:
    Raven: Hex by Rebecca Dinerstein Knight https://www.bloomsbury.com/au/hex-9781526611444/
    Carrie: The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/109/1095909/the-interestings/9780099584094.html

    Email us: litfriction@gmail.com
    Tweet us & find us on Instagram: @litfriction

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

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

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305 Ratings

305 Ratings

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Octavia and Carrie, thank you! You bring such joy and I am beyond grateful to you both for that.

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I absolutely love this podcast. Carrie and Octavia combine inclusive welcoming chatter with incisive analysis and insight. They contextualise their discussions and guests so however distant or close the topic is to my life or experiences I can always find something to relate to. It balances just the right amount of brain power with informality. Humerous and human and beautiful voices. Such clever women. Their questions put other interviewees to shame.

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