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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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    • 4.8 • 146 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 - RE-RUN: a Spoonful of Sugar with Leïla Slimani

    Literary Friction - RE-RUN: a Spoonful of Sugar with Leïla Slimani

    We're on our summer break, which means we can re-run this excellent conversation we had with the French-Moroccan author Leïla Slimani in 2018. Leïla came in to talk to us about her second novel Lullaby (or Chanson Douce in French) which is about a middle-class couple in Paris and the nanny they hire to care for their children, who at first seems like the perfect caretaker. Inspired by the book, our theme was nannies, and the fascinating and sometimes fraught place that they occupy in our culture and in our books, from the magic caretaking of Mary Poppins to the killer babysitters of slasher B-movies. So, tune in for a spoonful of sugar and we'll be back with a brilliant new programme in September.

    • 58 min
    Fandom with Sheena Patel

    Fandom with Sheena Patel

    When does fandom tip over into unhealthy obsession? What are the power dynamics of being someone's fan, and how do they get exploited? This month author Sheena Patel joins Carrie to talk about her debut, I'm A Fan, a novel that gets to grips with power and relationships and what it means to be a fan. Octavia came back for the show chat to continue the conversations about fans and fandom - are we living in the age of the stan? What about celebrity memoirs? All this plus all the usual recommendations, we hope you enjoy it, love from your biggest fans at Team LF.

    Recommendations on the theme, Fandom:
    Octavia: Bluets by Maggie Nelson
    Carrie: Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

    General Recommendations:
    Sheena: We Move by Gurnaik Johal and An Exciting and Vivid Inner Life by Paul Dalla Rosa
    Carrie: Lost & Found by Kathryn Schulz

    Find a list of all recommended books at: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/july-2022-fandom-with-sheena-patel

    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

    • 58 min
    Minisode Thirty-Two: A Short History of Literary Friction (Patreon Sneak Peek)

    Minisode Thirty-Two: A Short History of Literary Friction (Patreon Sneak Peek)

    For this month's minisode, we thought we'd give our listeners a preview of some of the bonus minisodes that we're creating for our patreon subscribers. This is one we recorded in May 2021, and it's all about the history of Literary Friction. We had a lot of fun thinking back to when we were baby interviewers, so listen in for the fruits of Carrie's archival digging, our memories of the night we first met all those moons ago (clue: big earrings and a jumpsuit were involved), and our high points and low points over the years. We hope you enjoy it, and head over to patreon.com/litfriction if you'd like to support our show and hear more episodes like this one.

    • 44 min
    Literary Friction Special - Elif Batuman

    Literary Friction Special - Elif Batuman

    This month we're bringing you an author special with Elif Batuman, who joined Carrie in cyberspace to talk about her hilarious and original second novel Either/Or. In this extended interview, they discussed what makes a novel political, snobberies about structure and storytelling, learning to be funny on Twitter, the allure of the '90s, and much more. Plus the usual book recommendations. We hope you enjoy!

    Recommendations:
    Elif: The Eighth Life by Nino Haratischvili, translated by Charlotte Collins and Ruth Martin
    Carrie: Fever Dream by Samantha Schweblin, translated by Megan McDowell

    Find a list of all recommended books at: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/june-2022-special-with-elif-batuman

    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

    • 50 min
    Minisode Thirty-One: Parties

    Minisode Thirty-One: Parties

    Spring is finally really happening here in the UK: the roses are out, we’ve swapped our coats for jackets, we even had dinner together outside the other night and watching the city come to life made us think about parties. Remember them? Parties! Outfits! Strangers in close proximity! The agony and the ecstasy of all that might happen... So, listen in for an ode to parties good, bad, imaginary and literary, plus all the usual recommendations.

    PLUS, your last chance to get your hands on one of our excellent tote bags, here: https://literaryfriction.myshopify.com/collections/all

    Patrons get an extra 20% off and you can subscribe here: https://www.patreon.com/litfriction

    • 46 min
    Rediscovery with Lauren Elkin

    Rediscovery with Lauren Elkin

    Who gets to decide what a 'classic' is? And how and why do some books get reintroduced to us years after they were first published? This month we're continuing a conversation we started four years ago with Jennifer Hodgson and Nell Dunn about literary rediscoveries, with our guest, author and translator Lauren Elkin. Lauren joined us to talk about her translation of The Inseparables, a newly discovered novel by the influential philosopher and novelist Simone de Beavouir. Just published in English by Vintage, it tells the story of the intense friendship between two schoolgirls in turn of the century Paris. Listen in for some fascinating insight into the translation process and Simone de Beauvoir's life, plus all the usual recommendations.

    Recommendations on the theme, Rediscovery:
    Octavia: Nevada by Imogen Binnie
    Carrie: Maud Martha by Gwendolyn Brooks

    General Recommendations:
    Octavia: Home is Where We Start From: Essays by a Psychoanalyst by D. W. Winnicott
    Lauren: Translating Myself and Others by Jhumpa Lahiri
    Carrie: The Promise by Damon Galgut

    Find a list of all recommended books at: https://uk.bookshop.org/lists/may-2022-rediscovery-with-lauren-elkin
    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

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
146 Ratings

146 Ratings

cellokizi ,

My favorite pod <3

Through their love for literature and discourse, Octavia and Carrie have struck a perfect balance between navigating the nuanced, complicated experiences that define us as humans while still providing an easy listening experience. I want to say to dubious listeners: you don’t have to read any of the books mentioned to get a lot out of the pod. To be able to enjoy this podcast, it’s more important to have an appreciation for new ideas than it is for books, although of course, those who value the former typically appreciate the latter as well :) Octavia and Carrie never shy away from taboo or heavy topics, but their friendship and warmth keep the podcast light. I find it one of the most accessible podcasts.

grateful artist ,

My favorite podcast

This is constantly one of most interesting and intelligent podcasts - especially if you love to read. (which I do!). They are fantastic and very knowledgeable interviewers and I love their book recommendations. It really got me through these dark months. Many thanks Carrie and Olivia!

Boris and Popchik ,

Always Motivates Me to Keep Reading

LitFric is the podcast equivalent of curling up on the sofa with a good book and a cup of tea. Carrie and Octavia have such an amazing chemistry, and I’m always delighted to see updates pop up in my feed. The show is enlightening and smart without being pretentious. I’ve discovered many authors from my years of listening who I otherwise might never have found. I’m even a patron, and happy to support the show.

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