I’m so happy to tell you about a podcast conversation I had with my good friend, the fine writer, Justin Hocking. You all know Justin (or else you’re in for a big treat as you get to know Justin and his work!) from his amazing book, The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld, NPR said of Justin’s book: “Funny and heartbreaking. . . Hocking’s memoir is a masterful work of confusion and clarity, of obsession and letting go.” He won the Oregon Book Award for Creative Non-fiction and was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection.
For Late Night Conversation, one of the podcasts from Late Night Library, Justin and I sat across from one another in the Rye Room. We had an intimate conversation about my memoir, Community Chest, about writing, friendship, vulnerability, cancer, how to write cool when the emotion is intense, and, of course, humor.
A few quotes from our conversation:
About being bald and afraid: “I felt this strange amount of shame…how could I have dropped the ball and gotten cancer?….I just wanted to pass. I had a quarter inch of hair at that point.”
About being real on the page: “When you expose your vulnerability you connect with people. Everybody has a soft underbelly.”
Please, head on over to Late Night Library and give a listen.