I have been a huge Anna Quindlen fan since I discovered her "Life in the 30s" column in the New York Times in the mid-1980s. At the time -- way before the Web, blogs, and an ocean of memoirs -- she was the first woman columnist with the freedom to write about her personal life in the pages of the most influential major media outlet in the U.S. She's gone on to a Pulitzer Prize for commentary (for her Times OpEd columns in the early 1990s) and is now a best-selling novelist and a political columnist for Newsweek.
I am a much newer fan of Katha Pollitt, a columnist at The Nation, author of the recent essay collection, Learning To Drive, and recent visitor to my MFA residency.
So imagine how happy I was to find this podcast of a talk they did together a couple of months ago at the City University of New York. They jaw about the media, feminism, politics, the candidates, blogging, readers, reviews, their own writing process.
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