Faith Salie has done it all in the name of validation. Whether it's trying to impress her parents with a perfect GPA, embarking on a spiritual retreat in the hopes of saving her toxic marriage, or maintaining the BMI of "a flapper with a touch of dysentery", Salie is the ultimate approval seeker - an "approval junkie", if you will.
"A Bold Self Reflection"
[Contains explicit content] This week, best-selling author Beverly Jenkins explains why she calls her African-American historical novels ‘edutainment,’ and helps untangle the complicated relationship between race and Romance in the publishing industry. Plus, Faith gets some tips on how to write great sex from the mind behind the Outlander series, Diana Gabaldon.
Alexis and Elliott take a closer look at the man many consider to be one of the country's worst presidents, #29 — Warren G. Harding. They talk with The New Yorker writer Jane Mayer, former Nixon counsel John Dean, and enlist the help of comedian Paula Poundstone, Radiolab's Robert Krulwich, and others, to bring Harding's raunchiest scandal to life.
This week, Faith gets personal with best-selling historical Romance writer Eloisa James. They discuss Eloisa’s day job as a Shakespeare scholar, historical methods of body hair removal, and why (surprise!) Romance is one of the most feminist literary genres. Plus, sisters Bea and Leah Koch talk about running the country’s only all-Romance bookstore: The Ripped Bodice in Los Angeles.
[Contains explicit content] This week, author Terry McMillan joins Faith to talk about the difference between a “do over” and a “start over,” and how her latest book, I Almost Forgot About You , portrays a romance between older characters. Plus, Terry reads a never-published poem that she wrote following her highly-publicized divorce.
This week, Curtis Sittenfeld talks about adapting Jane Austen’s classic romance Pride and Prejudice for a modern audience in her novel Eligible. Plus, we go to Oxford University to find out what Austen was reading and writing when she was a teenager. Spoiler alert: she was into Romance novels, too.
[Contains explicit content] Why do so many straight readers love gay Romance? This week, Faith looks for some answers with a little help from author Damon Suede. Damon talks about researching his debut novel Hot Head on ride-alongs with the FDNY, why he loves Jane Austen, and what it means to “write like a guy."
[Contains explicit content] This week, Faith talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds about her new collection, Odes, which includes poems like “Blow Job Ode” and “Ode of Withered Cleavage.” Plus, Columbia professor Erik Gray talks about why there’s so much bad love poetry, and why his favorite romantic poem comes from…the Bible.
[Contains explicit content] Best-selling author Nicholas Sparks joins Faith on Valentine's Day to discuss his new novel, Two By Two, and the difference between a romance and a love story. Plus, lexicographer Jonathon Green puts Faith to the test in a game about sexy historical slang.