What Happened

An Essay Daily podcast

January 13th, 2020    

Not for Lack of Love: Melissa Matthewson

In which we talk about: writer debuts, relationship endings, the nature of desire, the constraints of monogamy, the daily tedium of domestic life and its surprising little miracles, and--speaking of which--the day her son swallowed a dime and all hell broke loose. 

August 13th, 2019    

Knowing That I Was Alive: Melissa Mesku

[In which I meet the software-engineer-by-day, writer-only-on-Sundays, and cover anything from the stand-up "scene" in Tucson to the Manhattan too-cool literati, the shameless self-involvement of memoir to writing about yourself generously for others, and never, ever throwing anything away. Oh, and the infuriating ordeal of technical difficulties and the unfortunate consequence of my mini monologue to fill the space. Plus: fighting over Nicholson Baker.]

July 11th, 2019    

Let All the Weirdness In: Sonya Huber

In-laws, hot dogs on the 5th of July, fishing, Buddhism, essaying "Shit That Annoys Me," singing "This Land Is Your Land," and other oddities (including ceiling fans) that add up the moments.

June 19th, 2019    

Detective on the Hunt for Meaning: John Bodine

Day jobs, basketball, sautéd mushrooms, misunderstandings and miscommunications, praying at the altar of beer, and other things that give our life meaning (maybe).


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