Caitlin Flanagan has a taste for controversy. Over her decades writing for The Atlantic, she's covered everything from feminism (and the ways it lets women down) to porn to self-censoring in comedy to her own struggle with cancer to the darkest depths of the culture war. But are there any subjects she wouldn’t write about?
On the agenda:
-Introducing Caitlin [3:53]
-On writing and being dour [11:00]
-The censorship and self-censorship of the young [20:46]
-Touching touchy subjects [25:44]
-On feminism, cruelty, and the culture war [31:47]
-The left, the right, and the French [42:15]
-Patriotism & the Patriot Act [47:32]
-Our disembodied lives [49:53]
-On porn, sex work, and loneliness [58:13]
-Trauma and its new narratives [1:10:24]
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