On this week’s episode of the Waves, Christina, June, Marcia, and Nichole discuss Lisa Taddeo’s book Three Women, which investigates the love lives of three real-life American women. They consider the demographics and attitudes of the women portrayed and what the book says about female desire. Then they unpack the Modern Love column, “Seduced, Then Scorned, by My Work Wife,” the account of a woman disenchanted with her marriage who describes an office flirtation with a lesbian co-worker. How much of this romance is imagined versus real? And what are the ethics of the author publishing this piece and exposing the identities of her co-workers? Finally, the panel reflects on their relationships to the work of Toni Morrison and the author’s legacy. They speak about the importance of representation and her position as a Great American Novelist.
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Other items discussed on the show:
• Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women
• “Passion and Its Price” by Laura Miller in Slate
• “Seduced, Then Scorned, by My Work Wife” by Carrie Malinowski in the New York Times
• Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye
• “Toni Morrison: The Pain of Being Black” interviewed by Bonnie Angelo in Time
• Morrison’s Song of Solomon
• “Toni Morrison Dancing: Photos of the Author at Work and Play” by Veronica Chambers in the New York Times
• ”Toni Morrison Broke Down the Truth About White Supremacy in a Powerful 1993 PBS Interview” by Justin Kirkland in Esquire
Marcia: The podcast Bottom of the Map
June: Frozen grapes
Christina: The board game Codenames
Nichole: Gayl Jones’ Eva’s Man
This podcast was produced by Danielle Hewitt.
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