How Nichole Perkins Taps Into Memories to Write Personal Essays

“I’m not great at remembering exact dates, but I can remember what I was watching when something happened.”

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Episode Notes

This week, host June Thomas talks to writer and podcaster Nichole Perkins, whose new book of personal essays is Sometimes I Trip on How Happy We Could Be. In the interview, Nichole describes the techniques she used to get in touch with early memories for the book. She also discusses the importance of clarity and her mission to avoid being misunderstood.

After the interview, June and co-host Isaac Butler get some creative advice from writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner.

In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Nichole talks about some of her favorite collections of personal essays.

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Podcast production by Cameron Drews.


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