Taffy Brodesser-Akner is an American journalist. She has worked freelance and as a contributor for GQ and The New York Times, where she is now a staff writer.
This week, host Isaac Butler talks to novelist and celebrity profile writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner. In the interview, Taffy shares how she’s able to land interviews with celebrities and how she structures her pieces. She also explains why she’s a “champion advice-taker” and tells the story of how her bestselling novel, Fleishman Is in Trouble, started as a failed magazine pitch. Don’t miss her New York Times Magazine profiles of Gwyneth Paltrow and Val Kilmer.After the interview, Isaac and co-host June Thomas discuss a couple of Taffy’s most ingenious pieces of wisdom. Check out Isaac’s profile of Nathan Lane.Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com.And if you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial. Sign up now to help support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
At the top of the show, Jason and Randy discuss the possibility of Colin Kaepernick returning to the NFL. Then, Taffy Brodesser-Akner joins to talk about her history as a writer for ESPN magazine, what she learned about sports and reporting outside the box, and the most poignant part about telling stories about sports figures. Quick Hits: A white lives matter” banner is flown over Manchester City’s stadium. Bubba Wallace and the FBI investigation. Adding sponsor names to uniforms. To wrap the the show, the guys get a call from Kris Kristofferson.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We’re in a moment that feels scary, uncertain and unsettling, and may feel this way for a while. While we’ll continue to cover the coronavirus pandemic until it’s over, we realize that this time requires more than news and information. We also need release — and relief. And we’ll do our best to provide that in the coming weeks. To start, we asked a few of our colleagues at The Times to share what’s bringing them comfort right now. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily.Guests:Taffy Brodesser-Akner reads from “Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel García Márquez.Wesley Morris reads from “In Pursuit of Flavor” by Edna Lewis.Dean Baquet reads from “On Living in an Atomic Age” by C.S. Lewis.
[REBROADCAST] Taffy Brodesser-Akner joins us in studio to discuss her debut novel, Fleishman is in Trouble. This segment was picked by our producer Katherine.
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Oct 26th, 1975
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