Darin Strauss

in conversation with Kelly Corrigan

Recorded August 19th, 2020

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Darin Strauss in conversation with Kelly Corrigan

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

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Darin Strauss’ new novel, The Queen of Tuesday: A Lucille Ball Story, mixes fact and fiction, memoir and novel, to explore the conceit  that the author’s grandfather may have had an affair with Hollywood’s Lucille Ball.

Darin is the acclaimed author of the memoir Half a Life, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, an Entertainment Weekly “Must List” selection, a Chicago Tribune Editor’s Pick, and one of the Best Books of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle.  He is also the renowned author of the novels Chang and EngThe Real McCoy, and the international bestseller More Than It Hurts You. He is a compelling speaker whose experience includes universities, libraries, book festivals, and corporations.

Darin’s work has appeared in EsquireThe New York TimesThe Washington PostNewsweek, and many other publications. Half a Life was excerpted in GQThis American LifeThe Times of London, and The Daily Mail (UK). He has appeared on Good Morning AmericaThe Leonard Lopate ShowNBC NewsTimes TalkThe Diane Rehm Show, CBS’s The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and others. His work has been translated into fourteen languages and published in nineteen countries.

As a screenwriter, Darin has written the script for Chang and Eng with Gary Oldman and has worked with director Julie Taymor for Disney. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction writing, he is a clinical associate professor at NYU’s creative writing program.

Kelly Corrigan‘s Tell Me MoreStories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say is a wonderfully personal, honest, and hilarious examination of the essential phrases that make love and connection possible.

Kelly has been called “the voice of her generation” by O: The Oprah Magazine and “the poet laureate of the ordinary” by HuffPost. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Middle PlaceLift, and Glitter and Glue. Kelly is the host of Tell Me More with Kelly Corrigan premiering on PBS October 5 and the host of a new podcast coming from PRX, also in October.

She lives near Oakland, California, with her husband, Edward Lichty, and her daughters, Georgia and Claire.

“I think each family has a funhouse logic all its own, and in that distortion,in that delusion, all behavior can seem both perfectly normal and crazy.

– Darin Strauss, Half a Life

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    Who are some of your favorite authors, whether fiction or non-fiction, and have they influenced your writing?

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    In your reading life, what books stand out for you as life changing? What books would you recommend in that vein? The ones that you must keep copies of on your shelves both for comfort and re-reading? And what was it about them that made them so dear to you?

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    I hadn’t realized the subject matter of Half A Life. I intend to order a copy now. I was driving on highway 880 several years ago when a 22 year old man walked onto the freeway and into oncoming 65 mile an hour traffic within a fraction of an inch from my vehicle hitting him. He was hit and killed by the car next to mine. The trauma of that has never left me. I always wondered and worried for the driver of the car next to mine how on earth he managed the aftermath even though he was not at fault in any way. The horror was real for me even with the knowledge of what didn’t happen in that split second when my car did not hit him, but the other car did. It was awful for all the reasons, and still is. Over a decade ago, a dear friend of mine walked onto 680 right in the path of a muni bus and was killed. The driver of the bus had to leave her job as she was so traumatized. My friend’s family and her circle of friends felt that deep shock for years and continue to feel the deep loss. All to say, I feel for the burden you carry. I don’t know if it’s helpful to read my comment, but I imagine that my reading your book will help me. Thank you.

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    What inspires you to start upon a particular project? Your writing has such a wide range. Where does inspiration tend to come from?

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    Do you prefer writing nonfiction or fiction?

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    What inspired you to write and share the story in “The Queen of Tuesday”?

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    I find inspiration in hearing how others create their writing routine. For instance, writing two hours every morning, a sharpened pencil and lined pad of paper at dusk, or sitting at the computer at 9:00pm after kids are in bed. What’s yours?
    Susan

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    How has being a parent impacted your writing?

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    What are you working on now?

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    I hear your children every now and then in the background. Maybe you should shut the door.

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    I love the way you are so lyrical in your writing and also make us feel right there in the story. Which scene was your favorite to write?

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    Haven’t read your book yet, but seeing that a “potential” affair for Ms. Ball seems a bit unkind at this point, Why would you bring that up?