The Quarantine Tapes 145: Natasha Trethewey

Wednesday, Dec 23, 2020
EPISODE SUMMARy

“Contending with this immeasurable grief is what made me a writer.”

EPISODE NOTEs

Guest host Eddie Glaude is joined by poet Natasha Trethewey on episode 145 of The Quarantine Tapes. Natasha’s most recent book is her memoir, Memorial Drive. In their conversation, Eddie asks her about the process of writing and releasing that book into this moment of political and social reckoning.

Natasha offers a deep look at her process of crafting this book in an emotional and thoughtful episode. She talks about why she found it so important to tell her mother’s story in this book and how she took control of that narrative in her writing process. Eddie and Natasha’s conversation is warm, familiar, and wide-reaching, ranging from comparing gumbo recipes to parsing the role of silence in writing.

[Originally published on December 22, 2020 via The Quarantine Tapes]

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