Erica Jong

This week’s guest, Erica Jong, burst onto the cultural and literary scene in 1973 with her debut novel, Fear of Flying. In the nearly five decades since, her work has circled the themes of fear and desire—subjects that anchor this week’s show. What a treat to hear from one of our foremost feminist legends about what drove her to the page in the early ’70s, about the legacy of her own body of work, and how important it is for women to write their desires.


Erica Jong is a poet, novelist, and essayist whose works have been influential all over the world. Her first novel, Fear of Flying, never out of print, has sold at least 27 million copies—and always counting. Erica is a feminist legend and author of 27 books. Fear of Flying will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2023.

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