How to Follow Your Passions When the Creative Expression Feels Elusive, featuring Charlie Jane Anders and Azar Nafisi

Aug 29, 2022

Azar Nafisi and Charlie Jane Anders

In our final summer episode, we bring you two voices of advocacy in an episode that will both stoke your passions and remind you to be gentle with yourself at the same time. Guests Charlie Jane Anders and Azar Nafisi both speak to why we must write our truths, pay attention, bear witness, and remember the power of one person’s voice and words to save and change lives.


Charlie Jane Anders is the author of Victories Greater Than Death, the first book in a new young-adult trilogy. Her other books include The City in the Middle of the Night and All the Birds in the Sky, and most recently Never Say You Can’t Survive, a book about how to use creative writing to get through hard times. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere. With Annalee Newitz, she co-hosts the podcast “Our Opinions Are Correct.” Azar Nafisi is an Iranian writer and professor of English literature. She is the author of several books including the New York Times best-selling Reading Lolita in Tehran, The Republic of Imagination, and she’s joining us today to talk about a lot of things, among them her newest book, Read Dangerously.

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