S5 Ep 32 Maya Shanbhag Lang, Benjamin Taylor, Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez
On the Podcast: Maya Shanbhag Lang, Benjamin Taylor, and Tom Fitzgerald & Lorenzo Marquez

In this episode, meet Maya Shanbhag Lang, author of What We Carry, Benjamin Taylor, author of Here We Are, and Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez, co-authors of Legendary Children. Each of these authors has combed through history—whether it’s of a personal relationship with a loved one or the cultural history of the Drag community—to create and share true stories of connection, inspiration, and love. Plus, discover which author rehearsed reading chapters of their book out loud for the month before their recording session began.

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If our family stories shape us, what happens when we learn those stories were never true? Who do we become when we shed our illusions about the past? Absorbing, moving, and raw, What We Carry is a memoir about mothers and daughters, lies and truths, receiving and giving care, and how we cannot grow up until we fully understand the people who raised us.

In this new memoir Benjamin Taylor pays tribute to his friend, writer Philip Roth, in the way that only a fellow writer can. Roth encouraged him to write this book, giving Taylor explicit instructions not to sugarcoat anything and not to publish it until after his death. Unvarnished and affectionately true to life, Taylor’s memoir will be the definitive account of Philip Roth as he lived for years to come.

From the singular voices behind the pop culture blog Tom and Lorenzo comes the ultimate guide to all-things RuPaul’s Drag Race and its influence on modern LGBTQ culture. Legendary Children centers itself around the idea that not only is RuPaul’s Drag Race the queerest show in the history of television, but that RuPaul and company devised a show that serves as an actual museum of queer cultural and social history, drawing on queer traditions and the work of legendary figures going back nearly a century.

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