16
Aug

Episode Nine: Mira Ptacin’s Love Story (That Also Has An Abortion In It)

The BinderCast is the only podcast exclusively devoted to women and gender non-conforming writers and their careers. In each episode, co-hosts Lux Alptraum and Leigh Stein tackle the essential questions of making it as a writer. Produced by Jennifer Lai.

Motherhood is often treated as the defining experience of a woman’s life – whether or not she wants kids, the decision is usually treated as a major, and potentially life changing, conversation. Mira Ptacin’s been on both sides of the equation: her memoir, Poor Your Soul, chronicles her decision to terminate her first pregnancy; shortly before its publication, she gave birth to her second child. Ptacin stopped by the BinderCast studio with her infant daughter to talk abortion, balancing work with motherhood, and persevering in the face of an unending stream of nos.

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Further reading:

Poor Your Soul
Mira’s Twitter
Mira’s Instagram

9
Aug

BinderCast Bonus: Charlotte Shane Reads Prostitute Laundry

The BinderCast is the only podcast exclusively devoted to women and gender non-conforming writers and their careers. In each episode, co-hosts Lux Alptraum and Leigh Stein tackle the essential questions of making it as a writer. Produced by Jennifer Lai.

A special bonus for BinderCast listeners: here’s author Charlotte Shane reading from her book Prostitute Laundry.

Hear our full interview with Charlotte in Episode Eight of The BinderCast.

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2
Aug

Episode Eight: Charlotte Shane Knows How To Sell It

The BinderCast is the only podcast exclusively devoted to women and gender non-conforming writers and their careers. In each episode, co-hosts Lux Alptraum and Leigh Stein tackle the essential questions of making it as a writer. Produced by Jennifer Lai.

These days, it’s not enough to just be a good writer. You’ve also got to have a brand, and you need to be something of a savvy marketer to boot. Sex worker turned writer Charlotte Shane knows a thing or two about selling it. In this week’s episode, she talks about why she picked escorting over academia, how sex work gave her the freedom to hone her craft, and why marketing shouldn’t be a dirty word.

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Further reading:

Buy Prostitute Laundry
Buy N.B.
Fairer Sex
Charlotte’s Twitter

19
Jul

Episode Seven: Danielle Paige Embraces Fan Fiction

The BinderCast is the only podcast exclusively devoted to women and gender non-conforming writers and their careers. In each episode, co-hosts Lux Alptraum and Leigh Stein tackle the essential questions of making it as a writer. Produced by Jennifer Lai.

Soap operas. Romance novels. Fan fiction. They’re some of the most derided genres of writing – and they also happen to be the forms of writing most readily associated with women. On this episode of The BinderCast, Lux and Leigh check in with best selling author Danielle Paige about getting her start in soaps, updating The Wizard of Oz for the modern era, and why you should always end a scene with a bitch slap.

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Further reading:

Danielle’s website

Danielle on Twitter

Dorothy Must Die

Pre-order Stealing Snow

12
Apr

BinderCast Super Special: Breaking Into Podcasting

The BinderCast is the only podcast exclusively devoted to women and gender non-conforming writers and their careers. In each episode, co-hosts Lux Alptraum and Leigh Stein tackle the essential questions of making it as a writer. Produced by Jennifer Lai.

Join podcast rockstars Stephanie Foo (This American Life), Manoush Zomorodi (Note to Self), Ann Hepperman (The Sarah Awards), and Jenn Baker (The Minorities in Publishing Podcast) as they share tips, tricks, and strategies for succeeding in the world of podcasting. This conversation took place last November at BinderCon NYC, for more great BinderCon panels, head over to Vimeo.

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Further reading:

Stephanie Foo on Twitter

Manoush Zomorodi on Twitter

Ann Hepperman on Twitter

Jenn Baker on Twitter

12
Jan

Episode Six: How Aparna Nancherla Learned to Work Well with Others

The BinderCast is the only podcast exclusively devoted to women and gender non-conforming writers and their careers. In each episode, co-hosts Lux Alptraum and Leigh Stein tackle the essential questions of making it as a writer. Produced by Jennifer Lai.

For many of us, writing is a lonely, solitary activity – so how do you make the transition to writing as a member of a team? Late Night with Seth Meyers writer and Totally Biased alum Aparna Nancherla talks about going from being a stand up comedian to a team member in a TV writers’ room, and what she learned along the way.

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Further reading:

Aparna’s website

Aparna on Twitter

Why Comedian Aparna Nancherla Wants You to Stop Calling Her “Nice”

Defending the Bomb: Comic Aparna Nancherla’s Imperfectly Worded Tweet About Makeup

5
Jan

BinderCast Bonus: Emily Gould Reads Friendship

The BinderCast is the only podcast exclusively devoted to women and gender non-conforming writers and their careers. In each episode, co-hosts Lux Alptraum and Leigh Stein tackle the essential questions of making it as a writer. Produced by Jennifer Lai.

A special bonus for BinderCast listeners: here’s author Emily Gould reading from her book Friendship.

Hear our full interview with Emily in Episode One of The BinderCast.

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29
Dec

Episode Five: The Many Influences of Jenny Lumet

The BinderCast is the only podcast exclusively devoted to women and gender non-conforming writers and their careers. In each episode, co-hosts Lux Alptraum and Leigh Stein tackle the essential questions of making it as a writer. Produced by Jennifer Lai.

How do our families shape our careers? What role do mentors play in helping us get ahead? Award winning screenwriter Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married) shares how being the daughter of Hollywood royalty helped her get places that women of color don’t normally go – and how she persuaded Jonathan Demme to direct her first film.

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Further reading:

Jenny Getting Noticed, The Wall Street Journal

Going Off Script, The LA Times

Growing Up With Two Icons, The New York Times

15
Dec

Episode Four: Sara Benincasa, From Agoraphobia to ABC Pilot

The BinderCast is the only podcast exclusively devoted to women and gender non-conforming writers and their careers. In each episode, co-hosts Lux Alptraum and Leigh Stein tackle the essential questions of making it as a writer. Produced by Jennifer Lai.

Making it as a writer means dealing with a lot of rejection – and learning how to persevere through pretty tough times. Novelist and memoirist Sara Benincasa (Agorafabulous, DC Trip) opens up about how her struggles with mental illness gave her the resiliency she needed for a career in writing, and shares the best advice she ever got from Diablo Cody.

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Further reading:

Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom

Great

DC Trip

8
Dec

BinderCast Bonus: Morgan Parker Reads In Search of Morgan, Season Three, Episode Twenty-Four

The BinderCast is the only podcast exclusively devoted to women and gender non-conforming writers and their careers. In each episode, co-hosts Lux Alptraum and Leigh Stein tackle the essential questions of making it as a writer. Produced by Jennifer Lai.

A special bonus for BinderCast listeners: here’s poet Morgan Parker reading “In Search of Morgan, Season Three, Episode Twenty-Four.”

Hear our full interview with Morgan in Episode Three of The BinderCast.

Subscribe to The BinderCast on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you find your podcasts.