I've been walking up and down the lakes and exploring my new neighbourhood, listening to back episodes of Literary Friction, my new favourite podcast. It's just the thing I needed in my life, and at a perfect time. I love discovering a new author and loving their work and then getting to go back and read all their old stuff, greedily. And this podcast is that, twice over. I get the joy of plumbing their history and finding old conversations I love, and at the same time finding new favourite authors or stories.
Carrie and Octavia have a wonderful dynamic - they are friends and very well informed lovers of books and stories, they get excited about writing and process and how it all interweaves with life, they are intelligent and thoughtful, funny and real.
Favourite episodes so far have been Memoir, with the inimitable and hugely inspiring Viv Albertine (I listened to it twice in a row!), Conversations with Sally Rooney (also listened to it twice), Everyday with Karl Ove Knausgaard, Future Sex with Emily Witt (so damn interesting), and of course Friendship with Dolly Alderton.
I have downloaded the Eimar McBride ep and the Reni Eddo-Lodge and Kishani Widyaratna ep for the weekend and think they will go very well with some strawberries and a nice patch of grass in the King's Garden.