episode 10, part 3: Wordstock…Isaac Fitzgerald

Isaac Fitzgerald is the editor of Buzzfeed books, veteran of The Rumpus, and co-creator with the artist Wendy MacNaughton of Pen and Ink, and Knives and Ink. We caught up with Isaac between panels – he was a panelist and a moderator – to talk about how books get made, the collaboration behind his “& Ink” books, toe tattoos, first tattoos, giving publicists a little love, and lots more. In the process, Isaac might’ve shown a little skin, and a diner at the next table might’ve provided a much-needed author lookup for us (shoutout to Craig).

Books we discuss

Pen and Ink – Isaac Fitzgerald and Wendy MacNaughton
Knives and Ink – Isaac Fitzgerald and Wendy MacNaughton
“Confessions of a Former Former Fat Kid” – Isaac Fitzgerald
Tiny Beautiful Things – Cheryl Strayed
Ghost – Jason Reynolds
Sweet Bitter – Stephanie Danler
Moonglow – Michael Chabon
Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead
Sorry to Disrupt the Peace – Patty Yumi Cottrell
The Sellout – Paul Beatty
Black Wave – Michelle Tea
“Mothers Lock Up Your Daughters Because They Are Terrifying” – Alice Sola Kim

Writers we discuss

Amanda Bullock
Helen Phillips
Jonathan Letham

What we’re reading

White Nights in Split Town City – Annie DeWitt
The Nix – Nathan S. Hill




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