In 2014, writer Nora McInerny had a year like few others: she miscarried a child, then lost her father and her husband to cancer. Those tragedies are the jumping off point for her new podcast "Terrible, Thanks for Asking," a show about talking honestly -- and with humor, too -- about the painful things in life. Nora shares a story from her recent memoir in the audio above.
As Senior Correspondent for "The Daily Show," Hasan Minhaj spends his days skewering the political theater. But he's also doing theater of his own. His autobiographical stage show "Homecoming King" opened off-Broadway last fall, and it's now touring the country. In the audio above, he shares a tale he didn't work into that show... about the best -- and most stressed -- day of his life.
L.A. author Jade Chang's novel "The Wangs Vs. the World" appears on just about every list of the fall's most anticipated books. Jade reads an excerpt, which was edited for time (and for some very salty language). Get a taste of the full (uncensored) flavor in this excerpt from a chapter of the book when you click the link above.
As a tiny kid with a huge smile, Mara Wilson starred in films like "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Matilda." Now 29, she's traded acting for writing in outlets like McSweeney's. And her latest work is a memoir called, "Where Am I Now." She shares an excerpt that sheds light on what it's like to grow up obsessed with death.
Nicole Byer's new scripted comedy show, "Loosely Exactly Nicole," premiered this week on MTV, but she goes off-script to tell us about her relationship with a younger man and the things they taught each other -- about racial sensitivity, personal responsibility, and potty humor. And OK, yes, that younger man was a baby, but that doesn't mean that those lessons weren't heartfelt.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, writer and star of the upcoming Amazon Original Series, "Fleabag" -- based on her play of the same name -- shares a tale from her days in the theatre, when her writing and acting talents weren't the only thing on display.
In July, author Nicole Dennis-Benn stopped by to share an excerpt from her debut novel "Here Comes The Sun," which explored themes of identity, sexuality, and what people risk by being out in Jamaica. While she was in our studio, the author shared another riveting tale from the book.
Comedian Josh Gondelman is up for an Emmy for his writing on "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver." His new comedy album, "Physical Whisper," is out now. Listen to a tale from the album in the audio above about how he knew his girlfriend was the person he wanted to spend the rest of his life with.
Lately, there's been a flowering of fiction from Caribbean writers. Jamaican-born Marlon James won last year's Man Booker prize. Now he's one of a chorus of voices singing the praises of his countrywoman Nicole Dennis-Benn, and her debut novel, "Here Comes The Sun."