Nicole Krauss may be best known for her novels, which include Man Walks into a Room, History of Love, Forest Dark, and Great House. But several of her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, the Atlantic, and elsewhere. For the first time, she's published a collection of her stories and joins Marrie Stone to talk about them. To Be a Man explores issues of gender in its many forms—parenthood, childhood, romantic partnerships, and friendships. The men in her stories are fathers, sons, soldiers, artists, and lovers with human fallibility and the desire for redemption.
Krauss talks about how motherhood changed her perspective on gender issues, how films and other art forms inform her work, the reasons she's reluctant to teach writing, and so much more.
(Broadcast date: December 2, 2020)
(Record date: October 14, 2020)