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Author: Mark Armstrong

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Lessons, mistakes, and other turning points. Hosted by Longreads founder Mark Armstrong.
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Dawnie Walton is the author of The Final Revival of Opal & Nev. It's her debut novel, and it's a story that came to her at a pivotal moment in her life, inspiring her to make the leap from journalist and media executive to author. The novel tells the story of a fictional rock duo, Opal Jewel and Nev Charles, who shoot to fame in 1970s New York City.Walton is a MacDowell fellow, a Tin House scholar, and a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop. Edited by Ashur RayisMusic by Mark Armstrong and Ashur Rayis Get updates from EIL: on Patreon: the show (
Maria Bustillos is a writer and journalist whose work I’ve been following for many years — I first read her essays in The Awl, and she’s gone on to write for many other publications including The New Yorker, CJR, and Longreads. In 2016 she took on another assignment: covering the trial of Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker. Hogan’s victory, the revelation that the lawsuit was secretly funded by billionaire VC Peter Thiel, and the shuttering of Gawker sent Bustillos on a mission: Is it possible to create a billionaire-proof media company? That’s what she’s aiming to build with The Brick House, a cooperative of nine publications including her own site, Popula. Get updates from EIL: on Patreon: the show (
I first discovered Naz Riahi’s work through her essays at Longreads, about growing up in Iran and moving to the United States. In 2020, with her consulting work on hold due to COVID-19, she decided to pursue her dream by writing and directing a short film. “Sincerely, Erik” is a beautiful love letter to New York City, about a bookseller seeking connection with his customers while his store was closed. The film was chosen as a Staff Pick at Vimeo and was a winner at its Best of the Year Awards. Riahi has followed up with another short film, “Andros in the City,” and she’s currently fundraising to make her third film. (If you want to support her work, she asks that you share her films with your friends. You can also find her on Venmo: @nazriahi.) Get updates from EIL: on Patreon: by Mark Armstrong and timmoor/pixabaySupport the show (
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