There is a trigger warning at the top of this episode regarding suicide, as the poem in this week’s episode deals directly with the topic. The discussion surrounding the subject is that of respect for the author's history, but also how the author...
There is a trigger warning at the top of this episode regarding suicide, as the poem in this week’s episode deals directly with the topic. The discussion surrounding the subject is that of respect for the author's history, but also how the author chose a humorous lens to reflect a dark subject matter.
Elizabeth is eager to introduce her longtime friend, Lauren Flans. Lauren is a contemporary multi-hyphenate. She was a recurring cast member on MTV’s Wild ‘n Out and Comedy Central's Another Period. She's an active member of Lost Moon Radio, which is a live comedy and music group in LA and is the current co-host of Coming Out with Lauren and Nicole, a podcast where they host queer folks from all walks of life to tell the tales of how they came out.
In their discussion of Dorothy Parker’s Resume Lauren notes how the author would likely be cancelled on Twitter, how being bitter and snarky made Parker hopelessly cool, and how she voluntarily offers poetry collections to friends. There are musings on Lauren’s longtime crush on Jennifer Jason Leigh and Elizabeth shares a sexy little John Keats line.
“[Dorothy Parker] was smart and had this caustic wit and was living in the 1920’s when everything was repressed and she was like ‘Fuck everything!’ and I just thought that was hopelessly cool.”
00:00:00 Trigger Warning (Suicide)
00:00:48 Guest Introduction
00:03:05 Poem Reading (Lauren)
00:03:35 Author Info
00:04:50 Lauren’s Relationship to the Poem
00:14:50 Pause / Poem Reading (Elizabeth)
00:16:30 Reflection & Offering
Poem & Links:
Wit: (noun) the keen perception and cleverly apt expression of those connections between ideas that awaken amusement and pleasure, intelligence; astuteness.
Sardonic: (adjective) characterized by bitter or scornful derision; mocking; cynical
Caustic: (adjective) severely critical or sarcastic OR (noun) substance capable of burning, corroding, or destroying living tissue
Where to find Lauren:
@lauren_flans | Instagram
@LaurenFlans | Twitter
@comingoutpod | Instagram
@comingoutpod | Twitter
Where to find our host Elizabeth:
@ellsonelizabeth | Twitter
Where to find us:
@iofferpoetry | Instagram
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Produced & edited by John Campione