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Meghan Daum on writing 'The Unspeakable' from motherhood to catcalling

The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion
The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion" by Meghan Daum

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"The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion" is a collection of 10 essays that explore the world of author Meghan Daum in a way that is analytical and fun with a socially incorrect twist.

From lead essay "Matricide" to " The Dog Exception," Daum is not afraid of looking at the events in her life or how she feels about them, instead pushing forward in a casual manner that gives the audience pause for laughter and thought. An example of the humor that comes out from the contradictions she puts herself in are demonstrated in her essay "Honorary Dyke," a piece about her experiences in the gay community as someone who tried to fit into the culture despite being as straight as they come.

Meghan Daum has written My Misspent Youth: Essays among other books, as well as extended pieces for magazines such as the Believer. An opinion columnist with the Los Angeles Times since 2005, she recently wrote a column in the paper about an viral video that explored catcalling on the streets of New York, an article which itself garnered some attention. It seems that Daum finds words to discuss the unspeakable across multiple contexts, whether or not they are directly personal in nature.

Do you use writing when you can't speak about a topic? How does comedy connect with serious self-reflections?

You can find Meghan at Skylight Books in Los Feliz tonight at 7:30 where she’ll be in conversation with Bernard Cooper. You can find details on our website.


Meghan Daum, columnist for the Los Angeles Times; her latest book is The Unspeakable And Other Subjects of Discussion