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Writer Samantha Irby Is Having Fewer Over-The-Sink Moments

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May 11, 2020

Best-selling author Samantha Irby specializes in wringing comedy out of her own personal tragedies. Among her favorite topics: poop (she’s got Crohn’s disease), depression (which she also has), and sex. She writes unapologetically, and hilariously, about the journeys towards accepting all the parts of herself: including her health, her sexuality, and her body. Throughout her writing, food is a recurring character.

You can often gauge where she's at in life by what she's eating at the time. This week she takes us from the Oatmeal Creme Pies that got her through a troubled childhood, to an unforgettable moment with a glazed doughnut when she was in her 20s, to the fights she now has with her wife over condiments. And we ask her: What do you do when the same foods that bring you emotional comfort make you sick?

This episode contains explicit language.

Interstitial music in this episode by Black Label Music:

"Happy Jackson" by Ken Brahmstedt

"Sidewalk Chalk" by Hayley Briasco

"Stay For The Summer" by William Van De Crommert

"Child Knows Best" by Jack Ventimiglia

"Slightly Carbonated" by Erick Anderson

"Still In Love With You" by Steve Sullivan

Photo courtesy of Eva Blue.

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