Elizabeth Wurtzel, who died today, was the author of four books, including Prozac Nation. This episode was originally published in October 2013.
"It's not that hard to be a lawyer. Any fool can be a lawyer. It's really hard to be a writer. You have to be born with incredible amounts of talent. Then you have to work hard. Then you have to be able to handle tons of rejection and not mind it and just keep pushing away at it. You have to show up at people's doors. You can't just e-mail and text message people. You have to bang their doors down. You have to be interesting. You have to be fucking phenomenal to get a book published and then sell the book. When people think their writing career is not working out, it's not working out because it's so damn hard. It's not harder now than it was 20 years ago. It's just as hard. It was always hard."
- [16:00] Prozac Nation (1994)
- [21:00] "The Return of the Replacements: Here Comes a Regular" (The Daily Beast • Sep 2013)
- [31:00] "Elizabeth Wurtzel Confronts Her One-Night Stand of a Life" (New York • Jan 2013)
- [45:30] "From Led Zeppelin to Breaking Bad: The Lamest Generation" (The Daily Beast • Sep 2013)
- [46:15] "Fight the Power" (The New Yorker • Sep 1992)
- [50:30] "Mitt Romney Is Likable Enough" (The Atlantic • Jan 2012)
- [52:30] Thursday, Oct. 24: Wurtzel will be reading at No. 8 in New York. Details
- [53:00] More, Now, Again: A Memoir of Addiction (2002)
- [53:15] Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women (1998)