Backtalk: Cleaning Up After “American Dirt”

This week, Dahlia and Amy get into the controversy over the publishing industry and the book that’s too big to fail. American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, and her publisher, Flatiron Books, have been at the center of discussions about how the industry decides who deserves huge advances and to have their books championed, and what writers get left behind. Will this literary drama change the publishing landscape?  

 

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Gloria Bell stars Julianne Moore as a middle-aged woman living her ordinary life in this tender film.

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I Know What I Am: The Life and Times of Artemisia Gentileschi by Gina Siciliano is a gorgeous look at the life of the seventeenth-century painter.

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“religion (u can lay your hands on me)” by Shura

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Amy Lam is Bitch Media’s contributing editor. Find her at @amyadoyzie.

by Dahlia Balcazar
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Dahlia Balcazar was a senior editor at Bitch Media, the co-host of the podcast Backtalk, and the host of the live show Feminist Snack Break. She’s passionate about horror films, ’90s music, girl gangs, and Shirley Jackson. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter.