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Nov 6, 2019

We’re joined by author and fabulist (our new favorite word) Carmen Maria Machado as we delve into the stories and urban legends that inspire her, how video games and relaxing TV are more in depth than we’d imagined, and her favorite biblical insult.


This week, Julia recommends “Sisters of the Vast Black” by Lina Rather. You can also get our new beanie, plus tons of new Multitude merch, at

Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about hypochondria, urban legends surrounding contamination/infection, AIDS/HIV, child endangerment, poison, sexual assault/rape, domestic violence, gun violence, school shootings, #MeToo, biblical/religious references, video game violence, and animal death. 

Please reach out to the National Sexual Assault Hotline for confidential support if you have experienced sexual assault.



- Carmen Maria Machado is a fabulist and the author of the memoir In the Dream House and the short story collection Her Body and Other Parties. Follow her on Twitter @CarmenMMachado.



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