A series of intimate and captivating interviews by Rachel Zucker with poets and artists about quotidian objects, experiences or obsessions, Commonplace conversations explore the recipes, advice, lists, anecdotes, quotes, politics, phobias, spiritual practices, and other non-Literary forms of knowledge that are vital to an artist’s life and work. One feels, when listening to Commonplace, the pleasure of eavesdropping on the kind of unexpected, intriguing connections that only happen when interesting people sit together in a small room and talk about their real concerns and ordinary lives.

Episode 65: Hillary Frank

Episode 65: Hillary Frank

Author, illustrator and podcaster Hillary Frank talks about how she tricked her way into radio, early writing failures, being driven by wanting to prove people wrong, the misogyny against mothers in media that she experienced while trying to tell audio stories about birth, motherhood and reproductive health, and how she finally started and grew her podcast The Longest Shortest Time. Frank talks about writing YA fiction and about her newly released nonfiction book, Weird Parenting Wins. Rachel and Hillary discuss the benefits and challenges of various storytelling formats, their shared desire to tell (or write) stories about parents that don’t make parents feel terrible, and the difficult balancing act of writing honestly and vulnerably about one’s kids or partner while protecting loved one’s privacy.


Books by Hillary Frank

Weird Parenting Wins: Bathtub Dining, Family Screams, and Other Hacks from the Parenting Trenches (TarcherPerigee, 2019)

The View from the Top (Dutton Books for Young Readers, 2010)

I Can’t Tell You (HMH Books for Young Readers, 2004)

Better Than Running at Night (HMH Books for Young Readers, 2002)

Other Books and Writers Mentioned in the Episode

Edward Gorey

Morse Hamilton

Other Relevant Links

The Special Misogyny Reserved for Mothers an Op-Ed for The New York Times by Hillary Frank

Parenting Looks Nothing Like the Experts Say an Op-Ed for The Atlantic by Hillary Frank

Ira Glass

This American Life

Fresh Air with Terry Gross

Episode 66: Sarah Gambito

Episode 66: Sarah Gambito

Episode 64: John Keene (Translation Series, Ep. 2)

Episode 64: John Keene (Translation Series, Ep. 2)