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 71: Mira Jacob

Episode 71: Mira Jacob

Rachel Zucker speaks with Mira Jacob, author and illustrator of a newly released graphic memoir Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations. Zucker and Jacob speak about “the gaze of disbelief,” racism, raising sons in the age of Trump, the relationship between humor and anger, the lonely exhilaration of immersing oneself in a new medium, the challenges and pleasures of translating text into audio and the complicated work of making art about yourself, your children, family and friends.


Books by MIra Jacob

Good Talk (One World, 2019)

The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing (Random House, 2015)

Other Books and Writers Mentioned in the Episode

Bill Cheng

Dani Shapiro

Jed Rothstein

Susan Sontag’s On Photography (Picador)

Charlie Hebdo

Other Relevant Links


Episode 72: Ilya Kaminsky

Episode 72: Ilya Kaminsky

Episode 70: Alicia Jo Rabins

Episode 70: Alicia Jo Rabins