Once upon a time (okay, it was January 2019) I read a book called Dead Girls: Essays on an American Obsession by Alice Bolin and was ultimately disappointed by it. Instead of focusing on the trope of fictional dead girls in media as it was marketed the book instead focused on the authors own life. primarily moving to Los Angeles and Joan Didion. Disappointed that I hadn’t read a book deconstructing this trope, I decided to try and do it myself in the form of a podcast.
The title of this podcast comes from a quote by author Brenna Yovanoff in her novella “Ideas and ‘Drowning Variations'” found in the collection The Anatomy of Curiosity which also features novellas by Maggie Stiefvater and Tessa Gratton. I talk more about the naming of this podcast and the details to it coming about in the introduction to this podcast.