Elvia Wilk

Season 7, Episode 1

S7E1: “Quitting if Only to Start Again” with Elvia Wilk. Photo: Isabella De Maddalena.

Launching Season 7, Elvia Wilk, an essayist, critic, and novelist, talks to Sky Goodden about the decision to quit writing—if only to be able to start again. In discussing rejection, the changing conditions of the field, and the denuding of successful female writers, Wilk also touches on the authors who have modeled quitting (“the authors of the no”), or who have mitigated against their own exposure, including Olivia Sudjic, Enrique Vila-Matas, Rachel Cusk, and Elena Ferrante.

Momus: The Podcast is edited by Jacob Irish, with production assistance from Chris Andrews.

Many thanks to this episode’s sponsors: Night Gallery and the AGYU.