This week’s episode is an interview with author Alisson Wood, who recently published her memoir, Being Lolita. Alisson is a bit younger than most of my guests, but her story is relevant for pretty much every generation.
The memoir describes how as a lonely and vulnerable high school senior, Alisson was groomed and seduced by her English teacher, which lead to an abusive relationship.
Mr. North gives Alisson a copy of Lolita to read, telling her it is a beautiful story about love, but it eventually becomes clear that neither the novel nor their real life story are about love at all.
The beauty is that Alisson has taken back her story and written a moving memoir that shines a bright light on our shifting perceptions of consent, vulnerability, and power, as does our conversation. I hope you enjoy!
Audio editing by Sofija Jovanov.