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Episode 3: Laura Kipnis

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Cultural critic Laura Kipnis recently found herself embroiled in a colleague's sexual harassment case. Presented with a trove of relevant documents, she dove in with the zeal of the detectives and adventurers who populate her list of formative books, from Nancy Drew to Fear of Flying - and even a little Freud.

Laura Kipnis is a cultural critic whose work focuses on sexual politics, emotion, acting out, bad behavior, and various other crevices of the American psyche. Her latest book is Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus; her previous books, which include Men: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation and Against Love: A Polemic, have been translated into fifteen languages. She teaches at Northwestern University.

Laura Kipnis's eight books:

  1. The Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene 
  2. Richard Halliburton's Complete Book of Marvels 
  3. Fear of Flying by Erica Jong 
  4. Under the Sign of Saturn (especially the essay “Fascinating Fascism”) by Susan Sontag 
  5. The Dora Case (also known as An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria) by Sigmund Freud 
  6. Mrs. Harris by Diana Trilling 
  7. The Journalist and the Murderer by Janet Malcolm 
  8. Humboldt’s Gift by Saul Bellow