Real Fiction Radio Broadcast: May 20 and May 27, 2020 Noon on WERA-FM 96.7 Arlington, VA
THE BODY POLITIC (Atria)
Brian Platzer's insights into confusion, loneliness and uncertainty come through in this stunning new novel. Brian speaks to these societal conditions as a middle school teacher, a parent, and as a person managing a chronic illness which was documented in two New York Times articles. THE BODY POLITIC also addresses political disillusionment and how to show up for people who are struggling.
(Programming Note: This is a 2-part discussion)
Brian Platzer is the critically acclaimed author of the novels BED-STUY IS BURNING and THE BODY POLITIC (both Atria/Simon & Schuster) as well as the forthcoming parenting book TAKING THE STRESS OUT OF HOMEWORK (Avery/Penguin Random House). He has written frequently for The New York Times, NewYorker.com, New York Magazine, The New Republic, and many other publications. As a novelist, Brian has toured the country discussing the craft of writing as well as the issues at the heart of his work, such as gentrification, chronic illness, relationships, and American politics. As a humor writer, Brian has frequently written for The New Yorker’s Shouts and Murmurs and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He recently wrote the viral article "Paw Patrol Is Contemptable Trash" in New York Magazine, and he has performed comic essays on NPR as a featured guest on Live From Here. As an educator, Brian currently teaches 8th and 12th grade English at Grace Church School in Manhattan, having previously taught literature and writing at Johns Hopkins. He is also the co-founder with Abby Freireich of Teachers Who Tutor | NYC, New York City’s only tutoring company where all the tutors are classroom teachers with master’s degrees. Together, Brian and Abby are among the city's leaders in education-consulting, tutoring, and executive function coaching. They also write for the New York Times on these issues. Brian suffers from chronic dizziness and has written a series of essays for the New York Times chronicling his experiences and those of fellow sufferers. Brian is a graduate of Grace Church School, Dalton, Columbia, and Johns Hopkins. He currently lives in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn with his two sons and his wife, Alex Hardiman.