Season Two, Episode Twelve: The Abandoned
Melissa Febos is an author as well as an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University and a faculty member of the Institute of American Indian Arts. She’s also a former heroin addict and dominatrix, who worked for four years in a midtown New York dungeon. Her latest book, Abandon Me, details the way in which her birth father’s leaving the family marked her with compulsion and an instinct for self-erasure. Melissa searches for identity in drugs, in writing, and in an obsessive love affair. Ultimately, she loses herself in that other person.
Katie Shepherd from What’s Happening Here, another Listening Booth show, interviewed Melissa for this episode of The Lonely Hour—our last one in season two.