‘Episode 74: The Death of the Personal Essay, Hounds of Love and Spirit Animals’
by The Rereaders


In this week’s podcast we investigate rumours of the death of the personal essay. Then we watch Hounds of Love, Ben Young’s cinematic portrait of a serial-killer marriage. And finally we explore the consolations and cultural complexities of identifying with a spirit animal.


Links to pieces discussed:

‘The Personal-Essay Boom is Over’ by Jia Tolentino in The New Yorker.

Khalid interviewed at The Writers Bloc on ‘Anatomy of: A Personal Essay’.

The trailer for Hounds of Love.

Helen Macdonald’s New York Times Magazine essay, ‘What Animals Taught Me About Being Human’.


Khalid recommends The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker.

Mel recommends Wonder Woman.

Dion recommends The Selfishness of Others: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism by Kristin Dombek.