Bonus Episode: A Conversation with Alex McElroy

In today’s very special bonus episode, host Rachel Mans McKenny chats with writer Alex McElroy about cults, bagels, bad men, and, of course, books!

In Alex’s new novel, The Atmospherians, a disgraced social media maven becomes the head trainer for a camp designed to rid men of their toxic masculinity. What could possibly go wrong?

About Alex McElroy

Alex McElroy is a nonbinary writer based in Brooklyn. Their debut novel, The Atmospherians, was published in May 2021 by Atria. You can find their other writing in The Cut, BuzzFeed, Vulture, GQ, Elle, Vice, The Atlantic, Tin House, and elsewhere.  


Books Discussed

All links from today’s episode go to Alex’s favorite Houston, TX indie bookstore, Brazos. Be sure to check out their novel, The Atmospherians, and connect with them on Twitter!

Kids These Days by Malcolm Harris

You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine by Alexandra Kleeman

The Answers by Catherine Lacey

Darryl by Jackie Ess

Published by Kristen Evans

Kristen Evans is a culture writer and content strategist with a background in non-profit development. You can find her work in The Believer, Brooklyn Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Literary Hub, and NYLON, among other outlets. Please talk to her about books on Twitter, where she spends too much time tweeting as @paperalphabet.