Susan Burton
Susan Burton
Susan Burton

author of EMPTY, a memoir; and editor at This American Life

Susan Burton

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Susan Burton’s memoir​,​ Empty​,​ was published in June 2020 by Random House. She is an editor at This American Life​,​ where the episodes she’s produced include Ten Sessions​,​ Five Women​,​ and Tell Me I’m Fat. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine​,​ Slate​,​ The New Yorker​,​ and others​,​ and she is a former editor of Harper's. The film Unaccompanied Minors​,​ which was directed by Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig​,​ is based on one of her personal essays. Susan graduated from Yale in 1995. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their two sons

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“The author’s anger gives the book its considerable power, its substantial grace and even, in the end, its meaning — which goes against every received idea of what good memoir is, and how it ought it to function. . . . Burton’s memoir is valuable because she goes beyond simply confessing her shame; she rakes herself over the coals, and in doing so she models how anger can be used to clarify a story. . . . Her fury . . . is like a flashing light in a cave, or a portal. The force of it makes us not just appreciate but actually feel the force that drove her to commit her actions in the first place. The result is a book that wields a fearsome intimacy.” —Claire Dederer, New York Times

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