“You Are The Snake” Part 1: Laura Albert in conversation with Juliet Escoria


“I didn’t want a happy ‘now I’m all better’ type of stories, but I did want some that were showing the complications and nuances of what it means to be given this 9th chance at life, or 7th chance at life or however many chances I was actually given, and what a gift that is.” Juliet Escoria on her new collection of stories “You Are The Snake.”

In the first part of our conversation, Juliet reveals that most of her stories from “You Are The Snake” are based on events that have happened to her—and that’s some harrowing shit. I love this book so much and so will you.

“You Are The Snake” is available by Soft Skull Press here: https://softskull.com/books/you-are-the-snake/ 

Laura Albert

Laura Albert has won international acclaim for her fiction. Writing as JT LeRoy, she is the author of the best-selling novels Sarah and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, and the novella Harold's End. Sarah and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, reissued by HarperCollins, have also been released as audiobooks by Blackstone Publishing. Laura Albert is the subject of Jeff Feuerzeig's feature documentary Author: The JT LeRoy Story and Lynn Hershman Leeson's film The Ballad of JT LeRoy. She has written for The New York Times, The Forward, The London Times, Spin, Man About Town, Vogue, Film Comment, Interview, L'Équipe Sport&Style, Filmmaker, I-D, and others – more recently, the cover article for Man About Town and her reflections on fashion for VESTOJ. A writer for the HBO series "Deadwood," she also wrote the original script for Gus Van Sant's Elephant and was the film's Associate Producer. She has written the short films Radiance for Drew Lightfoot and ContentMode, and Dreams of Levitation and Warfare of Pageantry for Sharif Hamza and Nowness. For Tiempo de Literatura 2020's “The Narrative Universe of Laura Albert,” she engaged in a wide-ranging ZOOM conversation with Fernanda Melchor, International Booker Prize Shortlist author for her acclaimed novel Hurricane Season. Twitter: @lauraalbert Instagram: @laura_albert