Oriana speaks with writer and filmmaker Juliet Jacques whose work poses a challenge to mainstream misunderstandings about trans lives. She has done this by putting her own stories in print through a blog in The Guardian, in her book Trans: A Memoir and through a new collection of short stories called Variations, which came out on 17 June. Speaking about her pivot to fiction, Jacques posits that telling a big lie, i.e. 'this is not true', has the benefit of allowing for but importantly not obliging truthfulness. Indeed, Jacques has disclosed a lot, but she is also quite particular about where she draws the line. To give some examples, she starts her memoir with a vivid account of her surgical transition and she's happy to disclose the circumstances under which she discovered that her clitoris worked, but she won't put her love life on the internet. So if you're curious to understand the rationale behind these choices, take a listen.
Oriana Fox is an artist with a PhD in self-disclosure. She puts her expertise to work as the host of the talk show performance piece The O Show.
Juliet Jacques is a writer, filmmaker and cultural critic who has written three books and an array of essays for a variety of publications including but not limited to The Guardian, Sight & Sound, Frieze, New York Times, The Washington Post, TimeOut, New Inquiry, The New Statesman. She writes on topics that reflect her expertise in and passion for literature and the arts more generally, trans politics, anti-capitalism and, of course, football. She also founded and hosts the podcast Suite (212) on Resonance 104.4fm, which looks at the arts in their social, cultural, political and historical contexts. You can purchase her most recent book Variations directly from the publisher InFlux or via most booksellers.
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