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FT Weekend: Author Elif Batuman. Plus, our obsession with feedback

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FT Weekend: Author Elif Batuman. Plus, our obsession with feedback

6 Agustus 2022

This week, we talk to the author Elif Batuman about her new novel ‘Either / Or’. The book is set in the 1990s, and follows Elif’s fictionalised alter ego, Selin, as she navigates life as a Harvard student. Elif reflects on looking back at the ’90s from a contemporary perspective and talks about what we’ve learnt since. Then, we hear about feedback from deputy FT Magazine editor Esther Bintliff. We live in a culture obsessed with feedback. But what kind of feedback is actually effective?  -------------- Want to stay in touch? We love hearing from you. We’re on Twitter @ftweekendpod, and Lilah is on Instagram and Twitter @lilahrap. -------------- Links and mentions from the episode:  – Either/Or by Elif Batuman is available in all good bookstores.  – Esther’s piece on feedback,  – Bradley Whitford describing the three-step reaction on WTF with Marc Maron – If you want to hear Kim Scott talking about Radical Candour at Inbound Bold Talks, 2016:  – Elif Batuman is on Twitter @BananaKarenina. Esther is on Twitter @estherbintliff.  —------------- Special offers for FT Weekend listeners, from 50% off a digital subscription to a $1/£1/€1 trial can be found here: Want to join us at the FT Weekend festival in London on September 3rd? Buy a ticket at And here’s a special £20 off promo code, specifically for FT Weekend listeners: FTWFxPodcast22 -------------- Original music by Metaphor Music. Mixing and sound design by Breen Turner and Sam Giovinco. Silicon Valley clip in this episode is courtesy of HBO.  Read a transcript of this episode on Hosted on Acast. See for more information.


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