When Caitlin Flanagan's editor approached me about reviewing her book, I asked her if Flanagan would agree to an interview with me. I had already read To Hell With All That: Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife and was, in fact, penning my review for Literary Mama when she contacted me. And I really wanted the opportunity to have a little peek at the woman behind the persona. So, earlier this week, I had the interesting experience of chatting with Flanagan over the phone. She revealed to me her advice for being an mother-writer and surviving the publicity whirl, some clarification around the omission of the infamous "when a mother works, something is lost" line from her book, and her favourite easy dinner recipe, among other things I'll include in the author profile.
I also asked her about her appearance on The Colbert report (Salon.com has the video for those who missed it). I wanted to ask her in particular about the "lobotomy" exchange as I wanted to confirm that her comments had more to do with being on Comedy Central, than with what she truly believed.
This was her clearly prepared response to my question: "The Colbert Report is a piece of serious television journalism. No one is to construe it as comedy. When Stephen and I talked on air, we were talking journalist to journalist, American guy to American gal. And that's the follow-up."
On Mother's Day, Andi was on CNN to talk about her books, It's a Boy: Women Writers on Raising Sons and It's a Girl: Women Writers on Raising Daughters. Andi's blog entry, which describes her experience and links to the transcript, can be found here.