On the Life Stories podcast (available on iTunes), memoir writers talk about their lives and the art of writing memoir. Recently, Rebecca Mead discussed My Life in Middlemarch, which combines elements of her own history with a literary biography of the 19th-century British novelist George Eliot and an appreciation of her most famous novel, Middlemarch — which Mead has read every five years or so for the last quarter-century. "Every time I go back to it," she confides, "my relationship to it has evolved. I see different things in it, and it brings new things to me every time."
Below are some highlights from that conversation — the entirety of which you can listen to right here: