“To L and Back” L Word Podcast Episode 208: Loyal with Laura Zak

Carly and Riese here, welcoming you — and our special guest, producer/actress/writer Laura Zak (Her Story, Danger & Eggs, Angel On Top Podcast)— to another thrilling episode of “To L and Back” in our brand-new Alice Piesecki inspired radio voices. But before Alice can get to her KCRW audition, she’s gotta stop having nonstop sex with Dana “Tennis Anyone” Fairbanks! Also — Laura Zak gifts us with hands-down totes the most incredible L Word origin story of all time, Bette finally shows her stuff for the Top-Off, you’ll NEVER GUESS who Gabby Deveaux is dating now, Winne Mann plops her kids in Bette’s pool, Helena hunts for a new house in which to fingerbang Tina in semi-public places, Jenny and Carmen kiss a lot and watch westerns, Jenny gets and loses a new writing job and Shane continues brooding.

Episode Index:

+ Laura on twitter and instagram and our writeup of her Emmy-nominated series “Her Story”.
+ Photos from Laura’s Legendary Evening With The Stars (click to enlarge / see gallery)

+ The Safety of Objects: the movie (features a very young Kristen Stewart) and the book
+ In which Mary Gaitskill and A.M. Holmes are discussed: My Top 8 Authors & 8 Queerish Short Story Books (also mentions Rick Moody and Amy Bloom, who have come up in previous episodes!)
+ The L Word WTF Parts One and Two

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Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in nine books, magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. She's Jewish and has a cute dog named Carol. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. Laura’s L Word origin story was indeed epic! This episode is better written than last week’s disaster, but Mark is still there making me regret every time I found 90s Ethan Hawke attractive.
    It’s bi visibility month, at least let me keep Before Sunrise!

  2. Laura’s story is epic , tbh it will be hard to find a story to top that viewing party with Ilene and Jennifer Beals.

    Thank you all again for the banter, I think this week was my favourite episode !

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