“To L and Back” L Word Podcast Episode 309: Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way

This week, writer and breast cancer survivor Kim Hoffman joins Riese and Carly for this massive downer of an episode which includes Max’s Top Surgery Prom, Bette struggling with the sounds of silence, Helena and Dylan engaging in some sex tape nonsense, Tina falling for HENRY and giving him her CHILD in a POOL, Carmen shocking her parents with her devious lesbian behavior, Alice going on one (1) date with a character we forgot ever existed, Dana taking a turn for the worse and so much more!


Riese is the 37-year-old CEO, CFO and Editor-in-Chief of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker, low-key Jewish power lesbian and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and then headed West. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," 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. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

Riese has written 2828 articles for us.


  1. Since TLW is leaving Netflix on 3/20 I had the fortune…nay the privilege to completely skip the rest of Season 3 during my rewatch. Something Riese and Carly cannot do at all for obvious reasons. Season 4 is just around the corner! I know you both will make it beyond TLW S3 and be stronger for it.

  2. Just wanted to say that a) I love the queer Jewish representation on the podcast, guests included, and b) y’all are doing a Mitzvah by recapping these episodes so that I never ever have to watch them myself again. How does season 3 get so grim so fast?!?

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