Claudia Rankine, Helen Oyeyemi, Richard Russo, Jenny Boylan, and loving the word “moist.”

A Spirited Defense of the Word Moist

A Spirited Defense of the Word Moist

The Peabody Award–winning show from PRI.
Aug. 17 2017 6:17 PM

Say It Loud: Moist

Our favorite recent segments featuring writers and books, including one writer’s defense of a word everyone hates.

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Yes, it’s moist.


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On this week’s Studio 360, some favorite recent segments about books. Kurt Andersen talks with Claudia Rankine about capturing what racism really feels like in Citizen: An American Lyric and to Helen Oyeyemi about her very un-Disney reimagining of Snow White. Writer Sadie Stein defends the word moist against all those who get the heebie-jeebies saying it. And novelists Richard Russo and Jenny Boylan talk about the big plot turns in their books—and in their friendship.


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