'Eat Pray Love' Author on Julia Roberts, 'Gal Writers,' and Dogs

Bloggingheads has a diavlog—a split-screen streaming of a conversation between two writers—up today of Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, and Susan Orlean of The New Yorker. Their conversation meanders from this weekend's release of the Eat, Pray, Love film starring Julia Roberts, to how one finds an authentic writing voice, to the inevitable heartbreak of dog ownership.

But perhaps the most interesting snippet of their conversation comes when Gilbert asks, "Do you think Phillip Roth ever had to take a break from writing his novel because he had to change the sheets of the guest bedroom for the third time this week? Did Updike ever have to put his novel aside because he promised his sister's kids that he'd take them to the Renaissance Faire?" Here they are talking about the pros and cons of being "gal writers":

See the full video at Bloggingheads.

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Kevin Fallon is a reporter for the Daily Beast. He's a former entertainment editor at TheWeek.com and former writer and producer for The Atlantic's entertainment channel.

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