Iris Smyles was guest host of #LitChat on July 25, 2016. Read the complete chatscript here.
In 24 absurd, lyrical, and louche episodes, Iris Smyles weaves a modern odyssey about trying to find one’s home in the world amid the pitfalls and insidious traps of adult life. A wickedly funny picaresque touching on quantum physics, the Donner Party, arctic exploration, Greek mythology, Rocky I, II, V,IV, VI, and III respectively, and literary immortality, Dating Tips for the Unemployed is a wistful if wry ode to that awkward age—between birth and death—when you think you know what you want but aren’t quite sure what you’re doing.
Iris Smyles has published two books of fiction: Iris Has Free Time and the forthcoming Dating Tips for the Unemployed. She was a humor columnist for Splice Today, and her stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, BOMB, The New York Times, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and Best American Travel Writing 2015, among other publications and anthologies. Founder and editor of the web-museum, Smyles & Fish, she edited and wrote the afterword for the cult book, The Capricious Critic, based on a column she commissioned for that site. She lives in New York and Greece.
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