Last time Eva Hagberg checked in, she’d just gotten her positive COVID-19 test. Three weeks later, she fills us in on the most harrowing medical experience of a life filled with harrowing medical experiences (seriously, read her memoir). We talk about her attempts to cope with the virus without going to the hospital, the system-wide assault the virus conducts on body and mind, how the experience may change the pandemic novel she’d started writing in The Before Times, and more. Give it a listen! And go read Eva’s memoir, How To Be Loved!
You can listen to all these COVID Check-In episodes at The COVID-19 Sessions.
About our Guest
Eva Hagberg’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, Tin House, Wallpaper*, Wired, and Dwell, among other places. She is the author of How To Be Loved: A Memoir of Lifesaving Friendship, and holds degrees in architecture from UC Berkeley and Princeton as well as a Ph.D. in Visual and Narrative Culture from UC Berkeley. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
Credits: The conversation was recorded remotely via Zencastr. I used a Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone feeding into a Cloudlifter CL-1 and a Mackie Onyx Blackjack 2×2 USB Recording Interface. All processing and editing done in Adobe Audition CC. Photo of Eva by her, but it’s on my instagram.