“I lost my mortality innocence a long time ago. I feel very grateful for that. . . .In this moment, I’m not afraid of a possible future. (I do reserve the right to have a complete panic attack if I’m in an ambulance on the way to the Javits Center.”
On March 30, Eva Hagberg got the news that she tested positive for COVID-19. We talked that evening about her condition, her previous life-threatening health issues (chronicled in her memoir How To Be Loved) and how they shape her response to this, the impact of self-isolation on sobriety (she’s doing fine with that, but worries about others), and more. Give it a listen! And go buy How To Be Loved and follow Eva on Twitter & Instagram!
You can listen to all these 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.
From early 2019:
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. It might be on her instagram.