What came first: pathological shyness or talking to myself? Regardless, as long as I can remember, I have been telling tales about my everyday interactions, often to myself, often out loud. After studying the history of science at college (yes, that is a major), I moved to London to do a PhD in the history of art (where I set the world on fire with my analysis of domestic representation in women’s creative collaborations). I spent my 20s in the UK, where I worked as a curator, researcher, editor, lecturer, comic, MC, script-reader, dramaturge, post-doctoral thinker person, performer, actor, writer, producer, Yiddish translator, and a temp – at a temp agency. Then, I turned 30, got married, and forced my husband to move to New York City, where I could focus my energy on writing stories about all the things I did, and wished I did, in my 20s. Only now, I have a daughter to tell them to. I am currently in the midst of writing a novel, penning a memoir, and growing up.
And for those who just want to get to the point:
Judy Batalion grew up in Montreal. She studied the history of science at Harvard before moving to London, where she did a PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art and worked as a curator by day and a comedian by night. She is now an author and essayist, and lives with her husband and daughters in NYC. Her first book WHITE WALLS: A MEMOIR ABOUT MOTHERHOOD, DAUGHTERHOOD AND THE MESS IN BETWEEN was published by NAL/Penguin in January 2016.