You’ve probably read words written by Pandora Sykes in publications like The Sunday Times, Grazia and GQ, and in her excellent book of essays, How Do We Know We’re Doing It Right, which is coming out in paperback this May. Or perhaps you’ve listened to her her podcast The High Low with Dolly Alderton, or her latest series The Missing, where she investigates missing persons cases that were never solved.
Pandora is most interested in connecting the broad strokes of modern culture to the individual. As a writer and reader, cultural critic and interviewer, podcast host and oftentimes podcast guest, she is constantly dissecting the cultural zeitgeist, finding ways of examining, exploring and discussing the impact these moments have on our lives.
We spoke to Pandora about the essayists she admires (Roxanne Gay, Jia Tolentino, Zadie Smith), tips to get over writer’s block (“You do not have writer’s block, you have a deadline” as said by a friend of Dolly’s) and the books she’s most excited about this year.