TALK SHOW WITH HARPER SIMON | EPISODE 50

Filmmaker Liz Goldwyn on Equal Pay, Legalized Prostitution & Sporting Guide

Liz Goldwyn shares her thoughts on sex, power, and equality of the sexes--and opens up about her fascination with burlesque and her "Sporting Guide"--a novel that provides an imagined manual to explore the brothels of Los Angeles in 1897.


Guest Bio

Liz Goldwyn is a writer, filmmaker, and artist living and working in Los Angeles. She is the author of Sporting Guide (Regan Arts 2015). Goldwyn is also the writer and director of the documentary Pretty Things(HBO, 2005) based on her non-fiction book Pretty Things: the Last Generation of American Burlesque Queens, (HarperCollins 2006 Hardcover, 2010 Paperback). Goldwyn’s short films include Underwater Ballet (2008), LA at Night (2009), The Painted Lady(2012) and Dear Diary (2013). Goldwyn was New York Editor of French Vogue from 2001 to 2002 and has contributed to publications including the New York Times Magazine, the Financial Times, British Vogue and C Magazine. In September 2014 she became the first guest editor of Town & Country in its’ 168-year history. In 2014 Goldwyn founded Vintage Vanguard with partner Karen Elson, an innovative fundraising project supporting women’s issues. Goldwyn continues her work with writing, film, and design.


Liz Goldwyn shares her thoughts on sex, power, and equality of the sexes–and opens up about her fascination with burlesque and her “Sporting Guide”–a novel that provides an imagined manual to explore the brothels of Los Angeles in 1897. How the social dynamic of prostitution affects the sexes, and the evolution of men and women up to the ongoing struggle for equal pay is all chewed up on Harper Simon’s TALK SHOW.