I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Lauren Duca, author of How to Start a Revolution. As potentially a millennial myself (Oregon Trail Generation by some calculations), I wanted to find out what this generation is meant to do with its revolutionary potential. What follows is our conversation, slightly edited for length and clarity.
Corrie Hulse: What made you decide that it was time to jump from articles to “I gotta do a book?”
Lauren Duca: I was freelancing around the 2016 election for about a year, and it’s hard to freelance. It’s feast or famine. It’s also hard to write about politics regularly. When Trump won, I experienced this political awakening and felt compelled to use my greatest and only skill to take on the dumpster fire. So I wrote this book proposal basically sending prayer hands out into the world that I would be able to pay my rent and afford health care while focusing on this all the time. It was also always a dream of mine to write a book. I had no comprehension of what that process then would entail. It was a difficult transition to be sure.