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Marissa Flaxbart
Writer, artist, brainstormer, podcaster, culture enthusiast, compassion advocate.
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Earlier today I clicked on the link to this site from my Instagram bio. I was showing someone (someone a couple decades older than I) how the whole “link in bio” thing works. Right at the top of landing page,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Marissa Flaxbart
Meanwhile in a Los Angeles closet, er, recording booth... While we wait for the haunting to pass (read: until we can re-record the episode recapping Book 29, BITTER RIVALS) we're reading letters from Gladiators like you. Sweet Valley Twins, Thrillers, Special Editions, Sagas, and even audiobooks all get a name... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Sweet Valley Diaries
Meanwhile in a Los Angeles closet, er, recording booth... While we wait for the haunting to pass (read: until we can re-record the episode recapping Book 29, BITTER RIVALS) we're reading letters from Gladiators like you. Sweet Valley Twins, Thrillers, Special Editions, Sagas, and even audiobooks all get a name... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Sweet Valley Diaries
Real #29: BITTER RIVALS episode coming July 18, 2019. Unless ghosts. There comes a time in every podcast's run when it is overrun by MAJOR TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES!!! This is that time for us. As such, Marissa will not be offended if you skip this one altogether. She WILL, however, be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2019 at Sweet Valley Diaries
An attitude adjustment is the best kind of makeover. What's Lynne Henry's deal? This and other pressing questions (not to mention heartfelt confessions of deeply rooted personal insecurities, laments about high school crushes, smack talk about Guy Chesney, etc.) come together to form the sexy, confident body of this week's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2019 at Sweet Valley Diaries
"If you don't know who Guy Chesney is, I don't know what you're doing here." You've been waiting with bated breath for Lynne Henry to FINALLY get her very own book. Marissa is joined by her cousin, Meghan Shattuck of Albuquerque, for this journey into one of the teen-angstiest volumes... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2019 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Get out your durable tissues: you're crying appleseed tears now, baby. It's Wednesday night and there's nothing better to do than sit in a semicircle at the high school and listen to teen poetry. Molly McKellar returns to help Marissa recreate an authentic "literary evening" at Sweet Valley High an... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2019 at Sweet Valley Diaries
The phrase "Hands-Off Hanlon" does not appear in this book. Ken Matthews: The man. The myth. The m....aybe he should be spending more time working on his English homework? Molly McKellar joins Marissa to discuss this movie-star handsome captain of the football team and his many, many, highly relatable troubles... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2019 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Your host checked the spelling of every BSC name and location used in the titles and descriptions for this episode; yes, she'd spelled them all correctly the first time. #fullElizabeth What do you get when you put the Baby-Sitters Club girls in a Sweet Valley world? Well if this bonus... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2019 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Or, "the four dumb-luckiest teens in California somehow manage to pull off history's least considered rescue mission!" WITH JACK & TANNER FROM BABY-SITTERS CLUB CLUB! Is Mitch Denson a certified snack or an entire dish? What on earth is a “burn of the week?” Who is Regina? Answers to all... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2019 at Sweet Valley Diaries
What is the sound of one band rocking? Dan Gaspari returns to discuss the band that rocks Sweet Valley High. What do they sound like? What will happen if they date each other? Who are they? How many band names can we remember? Answers to all this and more await!... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2019 at Sweet Valley Diaries
You can run, but you can't hide...from the wrath of KAREN! Grandma and Grandpa Wakefield are in town and poor Alice has NOWHERE TO RUN from her attention-hogging, out-of-state in-laws! Oh wait, that's the b-story. This book's title refers to Droids drummer Emily Mayer and her family problems, which Elizabeth... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2019 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Jessica, Winston, and Jessica's Imagination. How's that for a bizarre love triangle? Guest Katie LaDue returns to finally reveal the secret Jessica B-Plot that had her scheming to go to a dance with Winston Egbert. What possible explanation could there be for such a happenstance??? Listen and learn the truth. Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2019 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Thanks to Betsy Martin, my eggs are cold. Steven is in a love triangle with Cara and a ghost. Elizabeth is hoping to replace Todd with a doppelgänger. Jessica is trying to get Winston to take her to The Caravan. In short, all three of the Wakefield siblings are back... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2019 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Marissa and songstress Jocelyn Scofield discuss the story of Jocelyn's ode to all the former Rick Andovers out there, her song "Bad Boy in High School." Spoiler alert: they're probably NOT the best years of your life. Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2019 at Sweet Valley Diaries
This might be a back-door pilot to a new podcast about people you knew and/or dated in college. Are Steven, Enid, and everyone else in Sweet Valley right about long-distance being a bad idea? Do these rules only apply to 16-year-olds? What is a "hometown honey?" Mary Kate Wiles and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2019 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Then again, if you DON'T say it, maybe Vermont will cease to exist. Is it possible to hang a black veil over a podcast episode description? No? Damn. Mary Kate Wiles comforts Marissa in her time of crisis. Because...TODD!!! TOOODDDDD!!!! Music in this episode: ELEGIAC SYMPHONY by Dee Yan-Key Fonte... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2019 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Marissa and Russ Nickel consider the morality of staging an elaborate lie to trick a friend into becoming less of a total sad sack. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2019 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Marissa brings back newly-minted Bill Chase/Dee Dee Gordon expert Russ Nickel, and the results may surprise you: realistic and relatable depiction of romantic problems? Healthy lessons for young readers? This isn't the Sweet Valley High I fell in love with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2019 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Season 3 Premiere! Marissa and songstress Jocelyn Scofield investigate Jessica Wakefield’s first emo phase, poor parenting in Sweet Valley, and that one time Elizabeth served Ricky Capaldo some deeply scalding tea. Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2019 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Sweet Valley Diaries is a year old! Happy Anniversary, podcast! What a first year. For listening, for telling friends, for rating and reviewing, and to those who participated and helped and advised and supported: THANK YOU. Because of you, there is more to come. Now have a ton of fun... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2018 at Sweet Valley Diaries
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I have a way with children. By which I mean, there is a way in which I am with them, and that way rarely wavers regardless of age or intelligence or even how well I know them: I pay attention... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2018 at Marissa Flaxbart
Enid's superpower is denial. Popular fiction podcast (and soon to be YA series!) The Bright Sessions might just be the opposite of Sweet Valley High. Creator Lauren Shippen and Marissa speculate on what would happen if the two universes collided (hint: DRAMA!). This is the Season Two Finale! Make sure... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2018 at Sweet Valley Diaries
Mayday! Mayday! This is not a test! A TEENAGER IS FLYING THE PLANE!! What’s worse: your boyfriend cheating on you; your boyfriend crashing the plane he’s flying you in; everyone agreeing that your cheating boyfriend should stay with you because you’ll never walk again without his love; you convincing yourself... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2018 at Sweet Valley Diaries