Erica Jong is a legend: author, social critic, feminist, and general provocateuse. Her 1973 novel Fear of Flying was an epochal moment in American thinking about sex and freedom. Her career since has been defined by ceaseless activity and intellectual agility. We spoke with her about the 2016 election, the current political terrain, what millennial men and women need to learn, and her concerns for the future.
Octavian Report: You are, put bluntly, an icon of second-wave feminism — what’s your assessment of its successor movements?
Fear of Flying, Erica Jong’s first and most famous novel, sold over 27 million copies. In the four decades since, she has published over 25 books in 43 languages