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Alphabet Juice

Thursday, November 13, 2008
Episode Summary

America's funnyman celebrates the electricity, the juju, the breeding, the sonic and kinetic energies of letters and their combinations, reminding us that "every time you use disinterested to mean uninterested, an angel dies."

Participant(s) Bio

Roy Blount Jr. is the author of twenty books, about a wide range of things, from the first woman president of the United States to what barnyard animals are thinking. His first book, About Three Bricks Shy...And the Load Filled Up, was named one of the ten best sports books ever by The Washington Post. His most recent book, Long Time Leaving: Dispatches From Up South, won the 2007 nonfiction award from the New England Independent Booksellers Association. A contributing editor of The Atlantic Monthly, Blount also writes a regular column ("Gone Off Up North") for The Oxford American, and has done so in the past for Esquire, The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveller, The San Francisco Examiner, and The Atlanta Journal. His essays, articles, stories, verses and even drawings have appeared in 166 different periodicals. Blount Jr. has also tried his hand as a playwright, song writer, script writer, and television/radio personality. He is a panelist on NPR's Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me, and has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, the CBS Morning Show, Tonight Show, David Letterman Show, Good Morning America, Today Show, Larry King, and Politically Incorrect.