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Arts and Humanities
6:59 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Roxane Gay: 'Bad Feminist,' Real Person

Roxane Gay's new novel is An Untamed State. Her essay collection Bad Feminist will be released later this year.
Roxane Gay

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 2:54 pm

Roxane Gay's new collection of essays, Bad Feminist, is littered with defiant, regal I's. "I do not care for epigraphs." "I was not impressed."

Gay — novelist, essayist and relentless documenter of her own life — proclaims her I-ness everywhere she goes: On her blog, she describes what she ate for dinner, what made her mad on an airplane, what she's afraid of, what she's ashamed of, what makes her lonely.

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Arts and Humanities
1:58 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Unbound Author Jacinda Townsend in Louisville to Read from Debut Novel

Unbound authors have been busy. The latest Season One alumnus to launch a book is Kentucky native Jacinda Townsend, who read an excerpt from "Saint Monkey," her debut novel, on the show last year. "Saint Monkey," which follows the friendship between two African American girls growing up in Eastern Kentucky after the Korean War to their futures in Harlem and at home, was published by W.W.

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Arts and Humanities
1:45 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Listen | Kyle Coma-Thompson Reads 'From Anna'

Kyle Coma-Thompson
Credit Dock Street Press

Louisville writer Kyle Coma-Thompson’s first book is out. His collection of short stories, “The Lucky Body,” was published in December by Seattle’s Dock Street Press

Coma-Thompson is a former Axton Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Louisville. He earned his Master of Fine Arts in writing at the University of Virginia, and began his creative writing studies as an undergraduate studying with Nikky Finney at the University of Kentucky. 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Sat June 29, 2013

Unbound: Kirby Gann and Jacquelin Gorman on 'Windows Into Other Worlds'

On today’s episode, we’re catching glimpses into other worlds – into a hospital’s viewing room, where the dead are presented before they’re moved, and out a car window, where a prank unravels into an adventure. Hasn’t everyone dreamed of having super powers? In our first story, a boy with a secret identity reaches for something like power for the first time in Kirby Gann's “Anybody But Me.”   Then, we make the rounds with a hospital chaplain and look into the viewing room in Jacquelin Gorman's "Ghost Dance." 

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Unbound: Jacinda Townsend and Neela Vaswani on 'Object Permanence'

On today’s episode, we’re looking at the objects that define people and their place in time. In our first story, we go back to the 1960s, to Eastern Kentucky, to an odd little house in the country with no right angles. Jacinda Townsend reads “Rhombus,” a chapter from her forthcoming novel. Then, we climb into a white Chevy Nova and head to Astoria. It's 1979, and a grandmother has traveled from Bombay to New York to watch her grandchildren for the summer. Or are they keeping an eye on her? Neela Vaswani reads "Five Objects in Queens."

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Unbound: Silas House and Manuel Gonzales on 'The War at Home'

On today’s episode, we’re going behind the front lines in the war at home. In our first story, a young boy in Eastern Kentucky writes to his pen pal, an Indian immigrant living in Manhattan, about life in the mountains during the 2008 elections. Silas House reads a chapter from “Same Sun Here.” Then, a man shrinks his wife and gives her a doll house to live in. The wife doesn’t take it lying down. Manuel Gonzales reads “The Miniature Wife.”

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Unbound: Matt Bell and Brian Leung on 'Far Away, So Close'

On today’s episode, we’ll consider the distance between two people. What keeps a couple bound together, and what drives them apart?  In Matt Bell's “For You We Are Holding,” a city throbs with missed connections and swells with the memories of all that we want and what we have lost. Then, an estranged wife returns home to a sick dog and brings hope with her in Brian Leung's “Dog Sleep.”

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Unbound: Tessa Mellas and Claire Vaye Watkins on 'Girlfriends'

Today’s episode looks at friendships between two pairs of girls, complex in nature and sometimes fraught with danger. Like roommates. Can’t live with them, can’t exile them to space. College is a time to make lasting friendships, but what if your freshman roommate turns out to be from another planet? Our first story is Tessa Mellas with “Bibi From Jupiter.” Then "our girl" takes her best friend to Sin City to get over her boyfriend. Claire Vaye Watkins explores the things that happen in Vegas, but don't quite stay there, in “Rondine Al Nido.”

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Unbound: Tania James and Kyle Minor on 'Alternate Histories'

Today’s episode considers the alternate history. What if things had been different in our lives? What if the people we think we know, know nothing about who we are, or were? And what happens when they try to find out?

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Unbound: Roxane Gay and Alex Taylor on 'Crime and Punishment'

In each episode of Unbound, we hear stories from two different authors on a theme. Today's episode is about crime and punishment. In our first story, a woman survives an unthinkable crime, but she doesn't get a happily-ever-after ending in Roxane Gay's "Things I Know About Fairy Tales." Then, we'll travel to the wilds of Western Kentucky to learn how you can punish a man for his crimes after he's dead. Two men in search of a body pack a camera, a violin, and a case of beer and head out on the open water in Alex Taylor's “The Name of the Nearest River.” 

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