Andre Dubus III grew up in poverty in a decaying New England mill town. His parents were divorced when Dubus was young. His family struggled to get by. In "Townie," the author's first memoir, we learn how he was bullied until he decided to fight back. Dubus became a fighter before he ever thought of becoming a writer.
William Henry Harrison was elected president just over 170 years ago. Harrison had an unusual career. He was a war hero who had fought in the wars against American Indians as the United States continued to surge westward. His campaign slogan, "Tippecanoe and Tyler, too" was a salute to his military victories.
Over the past eight years Storycorps has recorded over 40,000 stories inside their recording booths. These recordings preserve memories and evoke emotions. One recurrent theme is the subject of love. Love that was found. Love that was lost. Precious love.
Jaimy Gordon's novel "Lord of Misrule" won the National Book Award in 2010. Gordon is a 1966 graduate of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. In this second segment of our two part interview Gordon reads from a novel she published in 1990 that was inspired by her time in Yellow Springs. She also talks about the Antioch College professors who inspired her. And she offers listeners a glimpse of some of the themes from a novel which she is currently writing.