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Andrew Patner on Arts and Culture

Critical Thinking: James Alan McPherson: A Matter of Vocabulary (Rebroadcast)

James Alan McPhersonHue and Cry by James Alan McPherson (cover)

In an encore presentation from 2011, Andrew reads a favorite short story by James Alan McPherson, “A Matter of Vocabulary” from his 1969 collection Hue and Cry. A longtime faculty member at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at The University of Iowa, McPherson, born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1943, was in the first class of MacArthur Fellows in 1981, and received the 1980 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his second book of stories, Elbow Room.  He turned to writing full time after graduating from Harvard Law School in 1968 at age 24.   Andrew first met Jim when he was a boy in 1968, and Jim and his work have both meant a great deal to Andrew on many levels since then.  Alas, Jim’s masterpiece, “A Solo Song: For Doc,” also included in Hue and Cry, can’t be read on the radio due to some of the language.

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