American Literature

StudioTulsa
1:08 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Tulsa Opera Presents "Of Mice and Men"

Aired on Friday, April 10th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak by phone with the acclaimed American composer Carlisle Floyd, whose opera, "Of Mice and Men," will be staged this weekend (that is, both this evening and Sunday afternoon) by Tulsa Opera at the Tulsa PAC. This widely performed work was first performed in 1970 by the Seattle Opera; other notable operas composed by Floyd include "Susannah" (1955), "Wuthering Heights" (1958), "Flower and Hawk" (1972), "Willie Stark" (1981), and "Cold Sassy Tree" (2000).

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StudioTulsa
5:25 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

A Free Lecture at TU -- "Public Selves/Private Selves: From James Joyce to David Foster Wallace"

Aired on Monday, March 23rd.

Our guest today on StudioTulsa is D.T. Max, a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine who's also the author of "Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace," a highly regarded literary biography which first appeared a few years ago.

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StudioTulsa
4:46 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

J.C. Hallman's "B & Me" -- The Writer as Reader (and Fan, and Critic, and Commentator, Etc.)

Aired on Wednesday, March 11th.

On this edition of ST, we speak with the writer J.C. Hallman, who was raised in Southern California, studied at the University of Pittsburgh and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and now teaches at Oklahoma State University.

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StudioTulsa
3:37 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

"Selected Letters of Langston Hughes"

Aired on Friday, February 27th.

On this penultimate day of Black History Month, we're talking about the life and work of one of our greatest African American writers, Langston Hughes (1902-1967), the prolific and influential poet, activist, novelist, memoirist, playwright, and newspaper columnist. Our guest on ST is David Roessel, one of the editors of the recently published "Selected Letters of Langston Hughes" (Knopf).

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StudioTulsa
3:17 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

"The First Bad Man" -- The Debut Novel by Indie Filmmaker and Performace Artist Miranda July

Aired on Wednesday, February 18th.

On this edition of ST, a conversation with Miranda July, the noted filmmaker, writer, and performance artist.

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StudioTulsa
2:15 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

TU Theatre Offers Two Staged Readings of "The Hourglass Project" by Lee Blessing

Aired on Tuesday, January 27th.

On this edition of ST, we present a chat with the prolific and award-winning contemporary American playwright, Lee Blessing, who's working on the University of Tulsa campus this week with students and faculty in TU's Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre.

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StudioTulsa
2:33 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

The Best of StudioTulsa for 2014: A Guide to Our Recent Shows

ST Shows Aired on 12/26/14 thru 1/2/15

Howdy, folks, and Happy New Year from StudioTulsa. We've been airing The Best of ST for 2014 on our program lately, and hopefully you've heard and enjoyed some or all of these encore presentations.

Here's a guide to what we've been listening back to over the past week; please note that each listing below has a link whereby you can access a free, on-demand "stream" of the show in question. And thanks, as ever, for listening to ST.

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StudioTulsa
5:00 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

The Author of "The Mockingbird Next Door," a Bestselling Harper-Lee-and-Me Memoir, Appears in Tulsa

Aired on Monday, December 8th.

On this presentation of ST, we speak with Marja Mills, a former reporter and feature writer with The Chicago Tribune. Mills is also the author of a bestselling memoir, "The Mockingbird Next Door," which details the time she spent getting to know novelist Harper Lee -- the author, of course, of the immortal "To Kill a Mockingbird" -- as well as Lee's older sister, Alice. Mills will discuss this recently published book (its origins, its development, its major findings, and so on) tonight, Monday the 8th, at 6:30pm at a Book Smart Tulsa event at the Circle Cinema.

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StudioTulsa
2:35 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

A Conversation with Ann Patchett, Winner of the 2014 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award

Aired on Thursday, December 4th.

On this installment of ST, we speak with the winner of the 2014 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award, which is annually given by the Tulsa Library Trust. (Past recipients of this honor include Michael Chabon, John Updike, and Geraldine Brooks.) Ann Patchett is our guest today; she is a bestselling American novelist and essayist who's written six novels (among them "The Magician's Assistant," "Bel Canto," "Run," and "State of Wonder") and three books of nonfiction (including the recent "This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage").

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StudioTulsa
2:06 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Regarding Our Culture's Fondness for Villains, Anti-Heroes, and Other Bad Guys (Encore Presentation)

Aired on Friday, November 28th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we listen back to an interview that we first aired earlier this year with the author, essayist, and cultural critic Chuck Klosterman. At that time, we chatted with Klosterman about his essay collection, "I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)," which is an often funny and highly entertaining exploration of why we as a society are so attracted to -- yet also, of course, repelled by -- villains both fictional and nonfictional.

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