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"Farewell, Dorothy Parker"

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Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), the great American critic, fiction writer, poet, and satirist --- that famously witty (and frequently scathing) scribe whose many brilliant assertions include "I don't care what is written about me so long as it isn't true" and "if all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn't be a bit surprised" --- is now back in business. That is, she's cracking wise all over again, in a manner of speaking, in a new book. Our guest on this edition of ST is Ellen Meister, a novelist who teaches creative writing at the Hofstra University School of Continuing Education. Meister's fourth and latest novel, just out, is called "Farewell, Dorothy Parker" --- in it, Mrs. Parker is a ghost who incessantly taunts, inspires, amuses, teaches, or annoys the book's main character. In this off-beat, entertaining novel, as a critic for Publishers Weekly has written: "Meister skillfully translates the rapier-like wit of the Algonquin Round Table to modern-day New York.... [This book has] pathos, nuanced characters, plenty of rapid-fire one-liners, and a heart-rending denouement." Also on our program today, Dr. John Henning Schumann of the OU-Tulsa School of Community Medicine offers a commentary called "The Carny."

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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