Our first guest, Philip Baruth, reads from an unpublished story, “American Zombie Beauty,” in a show first broadcast on Oct. 15, 2009.
In the story, written for inclusion in an upcoming collection of writings about the Grateful Dead, Baruth imagines a world in which the Grateful Dead and the, well, simply dead have a lot more in common than you might think.
In an interview before and after his reading, the author speaks about his writing life, his political blog and what he’s reading now.
Listen to the show.
Visit the author’s political blog, Vermont Daily Briefing.
Philip Baruth is a novelist and a regular commentator for Vermont Public Radio. His commentary series, “Notes from the New Vermont,” has focused since 1998 on both the national and the local, the deeply political and the undeniably absurd.
“Birth Rate Blues,” his satirical take on Vermont’s low fertility stats, shared a 2009 Edward R. Murrow Award in the Overall Excellence category, then won a Public Radio News Directors Award several months later.
Baruth lives in Burlington, Vermont, and has taught at the University of Vermont since 1993. His most recent novel, The Brothers Boswell (Soho Press), is a literary thriller, tracing the famous friendship between James Boswell and Samuel Johnson, author of the first modern dictionary.