Jonathan Coulton used to write computer programs. Now he writes about programmers–his songs like Code Monkey are funny, occasionally melancholy ballads about geek culture: burnt-out code warriors, zombie office workers and mournful, lonely sea monsters.
Danny Rubin, an author, teacher and screenwriter, wrote the original screenplay that became the classic 1993 movie Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. In this interview, Rubin discusses how he conceived of the story’s premise, why he decided to set the story on Groundhog Day and how the script changed when director Harold Ramis got involved.
Some stories are meant to be heard out loud. Particularly, stories from oral traditions, such as the Jack Tales, which originated in Europe. Immigrants brought Jack Tales to Appalachia, and more than sixty years ago, folklorist Richard Chase collected these tales and published them in print form.
Ron E. Ott finds mugshots taken in Hamilton County, Tennessee, and he renders the photographs into colorful comic-book styled portraits. He stopped by our studios recently and discussed what inspired him to start using mugshots as the basis for fine art. He calls his project Chattanooga Mugshots.
Originally published on Thu January 26, 2012 9:57 am
By Caitlin Sanders
In case you missed it, Terry Gross was on The Colbert Report last night celebrating her 25th year as host of NPR's Fresh Air. Between laughs, the two talked pregnant pauses and Frebreze, analyzed "snoozville" interviews and discussed Terry's failed teaching career. Congratulations Terry!
Thomas P. Balázs, fiction writer and UTC professor, will publish his first collection of stories in late January. The book is titled Omicron Ceti III. NecessaryFiction.com calls Balázs “an inspired and inventive writer resourceful enough to also draw on many diverse sources, cultural and pop-cultural.” Kevin Wilson, the author of The Family Fang, claims Omicron Ceti III is a “dazzling collection [that] boldly goes into unknown territory.” Garrett Crowe spoke with Thomas Balázs about his debut book.
The Association for Visual Arts already has an impact on Chattanooga--they are one of the city's largest arts organizations, with around 600 members. But now AVA is doing even more to connect with the community. Anne Willson, the new executive director, joins us to discuss new partnerships between AVA and nonprofits. Also, Willson discusses a new magazine AVA is producing called The Bridge.
Chattanooga, TN – Chattanooga resident Adam McElhaney recently developed a game for iOS devices called Heartland: Chattanooga. The game is an action shooter that presents Chattanooga as the setting for World War III. Garrett Crowe talked to Adam about his interest in video games and the process of developing a iPhone/iPad app.
Chattanooga, TN – Adera Causey is a volunteer book reviewer for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Each week, the newspaper publishes one of Causey's reviews in the Sunday books section. In this segment, she joins us to discuss books you might have missed in 2011.