Q&A: Historian Jay Rubenstein
Published 11/9/2011 at 9:56 a.m. 0 comments
University of Tennessee history professor and MacArthur Fellow Jay Rubenstein’s new book, Armies of Heaven: The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse, is a detailed account of the First Crusade and an analysis of the religious and political conditions ...
Q&A: Poet Terrance Hayes
Published 9/14/2011 at 10:42 a.m. 0 comments
Terrance Hayes is cooler than you. It’s not just because he won the National Book Award last year for his collection Lighthead. It’s not even because Hayes is that rarest of the rare, a poet who doesn’t toil away in ...
Q&A: Gay Activist and Comedian Del Shores
Published 6/29/2011 at 10:15 a.m. 0 comments
A producer of Queer as Folk on Showtime, author and director of the Sordid Lives play, film, and television series, and passionate civil rights activist, Del Shores is touring with his second stand-up routine, Del Shores: Sordid Confessions. Knoxville and ...
Q&A: Children's Author Patricia C. McKissak
Published 5/18/2011 at 11:25 a.m. 0 comments
Patricia C. McKissak was an educator and editor before turning her talents to writing children’s books in the late 1980s. Her work, much of it written in collaboration with her husband Frederick, focuses on African-American history and folklore, and has ...
Q&A: Sookie Stackhouse Writer Charlaine Harris
Published 5/11/2011 at 10:51 a.m. 0 comments
HBO's True Blood, which enters its fourth season this summer, is based on Harris’ series of novels that imagine a world in which vampires have metaphorically come out of the dark after the advent of commercial synthetic blood sales.
Q&A: 'United Tastes of America' Host Jeffrey Saad
Published 3/2/2011 at 10:15 a.m. 0 comments
Jeffrey Saad has one of those jobs that we all fantasize about. As host of the Cooking Channel’s United Tastes of America—produced by upstart Knoxville television studio Lusid Media—he gets to travel the country and eat both the best versions ...
Q&A: PBS CEO Paula Kerger Talks About the Repercussions of Potential Funding Cuts
Published 2/22/2011 at 10:13 a.m. 1 comment
Paula Kerger sounds way too nice to be a CEO. She also sounds remarkably calm for someone who, as we spoke, was facing losing a major source of funding to her organization—the U.S. House last week voted to withhold all ...
Q&A: Margo Pelletier, radical filmmaker behind 'Freeing Silvia Baraldini'
Published 2/15/2011 at 6:37 p.m. 0 comments
It’s unlikely that Margo Pelletier could have predicted her trajectory from struggling artist to political prisoner to documentary filmmaker when she first moved to Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood in the late 1970s, but the social injustice she witnessed there awakened ...
Q&A: Novelist Kevin Wilson
Published 2/9/2011 at 1:38 p.m. 0 comments
If you know even just a little bit about the publishing industry, then you know what malarkey book jacket blurbs are. But Owen King’s blurb on the back of Kevin Wilson’s 2009 book, Tunneling to the Center of the Earth ...
Q&A With UT Writer-in-Residence Pamela Uschuk and Her Husband William Pitt Root
Published 2/2/2011 at 1:20 p.m. 0 comments
Pamela Uschuk is the University of Tennessee’s English Department’s visiting writer-in-residence this semester, but both she and her husband, William Pitt Root, are nationally renowned poets. Uschuk’s book Crazy Love won the American Book Award last year; Root was the ...
Q&A: Noam Chomsky
Published 1/19/2011 at 1:31 p.m. 0 comments
Noam Chomsky: "Some of the things the tea party is doing are exactly the right things, in my opinion. We should be organizing people to confront the real problems of society, and they are very severe. I think the tea ...
Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: Alison Arngrim Comes Clean About Playing Nellie Oleson on 'Little House on the Prairie'
Published 12/22/2010 at 11:00 a.m. 0 comments
Alison Arngrim is best known for her role as Nellie Oleson, Laura Ingalls’ bratty nemesis on the ’70s family pioneer drama Little House on the Prairie. Arngrim’s new book, Confessions of a Prairie Bitch, is a poignant—and often hilarious—look back ...
Q&A With Comedian and Director Bob Goldthwait
Published 10/27/2010 at 10:42 a.m. 0 comments
Fifteen years of lucidity might sound like a career-ending proposition for a comedian best known for his nigh-incomprehensible standup act and his role as a twitchy gangleader-turned-cop in the Police Academy films, but Bobcat Goldthwait has parleyed sanity into a ...
William Mahaffey, filmmaker and founder of the Knoxville Horror Film Festival
Published 10/20/2010 at 5:13 p.m. 0 comments
William Mahaffey is a local filmmaker and movie buff who founded the Knoxville Horror Film Festival, which will celebrate its second year this weekend (and will also have a premiere screening of Mahaffey’s newest short, “Sick”). Mahaffey, a University of ...
Lisa Soland, playwright of 'Meet Cute'
Published 10/14/2010 at 2:43 p.m. 0 comments
Lisa Soland is a playwright who moved to Knoxville after beginning a successful career in Los Angeles. Her evening of short plays, Meet Cute, will premiere at Pellissippi State. Performances are October 15, 16, 22, 23 at 8pm and October ...