Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Dallas writer Ben Fountain discusses the American hero myth
Plug in and listen to the following podcast featuring Dallas' award-winning author.
Last year was a big one for award-winning Dallas writer Ben Fountain. Fountain first hit the literature scene in 2006 when his collection of short stories, Brief Encounters With Che Guevara, won a number of prestigious awards, including among others the O. Henry Award and the PEN/Hemingway Award. Following a long hiatus, his debut novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk was released last spring among major critical fanfare. The anti-war novel is has been compared to Slaughterhouse Five and was a National Book Award nominee.
In the following podcast, Fountain joins Michael Mooney -- who profiled slain Navy sniper Chris Kyle -- and Shaun Treat, assistant professor of Rhetoric at the University of North Texas to discuss the role of and the evolving definitions of "hero" in contemporary American society and narrative.
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