Episode 77 — Ron Rash

   

Ron Rash is the guest.  He’s the author of the bestselling novel Serena, and his latest novel, The Cove, was published this past spring by Ecco.

Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls, raves:

Ron Rash is a writer of both the darkly beautiful and the sadly true; his new novel, The Cove, solidifies his reputation as one of our very finest novelists.

And Colum McCann says:

Set during World War One, The Cove is a novel that speaks intimately to today’s politics. Beautifully written, tough, raw, uncompromising, entirely new. Ron Rash is a writer’s writer who writes for others.

Topics of conversation include:  The South, Southern writers, Southern culture, William Faulkner, Flanner O’Connor, underestimation, Appalachia, Appalachian Studies, North Carolina, the woods, farm life, interiority, introversion, The Cat in the Hat, illiteracy, violence, murder, Katherine Anne Porter, running, obsessiveness, injury, discipline, intuition, images, success, confidence, film, Susanne Bier, Winter’s Bone, the future, plans, aging, LA, and book tour.

Monologue topics:  feeling stretched, hyper-communication, The Beautiful Anthology.