Episode 14 — Shann Ray


The guest is Shann Ray, author of the critically acclaimed story collection American Masculine, now available from Graywolf Press.

“Shann Ray’s prose brings to mind Cormac McCarthy and Annie Proulx but is, thankfully, entirely his own,” says Dave Eggers.  “His work is lyrical, prophetic, brutal yet ultimately hopeful.”

Topics of conversation include:  Spokane, the medical-industrial complex, Montana, hunting, hunting knives, field-dressing an antelope, taxidermy, the Finca Vigía, mountain lions, crossbows, dogs, basketball, Jack Kerouac, John Edgar Wideman, Pepperdine, Hank Gathers, leadership, Rwanda, forgiveness, John Wooden, Bobby Knight, discipline, vertical leap, cowboys, horses, spirituality, addiction and recovery, family, and what it was like to go to high school on an Indian reservation.

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