Roy Blount Jr

Roy Blount Jr. is the author of Alphabet Juice, Alphabetter Juice (or The Joy of Text), Save Room for Pie, Be Sweet, and twenty other books whose subjects include the movie Duck Soup ("delightfully erudite"-- Times), the 70s Pittsburgh Steelers ("Deserves a place on the short shelf of the cracked masterpieces of New Journalism" -- Dwight Garner in the Times), and Robert E. Lee ("A miniature masterpiece" -- Bookpage). He is from Georgia, and yet James Walcott, in New Criterion, maintained that Blount, with others, "pioneered The New Yorker as a clubhouse of postmodernism." Robert Pinsky compared him to "the old borscht belt masters." Norman Mailer called his book Crackers "as funny as anything I've read in a long time." Michael Dirda, in the Washington Post, said Blount "possesses what was called in the Italian Renaissance 'sprezzatura.' He has also been on the radio a lot. His current focus is on his newsletter, Take Another Little Piece of My Heart Now.