Friday, February 06, 2009

Great Moments In Public radio

Caught a wonderful exchange on Minnesota Public Radio this morning as Kerri Miller interviewed author John Edgar Wideman on his novel about race (to the best of my recollection, not verbatim):

Caller: Did John have an advantage over the white people from Pittsburgh because his package was so much bigger than theirs'?

Miller: I'm sorry, can you repeat the question.

Caller: I was just wondering if John had an advantage because the white people in Pittsburgh had such small packages compared to him.

To his credit, Wideman came back quickly with a witty if vulgar response about how perhaps packages could be used to shut the mouths of stupid callers. I think by the time he was done, the light bulb finally went off in Miller's head.

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