Parnassus Books welcomes Randy Rudder as he discusses and signs Disposable Thoughts: Essays on Reading, Writing and Relationships.
Randy Rudder has an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from the University of Memphis and an MA in literature from Tennessee State University. He has worked as a music industry publicist, an English professor at TSU, Nashville State, and Aquinas College, and is the author or editor of five books and four screenplays. He is currently working as a writer/producer with the Christian Broadcasting Network.
Disposable Thoughts: Essays on Reading, Writing, and Relationships began as his MFA thesis in 2005, but over the next ten years, morphed into a collection of humorous, poignant, and sometimes bizarre essays on writing, the teaching of writing, and dysfunctional family relationships.
"Stalking Nelle," for instance, is a humorous account of the time he snuck into the nursing home where Harper Lee lived in an attempt to meet the reclusive author of To Kill A Mockingbird. "Clay" is an essay on the life, death, and strained relationship he had with his clay-mining father in Ohio. "Brochures from Hawaii" is a memoir about his mother and her failure to live out her dream of traveling to Hawaii. "A Quiet, Well-Lighted Place" and the title essay are quasi-curmudgeonly takes on the difficulty of finding quiet places to write and the demise of paper books. "Hank's Hat" is a piece of reportage about traveling to Oak Hill, West Virginia to research the 50th anniversary of Hank Williams' death, and uncovering some fascinating folklore about the singer's hat, which was never found.