Andre Dubus III on His Memoir

Monday, April 04, 2011

Novelist Andre Dubus III talks about his memoir, Townie. It’s an account of growing up with his three siblings and his exhausted working mother in a depressed, crime-ridden Massachusetts mill town. His father, an eminent author and college professor, took the kids out on Sundays, and the clash of worlds couldn’t have been more stark. He describes learning to cope with violence, trying to communicate with his father, and how he was saved by writing.


Andre Dubus, III

Comments [5]

g from bk

i love this guy. this is the third interview with him i've heard so far and he never gets old.

Apr. 04 2011 07:33 PM
LG from Brooklyn, NY

interesting author! Listening to Lopate's interview comments points out how appalling even nice liberal chat hosts can be when talking about coercive sex --> framing the gang rape with a follow question about the other siblings sowing wild oats too (as if being in a bad part of town and being raped was sowing wild oats), being a little hyuck hyuck about the 13 yr old brother who was having sex with a middle aged woman. Really appreciated Andre Dubus pulling that back and correcting the assumptions and frame -- it was child abuse, it wasn't kids being wild, etc.

Apr. 04 2011 01:01 PM
Gwenn Claytor from Morristown, NJ

I carried House of Sand and Fog around in the car with me for at least 5 days. I have no idea why but I have always felt that was the best book I have ever read. Thank you so very much

Apr. 04 2011 12:59 PM
Listener from Brooklyn

I can relate to the dynamic that Andre is describing. My brother's response to our family's dysfunction has always been physical aggression, where my own has been emotional regression. I'm looking forward to reading this book.

Apr. 04 2011 12:54 PM
Charlie Roberts from Highlands, NJ

Edited copy:

Hi Leonard . . . please tell Andre that my very first on-air disc jockey job was at WLLH (Lowell, Lawrence, and Haverhill) in Lowell in 1966 . . . $2 per hour . . . good money for then.

The station was on an upper floor of the Giant Store which actually was an old factory building and one of our towers was on the roof of the building. The other one was in Lawrence. We were the only dual-city licensed radio station with two distinct transmitters on the same frequency in each city . . . 1400 AM.


Apr. 04 2011 12:52 PM

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