10/29/13, INTRODUCING 11/1/13 GUEST BLOGGER, RON COOPER, AUTHOR OF PURPLE JESUS, PROCLAIMED “SO PERFECTLY WRITTEN, IT’S EXHILARATING TO READ” IN A WASHINGTON POST REVIEW
“You just don’t know. She’s just that. Everything about her. She looks at me—a look that could worm a dog. And her mouth. Lips like corn.”–from Purple Jesus
Who puts words like these in their characters’ minds and mouths? A philosophy professor and novelist named Ron Cooper, raised in South Carolina and noted in the French magazine Transfuge as one of a group of writers who focus on poor people living desperate lives. B.A., College of Charleston, M.A., University of South Carolina, Ph.D. Rutgers, Cooper teaches at the College of Central Florida. His fiction has appeared in Yalobusha Review, Apostrophe, Timber Creek Review, and The Blotter, and his first novel Hume’s Fork earned him recognition as a finalist for the Bread Loaf Conference’s Bakeless Literary Prize. He will be our guest blogger on November 1 and will be interviewed here on November 20. See, below, for my October 20 review of Purple Jesus, a tragicomic gem of a novel.