Roy Blount Jr. is the author of twenty books, covering subjects from the Pittsburgh Steelers to Robert E. Lee, to trying to understand the South. He is a regular panelist on NPR’s “Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me!” and is a contributing editor of The Atlantic Monthly. Born in Indianapolis and raised in Decatur, Georgia, Blount now lives in western Massachusetts.
If there is one thing that Roy Blount Jr. (pronounced Blunt) prides himself on, his modesty aside, it is this: that he has done more different things, for money, than any other humorist-novelist-journalist-dramatist-lyricist- lecturer-reviewer-performer-versifier-cruciverbalist-sportswriter- screenwriter-anthologist-columnist-philologist of sorts (with due emphasis on the inclusive "of sorts") that he can think of off hand.
Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter said that his office had filed a murder charge against Carl Le'Ellis Blount Jr. of Gary in connection with the slaying of Officer Jeffrey Westerfield on July 6, the officer's 47th birthday.
Humorist Roy Blount Jr. is one of America's most prolific authors and a regular panelist on NPR's . His latest book, is quasi dictionary/glossary of the English language, peppered with literary references, cultural oddities and hilarious musings on why we choose the words we do. TIME talked to Blount about the most literary band in America, why he advises investing $20,000 in mass transit and what Sarah Palin might mean for the future of politics.