Oct 092013
 

In this episode of the Wait Wait… There are plenty of small-town guys who stick around, get a boring job and dream of writing a great novel. And nothing ticks off those guys like the ones who actually pull it off: Charles Frazier’s first novel, Cold Mountain, was an international best-seller, and he followed it up with Thirteen Moons and Nightwoods.

Here in Asheville, N.C., we’ve invited Frazier to play a game called “I’m listening, Seattle.” Three questions for Charles Frazier about Frasier Crane, fictional radio psychiatrist.

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PETER SAGAL, HOST: And now the game where we like to take people who have done great things and force them to do one silly thing. There are plenty of small-town guys who stick around, get a boring job but dream of writing the great American novel. And nothing ticks off those guys like the ones who actually pull it off.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Charles Frazier’s first novel, “Cold Mountain,” was a huge international bestseller, made into a big film. We’re delighted to have him here with us. Charles Frazier, welcome to WAIT WAIT…DON’T TELL ME!

(APPLAUSE)

CHARLES FRAZIER: Thank you, thank you.

SAGAL: Now is that story true, you were born and raised here in Asheville, and you stayed here, you didn’t go off after college?

FRAZIER: I went to Colorado for a while, but Asheville’s home.

SAGAL: Yeah, the mountains there are too high, too high. You want the medium-sized mountains.

FRAZIER: Yeah, I quit teaching at NC State to university, came to Asheville and worked on a book, a great place for it.

SAGAL: So tell me about your first published work.

FRAZIER: What would that have been? A book about hiking, trekking in Peru.

SAGAL: Really?

FRAZIER: Yeah, yeah.

BOBCAT GOLDTHWAIT: Had you been there?

(LAUGHTER)

FRAZIER: I wrote this proposal that said I have never been to Peru, but I would like to write a book about going to Peru and hiking in the big mountains. And because I know nothing about it, I will be a perfect representative traveler.

GOLDTHWAIT: That’s how I got this job.

(LAUGHTER)

 

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