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Exclusive Interview with Pulitzer Finalist Dael Orlandersmith

In the Guardian, novelist Rick Moody joined other authors analyzing the legacy of President George W. Bush. He wrote: “The darker American fears meanwhile remain. The fear, the uncertainty, that end-of-empire anxiety … All of this fear pushes both sides of the electorate toward divisive political rhetoric, class hatred, racialist thinking, and so on. And it sure doesn’t improve our diminished reputation abroad.”

In this video interview, GalleyCat asked playwright, 2002 Pulitzer finalist, and Whiting-award-winner Dael Orlandersmith how writers should cope with this momentous transition in American politics. No matter what happens, Tuesday’s presidential election will re-configure the emotional and political landscape of our country. In these final days leading up to this historic event, GalleyCat asked a number of writers to comment on what the election means to them.

So far, author Barry Lopez talked about Sarah Palin, author Manuel Munoz reflected on university funding, and poet Douglas Kearney pondered political language in the age of Joe the Plumber.

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