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Roy Blount, Jr.
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    (October 4, 1941- )
    Born in Indianapolis, Indiana
    Raised in Decatur, Georgia
    Humorist/author
    Contributing editor to 'Sports Illustrated' (1968-75) and 'Atlantic Monthly' (1981- )
    Wrote 'About Three Bricks Shy of a Load' (1974), 'Crackers' (1980), 'One Fell Soup' (1982), 'What Men Don't Tell Women' (1984), 'Not Exactly What I Had In Mind' (1985), 'It Grows On You' (1986), 'Now, Where Were We?' (1988), 'First Hubby' (1990), 'Camels Are Easy, Comedy's Hard' (1991), 'Roy Blount's Book on Southern Humor' (1994), 'I Am the Cat, Don't Forget That: Feline Expressions' (2004), 'Feet on the Street: Rambles Around New Orleans' (2005), 'Long Time Leaving: Dispatches from Up South' (2007), 'Alphabet Juice' (2008) and 'Alphabetter Juice: Or the Joy of Text' (2011)
    Panelist on NPR's 'Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!'
    Recurring guest on 'A Prairie Home Companion'
    Last name pronounced 'blunt'
    He described himself as a 'humorist-novelist- journalist-dramatist-lyricist- lecturer-reviewer-versifier-sportswriter -screenwriter-philologist-biographer of sorts.'
    He said, 'People are more impressed when I tell them I have been on a cheesy talk show than when I tell them I have written a book. That seems a shame.'
    He appeared with Bill Murray in TV promos for the NBA.
    He wrote the script for the Bill Murray flop 'Larger Than Life.'
    After moving to New York City he noted, 'I feel more Southern up here because of people’s reactions to the way I talk.... I think there’s lots of virtue in a Southern accent, lots of juice that I don’t want to give up.'
    He is a member of the usage panel for the American Heritage Dictionary.
    Norman Mailer said, 'Page for page, Blount is as funny as anyone I've read in a long time' and 'Time' said he was 'in the tradition of the great curmudgeons like H.L. Mencken and W.C. Fields.'
    He described the pun as 'The lowest form of wit, it used to be said, but that was before Ann Coulter.'

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