Prof. Tom Chiarella to Discuss 'Perfect Compliments' on New York City NPR Station Monday

Prof. Tom Chiarella to Discuss 'Perfect Compliments' on New York City NPR Station Monday

October 4, 2009

Tom Chiarella Indy Star.jpgOctober 4, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — Tom Chiarella, visiting professor of creative writing at DePauw University and fiction editor for Esquire magazine, will be a guest on tomorrow's edition of the Brian Lehrer Show on New York City National Public Radio affiliate WNYC. Chiarella will discuss his recent Esquire feature, "The Perfect Compliment," and will take calls for listeners. The segment is scheduled to begin at approximately 11:40 a.m. (EST).

Of compliments, Chiarella wrote, "I decided to learn how to deliver good ones. I devised a plan in which I would give a lot of them in a short time and work to figure out exactly how the best compliments worked, and why. I started outside a noodle shop in a Big Ten college town, on a wide boulevard of sidewalks newly laid. I knew no one, and I had nothing in particular to gain. I vowed to walk the full six blocks to a bank clock and on the way give each person I saw my own special measure of attention. I planned to use short sentences, to be simple and direct."

His story goes on to detail the results of his mini-experiment, as well as what he learned from his interactions with strangers. You'll find the full text at the magazine's Web site.

Live links to WNYC's broadcasts are available at the station's Web site.

Tom Chiarella was part of a team that earned a 2009 national award from The American Society of Magazine Editors. He is the author of three books, including Thursday's Game. Learn more in this recent story.