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Alyson Hagy captures the spirit of the Old West in Ghosts of Wyoming.


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reading ALYSON HAGY READING Wyoming is a fading facade of the Old West, where wood-slat homes sit in fields off the main highway. Alyson Hagy’s Ghosts of Wyoming tackles Western folklore as well as modern Wyoming, painting tales of characters, haunting and haunted. In “Brief Lives of the Trainmen,” Hagy, a professor at the University of Wyoming, depicts the hard life of railroad workers laying ties across Wyoming Territory. Through multiple perspectives, she squeezes various levels of biographical and historical information into a few sentences. “Alyson is one of our favorite contributors to The Idaho Review,” said Mitch Wieland, an English professor at Boise State and editor of The Idaho Review. “Beneath her lyrical and wonderfully graceful prose, one finds a writer of great caring and heart. Her wisdom and fierce intelligence shine forth in every line.” Hagy received the Pushcart Prize, and her work has appeared in New York Times Magazine and The Best American Short Stories. Hagy kicks-off of Boise State’s fall MFA reading series. 7:30 p.m., FREE, Student Union Bishop Barnwell Room, 1910 University Dr., 208-4261677. For more information contact Torin Jensen at

SATURDAY SEPT. 25 architecture BOISE PARADE OF UNIQUE HOMES Though this parade won’t have any Vaseline-toothed beauty queens or snazzy, tissue paper-covered floats, it will definitely pack a fair amount of “oohs” and “ahs.” The inaugural Parade of Unique Homes—sponsored by Trout Architects, Boise Weekly and Urban WWW. B OISEWEEKLY.C O M

Agent Team—depar ts by trolley from BWHQ on Saturday, Sept. 25, at noon and returns at 4:30 p.m. Along the way, the tour will stop at five The “hill house” at 1170 Shenandoah Dr. unique architectural wonders $25 and can be purchased scattered throughout the at boiseuniquehomes.eventcity, including the “hill house,” at 1170 ShenanNoon-4:30 p.m., doah Dr. and a classic mid$25, BWHQ, 523 Broad St., centur y modern at 1405 208-344-2055, boiseuniquePromontor y Road. Tickets for the parade are

awesome IRA GLASS IN SUN VALLEY Growing up in Baltimore in the 1960s, Ira Glass didn’t have his eyes, or ears, set on a career in radio. His parents encouraged him to become a doctor, or at least to do something useful with himself, as his mother used to say. But ask the nearly 2 million fans of Public Radio International’s This American Life who listen to the show on more than 500 stations nationwide, and they would likely say that the reedy-voiced Glass is more than just useful; he is deeply valued. On Saturday, Sept. 25, Glass will bring the quirky, hipster-nerd sensibility that has defined This American Life to Sun Valley as part of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ lecture series. Glass explained that he performs seated with a mixing console, armed with “quotes and music that will recreate the sound of the radio show onstage.” When he was just 19, Glass “stumbled into an internship” at National Public Radio. He continued to pursue a pre-med degree in college but radio became a more and more central part of his life. “[My parents] totally disapproved of what I was doing. They didn’t see the point,” Glass said recently from his Manhattan offices. “I was in my mid-30s when my mom stopped saying to me that I could go to medical school.” And in an interesting twist, This American Life brought Glass and his parents closer together. “I put them on the radio show a lot in the early years. It gave us something to do together,” Glass recalled. “Interviewing your parents on the radio is always a sure-fire segment. There are so many complex dynamics to the relationship that people can immediately relate to. You can’t go wrong with it for entertainment value.” After his mother passed away in October 2003, Glass wrote about her in an article for New York Times Magazine. Dr. Shirley Glass was a respected psychologist and a woman known as “the godmother of infidelity research,” Glass wrote. “She appeared on all sorts of TV shows whenever a public figure had trouble keeping it in his pants.” In her studies, Dr. Glass, who was married to Ira’s father, Barry, for 48 years at the time of her death, seemed to satisfy a deep curiosity for the more mysterious and destructive aspects of the human condition. Decades later, her son also explores the human condition, and he shares his discoveries with millions. “She claimed all credit for everything I went on to do,” Glass said of his mother. “And I guess I see that. A lot of doing this kind of reporting is just listening to people.” 6:30 p.m., $25 members/$35 non-members, Community Campus Auditorium, 1050 Fox Acres Road, Sun Valley,


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