Emory & Henry alumnus Rodes Fishburne was recently interviewed by Kai Ryssdal, host of Marketplace, a widely heard program dealing with business and the economy.
Fishburne discussed his screenplay for the ABC television drama, “Blood &Oil,” which is set in the oil boom regions of North Dakota. The interview, which can be heard here, deals with the challenges of writing a script around a story that has as its backdrop the real time ups and downs of the oil industry in the state.
Fishburne is a 1993 graduate of Emory & Henry and the author of the best-selling novel, Going to See the Elephant, chosen by both Independent bookstores and Amazon.com as one of the best novels of 2009. He has been praised by Tom Wolfe and compared to Tom Robbins.
For more than ten years he has written for magazines and newspapers, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, and Forbes ASAP, where he was the editor of the “Big Issue,” an annual magazine of literary essays from leading writers and thinkers.