Art Imitates School for Sameer Pandya
Sameer Pandya

Associate Professor and novelist Sameer Pandya

In this episode, we get to talk about two of our favorite things: school and writing! Our guest Sameer Pandya is an Associate Professor at UCSB and the author of the novel Members Only, in which a fictional lecturer at a fictional university struggles with some very real issues.

In addition to being a novelist, Sameer Pandya is a finalist for the California Book Award and an NPR Best Books of 2020, and the story collection The Blind Writer, longlisted for the PEN/Open Book Award. His cultural criticism has appeared in a range of publications, including the Atlantic, Salon, Sports Illustrated, and ESPN. The recipient of the PEN/Civitella Fellowship, he is an Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at UC Santa Barbara.

Bits of Music You May Notice: Yo La Tengo, "Georgia Vs. Yo La Tengo," The Schramms, "The Right Place," Bobby Bland, "Members Only."

This episode first broadcast on KCSB-FM on April 14, 2022.