Dive Bars And Ancient Philosophy Collide In 'The Drunken Spelunker's Guide To Plato'

Dec 24, 2015

This is a rebroadcast of a show that aired earlier this year.

Sociologist Kathy Giuffre has spent much of her career as an objective outsider who writes about cultures that are not her own.

She studies artistic communities and creativity in the South Pacific, and eventually this work encouraged her to examine her own life and the spaces she grew up in. Her debut novel “The Drunken Spelunker’s Guide to Plato” (John F. Blair/2015) is based on her time in dive bars during graduate school at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Giuffre tended bar at The Cave, a Chapel Hill dive bar. She believes dive bars are one of the few places where people who do not know each other end up in deep conversations, and it sometimes seems like time is suspended.

Host Frank Stasio talks to Kathy Giuffre about her life and debut novel.