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Famous authors on ziplines [video]

September 7, 2011 |  4:28 pm

Leave it to Conan O'Brien to make famous authors relevant to today's high-octane wild sports-loving kids! The authors in question are indeed famous; they are also all over 70.

Tom Wolfe is known for both his nonfiction -- "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test," "The Right Stuff" -- and his fiction, which includes "The Bonfire of the Vanities." He is also known for wearing a white suit. Joyce Carol Oates also writes both fiction and nonfiction; her memoir, "A Widow's Story," came out earlier this year, and an advance copy of her November collection of short stories, "The Corn Maiden" just arrived in the mail today. Maya Angelou is the well-known poet and writer who caused a stir recently when she took the creators of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial to task for abridging a quote that made King, in her words, "look like an arrogant twit."

Tom Wolfe, Joyce Carol Oates and Maya Angelou ziplining -- or not. You decide.


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