|Ian "Sandy" Frazier|
1951 (age 66–67)
|Occupation||Non-fiction writer, humorist|
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
Great Plains (1989)|
Coyote v. Acme (1990)
Travels in Siberia (2010)
Ian Frazier (born 1951 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American writer and humorist. He wrote the 1989 non-fiction history Great Plains, 2010's non-fiction travelogue Travels in Siberia, and works as a writer and humorist for The New Yorker.
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Frazier grew up in Hudson, Ohio; his father worked as a chemist for Sohio; his mother was an amateur actor, performing and directing plays in local Ohio theaters. He graduated from Western Reserve Academy in 1969 and from Harvard University in 1973.
The New York Times critic James Gorman described Frazier's 1996 humor collection Coyote v. Acme (in the title piece, Wile E. Coyote is suing the manufacturer of various rocket-propelled devices) as the occasion for "irrepressible laughter in the reader." Gorman rates Frazier's first collection, 1986's Dating Your Mom, as "one of the best collections of humor ever published."
- 1989 Whiting Award
- "Contributors: Ian Frazier". The New Yorker. Archived from the original on December 7, 2010. Retrieved May 22, 2009.
- Ian Frazier, Family. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1994. p. 256.
- Ian Frazier, Family. p. 26.
- James Gorman, "Beep-Beep!", The New York Times, June 23, 1996.
- Works by or about Ian Frazier in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Ian Frazier articles for Outside Magazine
- Ian Frazier articles at Byliner
- Ian Frazier on NPR for Travels in SIberia
- Ian Frazier at FSG
- Profile at The Whiting Foundation
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Interview with Ian Frazier on WFMU's "The Speakeasy with Dorian" (RealAudio)
- Review of Gone to New York
- Select the RealAudio link by "LAMENTATIONS OF A FATHER" at time 28:42 to hear Ian Frazier read his "Laws Concerning Food and Drink; Household Principles; Lamentations of the Father" on the January 24, 1998 Prairie Home Companion broadcast.
- The famous mock-legal complaint Coyote v. Acme, to which a lawyer made this reply
- Lambert, Craig (September–October 2008). "Seriously Funny: Ian Frazier combines an historian’s discipline with an original comic mind". Harvard Magazine.