W. Bruce Cameron–columnist and author

W. Bruce Cameron–award-winning humor columnist and New York Times bestselling author of “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter” and other books–discusses his just-released debut novel, “A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel For Humans,” a singular saga about (and ostensibly told by) a charismatic canine on a quest to understand his purpose over the arc of being reborn as various dogs in various settings;

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addresses the approach he undertook in assuming the voice(s) of the canine narrator, and rules he established for himself in telling the story; explains that examining a dog’s purpose was a central aspect of the book from its inception and how the notion of purpose changes as the dog morphs over the course of the book; touches on key metaphorical aspects of the novel, and more. [www.ADogsPurpose.com]

Read Duncan’s review of Bruce Cameron’s “A Dog’s Purpose” in the August issue of The Bluegrass Special, a terrific monthly online magazine that covers not just music, but also books, film, television, cultural figures, environmental issues, farming and more. Link to article: [thebluegrassspecial.com]

COMEDY CORNER: Brian Regan’s “Dog Barking” [www.BrianRegan.com]

MUSIC: Sean Frew’s “Wild Dog,” EELS’ “Dog’s Life,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Koko Taylor’s “Please Don’t Dog Me”

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About the author
Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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