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Merle Kessler

Merle Kessler is a writer, humorist, and performer, best known perhaps by his pen name, Ian Shoales. As Ian Shoales he has been churning out cranky yet strangely humorous commentaries since 1979. First heard on NPR's “All Things Considered,” he has been featured on “Morning Edition,” “ABC's Nightline,” and the online magazine, Salon. In addition, his pieces have been published in The New York Times, LA Times, San Francisco Examiner, USA Today, Washington Post, and Minneapolis Tribune, among other publications. Kessler is also a founding member of Duck's Breath Mystery Theatre, the legendary yet obscure sketch comedy group. He is the author or co-author of five books, and appears regularly on the syndicated radio program “Philosophy Talk.”