Facts About Fiction http://ualrpublicradio.org en Mrs. Parker http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/mrs-parker <div>For the UALR English Department, this is J. Bradley Minnick with Facts About Fiction.<br><br><em>Why is it no one ever sent me yet<br>One perfect limousine, do you suppose?<br>Ah no, it's always just my luck to get<br>One perfect rose.</em><br><br>Famed writer and critic Dorothy Parker, author of “Big Blonde” and founding member of the Algonquin Round table was well known for her witticisms such as “Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone” and the couplet “men seldom make passes/At girls who wear glasses."<br> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 20:40:39 +0000 J. Bradley Minnick and Lauren Pifer 10832 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Gone With the Wind http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/gone-wind <div>For the UALR English Department, this is J. Bradley Minnick with Facts About Fiction.<br><br>Margaret Mitchell, born in 1900 in Atlanta, Georgia, wrote only one novel. She began work on the novel to relieve her boredom of being cooped up at home with a broken ankle but kept the novel a secret from friends, covering the manuscript with a towel when entertaining.<br> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 20:38:37 +0000 J. Bradley Minnick and Lauren Pifer 10831 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Yale http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/yale <div>For the UALR English Department, this is J. Bradley Minnick with Facts About Fiction.<br><br>I have an appointment with him tonight in Sammarra.</em><br><em>As fast as his horse could gallop, he rode toward Sammarra.&nbsp;</em><br><br>John O’Hara writer of <em>The Butterfield 8</em> and <em>Appointment to Sammarra</em> was plagued by a sense of inferiority for not going college, so much so he became a near bibliophile about ivy-league matters.<br> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 20:36:49 +0000 J. Bradley Minnick 10830 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Butterflies http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/butterflies <div>For the UALR English Department, this is J. Bradley Minnick with Facts About Fiction.<br><br><em>At one time Mr. Nabokov believed that his claim to immortality would stem from the fact that he had a butterfly named after him.</em><br><br>Though best known for his novel <em>Lolita</em>, Vladimir Nabokov was also a distinguished etymologist. Nabokov once remarked that “the pleasures and rewards of literary inspiration are nothing beside the rapture of discovering a new organ under the microscope.”<br> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 20:34:22 +0000 J. Bradley Minnick and Lauren Pifer 10829 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Where the Grapes of Wrath Are Stored http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/where-grapes-wrath-are-stored <div>For the UALR English Department, this is J. Bradley Minnick with Facts About Fiction.<br><br><em>&nbsp;“Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord</em><br><em>He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored . . .”</em><br><br>After struggling for about four months on a proper title for a story about Okees who go to California in search of the American dream, Steinbeck purportedly insisted that Julia Ward Howe’s The Battle Hymn of The Republic be printed in its entirety, prefacing 1940 Pulitzer Prize winning novel <em>The Grapes of Wrath</em>.<br> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 20:31:52 +0000 J. Bradley Minnick and Lauren Pifer 10828 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Losing Footing in the Outside World http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/losing-footing-outside-world <div>For the UALR English Department, this is J. Bradley Minnick with Facts About Fiction.<br><br><em>In order to apply for the position, I’d forgotten now for what. I had to marry the second mayor’s daughter by 12 noon.&nbsp;</em><br><br>After attending Alexander Meiklejohn's Experimental College at the University of Wisconsin and wandering through the countryside during the American Depression, leaving sheaves of his manuscripts in his wake, author Kenneth Patchen, writer of <em>The Journal of Albion Moonlight</em>, lost his footing in the outside world and was forced to bed.<br> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 20:28:17 +0000 J. Bradley Minnick 10827 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Pockets http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/pockets <div>This is guest presenter and UALR English student Lauren Pifer with Facts About Fiction.<br><br><em>Somewhere over the rainbow&nbsp;</em><br><em>Way up high</em></div><br><em>There’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>Land of Oz and The Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum had a fascination with the theater from a young age. Though he would not live to see the beloved 1939 film of his most famous books, he did contribute to the production in a very unusual way.<br> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 20:19:55 +0000 Lauren Pifer 10826 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Up With Instinct http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/instinct <div>For the UALR English Department, this is J. Bradley Minnick with Facts About Fiction.<br><br>"To hell with civilization; up with instinct. "<br><br>John Anthony Burgess Wilson author of thirty-two novels, including <em>The Wanting Seed</em> and <em>A Clockwork Orange</em> began writing furiously after, as the story goes, his physician gave him a year to live. After hearing the news, Burgess decided to go on instinct and write novels full time.</div><div>&nbsp;<br> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 20:17:39 +0000 J. Bradley Minnick 10825 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Stoner http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/stoner <p>For the UALR English Department, this is J. Bradley Minnick with Facts About Fiction.<br><br>“At school he did his lessons as if they were chores only somewhat less exhausting than those around the farm.”<br><br>John Williams, writer of the novels Stoner and Augustus, for which he won The National Book Award, dressed meticulously. Daily, he adorned his 5’ 5” frame with a blazer and a cravat. Later in life, when he suffered emphysema, he supplemented his outfit with portable oxygen.<br> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 20:12:29 +0000 J. Bradley Minnick 10824 at http://ualrpublicradio.org J.R.R. Tolkien and The Origin of Hobbits http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/jrr-tolkien-and-origin-hobbits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the </span>UALR<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> English Department, this is J. Bradley </span>Minnick<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Facts About Fiction.</em></p><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VOdv2RE4jg" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">“Deep down here by the dark water lived old Gollum. I don’t know where he came from,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">nor who or what he was. He was Gollum… as dark as darkness.”</span></a></p> Thu, 23 May 2013 16:08:58 +0000 J. Bradley Minnick & Frank Thurmond 4960 at http://ualrpublicradio.org