Facts About Fiction

Facts About Fiction explores the true lives of authors who write fiction with J. Bradley Minnick of the UALR English Department.

The Facts About Fiction theme song is performed by the Arkansas band The Cons of Formant

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Facts About Fiction
3:40 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Mrs. Parker

For the UALR English Department, this is J. Bradley Minnick with Facts About Fiction.

Why is it no one ever sent me yet
One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it's always just my luck to get
One perfect rose.


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."

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Facts About Fiction
3:38 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Gone With the Wind

For the UALR English Department, this is J. Bradley Minnick with Facts About Fiction.

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.

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Facts About Fiction
3:36 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Yale

For the UALR English Department, this is J. Bradley Minnick with Facts About Fiction.

I have an appointment with him tonight in Sammarra.
As fast as his horse could gallop, he rode toward Sammarra. 

John O’Hara writer of The Butterfield 8 and Appointment to Sammarra was plagued by a sense of inferiority for not going college, so much so he became a near bibliophile about ivy-league matters.

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Facts About Fiction
3:34 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Butterflies

For the UALR English Department, this is J. Bradley Minnick with Facts About Fiction.

At one time Mr. Nabokov believed that his claim to immortality would stem from the fact that he had a butterfly named after him.

Though best known for his novel Lolita, 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.”

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Facts About Fiction
3:31 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Where the Grapes of Wrath Are Stored

For the UALR English Department, this is J. Bradley Minnick with Facts About Fiction.

 “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored . . .”

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 The Grapes of Wrath.

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Facts About Fiction
3:28 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Losing Footing in the Outside World

For the UALR English Department, this is J. Bradley Minnick with Facts About Fiction.

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. 

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 The Journal of Albion Moonlight, lost his footing in the outside world and was forced to bed.

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Facts About Fiction
3:19 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Pockets

This is guest presenter and UALR English student Lauren Pifer with Facts About Fiction.

Somewhere over the rainbow 
Way up high
There’s a land that I heard of once in a lullaby. 

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Facts About Fiction
3:17 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Up With Instinct

For the UALR English Department, this is J. Bradley Minnick with Facts About Fiction.

"To hell with civilization; up with instinct. "

John Anthony Burgess Wilson author of thirty-two novels, including The Wanting Seed and A Clockwork Orange 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. 

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Facts About Fiction
3:12 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Stoner

For the UALR English Department, this is J. Bradley Minnick with Facts About Fiction.

“At school he did his lessons as if they were chores only somewhat less exhausting than those around the farm.”

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.

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Facts About Fiction
11:08 am
Thu May 23, 2013

J.R.R. Tolkien and The Origin of Hobbits

For the UALR English Department, this is J. Bradley Minnick with Facts About Fiction.

“Deep down here by the dark water lived old Gollum. I don’t know where he came from, nor who or what he was. He was Gollum… as dark as darkness.”

For J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit began while he was marking exam papers as an Oxford college professor when, in a moment of boredom, he scribbled on a blank page what would become one of the most famous lines in children’s literature: 

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