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
10:56 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Dark Laughter

 

I have seen the light. God has manifested himself to me. He has appeared to me. I am delivered.”  

 

 

Before the great success of the book Winesburg, Ohio, writer Sherwood Anderson was the president of the prestigious Anderson Manufacturing Company in Ohio. In 1912, Anderson literally walked away after lapsing into a "fugue state."

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Facts About Fiction
10:36 am
Thu May 23, 2013

The Never-Ending Wrong

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“I sometimes think I had an extraordinarily painful sort of life because I had so many shocking kinds of experiences. Just psychological you know and that sort of thing. And, I now think everyone of them were exactly what I needed. I really do. I believe they were good for me because I had a tendency to think I could do anything. I would try anything.” 

 

                                                                                      -Katherine Anne Porter

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Facts About Fiction
11:45 am
Wed April 10, 2013

The Reassurance Of Domestic Sounds

 

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

“I think he was more complicated than people usually describe him as, and perhaps more complicated to family than he was to people who knew his teaching, who were writers.”

That was Kate Maxwell talking about her father, writer and editor, William Keepers Maxwell, author of the acclaimed novels The Folded Leaf and So Long, See You Tomorrow

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Facts About Fiction
11:32 am
Wed April 10, 2013

To Live In Hearts We Leave Behind Is Not To Die

 

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

Hey Boo.

Miss Jean Louise. Mr. Arthur Radley. I believe he already knows you.

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Facts About Fiction
11:23 am
Wed April 10, 2013

His Trip To Nowhere

 

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

“Eventually in 1969 after a two month trip across America, he decided to take his own life, just off the gulf coast outside of Biloxi, Mississippi.”

That was Cory Maclauchlin talking about John Kennedy Toole, author of the posthumously awarded Pulitzer Prize winning novel Confederacy of Dunces.

While alive, Toole was fascinated by the edges of the country: New Orleans, LA, Georgia.

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Facts About Fiction
3:16 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

The Blood & Guts of Kathy Acker

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

“The depths for me personally had to do a lot with the fact of my being female, of having history behind me that says I’m defined by my sexual organs.”

-Kathy Acker

Writer Kathy Acker assembled a cult following with her books Blood & Guts In High School, Great Expectations, and Bodies of Work.

For Acker, ruled by chance and death, the personal and the political were one.

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2:55 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Richard Brautigan's 8-Pound Typewriter

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

“Spinning like a ghost on the bottom of a top, I’m haunted by all the space that I will live without you."

Richard Brautigan wrote the well-known novel Trout Fishing In America and the small masterpieces Confederate General at Big Sur and So The Wind Won’t Blow It All Away. In 1955, he lost his love, sold his typewriter and was arrested.

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