Patsy Sims reporting at a KKK rally for her 1978 book “The Klan.”
“The novel I always wanted to write didn’t have to be fiction.”
“What they gave women was pitiful.”
“Sure, you have everything on the tape recorder, but that’s the beauty of it and it’s up to me to be selective.”
“Transcribing is another point of getting this in your head.”
“I guess the lesson there is perseverance. Not giving up.”
Hey, CNFers, it’s The Creative Nonfiction Podcast the show where I speak with the world’s best artists about creating works of nonfiction. I try and tease out the origins and tactics from leaders in narrative journalism (like
S usan Orlean), personal essay (like Elizabeth Rush), memoir (like Andre Dubus III), radio (like Joe Donahue), and documentary film (like Penny Lane), so you can apply their tools of mastery to your own work. Continue reading “Episode 73—Patsy Sims on Book Research as Mini-education, Not Giving Up, and “The Stories We Tell””
“You have to be out in the world and engaged in the world.” —Glenn Stout
“The truth always tells a better story.”—Glenn Stout
First off, I’m like WAY behind in blog posts. I have to draw up one for Mary Pilon and Brian Mockenhaupt, but I’ll start with the latest episode and work backwards.
Enter Glenn Stout. [
Hear our first interview…here]
His latest book
(St. Martin’s Press) comes out this week. The Selling of the Babe: The Deal That Changed Baseball and Created a Legend
I speak to Glenn about dealing with dead people and how he approached a topic that, on its surface, felt saturated.
“You look at what seem to be time-worn topics and almost without fail you find something and you tell a better story, a newer story, a truer story,” says Glenn.
The first 30-35 minutes of the episode deal with the Babe, but the latter part riffs on random stuff.
Writers and Books Mentioned
On the RoadAntonin Artaud, No More Masterpieces
Rainer Maria Rilke
The Poetics of the New American Poetry
Eva Holland A final call to action!
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