The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra is wrapping up the season with a double header. Our classical music host David Duff asked about it when he spoke to the general manager of the orchestra. Also, President Bush visited Alabama on April 19. He spoke at Tuskegee University, and we'll hear a little bit from his speech today's program. The Storyteller, Kathryn Tucker Windham, talks about one of her trashy hobbies. And finally, a few items from the APR Events Calendar.
A Writer's Life, all 430 pages of it, is the story of several false starts, books begun but not finished, from l992 until the present. Talese may have been suffering from an ailment we might call "perfectionist's block."
Unusually dry in southern parts of Alabama? Get the details on this episode of Alabama Life. Plus the storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham remembers a baby Easter chick she got as a kid. It didn't turn out so well.
Truman Capote wrote the first draft of Summer Crossing in the fall of 1946 in Monroeville, Alabama, on an extended visit "home." But Capote continued to work on the manuscript on and off, for another six years, first abandoning it for Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948), the story collection A Tree of Night (1949), and the essay collection Local Color (1951).
Brett Tannehill has a story about filing taxes online; Butler Cain talks with our Montgomery Bureau reporter Gina Smith about the end of the 2006 regular legislative session; Kathryn Tucker Windham talks about weather-predicting chickens.
Don Noble's book reviews can be heard each Monday on Alabama Public Radio at 7:35 a.m. and 4:44 p.m. Recently retired as English professor at The University of Alabama, Don's specialties are Southern and American literature. Don also hosts Bookmark on Alabama Public Television.
In the nineteen sixties, a group of American writers staged a kind of literary revolution and took fiction in a new direction. In his new book, Where Three Roads Meet--you will recall that the word "trivia" refers in Latin to notes posted where three roads meet--Barth has three novellas.
By Don Noble
In the nineteen sixties, a group of American writers staged a kind of literary revolution and took fiction in a new direction.
Alabama Governor Bob Riley talks with APR's Gina Smith. Brett Tannehill looks into a story about bamboo farms in Alabama. And storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham talks about one inch tall weather forecasters.
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George Packer, a staff writer for the New Yorker, was at first a proponent of the war, a supporter who wanted to see the Iraqi people freed from the terror and sadism of their homicidal maniac tyrant president. George Packer is a whole lot less optimistic now than he was before the invasion.
Two classical performers talk about their concerts and Auburn's Wayne Flynt talks about To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee and Truman Capote.
Richard Glazier, Steinway Artist, performed at Forbes Piano Company in Homewood, Alabama. He paid tribute to the Gershwins and Birmingham's own Hugh Martin. Before the concert, though, he spoke with our classical music host, David Duff.
Experimenting with alternative fuels in Auburn; remembering Mabel Smythe Haith and her contribution to the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art in Atlanta; early signs of Spring and its effect on Alabama's peach crop; and storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham's tattoo story.