How much of being a good writer comes from raw talent and how much from hard work? What do you do after you’ve mined all the “low-hanging fruit” of your life for material? What does empathy have to do with invention? And will robots cutting our hair signal the rise of the machines? All these questions, plus the timeless power of Charles Dodd White’s story “Hawkins’s Boy” on episode 71.
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- Check out Charles Dodd White’s story “Hawkins’s Boy” in Pank or in his collection Sinners of Sanction County.
- Steve Yarbrough and Larry Brown‘s Facebook conversation got the boys thinking about how big a role talent plays in a writer’s success.
- Flannery O’Connor said “Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.”
- Jon Sealy’s The Whiskey Baron — still available (and full of empathy) from Hub City Press!