18 Burst results for "John Irving"

"john irving" Discussed on State of Fear Podcast

State of Fear Podcast

05:19 min | 10 months ago

"john irving" Discussed on State of Fear Podcast

"Commission experts takes two to two and a half hours between fourteen hundred eighteen hundred degrees to burn human body to ash if his body burned at this temperature than his wooden house should have been engulfed in flames as well absolutely gosnell called on the fire. Department deputy coroner john deck and mortician dick. Lynn home who found no cause for the fire nor definitive. Answer as to why only bentley and the hole in the floor burned. Now john decks speculated that bentley a frequent pipe smoker igniting himself after falling asleep while smoking. The evidence of this was present in the bathroom as well as the hall leading But the technology nineteen sixties was not sufficient to recreate. Exactly what happened at the scene of the fire. So what exactly happened to john billy. Well let's go through some of the have feeling you're gonna tell me you are clairvoyance there. Yes sir so. Let's examine a few that have been put forth. I is the spontaneous human combustion theory. Something within the doctor caused him to catch fire and burn up. The theory is favored heavily upon by many due to the fire that consumed him was confined only to the bathroom in only seen two affected the doctor in the floor immediately those who have studied the phenomena of shc state that this is common among those who are believed to be victims of it compared to a number of possible cases of shc. Doctor bentley's death does seem to fit into a pattern of strange death. By fire cases in cases of s h c such as dr bentley. the area around the disease is barely affected. The fire that consumed doctor neither darkened the tub beside them remains nor melted over tips of his walker which leaner by the theory fall ashes. This theory states doctor was a victim of smoking. Because dr bentley was known to have smoked a pipe the belief is at the asheville from his pipe ignited his robe setting him on fire. He tempted to get to the bathroom. The put it out but fell and was burned to death while he lay on. The floor never happen. Sorry that's bullshit. Doctor dr deputy coroner john deck in his official report state that this was the official cause of death. Dr bentley accidentally set himself on fire due to ashes fallen on his robe. Aerob- wouldn't burn long enough to burn your skin off your bones much less. Burn you to ashes. I'm sorry and a hole in the floor and the human body is just like flammable. It has to have an external source. It's not like you can just take a match to your skin and all of a sudden you know. It's not gonna happen..

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"john irving" Discussed on State of Fear Podcast

State of Fear Podcast

05:54 min | 10 months ago

"john irving" Discussed on State of Fear Podcast

"A seventy three year old man was found burned to death in the living room of his council house. In the real estate in vale south wales in nineteen eighty. I probably butchered that parental care. His entire body was incinerated leaving only his skull important. Each leg the knee again. The again the feet and legs were still clothing socks and trousers half the chair. Which had been sitting was also destroyed. Please forensic officers decided that the incineration thomas was due to the wick effect. And we'll get into that here in a bit. Then we got. We got a couple more. Then we'll get to mr bentley. So september fifteenth nineteen eighty two sixty one year old. Janine staffan was seen at her table with her eighty two year. Old father about to eat dinner when she suddenly burst into flames. Her father say nydia. This has a witness so that. That's that's cool yeah. Her father said the flames came from her hands. Interface and shot out of her mouth. He tried to extinguish the flames by dousing sink and was eventually successful at putting the fire out. They were both rushed to the hospital with severe burns but jeannie would die from her injuries. Eight days later. Investigators found no solid evidence to point out how genie suddenly burst into flames. That fateful day the room itself did not show any signs of burnings of charring in fact nothing else around. Genie burnt during her episode. Holy shit yeah. That's one of the rare occasions when there's a witness to just and there's one other case i can't think of the details but someone saw someone nearby shirt start to burst into flames of top. They were put out safely. But it just just. I don't know where to start poof. Yeah so. I'm still thinking supernatural stuff. Man he kids. It's just weird unless it's somewhere genetic you'd think by now they figured that out. If there's some kind of chemical imbalance or something that causes this there will be some common factor amongst victims and they've come up with it but they still haven't come up with any explanation for why this happens to people. Yeah and there's like three or four. Maybe i think they're like four or five different explanations as to what this what this is and we'll get into those here in a bit One of them being of course natural phenomenon. Which may maybe yes. No maybe so who knows. We'll see in december two thousand ten. The death of michael ferte a seventy six year old man in county galway ireland was recorded as spontaneous combustion. By the corner. The doctor karen mclaughlin made the statement at the inquiry into the death. The fire was thoroughly investigated. And i'm left with the conclusion that this fits into the category spontaneous human combustion for which there is no adequate explanation. Yea duck finally adopted size. Somebody put it on our side. That's right that's right all right. Well let's get into the main topic. The mr doctors argument. Mr dr john irving bentley so dr bentley was found burned to death in his bathroom. Sometime between the fourth and fifth of december nineteen sixty six. The ninety two year old doctor was last seen alive at his home in coudersport pennsylvania on december fourth nineteen sixty six just before nine pm..

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"john irving" Discussed on State of Fear Podcast

State of Fear Podcast

04:24 min | 10 months ago

"john irving" Discussed on State of Fear Podcast

"For as long as the jolly old saint nick providing gifts for the well behaved children. There has been someone or something else filling the role of his counterpart punishing. The naughty ones. These fair some figures range from the academic cornered campus to the perch. The perch ta. I don't know how you it's the shape shifting christmas which who fills disobedient children straw. That's creepy is the terrifying hans trump. Possibly the worst of them all though one story in particular describes an instant in which he stabbed a child sliced him into pieces and cooked and ate his flesh. Jerry christmas froze them. Legend of christmas scarecrow is well known in the french regions of alsace and lorraine trump according to the story lived in the fourteen hundreds right rich powerful and merciless men who who is feared by the people of all faiths. His thirst for power was so great that he turned to deals with the devil to enhances power and status hearing of this. The pope himself excommunicated trump after he was banished from alsace and his wealth and lands confiscated. Assalants nice all of which all of which is nothing compared to what came next the christmas boogeyman about yoga. Trump was reduced to constructing a makeshift home in the mountains of bavaria in germany and the legend goes on here he continued to boo and his evil desires festered he developed a hankering to try and taste human flesh the hill for i only he became the dreaded. Christmas scarecrow adorned in straw as a disguise. Any waited on lonely roads for victim. Mojang blah. there. You got a ten year. Old boy happened across his path. One day and trump stabbed the unfortunate shepherds boy with a vicious sharp stick the stick vicious or he was written You know what the body safely back at his lair trop sliced in sliced him into pieces and roasted him before he could eat. He was struck by divine lightning bolt in kill. I sound like that. Yeah that's instant justice fantastic. I'm glad today are warned. That hans trop spirit lingers on he may visit them in his scarecrow disguise if they don't mind their ways man damn a popular boogeyman and frightening tall tale. You may think but nothing more than that sadly though we've got some bad news the story seems to have been inspired by the incredible true story of a real person. Shit the man who inspired the legend hans. Von trotha was a night who lived from fourteen fifty to fifteen o three only fifty three. That's my age crap. He commanded two castles in palatine french. Slash german territory but became embroiled in an argument with the church over the property in one of them. The abbot would not concede certain properties to von. Oh so the embittered. Nightstop the supply of water to the nearby town of wassenberg like yosemite sam shit and he was damning up the river. A ring i wasn't blackjack. Yeah bring looney tunes. In his damn thing i love it. Got to in retaliation. The abbot had the damn destroyed. Which bugs bunny blew up the dam and looney tunes cartoons. So it's funny. I'm wondering if that might be part of the inspiration you'll never know which flooded what's then flooded. The villages homes and businesses. The dispute continued until justice with hans trap. The night was summoned by the pope. Himself and excommunicated while there's no record of von Turning to cannibalism and hunting children while dresses a scarecrow what we know of hans von trousers. Life is also extraordinary. Even the emperor's intervention wasn't enough to put a stop to the knights battle with the abbot of wassenberg which is exactly why pope innocent..

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"john irving" Discussed on State of Fear Podcast

State of Fear Podcast

04:53 min | 10 months ago

"john irving" Discussed on State of Fear Podcast

"But yeah yeah but yet he's the same jeff goldblum that was in independence day right from drastic. Yeah but he's fantastic. He's great. I love jeff goldblum. Yeah he was actually also in a bunch of shows but I remember mostly from not mostly from but when my roles was he was Gay characters name. But he was one of the characters. Dad's in The league and he was absolutely net mesh. Oh yeah and then the greatest star wars movie of them all yes. It's actually my second favorite but when it comes to round being made it's just a double bad ass movie director director irvin kirschner director of the empire. Strikes back is yes fantastic job. I mean good guy. That movie was fantastic. I mean especially because we're not going into another twenty minute long star wars. Try here but especially because coming off of star wars which was a big hit and in the seventies sixties seventies eighties name up to the nineties. Whenever somebody does sequel usually the sequel was just a retread of the first movie because they wanted to bank on the popularity of the was the first movie. And what made it so good say. Basically a retread of the first movie would just slightly different circumstances. You know One of the ones. I point to the most often is home alone home alone. Two is the exact same movie just went from a home to entire city of new york. But it's the exact same movie. Beat for beat. You know just gi just a geographical change your right exact same scenario. Of course i love the setup still were different traps and stuff but it's the same thing exactly is trying to go in there. They get jacked up by all the traps right. It's hilarious and they do that. Because they're riding off the popularity of the first one and they're they don't wanna take risks to make it two different. He took a risk. He made it totally different from the first one. It was darker it actually evolved characters more and it was just so good and to end didn't even end on a happy ending..

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"john irving" Discussed on WCBM 680 AM

WCBM 680 AM

01:41 min | 2 years ago

"john irving" Discussed on WCBM 680 AM

"So we're doing our coverage yesterday and I got to be honest I I kept turning my my column tell I'm telling my team and one they can verify this I'm telling you something's not right here I'm telling you that I suspect that there are people in that building there may be hostages now I did when we went to our coverage I did save some of that the John Irving go on my **** questions one line was not screaming that last night when the the only ma'am I was but I can't go I kept doing this I'm talking on the talk back and I'm saying they've got people in there I'm telling you I can tell and lo and behold I and I got to give all the credit I thought that commissioner was amazing Richard Ross junior in Philly it was far worse than anybody knew it was far more precarious than anybody knew far more dangerous for police that anybody knows frankly it's a miracle from heaven above and god that these six guys got shot they're all going to be okay according to every report and the fact that up until about nine thirty five at night what we're doing Hannity that those guys were one floor above where the main shooter was police officers with other traders in another criminals and they've apprehended with them and they finally got them out at nine forty I mean that's a miracle thank god and the sad part is I'm reading these reports as reporter Kaye Y. W. people taunting the cops will tell you about that next IBM traffic.

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"john irving" Discussed on WMAL 630AM

WMAL 630AM

02:20 min | 2 years ago

"john irving" Discussed on WMAL 630AM

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"john irving" Discussed on KLIF 570 AM

KLIF 570 AM

01:48 min | 2 years ago

"john irving" Discussed on KLIF 570 AM

"Indeed, the man's name is well, I if Todd Oliver and he's a comedian. He's a musician. You're sort of I guess kind of a renaissance entertainer Todd. Somebody has to be these days. And I'm having a lot of time doing it. Well, now you travel the country of a touring act, and what's interesting besides being a musician. You also are a ventriloquist, and you have a very special good friend of yours. Dog named Irving is that right? That's correct. That's it. He's he's actually sitting right next to me right here. Irving in the in the conversation here. First of all, I don't know if you've told Irving this, but but he looks real when you just. He looks real. But but his mouth moves, according to what the saying did that take a long time. Or are we talking about some kind of digital magic here? Well, he he he's he is a real dog, and I invented this little illusion where it looks like his mouth nose and the public. They like it. Well. Get me, grocery let's hear a little selection about the the twenty twelve presidential election. I believe this came from your appearance on America's got talent. Here. It is. John Irving has a statement. He liked to make nine. And I learned for president. So you can. The white guy. You get though. What do.

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"john irving" Discussed on Conversations with Phil

Conversations with Phil

04:50 min | 3 years ago

"john irving" Discussed on Conversations with Phil

"So you can get a workbook to actually get the stuff done. So so how do you get this done Mark with your business? I mean, it's not like you a lot of time off to make this. So you kept your business chug. And you got a lot of big business. How did you continue that known process to get a book and work done? Well, I kind of have a have a system. This is my. Six book. So it's starting to become a competency figuring out how to do this. But it's about a year long process. It started a actually this book took about fourteen months to create and the process starts with coming up with the problem. I'm gonna solve how is how is this going to help? People. What is the need? What is the central question and the central question is can anybody become known? How do we do that? Then what I did fill at the very beginning. I did an outline to say, okay. Here's kind of what the chapters would be like. And create an Evernote file for each chapter. And then as the as the year goes on. I look for case studies research books to read people to interview. And when I think it fits into one of those chapters a throw it in the Evernote file. My business slows down two times in the year. One is in the heart of the summer, the big vacation time, July August and then over the holidays in the wintertime, so those are the only two times that can right. And I can't write a little bits and pieces where comes to a book, it's a long form content. It's a sixty thousand words story, I need a block out big big chunks of time. So I started in the summer, and I got about thirty percent of it done. Then I started at business travel again. And I and I kept the interviews going I interviewed almost one hundred people for the book. So I kinda keep that going no matter where it was in the world. And then starting you know, my my last business trip, I think was November second and from November November second to December thirty first I wrote twelve hours a day. Now, I had to get I knew I had to get it done before the travel started again or it wasn't going to get done. And. So that's how I did it. Wow. And then and then then then, you know, you go through the editing, and you go through you've got all the design and all that stuff. And then the was just launched last week. Yep. Wow. So so tell me Mark, you talk about editing though. I mean that that's often the most grueling part. So you have someone that's helped. You edit all your books or do you sell fettered or how does that work? Well, I think it's it's perilous to try to sell fed it you you need to have another set of eyes. So. First of all, I think it was John Irving who said there's there's no such thing as good writing only good rewriting. And I guarantee you that every sentence in the book has been rewritten multiple times because I didn't want to be. Just a helpful book. I wanted I wanted it to be a beautiful book. I wanted it to be a book that was that was fun and inspiring. There's humor in it. There's people there's there's points in the book. You're good just be blown away. You're gonna be you're going to allow at some of these people's stories. I mean, many of the people that just feature in the book started with nothing. Some of them were on the brink of disaster. Bankruptcy even homelessness, and they fought their way back they clawed their way back and they figured it out. And they'd be king known. So there was a lot of rewriting that went into the book. I mean, I sweat it over every sentence in every word wanted to create something that really would sing. And then, but I did hire a professional editor. It's a woman that I've worked with on on all my books, and you You know. know, she she kept me straight and made. Sure, I didn't break any of the rules. That's good. Yeah. It's important porna- have those those people that we can count on that are going to set a straight and keep us on the right path. Because as you said, it's it is perilous to try to sell at it..

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"john irving" Discussed on BBC Radio 4's Bookclub

BBC Radio 4's Bookclub

03:49 min | 3 years ago

"john irving" Discussed on BBC Radio 4's Bookclub

"Would he in today's nomenclature? Be gay? Maybe I don't answer that. You know. Do I know? Yes, he's gay. Yes, yes. I think he was also in love with Owen Meany, but fitting to his generation, his age and the time. He would never have set to love with a boy kills his own mother. Yes, and I think the complexity of that is vast, and but if it were a story set today, it would have to have been very differently handled, but there was well because the would be the necessity upon Johnny Wheelwright at least as an older man to knowledge is feelings to come out of the closet so to speak. But given the time I thought I could be more faithful to men of that generation and never let him aknowledge this even to himself a lost. Click one. I enjoyed the the political, rushing it in the novel, especially what could follow the country in the same could follow the individuals colledge just push you to project a little on something that own writes in his die right at the end. He says this country is headed toward over-simplification. Yeah. Yes, you have to remember that. I'm pretty slow processor as writer. Those things that made me angry or upset me as a child or as a teenager or a young man, whether they were personal things or whether they were like the Vietnam war political things. My tendency as writer is to wait. My tendency is don't write about this thing when you're this close to it. I didn't start writing this novel until almost twenty years after the war and bit nam. And the reason for that is I was so upset about those years and that time and the friends are Louis that I thought, well, I've got to let a little distance happen so that I can know what still makes me angry and differentiate those things from the things I after twenty years recognized. Okay. You just have to let that go. I don't think there would have been a note of humor in pref. Reference Meany if I had written this novel in the nineteen seventies, but it wasn't published until eighty nine. It was a long time after my moment in sixty five. When I was on the verge, I thought of leaving for Vietnam and it didn't happen. I think that's the the key to me is is is being patient as writer about those things that you know our angering or upsetting. Don't write about them whether they're political, personal sexual about your own dysfunctional situation as child, whatever it is if it's still affecting you, you're probably not ready to write about it because you, you can't very well. Then see it from the telephoto lens and make distinctions between. In the things that are funny and the things that are horrible if you're standing this close to it, it's all horrible, right? It's all witching is worthwhile. Well, maybe not to eat. But in the case of of writing something that's disturbing to you. Yeah, it's a good idea to wait John having thank you very much. Indeed.

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"john irving" Discussed on BBC Radio 4's Bookclub

BBC Radio 4's Bookclub

04:19 min | 3 years ago

"john irving" Discussed on BBC Radio 4's Bookclub

"On BBC. Radio, four. John Irving is with us talking about a prayer for Owen Meany. Every time I've read the book, there are parts that I laugh out loud as I wonder as to say it's a terribly funny boot isn't ten. We've been having a extremely sort of deep conversation, but even the, it's hilarious, speak for yourself. Do you as a writer laugh out loud while you're writing the book? And do you conceive in part at least in part as a coming novel? I have to say that I think of all of my novels as comic novels you can write with a lot of intention -ality. You can construct a story of your own design. You can give characters the names you choose. You can make happen anything you want to make happen, but you have as a writer, no control over whether you are funny or not. If you're not funny, you can't be funny. Ever. And if you have a naturally comic voice, it will emerge even in the most horrible moments and you can't help it even when you're telling and essentially melancholic and sad story. When people ask me his voice, how does it sound? It's not just the voice I imitate what line of Owens do. I always say, when I'm asked to imitate his voice, he our mother has the best breasts of all the mother. Yeah, he he says a lot of things, but that's the liner always give. That's the only thing I can remember. One of the what's always strikes me about your books. And this one in particular is that you have such extraordinary events in them cows coming downstairs with headmasters at the whale mother's getting killed by baseball's and so on. You kind of somehow neutralize by full telling many of them talk about many times before they actually happened. Yes. Jim said, we know from the off that, oh, in the toe in kills the mother in the first few patriot doesn't. She isn't actually dead until quite in. Yes, it's true. That's very good observation. I think if you're aware that the events of your story are stretching credibility. You have to make an effort to make the incredible believable, and I do that in two ways. One of the ways you can diffuse introduce is just tell flatly, say right out. He. Always limped because he lost the toes of his left foot to a lawn mower accident when he was child which turned out to be a fortunate thing, but I'll get to that or something. And then when one gets to the event, it is both less peculiar and spectacular than it might have been if you'd walked into the middle of the accident. You see what I mean? So one of the ways you diffuse the unlikely is to just sort of foretell it or foreshadow it in a totally deadpan way. Oh, well, yeah, that happened and I'll get to that. That's one way the other way is if the detail is indelible enough, if you make the detail like the shot, the basketball shot, which I hope that in the case of most readers, you're, you're sensing a level of exasperation. You're saying good, not this again. I mean, this is insane. It's boring. Nothing happens. It's a basketball, but what's going to happen as a result of them practicing that is really an extraordinary event by the time you get there, I think I help you to believe it that. Okay, you've seen enough of the basketball now. It's grenade and we know you, I'm we know the something in it. This question here, vivid imagery so important in this book to retain Jones, mother's memory. You use a bright red dress and a tailor's dummy and Tillerson me of Kerr's another novels by you. Can you tell me one so significant to you? There's a small..

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"john irving" Discussed on BBC Radio 4's Bookclub

BBC Radio 4's Bookclub

01:56 min | 3 years ago

"john irving" Discussed on BBC Radio 4's Bookclub

"My first son was born when I was still in university and I didn't even know at the time that this would exempt me from the war. I'd already been in officer training for four years. I assumed I was going and I would have gone in June of nineteen sixty five. But my first child was born in March of nineteen sixty five and my commanding officer said, you idiot, you're out and I hadn't read the fine print. Now sixty five war was still relatively young. You know, by nineteen sixty eight when Nixon was elected to end that war which he didn't. Of course it went on until the seventy five, but that's why he won the election by promising. He would by the time of Nixon's election in sixty. Eight. Most people were smart enough to realize that someone in my situation had been extremely lucky, but I didn't feel it at the time at the time. I wanted to go to Vietnam for the one of the worst possible reasons because I wanted to be a writer and I wanted to see it. That's what you think when you're young, I wanted to go. I was disappointed as Owen is when he's told he's not combat material. I was very disappointed, stupid, but disappointed. Interesting and honest answer that. Boy, my eldest son who is now forty four with two sons of his own. We rarely have anything to argue about, but whenever we do get into an argument about something, he is quick to say to me, don't forget who kept you are Vietnam. You're listening to book club.

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"john irving" Discussed on BBC Radio 4's Bookclub

BBC Radio 4's Bookclub

03:38 min | 3 years ago

"john irving" Discussed on BBC Radio 4's Bookclub

"And of course, what happens to comes about as a result over an accident of hitting that baseball in a particular way, at the particular moment, which was no accident where it will indeed would, but where the mother of his friend happens to be turning round waving to the man in the crowd who turns out to be the real father of his friend. Women are badly behaved at sporting event. If you've noticed, but I, you know, I really don't like to go to sporting events with women because they don't watch what's going on and and in sports with bowls that can be dangerous. Right? They can get hit with something because they're not watching what's happening. Next question that was one here. John. We've talked about a voice to physical countries and he's shortness and those tunnels be crucially of use the end of the book which came I was it the physical characteristics or was it the end incidents for which those of useful? He was always in my mind, small, the voice by the time I got to the first sentence obviously by the time I had made my backward motion from last sentence, which is a prayer for him. Ogodo pleases, give him back. She'll keep asking you that was always the end, both his size and his voice, our why those Vietnamese refugee children listened to him. This, why they do it. He says, so everything has reason in his lexicon, but I'll tell you exactly what began the book the idea of the book before I knew a lessons I was sitting round in my hometown, southern New Hampshire was one Christmas time, and people who'd gone off to university and gotten married and had kids and all we, we were just got together people in town who've come back home to see their mom and dad or something like that. And so there were a bunch of people my age. I think the Tom were been over for a couple of years and someone said, well, there's so and so he died there and I contributed my name's and somebody said the name of a boy that I said, oh, I didn't know him. It was Russell somebody I set up. I guess I didn't know him. They said, oh, yeah, you did. I said, no, I didn't know. I'm sorry, died Vietnam, but I didn't know him. And this guy said you used to pick him up. Buzz ankles and shake him souls. Money fell out of his pocket. And I said, one of the stupidest things I've ever said in my life, I said that. Hughes, too small to go to fit. And my friend who is sitting beside me, said Irving, he probably grew. And I went home and that night I wrote down to myself. What if he didn't. Now I didn't even begin to write that book for ten years after that Christmas, I was home, see my parents, but I remember that impetus remember that beginning because so many novels of mine begin with a, what? If idea, Yoel what if this little boy, I remembered torturing in Sunday school. What if he stayed the same and Owen is not killed in Vietnam, but he's killed because of it. And and I was in the perfectly at the time. A guilty position of the observer..

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"john irving" Discussed on BBC Radio 4's Bookclub

BBC Radio 4's Bookclub

04:54 min | 3 years ago

"john irving" Discussed on BBC Radio 4's Bookclub

"But because he is the reason I believe in God, I am a Christian because of Owen Meany I make no claims to have a life in Christ or with Christ, and certainly not for Christ, which I've heard some zealots claim. I'm not very sophisticated in my knowledge of the Old Testament, and I've not read the New Testament since my Sunday school days, except for those passages that I hear read aloud to me when I go to church, I'm somewhat more familiar with the passages from the bible that appear in the book of Common Prayer. I read my prayer book often and my bible only on holy days. The prayer book is so much more orderly. Orderly. This is the voice of John Wheelwright who is not Ator whose mother is killed in the first few pages of the book by a fantastic shot on a baseball diamond by young Owen Meany who hits it amidships and it strikes her and she dies. We begin the book with a death, and we end it with a death. What fascinates you to clearly about the relationship of children to the parents, though those whom they know and those whom they don't know, you didn't do your own father until you were quite advanced in years or. Yeah, quite advanced. And by the time I learned any significant detail about him from two brothers and sister. I didn't know I had he'd already been dead about five years. So for significant time in my life, I knew very little about him. I was born with his name and because no one would talk about him. I didn't like having his name because I imagined as a child that. Is someone who knew him must have been trying to protect me from something about him that he must have been a very bad guy if no one wanted to talk to me about him. I mean, that's just what I imagined I made it up. I because I've nobody told me otherwise, you make things up. Let's job this question here. I'm intrigued with the voice of our in Meany which seems almost like a character in its own right in the book. And I'm sure that everybody can hear his voice in their heads when they read the book. And yet you convey that only by the use of upper case lettering in in the text, and how do you do that. I want to match that. I would give owing means dialogue, those red letters that you must know from so-called red letter editions of the bible. So you can be something through the New Testament and everything Christ said is in red ink, right? It stands out. Well, that was my first thought, but that was unrealistic. It would have been a very expensive publising prospect, especially especially for smaller countries and in translation. I also thought twice about it because I did not want as the author to say that I believed Owen Meany was a second coming of Christ, and it seemed to me that I was pushing that envelope too hard if I had expense. Notwithstanding, if I had given him read letters for his diabled, I chose the capital letters because they seem to represent an. Irritation which his voice also causes not only mildly. I mean, not only does he speak in a kind of rock dust full Seto. Many people who've grown up in granite quarries or around them have damaged vocal chords because of the fine particles of rock dust that gets into their apparatus. Realistically, that's probably all this wrong with him. Looking at him in a a non spiritual on supernatural way. He grew up in a granite quarry. There's a realistic explanation for why his Voice's wrecked. It's not only the sound of his voice that's irritating, what's especially irritating to most of us is anyone who's always right and tells you. So there's really few more irritating quality, especially when let only four foot eight inch. Yeah. Yeah, yeah. Then then someone who's right all the time. He's a little squirt. Yes, and some people see him exactly that way..

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"john irving" Discussed on BBC Radio 4's Bookclub

BBC Radio 4's Bookclub

04:44 min | 3 years ago

"john irving" Discussed on BBC Radio 4's Bookclub

"Hello, and welcome to a book club encounter with an Ovallis who calls himself a carpenter building stories. John Irving became a fulltime right at after the success of the world according to garp in the late seventies. And since then he's become the kind of writer about whom people always ask. When's the next one coming at the novel were talking about today with as usual couple of dozen readers sitting alongside the author is a prayer for Owen Meany a story stamped with John Irving style and serve and set in his home territory of New Hampshire. It starts with a terrible accident at a baseball game and ends with Owens death in a parody of his favorite short in the basketball court and tells of the effect that this strange young man, he doesn't get beyond his twenties has on everyone around him. He'll so cut his with him the belief that he's the agent of God's work on earth and in the. Vil in a way he is, you'd have to look a long way to find a character outwardly unappealing and so compelling. One of his most disturbing traits, for example, is his high pitched voice unsettling from the very start of the book. John Irving, welcome to book club. Thank you. I knew taste that one of the books that had a big effect in you was great expectations. Great expectations also begins with the story of a boy and his relationship with his family. And that seems to be something not just in this book, but in many of you books that moves you and drives you on. Yes, it was one of the things that attracted me as a teenager to dickens, but the other element in dickens that attracted me as a wood be writer is that as a novelist, he is very theatrical. I knew the theater and loves the theater as a little boy before I was old enough for a sophisticated enough to read novels as difficult as those great nineteenth century novels, I really couldn't read dickens or hardy or horse on or Melville until I was a teenager, but my mom was a prompter in a local, amateur Seattle society. So as a kid, I spent a lot of time backstage with the actors. And before I imagined myself as a writer, I mentioned that I might like to be an actor on stage and there is something that all of dickens that has a staged. And dramatic and how childhood informs who the adult is going to be. And that a child growing up hasn't been told or doesn't know, or is mistaken about concerning his own family. Let me open it up. Let's have our first question. The first line is remarkable. Many classic novels are also memorable for their first lines and own meanings. No exception. Was that a conscious choice or just where you happen to start the story I sentences are perhaps the most conscious choice of all the sentences in all my novels. Because as you may know, I begin a book by writing the last sentence I the first couple of times it happened. I thought it was an accident. I thought it was a kind of odd habit that I surely one day would outgrow, but the last sentences kept coming. So by the time I got to a preference in Meany or which was my seventh novel. I was very much aware that this was the way I wrote and the process of writing that last sentence first and then working my way back. Through the story is one that by the time I I know what the first sentence should be. I then no, the whole book you giving away some terrible trade secrets here. Oh no. Quite the contrary. I have never recommended what I do to someone else. I think that would be insane. But the first line. And you mentioned Melville who one of the great first lines of all time. Short sentence though, short-sentence great, boom sentence, long book, Amish, mound, and led away. Yeah, we just the first paragraph of a prayer thrown meaning. I am doomed to remember with a wreck DeVos not because of his voice or because he was the smallest person I ever knew or even because he was the instrument of my mother's death..

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Lava bomb hit boat operated by Hawaii tour company with history of lawsuits

Dave Ramsey

01:40 min | 3 years ago

Lava bomb hit boat operated by Hawaii tour company with history of lawsuits

"Hostile academic environment that included excessive drinking favoritism and inappropriate behavior last year fifteen students told. The school paper the professors created an environment where sexual harassment. Is normalized the attorney general's office is also investigating the coastguard keeping Hawaii. Lava tour boats farther. Away from the ball mechanic activity after lava bomb crashed into a boat injuring two dozen people the coast guard has allowed some tour boats to get closer than others to the lava flowing into the ocean but after monday's lava bomb injured twenty three people including a woman who suffered from broken leg they're keeping everyone further back now eight hundred constant toward the lava flow on the exact same boat days earlier and he didn't notice how close they were allowed to get as soon as the log or whatever hits the water it create the crystal which then goes flying again the gap It's also very. Small is very watering and everything you've read about being exposed to toxic fumes absolute. Felt and, I'm still, feeling ill four days later he said he noticed other boats staying further back. And that during his or small rocks for flying around the vessel Jessica Rosenthal Fox News John Irving the author. Of novels such as the world according to car and the cider house rules that examined social, issues is this year's winner of. The lifetime achievement award celebrating literature is power to foster peace Irving's first novel. Was published fifty years ago when he was twenty six years old the Richard C Holbrooke distinguished achievement award also comes. With a ten thousand dollar prize Lisa lacerra FOX, News Radio Message and data rates may. Apply please don't text and drive ever wonder, why European, seemed to speak so many languages maybe it's..

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"john irving" Discussed on What It Takes

What It Takes

03:50 min | 3 years ago

"john irving" Discussed on What It Takes

"John irving said that he starts a book with the last sentence and works as way back have you begin with i it begins as kind of tension in space something waiting for the big bang to get into my head composed friend beautifully said i had this scream in my head after get it into the orchestra music i wouldn't be quite as dramatic as but how this tension this thing that has to be done the first paragraph is the up to for me the essential one of my books are countryman which i've spent thinks we met before months in i pogo sometimes i'm just writing down same pota trying to get the tone tone is everything now don't ask me to explain what tone news but i have to hear the voice whenever nova has its own voice its own tone would you get that you're going and curiously has not getting the names to ride do you go to a henry james notebook shoes long list of names possible names now how'd you know in current news right you don't but somehow it makes chime it just sounds it feels right that is very important for me do you read your paragraph over and over again so that you can hear the chime this this rich poetic voice that i hear myself reading with cadence chanting it i'm not aware of doing that's for the rhythm have to get a mean rhythms is almost as important as tone i've been i've been planning week i've been writing and rewriting the front said my next book over and over again i sent my wife three separate versions of it by email ask you which sounds best keep up doing that for weeks and weeks weeks but when i get the sentence then i know that i can get going in the first paragraph money in the first paragraph as near to write to get it then be on my way what's your favorite sentence you've been written the next one one that i right next that'll be my favorite a lot of people when your work is studied at universities places and many people talk about the sense of place that that's really comes alive in your work do you that how you describe it i mean you try to have a sense of immediacy it seems to me the only reason to make a walkabout is to try to nick the reader or the listener or viewer taste here smell the world as it is but of course we don't do it as it.

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"john irving" Discussed on The Fighter And The Kid

The Fighter And The Kid

01:31 min | 4 years ago

"john irving" Discussed on The Fighter And The Kid

"Cute uh really bright um gut let me seats were profile though i'm shutting house different than tinder scroll down uh uh pat art she's pasha about art trial fitness finance i still i leisuretime sketching explore new places learning something new likes to play cycling skiing snow snowboarding bowling running hiking i'd be like enjoys watching tennis when she the boys late in the world um my grandmother stopped me the value what matters most in life yes is more realistic it's not like a it's not offer has not like trying to give dixie area lean for real longlasting relationship it some deep ship man no wonder a bunch of people find their loved ones on here so trulia no longer favorite shows a day for the skin befit or is it that uh just as fantasy sifi uh i think a detailed here yielded makes a lot of sense even have like we both read like reading watching my buddy that's how he but he he found out his girls sixty percent john irving fan and he was like bowman i was at and they got married a laudable your me as days like this june looked down upon it uh don't amman at man this is good for you chen it is want babies and you want ottawa baby man dude while a lot of kids you want to be poppa chen i don't want to be asian do yeah you'd labouriously so i matches chin let me to see is a woman lila the matches matches.

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"john irving" Discussed on Overdue

Overdue

02:36 min | 4 years ago

"john irving" Discussed on Overdue

"Reaction to them and their counter reaction and i'm not i don't want to spoil suffered does is pretty important to like the plot arc but but yet won the threat so this kind of point hello but there if if folks what a read more about this all you have to do is google john irving feminist them and you will find plenty of feces from folks who gaa graduate degrees and other articles including one called and they have a link feminist views in john irving's the world according to carp which is just basically what you said yeah i don't think you can really make any concrete assumptions about what irving actually things about from isn't except to say i think he he'd generally present feminist ideas it in a much better more favorable lie and and even by talking with them engaging with them as much as he does i think he is his generally on a good like on a good side of things with respect like the women's move and even the trans movement yeah right that briefly yeah so well yellow for any time you know briefly to i will because i want to do that and i also like it's a dark comedy because there's just like there's some get stuff okay great stuff but there's this particular person named the region lame was a robert mall doing and he was a a tight end i think for the philadelphia eagles okay and he is the chen sexual and has like you know has gender reassigned the surgery and everything men becomes rob roberta multiyear in and is a sort of body guards huge any fields and i becomes a really really close friends who garb and to the entire family and yeah we can book is given the time it it came out and where we still are with wrists with respect to like trans rights and and mike and dead naming people i just getting people to take the concerns of that community seriously i can't decide if irving is just particularly progressive on this earth we have just been of really bat moving the ball for heard and i i think maybe it's a little bit yeah it yes probably anders i want to know a little bit more into table blake like i look at how the character kind of effects.

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