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A Few Seconds Of Radiant Filmstrip

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On this episode of Arts & Letters, we talk with Little Rock novelist, short story writer, prodigious list maker, and former 7th grader Kevin Brockmeier. He is the author of several national bestselling books of fiction including, A Brief History of the Dead, The View from the Seventh Layer, and The Illumination

His latest effort recounts a character named Kevin Brockmeier and his present tense misadventures throughout his 7th grade year growing up in Little Rock. 

Writer Karen Russell calls A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip "a truly stunning hybrid--a memoir told with the imaginative vibrancy and the uncanny precision of the best fiction."

The memoir begins on the last weekend of summer 1985--the last weekend before 7th grade for Kenneth, Thad, Bateman, and Kevin Brockmeier, who we find hanging from a cliff "bracing his sneakers against chunks of stone and the whip handles of baby trees, twenty-five feet above the parking lot." 

So let's lace up our Reeboks, pull on our izod polos, don jelly bracelets and Swatch Watches, zip up our bomber jackets, take a deep breath, hold it, and return to middle school in 1985 in order to become a part of it all.

  Supplements

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Brockmeier discusses his list-writing prowess.
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Brockmeier describes an enlightening moment at the state fair.
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Brockmeier talks about his former 7th grade classmates' reactions to the book.
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Music

We humbly thank Brian Nahlen, Jeh-sea Wells and Max Gomez for their musical contributions.

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Credit Brian Nahlen Twitter
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Brian Nahlen

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Brian Nahlen performing "Don't Lose Sight" at KUAR's studios.
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Credit Jeh-seh Wells Soundcloud
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Jeh-sea Wells

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Jeh-sea Wells performs "And If the Sun Is Real."
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Max Gomez

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Max Gomez performs "Rule the World."

If you'd care to write us a comment about this show or any other, please email us at artsletters@kuar.org

Support for this program comes from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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