Mighty: Bull, Pen, Gun - A E Hotchner

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Mighty: Bull, Pen, Gun

In this episode of The Moth Radio Hour, an author who treasures the art of letter-writing is spellbound by an inmate who becomes a pen pal, a man comes to terms with a personal tragedy caused by a gun, and A.E. Hotchner describes how Ernest Hemingway persuades him to risk his life by pretending to be a matador


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16:44
The Day I Became a Matador

by A. E. Hotchner

A man's relationship with a famous writer takes an unexpected twist.

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12:43
The Past Wasn't Done With Me

by Kemp Powers

Kemp Powers is only 14 when he learns that playing with a loaded gun can have devastating consequences.

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12:01
The One Good Man

by Joyce Maynard

An author who treasures the art of letter-writing is spellbound by an inmate who becomes a pen pal.

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Extras From This Episode

A.E. Hotchner

You can read Ernest Hemingway’s side of the story in The Dangerous Summer.

All photos by Larry Barrows, LIFE magazine.

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A.E. Hotchner gets advice from his “manager”, Ernest Hemingway, before the bullfight.

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The subjects of The Dangerous Summer, from left to right – Ernest Hemingway, Luis Miguel Dominguín, A.E. Hotchner and Antonio Ordóñez.

Kemp Powers

You can read more about Kemp’s life before and after in The Shooting, available as an e-book through Amazon.

All photos courtesy of Kemp Powers.

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Kemp as a baby.

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Kemp and his kids, Mingus and Mackenzie.

Joyce Maynard

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Joyce and her kids around the time of her correspondence with Grizzly. Photo courtesy of Joyce Maynard.

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Photo courtesy Entertainment Weekly.

Joyce’s experiences with Grizzly were the basis of her novel Labor Day, now being turned into a film by Jason Reitman, starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. The film will be released on December 25th, 2013.

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