True Facts, Tall Tales, & Pure FictionBook - 1997
"Truth," writes Larry L. King, "is a matter of shadings. It has that in common with its low-born cousin, lies, which may be born little and white or big and mean and soul-darkening. Nobody much understands this except writers, lawyers, and politicians. Few of those will admit it. . . . So be warned: some of this book is more true than the rest." This volume brings together five essays that Mr. King considers "true facts," ten that constitute "tall tales," and four short stories that he classifies as "pure fiction." All of these pieces represent an ongoing attempt to define and understand his native place and his mind's country. They cover subjects ranging from a rape trial to dubious recipes and points between: writing, politics, Little League baseball, Texas basketball, racial integration in the military, dogs, sinning, and stories of troubled lives. Many of these pieces were previously published in such magazines as Texas Monthly, Story, The Washingtonian , and Parade , while several appear here in print for the first time. All of them bear the trademark humor and style that characterize Mr. King's hit Broadway plays, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and The Night Hank Williams Died . For fans of Larry L. Kingas well as for people just discovering the broader range of his workthis collection proves once again why he is one of America's preeminent, and funniest, essayists.
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, c1997
Edition: 1st University of Texas Press ed
Branch Call Number: 818.5409 KING
Characteristics: xiv, 218 p. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: True facts, tall tales, and pure fiction