On this edition of John Miller’s popular show, John Hood describes the genesis of Mountain Folk — and explains how characters from folklore and epic fantasy can convey important historical truths.
John Hood: “Although my novel has many non-human characters, I actually use them to illustrate the inescapable realities of human nature. We are all fallen creatures. We yield to temptation.”
John Hood: “There are many explanations for fairy belief. It’s reassuring to believe good and bad events aren’t just random. That powerful forces are at work, magical forces to be tapped or propitiated.”
John Hood: “Ideas do have consequences. But they are contingent on factors beyond the substance and soundness of the ideas themselves. Human beings aren’t calculating machines. We're storytellers.”
During this 15-minute interview with CJ host Mitch Kokai, John Hood cites the examples of Animal Farm, Brave New World, and The Lord of the Rings to show how fiction can depict abuses of power.
John Hood: “We need histories, novels, films, music, and art that embrace a common American creed, that celebrate its inspiring past & boundless future. We need more stories of heroic Americans.”
John Hood: “We should make greater use of fiction to teach fact. Weaving historical content into fiction with strong characters and compelling plots makes it easier for readers to recall and interpret facts.”
In this hourlong show, John Hood talks about researching Mountain Folk, using fiction to explore historical themes, and the monsters from European & Native American folklore featured in the book.