In this literary episode of the Popzara Podcast our resident bibliophile Nathan Evans talks with author and fellow letters-lover Jake Grogan about Origins of a Story: 202 True Inspirations Behind the World’s Greatest Literature, which offers budding writers and curious readers exactly that: a curated treasure trove of what helped inspire many of the world’s most famous, beloved, and controversial stories.
It’s a volume packed with favorites like Roald Dahl, Judy Blume, Stephen King, Haruki Murakami, JK Rowling and several others. You’ll learn the stories behind the stories, including Vladimir Nobokov’s surprising inspiration behind his controversial classic “Lolita” (hint: animal artwork is involved), how Margaret Mitchell’s book obsession led to “Gone With the Wind”, and how Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” helped change the way we regulate the meat industry (not as tasty as it sounds).
Hear how a younger Jake turned from cowboys and cookbooks to storybooks, and how this is his first-ever podcast appearance, which means you’re witnessing the birth of a story in the making. You’ll also get tips on crafting the tastiest Pressure Cooker treats, and how cash-strapped college students should ditch the ramen noodles for cheaper, healthier steam-cooked goodness. Bon Appétit!