William Thornton’s name is familiar to readers in East Alabama, where he works as a reporter for AL.com and The Birmingham News. His name is increasingly recognizable among fiction fans, too. He’s the author most recently of “Set Your Fields on Fire,” the 2015 winner of the Aspiring Authors Award. The comedic novel’s central character is Alex Alterman, a mystery worshipper who reviews churches just as a mystery shopper visits retail shops.
Thornton is this week’s guest on Triple Take, the podcast where we talk to interesting people about the book, album and film that shaped them.
Bill on “The Name of the Rose” by Umberto Eco
“Knowledge is not the same thing as wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to take knowledge and use it in a way that helps not only you but everybody else.”
Bill on “Apocalypse Now”
“In some ways, that can also be inspiring because you’ve got to find where your ground is. Maybe it’s not on the mountain top. Maybe it’s down here in the valley. It helps you get the nuts and bolts of life correct. Concentrate on what you can control rather than having the grand vision–and by doing that, you maybe move things an inch or two further along down the road. It doesn’t mean you don’t have ambition, but it means you understand the limits of ambition.”
Bill on “Let It Be” by The Beatles
“There’s an opportunity. There’s always the blank page or the blank screen that has to be filled. What are we going to do today? I think a lot of times if you concentrate too much on that, you get stuck. Let it go. And if it didn’t work, maybe it got you to the next thing that does work.”
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