The Drunken Odyssey with John King: A Podcast About the Writing Life

On this week’s show, I present my interview with Edwidge Danticat,

Edwidge Danticat

and my interview with Koren Zailckas,

Koren Zailckas

plus Samantha Stemler writes about Neil McKenna's The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde.

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Claire of the Sea Light

Mother Mother

Fury

Smashed

The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde

NOTES

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5I_3co-6Dw

The Drunken Odyssey now has a youtube channel.

According to the Kids' Right to Read Project, 2013 has been a record year for attempts to ban books in libraries in schools. The Diary of Anne Frank, you know, is too pornographic for American children to be exposed to. This was reported in The Guardian.

The Heaven of Animals, the forthcoming collection from friend-of-the-show David James Poissant, is available for pre-order. Please support the launch of his book, which is wonderful reading.

The Heaven of Animals

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_78.mp3
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On this week’s show, my friends Teege Braune of In Boozo Veritas fame, Ryan Rivas of Burrow Press fame, Nathan Holic of American Fraternity Man fame, and MFA candidate Dianne Turgeon Richardson join me along the monorail line for a pub crawl across the Magic King resorts at Walt Disney World.

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Ryan Rivas, Diane Turgeon Richardson, moi, Nathan Holic, and Teege Braune on the Polynesian's monorail station.
A stanchion at the Polynesian Resort, this tiki appears to be licking its torch.

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Walt Disney

15 Views of Orlando 1

The Uses of Enchantment

The Devils Race Track

Celebration USA

Bright Lights Big City

NOTES

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANlOFyhZJSI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f100XgX2apY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLCHg9mUBag

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BV24-cU4wz8

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On this week’s show, I present my interview with the poet Richard Blanco,

John King interviewing Richard Blanco (photograph by Tammy Taylor)

Plus Kenneth Nichol's writes about reading Tom Perrotta's Joe College.

Kenneth Nichols

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Looking for the Gulf Motel

For All of Us One Today

The Dancing Wu Li Masters

Joe College

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_76.mp3
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On this week’s show, I present TDO’s Repeal Day party, starring Robert Cassanelo, Mark Pursell, Hunter Choate, Leslie Salas, Anna King, Dan Lauer, and Teege Braune!

City Fish

The venue (photo by Leslie Salas)

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Robert Cassanello, preparing to read the opening piece (photo by Leslie Salas)

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Mark Pursell on his long ago teetotaling days (photo by Leslie Salas)

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Ah (photo by Leslie Salas)

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Hunter reads a ghost story told over vodkas (photo by Leslie Salas)

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City Fish was a wonderful location (photo by Leslie Salas)

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Anna King versifies on drinking Granadas at the Marriot Marquis (photo by Leslie Salas)

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Dan Lauer about a binge with the owner of the Murder Museum (photo by Leslie Salas)

On my third drink, I am finally smiling (photo by Leslie Salas)

On my third drink, I am finally smiling (photo by Leslie Salas)

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Madison Bernath contemplates a world in which the repeal never happened (photo by Leslie Salas)

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Teege takes it home (photo by Leslie Salas)

NOTES

The Heaven of Animals, the forthcoming collection from friend-of-the-show David James Poissant, is available for pre-order. Please support the launch of his book, which is wonderful reading.

The Heaven of Animals

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_75.mp3
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On this week’s show, I interview the legend Nikki Giovanni,

Nikki Giovanni

plus Peter Biello writes about reading Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.

Peter Bielo by Oliver Parini

NOTES

Peter Biello’s essay on The Road featured “Found Children” from Carlton Melton’s Pass it On.

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The Heaven of Animals, the forthcoming collection from friend-of-the-show David James Poissant, is available for pre-order. Please support the launch of his book, which is wonderful reading.

The Heaven of Animals

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_74.mp3
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On this week’s show, I interview fiction writer Matt Bell,

Matt Bell

plus Rose Tran writes about encountering Matt Bell's How They Were Found.

Rose Tran

TEXTS DISCUSSED

In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods

Cataclysm baby

How They Were Found 2

NOTES

On December 5th, at 7 P.M., The Drunken Odyssey will host a live reading in honor of Repeal Day, which marked the signing of the 21st amendment, thus ending prohibition. See the facebook event.

The Heaven of Animals, the forthcoming collection from friend-of-the-show David James Poissant, is available for pre-order. Please support the launch of his book, which is wonderful reading.

The Heaven of Animals

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_73.mp3
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Episode 72: We Drink!

On this week’s show, My friends Teege Braune of In Boozo Veritas fame, Matt Peters of Windward Press, and MFA candidate Diane Turgeon Richardson join me to discuss matters literary and drinkerly.

Teege Braun and Matt Peters

Diane Turgeon Richardson

Plus Dave Patterson writes about how Ray Bradbury's Farenheit 451 transformed him.

Dave Patterson

TEXTS DISCUSSED

60th anniversary edition

Bukowski On drinking

Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation

NOTES

Carlton Melton's song "Use Your Words" from their album Country Ways accompanied Dave Patterson's "A Pleasure to Burn."

photo

Laurie Anderson's Remembrance of Lou Reed appears in Rolling Stone.

Teege Braune's eulogy for Lou Reed appeared in In Boozo Veritas #13.

This weekend Playfest is happening at Orlando Shakespeare Theatre.

playfest

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_72.mp3
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On this week’s show, I answer some mail with my friend, David James Poissant,

David James Poissant

Plus Dan Lauer writes about a unique book that changed his life.

Dan Lauer

 NOTES
R.I.P., Oscar Hijuelos.

The Heaven of Animals, the forthcoming collection from friend-of-the-show David James Poissant, is available for pre-order. Please support the launch of his book, which is remarkable fucking reading.

The Heaven of Animals

Orlando Shakespeare Theater presents Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harkerfrom October 9 – November 10, 2013.

Dracula

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_71.mp3
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On this week’s show, I talk to the fiction writer Tessa Mellas,

Tessa Mellas1

Plus Todd Sentell writes about Huckleberry FinnA Good Man is Hard to Find, and the Near Death of Literature.
Todd Sentell

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Lungs Full of Noise

A Good Man is Hard to Find

NOTES

The Heaven of Animals, the forthcoming collection from friend-of-the-show David James Poissant, is available for pre-order. Please support the launch of his book, which is remarkable fucking reading.

The Heaven of Animals

Orlando Shakespeare Theater presents Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harkerfrom October 9 - November 10, 2013.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Js56KlfJoGY

The Drunken Odyssey's review of this production will appear next week.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_70.mp3
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On this week’s show, I share the latest installment of Functionally Literate, the reading series hosted by Jared Silvia, and this time featuring Nathan Holic and Lindsay Hunter!

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Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_69.mp3
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