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

Episode 42 is here.

This week, I talk to Stephen Elliott and Isaac Fitzgerald of The Rumpus Stephen Elliot/Isaac Fitzgerald

plus Astrid Cooke writes about Stephen King's The Stand.

Astrid Cook

Texts Discussed

Happy Baby

The Adderall Diaries

The Rumpus

About Cherry

Isaac Fitzgerald's Why I Agreed to be a Bend-over Boyfriend.

The Stand

Things Fall Apart


Orlando Shakespeare Theater's Titus Andronicus runs through April 28.

titus andronicus

Music for this week's essay provided by Zelda Re-orchestrated.

Chinua Achebe, Literary Titan, dies at 82.

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Episode 41 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing, literature, and drinking, is available on iTunes, or right click here to download.

On this week’s show, I talk to the poet and teacher Emily Brandt,

Emily Brandt

Plus Denise Falcone talks about Nabokov's Ada.

Denise 1

Texts Discussed

The Inside Colocation blog.


I love the ad-free dictionary aggregator, wordnik.

The New Yorker Rejects Itself.

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On episode 40, I talk to the poet Tony Hoagland,

Tony Hoagland

Plus Bob Lamb Explains How Ernest Hemingway saved him from Rendition.

Bob Lamb

Texts Discussed

Sweet Ruin

Donkey Gospel

What Narcissism Means to MeReal Sofistikashun

Unicorproated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty

Stupid HopeArt Matters Hemingway

Complete Stories of Hemingway

Show Notes

This episode begins with a limerick written and read by Chris Booth, in honor of our pal Steve Kelly:

Just a few, and Steve's eyes 'gan to wander;
Then day next he was mute and a-ponder:
When he saw where he woke,
In sad tones, thus he spoke:
"It's Absinthe makes the heart to grow fonder."
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Episode 39 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing, literature, and drinking, is now available.

On this week’s show, I talk to Rick Moody,

Rick Moody

James Best explains why he isn't afraid of sharks,

James Best

Plus I talk to the playwright and actor Charlie Bethel about his current one man show of The Odyssey.

Charlie Bethel's Odyssey

Texts Discussed

On Celestial Music

The Four Fingers of Death

DemonologyThe Ring of Brightest Angels


The Drunken Odyssey will be making a pub crawl in Boston this Friday.

AWP Conference

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On this week’s show, I talk to the fiction writer Matthew Pitt,

Matthew Pitt

plus Pamela Skjolsvik discusses David Sedaris’s Me Talk Pretty One Day.

Texts Discussed

Attention Please Now

Me Talk Pretty One Day

great gatsby

Ishmael Reed’s WSJ blog about Django Unchained.

Kirtsen Holt’s new poem, Taxonomy.

Richie Havens’s “Freedom”


Orlando Shakespeare Theatre presents Othello, now through March 16th.

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