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

On this week’s show, I talk to the novelist Francesca Lia Block,

Francesca Lia Block
Photo by Nicolas Sage

Plus I share Alise Hamilton's essay about Francesca (originally from Ep. 7)

Alise Hamilton 2


Love in the Time of Global Warming

Girl Goddess Number Nine

Posthumous novels by J. D. Salinger are forthcoming, possibly, maybe.
Seamus Heaney has died.

Special thanks to Doug Nevel!

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On this week’s show, I talk to the poet Tim J. Myers,

Tim Myers

Plus Dan Lauer explains the impact Spalding Gray's Swimming to Cambodia had on him.

Dan Lauer


Dear Beast Loveliness

Swimming to Cambodia

Impossible Vacation

The Heaven of Animals


Walter Pater: "All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music" (From The School of Giogione).

Think about helping Beating Windward Press fund new art for its Doc Voodoo pulp fiction series. The swag is considerable, like this t-shirt.


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Episode 62 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing and literature is here.

On this week’s show, I answer some mail with my friend, David James Poissant,

David James Poissant

Plus Jared Silvia reads his amazing new essay, "City of Ghosts."
Jared Sylvia

Archy and Mehitabel

Fun Home


The Mysteries of Pittsburgh


• Think about helping Beating Windward Press fund new art for its Doc Voodoo pulp fiction series. The swag is considerable, like this t-shirt.


• Members of Pussy Riot! are serving time in a Russian jail for the charge of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred." What they did was perform "Mother of God, Drive Putin Away" in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. While these women are rightly venerated as warriors of free speech, and the phrase "Free Pussy Riot!" is now famous as a movement. What I learned this week, though, is that besides all of that, their music also happens to be fucking wild and should be respected by anyone who has an ear for punk.

Listen to their EP, Kill the Sexist.


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This week, I interview my friend, the fiction writer Chad Benson, who also happens to be a rock musician called Quinn W. Shagbark,


plus Jesse Duthrie talks about John Barth's The Floating Opera.

Jessie Duthrie


Live at the Mint

Ill Shoot You Ac

The Floating Opera



If you are writing in Denver, check out the Lighthouse Writer's Workshop.

lighthouse writers workshop

Read about Quinn W. Shagbark in Slate.

On Tuesday, August 13th, at Urban ReThink in downtown Orlando, I will read with




in Jesse Bradley’s series, There Will Be Words, which was just named the best reading series in Orlando by Orlando Weekly.

Two days later, I will be reading an art-inspired piece in this event:


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On Episode 60 of The Drunken Odyssey, I interview the Pulitzer Prize-winning non-fiction writer Gilbert King,

Gilbert King

Plus Monty Joynes discusses coming across Talks and Dialogues by J. Krishnamurti

Monty Joynes


Devil in the Grove

Talks and Dialogues with J Krishnamurti

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