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

This week, it's this writing podcast's third mixtape.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to the memoirist, novelist, and journalist Marya Honrbacher,

Photo © Mark Trockman,
Photo © Mark Trockman (

plus J.J. Anselmi reads his personal essay, "Atrophy,"

JJ Anselmi

and I offer a tribute to the late Philip Levine.

philip-levineTEXTS DISCUSSED


WaitingRead Marya Hornbacher's wonderful Smithsonian profile of Oscar Peterson here.

Coming CloseNOTES

J.J. Anselmi's "Atrophy" first appeared online in Cleaver Magazine.

Rest in peace, Philip Levine.

Abe Chang with Phil Levine.

Read Aaron Belz's discussion of his correspondence with Philip Levine here.

Check out Orlando Shakes’ wonderfully colorful production of Merry Wives, which runs from February 4 to March 7, 2015.

Photo by Tony Firriolo.
Photo by Tony Firriolo.
Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_140.mp3
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This week features our third annual Erotic Poetry Night,

Erotic Poetry Nightwith moi and The Drunken Odyssey All-Stars:

Danielle Kessinger

Teege Braune

Genevieve Anna Tyrrell

Anna King

Erica Dawson.

Many thanks to our most excellent venue,


Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_139.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I talk to the novelist Darcey Steinke,

"Sister Golden Hair" author Darcey Steinke

plus I share a spoken word poem by Wilson Santos, and a brief interview about his crowdfunding project for literacy in the Dominican Republic.


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Check out more about Wilson Santos' Domican Republic project, including how to donate, here.

Check out Orlando Shakes' wonderfully colorful production of Merry Wives, with runs from February 4 to March 7, 2015.

Photo by Tony Firriolo.

Michael Chabon is a lyricist for Mark Ronson's new album, Uptown Special, as covered by The Guardian.

Harper Lee's lost novel, Go Set a Watchman, will be published later this year. The Atlantic reports on the story of its discovery. In an attempt to allay fears of Lee's competence, she has apparently released a statement through her lawyer, saying, "“I’m alive and kicking and happy as hell with the reactions to ‘Watchman,’ ” according to The New York Times.

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