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

In this week’s episode, I engage in an epic, manic conversation about the creative appeal and history of comic books and superhero storytelling with Patrick Hawkins.

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Four important panels that John came across early in his reading life:

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Patty Hawkins is a geek theorist & humorist which is politer and more marketable than calling himself a fatuous gasbag who has seen & read far too much media involving capes, swords & ray guns. He makes no claims other then speaking the truth as he sees it about geek culture without sucking up or snarking down.

Sometimes he succeeds.

He is the producer & host of Come Get ∑ [pronounced 'come get sum'] a new TV/webcast set to debut in 2015 focusing on geekdom as a social culture instead of an exploited clichéd demographic of basement dwellers & cosplayers.

He is one of the founding members & manager of The Geeks Of Comedy, a touring confederation of geek comedians who hack into all facets of fandom & fanDUMB with blistering honesty & self-effacement instead of lame ass Aquaman jokes.

He is also Patrick The Uneducated Critic and reviews films at his own caprice when they roll over on his Netflix queue (YES I'm one of the weirdoes that still pays to get the damn discs mailed to me).

He is a contributing panelist on the MarkWho42WHOniverse, a Dr. Who discussion podcast that bridges the generational gaps between Whovians which is not as easy as it sounds...

In his day jobs his is co-owner of TyFy Studios, an audio production facility, an Ideator at Ideas To Go, & is an Equity actor for Walt Disney World.

Go back and listen to Patrick perform some geek comedy as part of The Drunken Odyssey's Nerd Love live show back on episode 47.


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In this week’s episode, I talk flash fiction, mythology, Cosmopolitan, the meeting of graphic and written art, and experimental writing with the fabulous Katie Farris,

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plus Jesse Back writes about his spiritual, romantic, and personal evolution through Will Durant's The History of Philosophy.

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Photo by Daniel Parsons.



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The music used with "Forgetting Christianity" is “Bleached Beach” by Noveller, a one person band, that band being the amazing Sarah Lipstate.

The music at the start and finish of this episode was "Rising East" and "Chaotica" by The Bambi Molesters, an amazing surf rock band out of Croatia. "Rising East" is from their 2010 album, As the Dark Wave Swells, and "Chaotica" is from their 2004 album, Sonic Bullets: 13 From the Hip.

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In this week’s episode, I share a recording of a live event featuring Boris Fishman reading from his novel, A Replacement Life

Photo by Rob Liguori
Photo by Rob Liguori

and your humble host reading poetry.

Texts Discussed

A Replacement Life

Read the New Yorker profile of Merle Haggard here.

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In this week’s episode, I catch up with Lisa Roney, who has just released her creative writing textbook, Serious Daring, and a poetry chapbook, The Best Possible Bad Luck,

Lisa1plus, Liz Haberkorn writes about Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, starvation, and eating disorders.


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The Heaven of AnimalsNOTES

Rest in peace, Michael Brachfeld.

John King, Taco Reus, Maria Fadiman, Michael Brachfeld, Jennifer Brachfeld.
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