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

In this week’s episode, I talk about Longinus's "On the Sublime," with Vanessa Blakeslee,

Vanessa Blakeslee

Plus LindaAnn Loschiavo writes about how Louisa May Alcott's Little Women changed her life.



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New York Classical Theatre's production of The Taming of the Shrew, which is free, will wander its way across Central Park (Thurs through Sun, May 26 - June 28), Prospect Park (Tues. & Wed., June 23, 24, 30 & July 1), and Teardrop/Battery Park City (Wed, July 8, Fri through Sun, July 10, 11 & 12).

On June 14, come celebrate The Drunken Odyssey’s 3rd birthday on a monorail line pub crawl.

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In this week’s episode, I interview the poet Cailtin Doyle,

Caitlin Doyle

plus Jeremy Da Cruz writes about reading James Joyce's "Eveline" on Amtrak.

Jeremy Da Cruz




In Orlando, check out Wordier Than Thou, the open mic night that is roving across Florida. On Wednesday, May 27, it's at Stardust Coffee and Video.

Wordier Than Thou

On June 14, come celebrate The Drunken Odyssey's 3rd birthday on a monorail line pub crawl.

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A teacher in South Windsor, Connecticut was forced to resign after allowing his class to listen to Allen Ginsburg's "Please Master."

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Episode 153 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing and literature is available on iTunes, or right click here to download.

In this week’s episode, I interview the iconoclastic Disney author Leonard Kinsey,

Leonard Kinsey

plus Terry Barr writes about leaning not to teach The Catcher in the Rye.


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In this week’s episode, we have a roundtable discussion of Kattenstoet, the Belgian cat holiday that may or may not be a retroactive apology for medieval atrocities against felines.


Present for this discussion were Teege Braune, Lisa Roney, and Jared Silvia.

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John's cat Zoë Reads Hemingway.
Jared's cat, Miroslav.



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Alicia Ostriker's "The Orange Cat."

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In this week’s episode, I talk to comedian, podcaster, and now, author, Greg Proops,

Photo by Idil Sukan/Draw HQ
Photo by Idil Sukan/Draw HQ

plus Rochelle Spencer writes about the liberating politics of Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God.


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Read Teege Braun's review of Greg Proops's comedy special, Live at Musso and Frank, here.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to the fantasy, science fiction, and nonfiction writer Melissa Crandall,

Melissa Crandall and HollyPlus Síofra Shaman Skye shares a letter she wrote to J.D. Salinger.

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Check out Melissa Crandall's blog, The Caretaker's Wild Ride, here.

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Check out more about Wilson Santos’ Dominican Republic project, including how to donate, here.



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