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

In this week’s episode, I talk to fiction writer, Irvine Welsh, and share his reading from his new novel, A Decent Ride, at Miami Book Fair. Aleksander Hemon also read from his novel, The Making of Zombie Wars.

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Here I am with Irvine Welsh back in 2012.

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Thanks to Pressure Wave (Jared Silvia) for his song "Two Thousand Six."

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In this week’s episode, I talk to the poets Rita Dove and Robert Pinsky, and share the reading they gave together at Miami Book Fair International.

 

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Listen to my previous interview with Robert Pinsky here.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to the essayist Sarah Sweeney about her debut collection, Tell Me If You're Lying, the impediments and the value the academy can be to writing, and the essential relevance of poetry to the prose arts.

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NOTES

Read Sarah Sweeney's essay about catfishing musicians here.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to fiction writer Glendaliz Camacho near the end of her residency at the Kerouac House in Orlando.

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Photo by Linda Nieves-Powell

 

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Check out Glendaliz's work:

Reinaldo Arenas's story "The Glass Tower" appears in Mona and Other Tales.

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On this week’s show, I talk to the literary historian Bill Savage about the re-release of George Ade's 1931 classic, breezy history of drinking culture in America.

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Watch and hear Bill's rant against the term dive bar.

Should Prohibition be repealed? (illustration from The Old Time Saloon)

 

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In this week’s episode, I present an Election Day version Jesse Bradley’s prose reading series, There Will Be Words, or in this case, There Will Be Words and/or Doom. The readers included  myself,

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Rachel Kolman,

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Glendaliz Camacho,

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And Whitney Hamrick.

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Thanks once again to our host, J. Bradley.

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On this week’s show, I talk to the nonfiction writer Sayantani Dasgupta about creative nonfiction, the romance of reading, and the powerful appeal of the in-between.

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Listen to Sayantani's essay about 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea here.

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In this week’s episode, I talk with Vanessa Blakeslee about David Foster Wallace’s “E Unibus Plurim: Television and U.S. Fiction.”

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Read David Foster Wallace’s 1993 essay “E Unibus Plurim: Television and U.S. Fiction” here.

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On this week’s show, I talk to the nonfiction writer Pamela Skjolsvik about creative nonfiction, anxiety, and death,

plus I briefly eulogize a triumvirate of entertainers: Leonard Cohen, Robert Vaughn, and Kevin Meaney.

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Check out Pamela Skjolsvik's essay about David Sedaris back on episode 50.

Miami Book Fair International‘s amazing weekend street fair will take place on November 19th and 20th.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to the journalist and nonfiction writer, Craig Pittman.

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