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

In this week’s episode, I share a conversation I had with author, editor, comic book fan, and book designer Chip Kidd, from about 40 feet away from Biscayne Bay. We spoke about the DC/Marvel divide, the sublime art of Alex Ross, how art springs from our need to see the work we want to enjoy the most, and how so many areas of the book business intersect, if you are paying attention.

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In this week’s episode, I share a recording of Loose Lips, the monthly current events literary thing run by Burrow Press, who selected Katherine J. Parker to curate and host this installment.

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Dec 2018 Loose Lips 4Whitney Paige Hamrick by Jared Silvia.

Dec 2018 Loose Lips 6John King by Jared Silvia.

Dec 2018 Loose Lips 1Karen Price by Jared Silvia.

Dec 2018 Loose Lips 5Tom Lucas by Jared Silvia.


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Check out John's previous appearances on Loose Lips:

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In this week’s episode, I talk with Vanessa Blakeslee about the new story anthology, A Very Italian Christmas, from New Vessel Press.

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In our discussion, we manage to talk about yuletide loneliness, poverty, despair, prostitution, elk herds, Christmas, fascism, prostitution, friendship, Paul Auster's screenplay for Smoke, and David Sedaris's classic essay, "Dinah the Christmas Whore."


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Check out Vanessa and I talking about A Very French Christmas from last year.

Check out my interview with Davis Sedarisback on episode 50.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to poet and memoirist Linda Buckmaster about how our subjects sometimes choose us, the wondrous weirdness of Florida, and how the find form in the flux of composition.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to Brian Turner & Jared Silvia about making a beautiful, experimental poetic album of space ballads and duets.

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Episode 341 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing and literature is available on iTunes, or right click here to download.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to creative nonfiction writer LaTanya McQueen about how our stories sometimes choose us, how to write a really good footnote, and how to try to talk about history and race in America.

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In this week's episode, I talk to fiction writer Kimberly Lojewski!

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Check out my interviews with Tony Hoagland back on episode 40and 132.

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In this week’s episode, I am joined by Joshua Begley, AC Warner, Katherine Parker, Elise McKenna, Tom Lucas, Amy Watkins, Joshua Dull, Dianne Turgeon Richardson, and Vincent CramptonCount Orlock for Horror Movie Poetry Night V!

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In this week’s episode, I am joined by Dale Lucas, Tom Lucas, and Elise McKenna for a deep dive into Stephen King's 1981 treatise on the horror genre, Danse Macabre.

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Check out Don Peteroy's amazing essay on how to read the entire Dark Tower series while still having a life.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to the poet Sean Conrey about poetry, religion, trees, and our long ago time at Purdue University.

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