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

On this week’s show, I share the live Bloomsday event!

Bloomsday 2013


See our kickstarter campaign to travel to Weeki Wachee Springs to interview Lu Vickers about Florida literature and the world famous Weeki Wachee mermaids.


Richard Peabody, our guest on episode 45, has a new audio book of poems available through Eat Poems.  Sample the poems, then pay what you wish for the download!

Nylon Soul

On Saturday, June 22, from 5 to 8, The Drunken Odyssey will sink anchor here:


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Episode 53 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing and literature is available on iTunes, or right click here to download.

On this week’s show, I talk to Cheryl Strayed,

Cheryl Strayed

Plus I share the piece that first made me read Cheryl Strayed’s work, Deborah Weaver’s essay about Wild.

Debbie Weaver





Mentors Muses Monsters


On June 22, The Drunken Odyssey will be here:


Recent reports about the National Security Agency’s PRISM data collection program have apparently lead to a spike in sales of George Orwell’s 1984 (although PRISM is really only  a minor example of the erosion not only of our privacy, but our reality, according to the philosopher Peter Ludlow).

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On this week’s show, I talk once again to Nathan Holic, who first appeared on this show all the way back on episode 1,

Nathan Holick

Plus Drew Perlmutter discusses the Cannes Film Festival,

Drew Perlmutter

Plus Nicholas Brown discusses Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove.

Nicholas Brown

Texts Discussed

American Fraternity Man

Lonesome Dove 1



Bloomsday 2013

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On this week’s show, I answer some mail with my friend, David James Poissant,

David James Poissant

Plus Cathy Day Addresses The Man Who Called Her On the Phone Asking for Advice About How to Get Published.

Cathy Day


Cathy Day's essay first appeared on her blog, right here.

If you are in Central Florida on June 16th, come celebrate Bloomsday with us!

Bloomsday 2013

Book Fight's Exceedingly Accurate Blurb:

The Drunken Odyssey with John King: A Podcast About the Writing Life is a supernova, an interstellar jamboree of colors and lights, like the twirling dresses of a troupe of champion folk dancers, like being imprisoned in Ace Freeley’s amp, throbbing like the veins in Jehovah’s hard-on.  You can look, but you can’t touch, and also, you can’t look, because if you do, you will turn to stone, and your guts will turn to marble.”

According to The Times, there was controversy over the spelling of the word that won the national spelling bee championship.  Is this anti-semitic orthography?

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On this week’s show, I talk to the memoir writer David Sedaris,

David Sedaris

plus Pamela Skjolsvik discusses David Sedaris’s Me Talk Pretty One Day,

Pamela Skjolsvik
and Adriana Lecuona writes about Ursula K. Le Guin's "Those Who Leave Omelas."

Texts Discussed

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk

Me Talk Pretty One Day

The Unreal and the Real Volume 2


Sedaris autograph
David's inscription in my copy of Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.
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On this week’s show, I interview my friend, the poet Monica Wendel, who is in residency at The Kerouac House,

Monica Wendel Imprint Show

Photo by Ashley Inguanta

plus Chelsey Clammer writes about Marya Hornbacher’s Madness.

Chelsey Clammer

Texts Discussed

The Dharma Bums

On the Road

No Apocalypse



Two great Orlando events are coming up this week:

1. On Wednesday, May 22, 7 PM, the fiction writer Colin Winnette will be reading in the sOFT eXPOSURE reading series.  Get details here.

2. On Saturday, May 25th, please come to Monica’s farewell reading at The Kerouac House.  Get details here.

See the Glossary’s Film of David Foster Wallace’s This is Water.

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Episode 48 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing, literature, and drinking, is here!

On this week's show, I interview the fiction writer Dylan Landis

Dylan Landis

plus the poet Eleanor Lerman writes about Leonard Cohen's Spice Box of Earth.

Eleanor Lerman

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Episode 47 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing, literature, and drinking, is now available.

This week, it's a great live event!



If you live in Central Florida, come to the next event in Jared Sylvia's Functionally Literate series, despite the fact that I am reading there.

Functionally Literate

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Episode 45 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing, literature, and drinking, is available.

This week, I talk to the poet Terry Ann Thaxton,

Terry Ann Thaxton

Plus Madison Bernath reviews 360 GLAZED DONUT VODKA!

Madison Bernath

Texts Discussed

Getaway Girl

The Terrible Wife

360 Glazed Donut Vodka



Madison's review of 360 Glazed Donut Vodka first appeared on McSweeney's Internet Tendency.

Wikipedia decides that women aren't "American novelists," according to this Times story.

I'll be reading with Philip Deaver, Monica Wendel, and Enid Schumer on May 11th at the Timucua Arts White House.

Functionally Literate

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On Episode 45 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing, literature, and drinking, I talk to Richard Peabody, the editor of Gargoyle Magazine,

Richard Peabody

Plus Kirsten Holt reads a beautiful elegy.

Kirtsen Holt

Texts Discussed

Last of the Red Hot Magnetos

Gargoyle 58 cover

great gatsby

On the Road
Daisy Buchanon's Daughter
Devil in the Grove

The music for Last Call was “Night Flight” by the band Carlton Melton.

The 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winners.

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