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

On this week’s program, I drive West of Orlando to meet up with two adventurers named Drunky & Rhiannon who've just happened to write the best guide to Walt Disney World as far is this show is concerned. We geek out about boozing like pros at WDW!

We drank outside at Hurricane Hannah's,




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and then we walked over to inside the Ale and Compass over at the Yacht Club,

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and then enjoyed some beverages at The Belle Vue Lounge in the Boardwalk Inn.

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The Belle Vue Lounge is where I, sober, interviewed Ridley Pearson all the way back on #199.

This show did the Monorail pub crawl back on #77.

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On this week’s program, I talk to the novelist Cheryl Della Pietra, an editorial assistant to Hunter S. Thompson in 1992, about the dynamics of working with him, the reality of the actual writer's life, the dangers of a legendary persona, Hunter's gift for meta-journalism, the challenges of fiction writing and negotiating a gonzo vision in the service of a non-gonzo narrative, and when to put your work in the drawer and move on.



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In this week’s episode, I share a recording of Loose Lips, the monthly current events literary thing hosted by the inestimable Tod Caviness,

Loose Lips Tod Kat Parker Patrick Scott Barnes and Tod Caviness by Katherine J. Parker.

Teege Braune,

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Michael Cuglietta,

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Leigh Fields,

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Dianne Turgeon Richardson,

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and moi,

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In this week’s episode, I talk with Vanessa Blakeslee about David Mamet's Three Uses of the Knife: On the Nature and Purpose of Drama. We manage not to kill one another.

John & Vanessa 3 Uses for the Knife


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On this week’s program, I talk to the novelist Laleh Khadivi about empathy, anticipating the future, the snarl of time management, challenging oneself as a writer as a form of motivation, the absolute transformation of characters, patriarchal similarities between Middle East and West, the mystical nature of surfing, the fraught possibilities of adolescence, religious fervor, the problematic role of country to identity, and modernity and the immigrant experience.

Laleh Khadivi




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On January 19th, 2018, Dianne Turgeon Richardson hosted an evening of protest poetry at Milk Bar in Orlando, Florida!

Dianne Turgeon Richardson

The readers included on this recording are Talor Carr, Rachel Fox, Lana Ghannam, Drew Weinbrenner, John King, Dianne Turgeon Richardson, Lisa Roney, Troy Cunio, Laurie Uttich, and Sean Patrick Mulroy.

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Lisa Roney Lisa Roney.

Bar Dogs! Bar dogs.


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Episode 297 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 program, I talk to poets Paul Muldoon

Paul Muldoon

and Patricia Smith!

Patricia Smith



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On this week’s program, I talk to the poet Denise Duhamel about the role of politics and play in poetry.

Denise Duhamel




Here in Orlando, the City Beautiful, come out and hear some protest poetry on January 19th.

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The music used in this episode was “Tremor” and “As the Dark Wave Swells” by The Bambi Molesters.

The Bambi Molesters

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Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 10:19pm EDT

On this week's program, I talk to Charles Simic about James Tate, Kansas surrealism, humor in poetry, and embracing the unconscious,
plus I talk to Richard Blanco about the accidents that turn us into artists, the grind of editing, and the joys of finding new forms and challenges.


Be sure to check out the music of David Rego, whose songs “Rings Ring” and "Sapphire Showers" appear on this episode.

Dave Rego

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In this week’s episode, I catch up with Ben Blum, who was my colleague in a Jonathan Lethem workshop circa 2009, and talk about finding room for earnestness in a postmodern outlook, finding room for pleasure in a world sick with stimulation, and writing a challenging project that changes who you are as a writer.


Ranger Games


The music used in this episode was "Sweet Spot," "Chase," "Chaotica," and "As the Dark Wave Swells" by The Bambi Molesters.

All hail Mistie Watkins, content editor of The Drunken Odyssey.

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