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

On this week’s show, I talk to the poet and essayist Nicole Callihan,

Nicole Callihan

plus Maureen Vance writes about Jane Eyre.

Maureen Vance




According to The Guardian, British publishers and the Society for Authors (a trade union for UK writers) are trying to push back against Amazon’s fierce demands for more power in the book industry. They liken Amazon's terms to a form of "assisted suicide."

According to The Times, Barnes and Noble will spin off its Nook division as a separate company from its traditional bookseller endeavors.

Carlton Melton's "Spiderwebs" accompanies Maureen Vance's "Jane and Me." This song is available on the album Always Even.

Carlton Melton Always Even

The Tequila Worms have generously offered their album Cantina as a free download.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_106.mp3
Category:Writing -- posted at: 2:03pm EDT

On this week’s show, I talk to fiction writer and memoirist-extraordinaire Alden Jones,

Alden Jonesplus Peter Demarco writes about discovering Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.

Peter Demarco


Unaccompanied Minors

The Blind Masseuse

To Kill a Mockingbird



According to The Guardian, Salman Rushdie has won the PEN/Pinter award for 2014.

Also according to The Guardian, Quentin Tarantino and Matt Wagner will collaborate on a Django/Zorro crossover comic book.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_105.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 2:00pm EDT

On this bonus episode, I guide listeners through a lovely tour of Ulysses on today, which is Bloomsday.

Bloomsday 2014 Poster




Check out Black 47's music here, or wherever you buy music. "I Got Laid on James Joyce's Grave" appears on Trouble in the Land.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_104.mp3
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On this week’s show, I talk to the fiction writer and poet Alan Michael Parker,

Alan Michael Parker

Plus Andrew Gretes offers his "Ode to Zorba."

Andrew Gretes


The Committee on Town Happiness

Long Division

Zorba the Greek


Davis Sedaris talked about the Amazon/Hachette battle to Parnassus Books, a bookstore in Tennessee. 

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_103.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 10:42pm EDT

On this week’s show, my friends Teege Braune of In Boozo Veritas fame, Sean Ironman of Heroes Never Rust fame, Jeff Shuster, who is the Curator of Schlock, and Dianne Turgeon Richardson join me for a roundtable discussion of Donald Duck on his 80th birthday.

Donald Duck roundtable 2

Donald Duck roundtable 1

Donald Duck Roundtable 4Donald Duck Roundtable 5 TEXTS DISCUSSED

Trickster Makes This World

The Best of Plimpton

102 ways

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_102.mp3
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