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

In this week's show, C.H. Hooks and I sit down with some questionable red wine to discuss Florida, Florida literature, and the uses we make of writing.

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This episode is sponsored by Scribophile.

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Check out my adventure novel, Guy Psycho and the Ziggurat of Shame.

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This week, we go to Walt Disney World with Nathan Holic and David James Poissant in order to discuss Cory Doctorow’s science fiction novel, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom.

 

 

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In this week’s episode, I talk to the poet Deborah Landau about her wonderful new poetry collection, Soft Targets,

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plus I share Copper Canyon's poetry reading from the 2019 AWP Conference, which featured Javier Zamora, Ellen Bass, Deborah Landau, and Jericho Brown.

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Like A Beggar

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This episode is sponsored by Scribophile.

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TDO Listeners can get 20% of a premium subscription to Scribophile. After using the above link to register for a basic account, go herewhile still logged in to upgrade the account with the discount.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to Mitchell S. Jackson about finding joy in voice while dwelling on painful material in a memoir and novel.

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Survival MathThe Residue Years

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This episode is sponsored by Scribophile.

Scribophile

TDO Listeners can get 20% of a premium subscription to Scribophile. After using the above link to register for a basic account, go herewhile still logged in to upgrade the account with the discount.

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In this week’s episode, Vanessa Blakesleeand I discuss Eudora Welty's "Place in Fiction" (1955).

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The Eye of the Story

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This episode is sponsored by Scribophile.

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TDO Listeners can get 20% of a premium subscription to Scribophile. After using the above link to register for a basic account, go herewhile still logged in to upgrade the account with the discount.

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Check out my adventure novel, Guy Psycho and the Ziggurat of Shame.

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And check out Vanessa's books, too.

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Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 8:30pm EDT

In this week’s episode, I share my first mixtape in almost 2 years.

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Happy writing. Let me know what you think below.

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Please buy me.

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In this week’s episode, I talk with poet Campbell McGrath about his his new book, Nouns & Verbs, from a luminous lobby in Portland.

Campbell McGrathPhoto by Freesia McKee.

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Nouns & Verbs

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Check out my previous interview with Campbell from 3 years ago, back on episode 203.

If a literary adventure might be your jam, please consider buying my exciting new novel.

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In this week’s episode, I talk with poet and essayist Elisa Gabbert about the excitement of short-form essays, the glories of book design, not reading Moby Dick, and other literary confessions. 

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If you are into literary adventure stories, please pick up a copy of my debut novel, Guy Psycho and the Ziggurat of Shame.

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In this week’s episode, David James Poissant turns the tables on John King and interviews him about the miraculous release of his epic novel, Guy Psycho and the Ziggurat of Shame.

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Guy Psycho and the Ziggurat of Shame

Here is the original Guy Psycho short story.

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In this week’s episode, Chelsey Clammer, David James Poissant, Rion Amalcar Scott, and I discuss how to survive in the writing life before an AWP audience in Portland, Oregon.

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David James Poissant

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If you are anywhere near Miami, check out the O, Miami Poetry Festival.

Please review this show on iTunes.

My novel comes out next week.

Guy Psycho and the Ziggurat of Shame

 

 

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In this week’s episode, I go back to Jack Kerouac's house to talk to fellow fiction writer and NYU alum Sara Batkie about Realism, Magic Realism, historical fiction, the composition of a story collection, NYU's MFA program, the upsides of reading for literary magazines, and our evolutions as writers.

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Better Times

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In this week’s episode, Karen Price, Erik Deckers, Terry Ann Thaxton and I read Jack kerouac's poetry to the accompaniment of Ben Deckers's walking bass.

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Kerouac Book of HaikusMexico City BluesKerouac Scattered PoemsA Coney Island of the Mind


Episode 360 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 Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman about classical music, social class, memoir, and authenticity.

Jessica HindmanPhoto by Vanessa Borer.

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TDO will be sharing a table with Black Fox Literary Magazine at AWP at table T14104, plus I am moderating a panel on life-balance, which I clearly know nothing about.

AWP PanelAlso, my novel has a release date of April 16, 2019.

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In this week’s episode, I talk again with Mark Blake, biographer of Peter Grant, about what happened to Led Zeppelin after Led Zeppelin.

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Bring it On Home

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In this week’s episode, I talk to music writer Mark Blake about his new biography of Peter Grant, the man who empowered Led Zeppelin to become the most popular rock band of all time.

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Bring it On Home

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I will be at AWP. Leave a comment if you are attending and would like a TDO meet and greet.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to fiction writer Chad Anderson near the end of his residency at The Kerouac House here in Orlando, Florida. We spoke about the importance of memories, including lost ones, in the creation of our realities (and the fictions representing those realities), the complications of family, the glory of a long residency, and Washing DC as a writer's city.

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Read Chad Anderson's Katherine Anne Porter Award winner, "Maidencane," here.

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Check out Whose Live Anyway, in which the Whose Line is it Anyway cast improvs the hell out of a stage near your, probably, eventually.

Or Check out this farewell reading from Eleanor Matthews, the resident before Chad.

https://youtu.be/ODhjl3zHvRY

The application period for next year's Kerouac residents ends on March 10th. Apply here.

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Come hear me pontificate with some wiser writers than I am at AWP!

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In this week’s episode, I talk to fiction writer Teresa Carmody about the joys of making books, the patterns needed for experimental work, and approaching the musicality of writing like meditation.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to Todd James Pierce about his new biography of Ward Kimball from an epic corridor of The Wilderness Lodge at Walt Disney World.

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Ward Kimball

Three Years in Wonderland

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Check out Todd's site and podcast, The Disney History Institute.

Check out my previous interview with Todd back on Episode 218.

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In this week’s episode, Vanessa Blakeslee and I survive reading Roland Barthes's "The Death of the Author" and "What is an Author?" by Michel Foucault.

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Check Out Vanessa's Books!

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Suggested donation: $20, which comes with a glass of wine and food. Go herefor more details.

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In this week’s episode, I chat with my friend Terry Ann Thaxton about poetry, parents, mortality, yard work, mud, and the underrated useful of writing prompts for professional writers. We were tired, but we laughed a lot.

Terry Ann ThaxtonJohn King and Terry Ann Thaxton at Jack Kerouac's house in Orlando. Jared Silvia is saying something behind us. Photo by Katherine J. Parker.

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In this week’s episode, I speak with the war veteran, journalist, and novelist Elliot Ackerman about composition and revision strategies, and the emotional access points from our own experience to the stories we tell.

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dark at the crossing

 

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In this week’s episode, I speak with the Kerouac House's fall 2018 resident, Eleanor Matthews about Victorian novels, characterization and plots, and the connections between physical activity and creative writing.

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In this week’s episode, I croak with Vanessa Blakeslee and Mark Pisczek about the Apollonian and Dionysian origins of storytelling as explored in Friedrich Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy.

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If you live in Orlando, come hear Mark and his band, Strange Angels, play jazz at the Imperial at Washburn Imports this Thursday, January 17, 2019, 8-11 PM.

1800 N Orange BLVD / Orlando, FL 32804.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2187842224789407/

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Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 11:33pm EDT

This week has Miami Book Fair International conversations with Ben Fountain,Celeste Ng, and Gary Shteyngart!

Ben FountainBen Fountain and beverages in the Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College.

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