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

 

Batalogues with Patty

In this week’s episode, I share the talk Patty Hawkins and I had about Todd Phillip's Joker. We put it in a Batman context, and frankly stray far afield from talking about the movie, but frankly the movie is worth straying from, too.

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In this week’s episode, I interview Ron Cooper about Florida literature, research, the cultural tensions of Florida, and the mystery of existential characters.

NOTES

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If you are in Orlando on November 2nd from 6 to 9 PM, be a part of the book partyfor my literary adventure novel, Guy Psycho and the Ziggurat of Shame.

There will be a raffle for those who show up, no purchase necessary. Raffle items include autographed books, a t-shirt, a gift package from bachelor Pad Magazine, a gift certificate for a medium sized literary tattoo, plus a framed, autographed poster featuring the book cover of Walter Mosley’s Debbie Doesn’t Do it Anymore.

 

Guy Psycho Book Launch Party

6-9 PM

1418 Clouser Ave, Orlando, FL 32804-6209

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Check out my earlier interview with Ron, back on Episode #210.

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In this week’s episode, I interview Erik Deckersabout how he finished the novel he began as a resident at the Kerouac Project of Orlando.

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NOTES

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Check out this early first episode of my new web series talk show about the history of Batman!

https://youtu.be/3TFvC8F37E0

 

If you are in Orlando on November 2nd from 6 to 9 PM, be a part of the book party for my literary adventure novel, Guy Psycho and the Ziggurat of Shame.

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There will be a raffle for those who show up, no purchase necessary. Raffle items include autographed books, a t-shirt, a gift package from bachelor Pad Magazine, a gift certificate for a medium sized literary tattoo, plus ...

Guy Psycho Raffle

this framed, autographed poster featuring the book cover of Walter Mosley's Debbie Doesn't Do it Anymore.

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Guy Psycho Book Launch Party

6-9 PM

1418 Clouser Ave, Orlando, FL 32804-6209

https://www.facebook.com/events/619433221793908/

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In this week’s episode, I wear an ugly shirt from outer space  to speak with Vanessa Blakeslee and Lisa Roney about Flannery O'Connor's Mysteries and Manners.

NOTES

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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 here while still logged in to upgrade the account with the discount.

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In this week’s episode, I talk with historian and crime writer Gilbert King about the history of justice and journalism, the role of luck in research, experimenting with presentation until a passage feels right, and how to manage one's doubts when pursuing a writing project.

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Devil in the Grove

NOTES

 

Check out my first interview with Gilbert back on episode 60!

 

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In this week’s episode, I talk with creative writer and Disney historian Todd James Pierce about the new developments in role-play storytelling that were and perhaps still are planned for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios park at Walt Disney World.

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According to the end of the line cast member outside Oga's Cantina, you can't see all three of Batuu's suns, but you could certainly feel them, on a day called Heatstroke-in-the-Shade.

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In this week’s episode, I talk with crime novelist Scott Phillips, author of The Ice Harvest, Cottonwood,Rake, The Adjustment, and other books.

Scott Phillips

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Episode 382 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing and literature is available on Apple podcasts, stitcher, spotify, or click here to stream.

In this week’s episode, I talk with Rick Moody about his new book, The Long Accomplishment: A Memoir of Hope and Struggle in Matrimony.

Rick Moody by Laurel NakadatePhoto by Laurel Nakadate

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In this week’s episode, I talk with the fiction writer and essayist Deirdre Coyle about why fantasy can be more real than realism, the video game experience that happens inside our minds, and the joys of cutting extraneous words from manuscripts.

 

 

 

 

 

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In this week’s episode, I talk with the novelist Binnie Kirshenbaum about finding one's voice, finding the right point-of-view, avoiding boredom, and the occasional hell of marketing literature.

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

Rabbits for FoodThe Scenic Route

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NOTES

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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.

Art Spiegelman chose not to censor his essay on Marvel Comics, in which he likens the president to the Red Skull. Instead, he gave the essay to The Guardian.

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

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In this week’s episode, I talk with the memoirist Katherine Smyth about how literature fills our lives, and is there for us in peculiarly reassuring ways when we lose everything.

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

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The Voyage Out

NOTES

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Scribophile

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RIP, Toni Morrison.

The Bluest Eye

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In this week’s episode, I talk with the poet Tim J. Myers about spirituality, open systems of belief, and the passion of our favorite music and favorite people.

 

Check out my first interview with Tim all the way back on episode 63.

Check out the AWP panel on life balance back on episode 362.

Or check out Tim's listicle, "Improved Terms for Some Currently-Known Stuff."

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In this week’s episode, I talk with Liz Prato about being the best haole possible in Hawaii, the mixing of history and memoir, respecting the natural environment, and other important matters.

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NOTES

This episode is sponsored by the excellent people at Scribophile.

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

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In this week’s episode, I talk with Kendra DeColo about poetry, bohemian misadventures, editing, performing, and more.

Kendra DecoloPhoto by Lindsey Rome.

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In this week’s episode, I talk with Chet Weise, the publisher of Third Man Books.

WeiseAuthorPhotoSmallbyJamieGoodsellPhoto by Jamie Goodsell.

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Lucy Negro Redux CoverAscend Ascend Covermary wants to be a superwomanMy Dinner with Ron Jeremy

NOTES

This episode is sponsored by the excellent people at Scribophile.

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

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

 

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In this episode, I share the most recent Loose Lips, the monthly current events literary thing run by Burrow Press, who selected me to curate and emcee this installment.

This installment featured Deirdre Coyle, Erik Deckers, Bethany DuVall, Corwin Moore, and Tom Lucas. Photos by Katherine J. Parker.

NOTES

This episode is sponsored by the excellent people at 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.

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

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In this week’s show, I talk with the great Erica Jong about writing in one's voice, being in love with language, the discipline of literature, revision, 18th century fiction, living healthy, and sonnets and other poetry,

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plus Vanessa Blakeslee and I discuss Erica Jong's book on writing, Seducing the Demon: Writing for my Life.

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NOTES

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.

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

Guy Psycho and the Ziggurat of Shame Cover

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In this week’s show, I talk with the fiction writer, children's book writer, and revision guru Arielle Haughee.

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

The Complete Revision Workbook

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NOTES

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.

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

Guy Psycho and the Ziggurat of Shame Cover


Episode 372 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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Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 3:43pm EDT

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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NOTES

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.

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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Soft TargetsThe TraditionUnaccompanied

Like A Beggar

NOTES

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Scribophile

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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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TEXTS DISCUSSED

Survival MathThe Residue Years

NOTES

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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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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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.

NOTES

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

NOTES

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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NOTES

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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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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NOTES

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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TEXTS DISCUSSED

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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NOTES

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

NOTES

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

AWP Panel

 

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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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NOTES

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.

teresa carmodyPhoto by Jared Alan Smith.

 

 

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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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TEXTS DISCUSSED

Ward Kimball

Three Years in Wonderland

NOTES

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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TEXTS DISCUSSED

Image Music Text.jpgCounter Memory

Check Out Vanessa's Books!

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NOTES

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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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TEXTS DISCUSSED

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:28pm EDT

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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NOTES

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.

TEXTS DISCUSSED

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Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 12:54am EDT

Episode 347 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing and literature is available on iTunes, or right click here to download.

This week is a cornucopia of poetry conversation with Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Juan Felipe Herrera, and Billy Collins!

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

Oceanic

JabberWalkingImagineThe Rain in Portugal

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Here's a present, something I acquired when collecting bootlegs in the 1990s. I hope you enjoy it while I get over this damned cold.

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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.

Chip Kidd

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Marvelocity

The Cheese Monkeys

The LearnersBatmangaDeath by Design

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Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 6:17pm EDT

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.

Dec 2018 Loose Lips 2Katherine J. Parker by Jared Silvia.

 

Dec 2018 Loose Lips 3Joshua Begley by by Jared Silvia.

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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NOTES

Check out John's previous appearances on Loose Lips:

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_344.mp3
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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."

TEXTS DISCUSSED

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NOTES

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

Check out my interview with Davis Sedarisback on episode 50.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_343.mp3
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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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Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_342.mp3
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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.

Interplanetary Acoustic Team

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

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_341.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

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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Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_340.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 1:01am EDT

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

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NOTES

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

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_339.mp3
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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!

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_338.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

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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NOTES

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

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_337.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:01am EDT

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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Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_336.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this week’s episode, I talk to fiction writer Jane Ridgeway about our stories and characters choosing us instead of the other way around, the delicious problem of historical fiction, and what teenagers today like to read, among other topics.

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Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_335.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I talk to novelist Ben Gwin about postmodern satire, addiction, whether MFAs ruin or sustain writers, and for some reason I insist that he needs to write poetry,

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plus I talk to Jared Silvia about synth music, Woody Guthrie, the vagaries of how folk music gets recorded, and Jared's annual recording project every Labor Day.

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Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_334.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 12:40am EDT

In this week’s episode, I talk to Peter Kuper about Kafka, the remarkable art form of comic books, the indie comic book scene in the late 1980s, Spy Vs. Spy, finding your Muse when it leaves the marketplace, and so much more.

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

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NOTES

Check out Brian Turner, Jared Silvia, recordings of Elise Kusnetz, and others in a performance of The Interplanetary Acoustic Team at the Timucua White House in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday, September 25th.

Check out Kyle Eagle's impeccable new jazz podcast, The Major Scale. If you search the iTunes store, you can find it there as a free download you can and should subscribe to.

Leslie Salas reviewed Peter Kuper's adaptation of The Metamorphosis for the Drunken Odyssey back in 2013.

Details from Kafkaesque:

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Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_333.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 11:39pm EDT

Episode 332 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing and literature is available on iTunes, or right click here to download.

In this week’s episode, I talk with Vanessa Blakeslee about Chuck Palahniuk's Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories.

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Episode 332 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing and literature is available on iTunes, or right click here to download.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_332.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

In this week’s episode, I host a party in honor of the 60th anniversary of the publication go my favorite Jack Kerouac work, The Dharma Bums.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_331.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 9:55pm EDT

In this week’s episode, I am joined by Chris Lafave, Erik Deckers, and David James Poissant for a discussion of Kurt Vonnegut.

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

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NOTES

When in Indianapolis, visit the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library.

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If you are in Orlando, that is, the City Beautiful, this Wednesday, come celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Dharma Bums at the house where Jack wrote it.

Dharma Bums Celebration

Here is our On the Road show from last year.

https://youtu.be/Dg_V4amBlJo

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_330.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

In this week’s episode, I chat with novelist Blair Hurley about our experiences in NYU's MFA program, how to plot novels, religion, and how to really dress like a writer.

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

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NOTES

Check out Brian Turner's album, featuring recordings by his late wife, Ilyse Kusnetz.

Interplanetary Acoustic Team

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_329.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 12:31am EDT

This week, I interview Dale Lucas, the author of the Fifth Wardand Doc Voodooseries of novels about exploring ethics in long-form narrative, world-building (and when to stop), how to keep writing the novel in maddening isolation, and other stuff, too.

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Books Discussed

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NOTES

Check out Dale's essayabout having Simon Vance perform the audiobook of his novel, The Fifth Ward: First Watch.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_328.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:32pm EDT

In this week’s episode, I interview Adrian Todd Zuniga, the host of Literary Death Match, about how to plot a novel, and how he plotted his novel, Collision Theory.

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NOTES

Check out my previous convo with Adrian back on Episode 190.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_327.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 5:16pm EDT

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In this week’s episode, I talk with the Orlando legend, Patrick Greene, about the power of being an autodidact, the importance of curiosity outside of one's area of expertise, and the struggles of trying to live the life of a writer.

NOTES

To get some idea of Pat Greene's influence, here's a video featuring his 60th birthday celebration at the gallery earlier this year.

https://youtu.be/CYXqonaFaAQ

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_326.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 9:43pm EDT

In this week’s episode, I talk with the poet Abraham Smith about his latest release, the book-length work, Destruction of Man.

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Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_325.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 10:38pm EDT

In this week’s episode, I talk with Vanessa Blakeslee about short story writing over the long haul, and about her brand new book, Perfect Conditions.

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Plus James Chapin writes about how the King James Bible changed his life.

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

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Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_324.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I chat with the classicist and translator, Emily Wilson, whose translation of the Odyssey feels both superbly magical and contemporary.

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NOTES

Check out this new funky, psychedelic audio soundscape project featuring Brian Turner, Ilyse Kusnetz, and Jared Silvia, among others.

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Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_323.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 4:27pm EDT

In this week’s episode, I chat with the actor Sean Pratt, who is approaching his 1,000th audiobook reading. We talk about breaking into voice work, how to read non-fiction, the audiobook of Infinite Jest, and many other things.

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NOTES

Check out Sean's websiteto learn about his voice coaching and webinars.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_322.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 1:14am EDT

In this week’s episode, I talk with Vanessa Blakeslee about E. M. Forster's Aspects of the Novel as my copy of it crumbled and dissolved. I defend the honor of Henry James at great length.

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Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_321.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 12:05am EDT

On this week’s program, The Drunken Odyssey enjoys perhaps its final Bloomsday live show, and its perhaps final visit to The Gallery at Avalon Island.

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Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_320.mp3
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On this week’s program, Julian Chambliss returns to the secret headquarters of TDO so we could share notes about the first season of the new television show of Black Lightning, and consider the context of the classic comic book from the 1970s.

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

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NOTES

Check out this hysterical assist from Superman!

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Compare Tobias Whale on the CW show (Marvin 'Krondon' Jones III) and his considerably different look in the original comics.

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Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_319.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 4:16pm EDT

On this week’s show, I present the readings from the book release party for Condoms and Hot Tubs Don't Mix.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_318.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT

On this week’s program, I talk to novelist Michal A. Ferro about the midwest and Postmodernism and alcoholism and other matters of interest.

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NOTES

Review The Drunken Odyssey on  iTunes here.

Condoms & Hot Tubs Release Party

If in NYC on June 16th, enjoy Bloomsday at Ulysses Folk House! I wrote a profile about a past year's event here.

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Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_317.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 12:57am EDT

On this week’s program, I talk to the fiction writer, screenwriter, and film director Laura Lee Bahr at the close of her residency at the Kerouac Project of Orlando.

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

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NOTES

Condoms & Hot Tubs Release Party

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_316.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 10:33pm EDT

On this week’s program, I talk to the poet Terri Witek.

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NOTES

I’ll be reading with the other contributors to this awkward sexcapade anthology!

Condoms & Hot Tubs Release Party


Episode 315 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing and literature is available on iTunes, or right click here to download.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_315.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 11:51pm EDT

On this week’s program, I talk to the novelist and filmmaker, Tom Stern.

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NOTES

I'll be at two forthcoming events in the City Beautiful.

Laura Lee Bahr will give her farewell readingat the Kerouac House on May 19th at 7:30.

Plus I'll be reading with the other contributors to this awkward sexcapade anthology!

Condoms & Hot Tubs Release Party

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_314.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 12:09am EDT

In this week’s episode, I talk with Vanessa Blakeslee about Alexander Pope’s Essay on Criticism and twitter and other stuff.

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NOTES

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Pre-order Vanessa's forthcoming short story collection, Perfect Conditions.

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If you like Walt Disney World, subscribe to my Disney-themed youtube channel.

The Strangest Mouse

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_313.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 3:46am EDT

On this week’s program, I talk to poets Gerald Stern and Victor Hernandez Cruz, plus we hear John McMahon's prologue to his work in progress, A Boy from Nantucket.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_312.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:10pm EDT

On this week’s show, I talk to M. Evelina Galang about writing about the insistence of history, collaborating with other voices, being inspired by our elders, and conveying the true flux of language.

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Books Discussed

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Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_311.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 11:40pm EDT

On this week’s show, I talk to essayist Chelsey Clammer about the lyric essay, finding humor in trauma, and being honestly surprising.

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BOOKS DISCUSSED

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Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_310.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:13pm EDT

On this week’s show, I talk to the poet David McLoghlin about the pains and joys of being a third culture kid, the aesthetic fun of the poetic sketch, the importance of travel and being present even when home, and the importance of saving everything one writes. I read a poem from the ARC that got cut from the published version of the book, and David maybe has second thoughts about its omission...

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BOOKS DISCUSSED

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NOTES

Check out David reading Rilke's "Presentiment" back on episode 275.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_309.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 1:25am EDT

On this week’s show, the format is quite different.

Get Shreked

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_308.mp3
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On this week’s show, I talk to poet, memoirist, and editor Brian Turner about how to build a strong anthology, how working in other media helps our writing, and working with our instincts in the writing process. His latest editing project, The Kiss: Intimacies From Writers, is now available from Norton.

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

The KissMy Life as a Foreign CountryTurner Phantom NoiseTurner Here, Bullet


NOTES
Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_307.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 8:49pm EDT

On this week’s show, I share my interview with poet Sean Patrick Mulroy,

Sean Patrick Mulroy

plus I chat with my veteran friend Joshua Dull (on the right) about his plans to do more mission work in Costa Rica.

Joshua Dull in Costa Rica

NOTES

If you can, throw a few bucks into the can to send Joshua back to Costa Rica to work on clean water projects.

The Kerouac Project of Orlando is accepting applications for its 3-month residency program until April 16th.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_306.mp3
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On this week’s show, I share interviews I did with the short story writer Jim Shepard

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and one of my favorite novelists, Jennifer Egan.

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NOTES

Please leave a review of the show on iTunes.


Episode 305 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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Episode 304 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 special AWP program, Vanessa Blakeslee and I face off against Book Fight's Tom McAllister and Barrelhouse's Poetry Editor, Dan Brady.

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

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Episode 304 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing and literature is available on iTunes, or right click here to download.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_304.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 1:41am EDT

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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BUY THESE BOOKS

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NOTES

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.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_303.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 12:39am EDT

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.

 

 

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_302.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 2:21am EDT

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

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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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Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_301.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 8:49pm EDT

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.

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Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_300.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 1:37pm EDT

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

 

 

NOTES

Check out the second installment of The Drunken Odyssey's Unauthorized Film Commentary Series:

https://youtu.be/VYfZUZjSgjo

Subscribe to TDO's youtube channel

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_299.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 7:48pm EDT

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

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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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Bar Dogs! Bar dogs.

NOTES

  • For help with getting Voter IDs, for yourself or others, please check out IDignity.
  • Learn more about Exodus United.

 

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_298.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:59pm EDT

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!

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NOTES

Please subscribe to my youtube channel, and leave a review of the show on iTunes.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_297.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 6:08pm EDT

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

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BOOKS DISCUSSED

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NOTES

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

If you love Pat Greene, or just love great art, please donate a little something to The Downtown Arts District of Orlando.

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

The Bambi Molesters

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_296.mp3
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

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_295.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 1:59am EDT

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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.

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NOTES

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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Have you reviewed us on iTunes yet?

 

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_294.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 12:23am EDT

Episode 293

In this week’s episode, Tod Caviness, Julian Chambliss, Dianne Turgeon Richardson, and Jared Silvia join me in a roundtable discussion of the Star Wars Christmas Special of 1978 and maybe got a few other topics in there as well.

Star Wars roundtable

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_293.mp3
Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 12:01am EDT

In this week’s episode, we return to September 5th, 2017, the 60th anniversary of the publication of Jack Kerouac's On the Road. This celebration included Tod Caviness, Janna Benge, Bob Kealing, Erik Deckers, Suleika Jaouad, Karen Price, Holly Kapherr, Jared Silvia, Chris Cortez and Mark Piszczek.

On the Road Party Music by Peter LanzaroneOn the Road Party John by Vincent

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Check out The Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts!

Learn more about The Kerouac Project residency program.

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

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Some context for the dubious Dutch tradition of Black Pete.

David Sedaris discusses this in his essay, "6 to 8 Black Men."

Be sure to check out the music of David Rego, whose song "Harp" appears on this episode.

Dave Rego

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