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

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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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

Black Lightning

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

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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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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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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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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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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NOTES

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

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

Get Shreked

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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


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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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,

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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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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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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

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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.

 

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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

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and Patricia Smith!

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NOTES

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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?

 

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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.

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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

NOTES

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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NOTES

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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Jacob

This week I talk to Jacob Shores-Agüello, the resident of the Kerouac House in summer of 2017. We talk about the roles that genres play in the process of mourning, the improvistory games that can create a sense of shared culture, the glory of compression, and how to avoid the musical information car crashes that happen with prose.

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NOTES

Check out the offerings at the Annie Russel Theatre.

Check out Burrow Press's latest tome.

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This week I talk to the fiction writer Laurie Stone, and we talk about the need for more craft in experimental work, what New York means for writers, the tricks of memory and aging, and our beloved avant garde forebears.

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This is a special episode, for Will Dowd, checks in to talk about how he turned his Drunken Odyssey blog, Areas of Fog, into a book! We try to get to the bottom of our editorial relationship, the trick of bypassing or appeasing the gatekeepers among the editors of the literary world, and how the weather affects every aspect of life in New England.

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NOTES

If you are at Miami Book Fair this weekend, stop by the Burrow Press booth!

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In this week’s episode, I talk with Vanessa Blakeslee about Ann Hood's MorningStar: Growing Up With Books.

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NOTES

Check out my interview with Ann Hood back on episode 242.

 

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Episode 286 is a bonus episode, on the 1 year-anniversary of our national tragedy, the election day of 2016. I talk to the philosopher Bruce Janz about how to stay sane and process the current state of American democracy, and how our reading habits can console us.

[caption id="attachment_22372" align="alignnone" width="2016"]Bruce Janz & John King 3 Photo by Lisa Roney.

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On this week’s show, Sara Nicolas,Christina Farley, and Ella Martin, discuss the world of young adult fiction at Litlando, from February 25th, 2017.

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Horror Movie Poetry Night 4

This week is a live show: Horror Movie Poetry Night IV. We enter the dark rubicons of Saw, Annabel, Child's Play, SawIIThe Lady in White, Phantasm, Return of the Living DeadHalloween III: Season of the WitchThe Omen, Saw II, The Descent, The Bat, Dead Waves, Lair of the White Worm, and Terminator.

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The TDO All Stars included Joshua Begley,

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Elise McKenna,

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Jeff Shuster,

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Shawn McKee,

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Jax Shelton,

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and Amy Watkins.

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NOTE

Special thanks to Wilson Santos and Vinyl Arts Bar!

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On this week’s show, I talk about discovering character in the process of novel writing with Jay Baron Nicorvo!

Jay Baron Nicorvo

TEXTS DISCUSSED

The Standard Grand

Deadbeat

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Episode 282 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 share a recording of Loose Lips, the monthly current events literary thing hosted by the inestimable Tod Caviness, with special guests Erik Deckers, Whitney Hamrick, Joe Snyder, Mary McGinn, and moi.

Loose Lips October 2017

NOTES

Horror Movie Poetry Night 4 event

Join us on October 21st at Vinyl Arts Bar in Orlando

Read Ta-Nehisi Coates's The First White President.


Episode 282 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 with Vanessa Blakeslee about Colum McCann's Letters to a Young Writer.

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Books Discussed

Letters to a Young Writer

NOTES

Colum McCann hosts a lovely Bloomsday reading every year at Ulysses Folk House in downtown Manhattan.

Colum McCann by John King

Check out my interview with the late Charlie Bethel, an amazing playwright and performer, back on episode 39.

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Episode 280 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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On this week’s show, David James Poissant and I offer words of advice for 12 new writers and their questions. I probably swear more than I should in a classroom.

NOTES

Read Ta-Nehisi Coates' "The First White President."

Check out Orlando Shakespeare's production of Man of La Mancha.

Congrats to the finalists for Poet Laureate of Orlando: Curtis Meyer, Susan Lilley, and Terry Anne Thaxton.

Check out the music of The Bambi Molesters, an extraordinary surf rock outfit out of Croatia.


Episode 280 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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On this week’s show, I talk editing and publishing and writing and the post-MFA malaise with Leslie Salas.

Leslie Salas

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Other Orlandos

15 Views of Orlando

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NOTES

Leslie Salas currently blogs for The Gloria Sirens, and is an editor at Sweet.

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On this week’s show, I talk poetry with Brittany Perham!

NOTES

Check out my interview with Brittany Perham's chapbook collaborator, Kim Addonizio.

RIP, Jerry Pournelle and J. P. Donleavy.

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On this week’s show, I have a fun conversation with the journalist, surfer, and Buddhist Jaimal Yogis about the provisionality of our knowledge, philosophy, zen, surfing, writing, avoiding preciousness, and the lunacy of the ego.

 

 

NOTES

Please consider donating to The Drunken Odyssey’s indiegogo fundraiser here.

 

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Episode 276 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 speak with the poet Tina Giannoukos about the glorious visibility and flexibility of sonnets, plus Sabrina Napolitano writes about how reading Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay changed her life.


Notes

Consider donating to The Drunken Odyssey’s indiegogo fundraiser here.

Go here for details on the 60th anniversary party for On the Road at the Kerouac House.

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In this week’s episode, I talk with Vanessa Blakeslee about Rainer Maria Rilke's famous Letters to a Young Poet, plus we pay homage to Rilke's poetry with readings by Craig Moreau, Hyejung Kook, David Foley, Jason Morris, David Mcloughlin, and Amy Hosig.

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NOTES

Consider donating to The Drunken Odyssey's indiegogo fundraiser here.

Learn more about the nonprofit Page 15 here.

Follow Kristen Arnett on twitter here, or check out her website.

Check out The Florida Review here.

Go here for details on the 60th anniversary party for On the Road at the Kerouac House.

On the Road

Go here for details about Functionally Literate's next event with SJ Sindu and Kristen Arnett on September 23rd at the Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts.

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On this week’s show, I catch up with Jason Croft about the continuing evolution of pin up and burly-q culture, Bunny Yeager's legacy, the awesomeness of Medusirena, writing for pulp magazines, the joys and struggles of editorship, and the 10th anniversary of Bachelor Pad Magazine, where some of my work has been published.

TEXTS DISCUSSED

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NOTES

If you can contribute to my indiegogo fundraiser, please go here.

On Sunday, August 13th at 3 PM, join me and the other authors of Other Orlandos to celebrate its book launch!

Other Orlandos


Episode 273 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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Henry Hughes


On this week’s show, I talk to the poet and memoirist Henry Hughes about how to get over rejection, poetry, the freedom of ekphrastic work, memoirs, and fishing,

Plus Todd Boss reads his poem, "One of the Joys of Dry Fly Fishing."

 

 

 

 

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In this week’s episode, I curate more blues music that has sustained me in this summer of working too hard.

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In this week’s episode, I talk with Curtis X. Meyer and Caleb Zachary Matthews about the Slam Nationals that Team Orlando will be attending, the upsides and downsides of Slam Poetry, plus they perform their work!

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NOTES

  • Help send Sherdes Leona, Caleb Zachary Matthews, Faith Elizabeth, Curtis X. Meyer, & Kira Calvaresi to the Slam Nationals here.
  • On July 28th, I am hosting a reading by Jaimal Yogis at the Kerouac House.

 

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In this week’s episode, I talk with Vanessa Blakeslee about Robert Paul Lamb’s Art Matters: Hemingway, Craft, and the Creation of the Modern Short Story. Five years in, TDO finally devotes a show to Hemingway, and Bob's discussion of Hemingway's craft is profoundly illuminating to how effectively extraordinary Hemingway's aesthetics were. I somehow manage not to tell the story how in my Purdue years, my roommates and I dubbed the more rustic of our two bathrooms as The Ernest Hemingway Memorial toilet, with a lot of great photos of Hem in it.

 

 

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Kathleen Rooney

On this week’s show, I talk to the poet and novelist Kathleen Rooney about the flaneur as geographic narrator of imaginative space, the aesthetic pleasures of walking, writing about New York City, the value of elderly characters, the dramatic provocations of history, and the structure of the novel of memory.

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Lillian Boxfish Takes a WalkMrs Dalloway
Let the Great World Spin
Ulysses

NOTES

All our Waves are Water

 

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On this week’s show, I talk to my friend Nathan Holic, who is an Orlando writer and editor of the 15 Views of Orlando anthology series. While in situ at The Contemporary Resort, we discuss the stressors of theme park-going, the uses of such postmodern settings, and the odd counterbalances of melodrama and dark satire in Stanley Elkin's The Magic Kingdom.

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Elkin The Magic Kingdom15 Views of Orlando

NOTES

Contemporary Marry Cottles Room Mary Cottle's room? The equivalent of room 822 now, but perhaps not back in 1986. (No, we didn't knock on the door.)

Check out Nathan's books!

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All our Waves are Water

 

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On this week’s show, I talk to fiction writer, Shasta Grant, the Kerouac House resident from the spring of 2017.

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NOTES

Shasta's chapbook is now available from Split Lip Press.

On June 16th, I am hosting a fundraiser for the S.A.F.E. Words poetry slam at Writer's Atelier.

On July 28th, I am hosting a reading by Jaimal Yogis at the Kerouac House.

 

 

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On this week’s show, I talk to Todd Boss, whose new book, Tough Luck, includes a poem sequence inspired by the disaster of the I-35W Bridge's collapse in Minneapolis,

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plus Malcolm Kelly reads his poem, "Visual Vignettes of Some Gay Shit."

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TEXT DISCUSSED

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NOTES

 

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In this week’s episode, I talk with Vanessa Blakeslee about Jhumpa Lahiri’s experiment in becoming an Italian writer, In Other Words.

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On this week's show, I talk to Missy Barnes, Lena Barker, and Nicholas D'Allesandro about their production of Urinetown.

NOTES

Follow the Annie Russel theatre here.

Check out Episode 119 for Sam Slaughter's essay about Denis Johnson.

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David James Poissant reads his keynote at Litlando, from February 25th, 2017!

David James Poissant Keynote

TEXTS DISCUSSED

The Heaven of Animals

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Episode 261, I interview the prose writer Sarah Gerard about her essay collection, Sunshine State, and her novel, Binary Star.

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260 shows equals a fifth anniversary, I've decided, so it was a pleasure to talk to someone who was here at the very beginning. Jaroslav Kalfař was my occasional co-host to talk about craft books, during those last days of his being an undergraduate at the University of Central Florida. Five years, one MFA, and one novel later, Jaroslav is an international literary phenomenon. We try to catch up and manage to talk about writing along the way, plus Heleen Sikorski reads her poem "Autoerotic Alliteration."

 

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On Episode #258, I am joined by Julian Chambliss, Dianne Turgeon Richardson, Tod Caviness, and Kevin Hutchinson to talk about Star Wars in honor of May the 4th. We talk about the questionable genius of George Lucas, the role of Disney in anticipating the needs and desires of the SW audience, the imposition of romance in war narratives, and the profound role of play in our development of self. A lot of beer was drunk. We made fun of each other.

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In this week’s episode, I talk with Vanessa Blakeslee about Margaret Atwood's In Other Worlds and The Handmaid's Tale.

 

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In this week’s episode, I shut up and let Ephraim Scott Sommers, Vanessa Blakeslee, and David James Poissant discuss how to get published in lit mags, plus Tiffany Fussell discusses how The Secret Garden changed her life.

 

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In this week’s episode, I talk to fiction writer Holly Tavel about the urge to experiment in fiction, the need to subvert grand narratives, and the joys of the avant-garde and children's schlock and obsessions of all kinds,

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Plus I chat with Michael Martin about the fascinating ways poetry finds itself entering Miami during the month of April.

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Photo by Gesi Schilling.

TEXTS DISCUSSED


NOTES

Learn more about the O Miami Poetry Festival, including its schedule of events, here.

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Photo by Gesi Schilling. Special Thanks to The Children's Trust and Miami-Dade Transit.

 

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On this week’s show, David James Puissant and I offer words of advice for new writers and answer some of their questions, in the equivalent of our 8th mailbag episode, almost 2 years after the 7th...


Litlando (Words of Advice)

plus Ramona Pojoga writes about a book that changed her life!

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Barry Temple

In this week’s episode, I talk to animator Barry Temple about his extraordinary professional experience in show business. We cover career highlights like The Mouse and His Child, Ralph Bakshi's animated version of The Lord of the Rings, and the arc of Disney animation in the 1980s (from Don Bluth's defection to the renaissance of Disney filmmaking). We discuss the role that perseverance and adaptation play in a successful career, and what it is like to create animation before a theme park audience.

TEXTS DISCUSSED

The Mouse and His Child

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Mulan

 

NOTES

On April 15th, check out this amazing fundraiser for Exodus United at The Geek Easy.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to Gary Evans, Brian Crum, and Adam Watson of The Intoxicators about writing music, working collaboratively, fast tempos, and staying fired up!

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ALBUMS

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In this week’s episode, I talk with the poet Ephraim Scott Sommers.

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

The Night We Set the Dead Kid On Fire

NOTES

Litlando 2017 will take place on March 25th at The Gallery at Avalon Island. Buy tickets now here.

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Check out Ephraim's music here.

Come to Ephraim's book launch, if you are in Orlando.

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Episode 219 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 share a recording of Loose Lips, the monthly current events literary thing hosted by the inestimable Tod Caviness, with special guests Josh Dull, Racquel Henry, Darlyn Finch Kuhn, and me.

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In this week’s episode, I talk with the poet Ashley Inguanta, plus Daniela Chamorro writes about how Sandra Cisneros's The House on Mango Street changed her life.

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In this week’s episode, I talk with Vanessa Blakeslee about E. L. Doctorow's Creationists.

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This week’s episode is an eclectic mix of poetry, fiction, and an interview on the subject of the American presidency. This show features Jennifer Berne, Shawn McKee, Karen Best, Christopher Booth, Jeremy DaCruz, & Lauren Camp.

NOTES

On Monday, February 27 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM, at Bookmark It in The Lovely, Vanessa Blakeslee will lead a discussion of Sinclair Lewis's It Can't Happen Here.

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This week features our 5th annual Erotic Poetry Night, featuring...

  • Naomi Butterfield
  • Ephraim Scott Sommers
  • Diane Turgeon Richardson
  • Wilson Santos
  • Stephanie Rizzo
  • Brian Downes
  • Rachel Kolman
  • Lisa Roney
  • Madison Strake Bernath
  • & your host, John King.
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In this week’s episode, I talk to the novelist and memoirist Tom McAllister about structuring long-form fiction, the mystery of love, the addictive horrors of football, and other important matters.

 

NOTES

Bookmark It

Follow Bookmark It on Facebook to learn more about Brave New Book Club, which is led  by Vanessa Blakeslee.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to the novelist and memoirist Lily Brooks-Dalton.

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

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NOTES

According to Buzzfeed, Roxanne Gay has pulled her forthcoming book, How to Be Heard, from Simon and Shuster.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to the poet Joy Harjo, the poet and fiction and creative nonfiction writer Kim Addonizio, and the memoirist Paul Lisicky.
 

NOTES

On Sunday, February 5th, The Drunken Odyssey will be hosting its annual erotic poetry night at Vinyl Arts Bar in Orlando, Florida. 7 PM.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to fiction writer Ann Hood,

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and the graphic novelist Art Spiegelman.

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

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NOTES

Monica Crowley, Donald Trump's choice for senior director of communications for the National Security Council, is a plagiarist

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On Sunday, February 5th, The Drunken Odyssey will be hosting its annual erotic poetry night at Vinyl Arts Bar in Orlando, Florida. 7 PM..

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In this week’s episode, I talk with Vanessa Blakeslee about Jennie Jarvis's Crafting the Character Arc: A Practical Guide to Character Creation and Development.

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Plus Scott Hoffman reads his essay, "I read Ethan Frome every January."

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

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In this week’s episode, I talk to fiction writer, Irvine Welsh, and share his reading from his new novel, A Decent Ride, at Miami Book Fair. Aleksander Hemon also read from his novel, The Making of Zombie Wars.

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

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Trainspotting" target="_blank">trainspotting

Ulysses Complete & Unabridged As Corrected & Reset in 1961" target="_blank">Ulysses

The Making of Zombie Wars" target="_blank">the-making-of-zombie-wars

NOTES

Thanks to Pressure Wave (Jared Silvia) for his song "Two Thousand Six."

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In this week’s episode, I talk to the poets Rita Dove and Robert Pinsky, and share the reading they gave together at Miami Book Fair International.

 

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

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NOTES

Listen to my previous interview with Robert Pinsky here.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to the essayist Sarah Sweeney about her debut collection, Tell Me If You're Lying, the impediments and the value the academy can be to writing, and the essential relevance of poetry to the prose arts.

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

tell-me-if-youre-lying

NOTES

Read Sarah Sweeney's essay about catfishing musicians here.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to fiction writer Glendaliz Camacho near the end of her residency at the Kerouac House in Orlando.

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Photo by Linda Nieves-Powell

 

NOTES

Check out Glendaliz's work:

Reinaldo Arenas's story "The Glass Tower" appears in Mona and Other Tales.

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Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 1:23am EDT

On this week’s show, I talk to the literary historian Bill Savage about the re-release of George Ade's 1931 classic, breezy history of drinking culture in America.

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TEXT DISCUSSED

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NOTES

Watch and hear Bill's rant against the term dive bar.

Should Prohibition be repealed? (illustration from The Old Time Saloon)

 

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