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

In this week’s episode, I interview fiction writer Mary Gaitskill, and share her reading from Miami Book Fair International,

Mary Gaitskill

plus Beverly Army Williams and I discuss Mary Gaitskill's new novel, The Mare.

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

The MareVeronicaNOTES

Check out Beverly Army Williams's site, Mothershould.

Litlando-PosterGet tickets for Litlando here.

The music used in this show was by Michael Hearst. "Alprazolam" (Songs for Fearful Flyers) and "Nicht Lustig Fight" (Film Music and Other Scores, Vol. 1) appeared in the opening, and "Theme From Magic Camp" (Film Music and Other Scores, Vol. 1) at the close.

Check out his wonderful music.

Film Music and Other ScoresSongs for Fearful FlyersIf you live in Orlando, check out Orlando Shakespeare Theater's 2016 production of The Tempest.

Greg Thornton (Prospero) and Lisa Wolpe (Antonia) star in Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s production of William Shakespeare's The Tempest. (Photo by Luke Evans.)
Greg Thornton (Prospero) & Lisa Wolpe (Antonia) in OST's The Tempest. (Photo by Luke Evans.)
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Erotic Poetry Night IV

This week features our 4th annual Erotic Poetry Night, featuring Jesse Bradley, Teege Braune, Stephanie Rizzo, Danielle Kessinger, Amy Watkins, David James Poissant, Ashley Inguanta, Sarah Viren, and (ahem) John King.

 

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In this week’s episode, I interview poet Erin Belieu,

Erin Belieu

plus I share the Miami Book Fair International reading she participated in with Carl Phillips, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, and Kevin Young.

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Slant SixReconnaissance Carl PhillipsHeaven PoemsBook of Hours

NOTES

  • Check out my first interview with Erin Belieu back on episode 44, when we talked about VIDA and the count.
  • On Superbowl Sunday, February 7, 7 P.M., The Drunken Odyssey will be Super Balling at Writer’s Atelier. More info is here.

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In this week’s episode, I interview Adrian Todd Zuniga, the host of Literary Death Match,

Adrian Todd Zuniga

plus Heather Whited writes about how Susanna Clark's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell.

Heather Whited

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

NOTES

Learn More about Literary Death Match here.

Litlando-Poster

Get tickets for Litlando here.

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In this week’s episode, I talk about Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Poetry as Insurgent Art with Vanessa Blakeslee,

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Plus Alice Lowe writes about how Virginia Woolf's A Writer's Diary changed her life.

Alice Lowe

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Poetry as Insurgent binding

A Coney Island of the Mind

A Writer's Diary

NOTES

Coney Island was much more interesting in 1907 than it turned out to be in 2007 when I visited.

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The line for food was onerous. And no funnel cake.
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His philtrum is a bit too feline for someone serving food.
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This was not as much fun as it looked.
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This ride was, disappointingly, all facade. It covered half-a-ring at most, with mostly tetanus to frighten you with.

Parachute Literary Arts managed a much better poetic experience at Coney Island.

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Wonder Wheel, photographed by Jim McDonnell.

 

 

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Amanda Deutch hosting the night of poetry in and on The Wonder Wheel.
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Emcee and Coney Island Hysterical Society co-founder (on the left, outside the car) Richard Eagan.
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Julie Ezelle Patton.
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Wanda Phipps reading.

 

 

 

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Episode 189 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 interview memoir writer J.J. Anselmi,

JJ Anselmi

Plus Patty Hawkins eulogizes David Bowie.

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Heavy A MemoirLowNOTES

20914481839_d2db57ea30_oCheck out Drew Perlmutter's kickstarter campaign for his upcoming documentary, US Highway 98: The Florida I Never Knew. He was my cinematographer for The Drunken Odyssey's first documentary, The Weeki Wachee Spectacular.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7Cg6lFnfl4

Patty Hawkin's recommends Bowie's Jazzin for Blue Jean.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXvAaNcXNzI

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_188.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I interview fiction writer Kelly Link,

Kelly Link

Plus I share the reading she participated in, "Short Stories, Tall Tales," also featuring Adam Johnson and Padgett Powell.

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Get In TroubleNOTES

Kelly Link Get in Trouble

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_187.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I interview the poet and memoirist Nick Flynn,

Nick Flynn

Plus I share the reading he participated in about 45 minutes after our interview, a reading that also included Ed Skoog and Denise Duhamel (Episode 134).

 

TEXTS DISCUSSED

My FeelingsAnother Bullshit NightRough DayCaprice


 

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_186.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I interview Teege Braune,

Teege at Grand Floridian

who reads short story, "Top Takes a Top," which just appeared in Bridge Eight.

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Bridge Eight 3Ethiopiques Vol 4

15 Views of Orlando 115 views 2UlyssesNOTES

Scott McCloud and Cory Doctorow: A Conversation is now available on TDO's youtube channel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqwnK1I2Xhg

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_185.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I interview Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow

and Amy Hempel,

Amy Hempel

plus Shawn McKee reads his personal essay, "A Confession."

Shawn McKee

TEXTS DISCUSSED

In Real LifeDown and Out in the Magic Kingdomdoctorow_jacket_press_draft8The Hand That Feeds YouAmy Hempel Collected Stories

NOTES

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV9zW3ou0tM

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_184.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I interview Mary Karr,

Mary Karr

and share her talk at Miami Book Fair International 2015, plus I share a Miami Bookfair Event I was in,

Tiffany Razzano's Saved by the Sunshine State.

Tiffany Razzano
Tiffany Razzano ruling over The Swamp!

 

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_183.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I interview fiction writer Elizabeth McCracken,

Elizabeth-McCracken

and share her reading at Miami Book Fair International 2015,

Elizabeth McCracken Reading

plus Dallas Woodburn reads her personal essay, "First, Please Yourself."

Dallas Woodburn

NOTES

David Henry Hwang is apparently going to be okay after being seriously attacked with a knife in Brooklyn.

Special thanks to Lisa Martens, Don Royster, and Racquel Henry for sharing their impressions of NANOWRIMOing.

TEXTS DISCUSSED

ThunderstruckDurable Goods

 

 

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_182.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I interview fiction writer Rick Moody

Rick Moody

plus Ryan Rivas reads his essay, "Reporting from Inside the Vortex of Miami Book Fair," which first appeared on lithub.

Ryan Rivas

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Hotels Of North AmericaUnspeakable PracticesCheck out Rick's new band, The Unspeakable Practices.


 

Episode 181 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 interview fiction writer Cate McGowan,

Cate McGowan

plus Shawn McKee reads his piece, "Job Letter."

Shawn McKee

& Racquel Henry discusses her experience with NANO-WRIMO.

Racquel Henry

TEXTS DISCUSSED

True Places Never Are

NOTES

MBFI

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In this week’s episode, I interview memoir writer J. C. Sevcik,

Flash Fiction Spooktacular JC Sevcik

plus Nancy Caronia readers her personal essay, Postmortem.

Nancy Caronia

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Read some of J. C. Sevcik's essays here, here, and here.

The Brain Dead MegaphoneAgainst Football

NOTES

Miami Book Fair is coming up: November 15-22.

TDO is now on Instagram.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_178.mp3
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Horror Movie Poetry Night 2This week is a live show for Horror Movie Poetry Night 2, starring The Drunken Odyssey All Stars, brought to you several days early for your Halloweening pleasure.

Photos by Racquel Henry.
Photos by Racquel Henry.

On this occasion, The Drunken Odyssey All-Stars included:

  • Tom Lucas (The Mouth of Madness)
  • Teege Braune (The Creature from the Black Lagoon)
  • Anna King (House of 1,000 Corpses/The Devil's Rejects)
  • Mark Purcell (Rosemary’s Baby)
  • Genevieve Anna Tyrrell (The Exorcism of Emily Rose)
  • Vincent Crampton Satan
  • Susan Fallows (Carrie)

Special thanks to Writer's Atelier for granting us a venue!

Writers AtelierIf you live in Orlando, check out WA's website here for information about its workshops and events.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_177.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I interview bizarro fiction writer Tom Lucas,

Tom Lucas

plus Dallas Woodburn writes about how reading Aimee Bender'’s The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake changed her life.

Dallas Woodburn

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Pax TitanusLeather for the CorinthiansThe Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

NOTES

Horror Movie Poetry Night 2The Drunken Odyssey: A Podcast About the Writing Life presents another evening of verse inspired by that most poetic of film genres: horror!

Featuring

Mark Purcell
Teege Braune
Anna King
Vincent Crampton
Genevieve Anna Tyrrell
Tom Lucas
Susan Fallows
& your host, John King.

Absinthe ceremony to follow?

October 28, 2015

Writer's Atelier (336 Grove Avenue, Winter Park, FL)

See facebook event page here.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_176.mp3
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Flash Fiction Spooktacular Jesse Bradley

 

In this week’s episode, I share a recording of a Halloween show in Jesse Bradley’s prose reading series, There Will Be Words, in which I was a reader.

 

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Besides moi, the show featured

Raymond McKee

Will Garland

Danita Berg

J. C. Sevcik

Peg Martin

Catherine Carson,

and Tom Lucas.

 

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JC Sevcik (Photo by Patrick Greene)

NOTES

Check out Michael Hearst's new album, Film Music and Other Scores, Vol. 1.

Film Music and Other Scores

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_175.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I interview my occasional co-host Vanessa Blakeslee about her new novel, Juventud,

Photo by Ashley Inguanta.
Photo by Ashley Inguanta.

plus James Stewart III writes about how reading David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest changed his life.

James Stewart III

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Juventud

Infinite Jest

NOTES

Come see Vanessa on book tour, including her upcoming appearance on October 18th in the Sunday Salon series with Orlando Ferrand, Anu Jindal, and Asali Solomon. The reading starts at 7 P.M. at Jimmy's #43 at 43 E 7th Street, NY, NY.

Vanessa Blakeslee Book Tour

Svetlana Alexievich has won the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Elvis, the king cobra who has roamed Orlando for the last 5 weeks, has been found.

In turns out, Publix Supermarkets don't recycle human skulls.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_174.mp3
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In this week’s episode, we have a roundtable discussion of Edgar Allen Poe.

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Present for this discussion were Jared Silvia,

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Shawn Whittington,

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Dianne Turgeon Richardson,

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Matt Peters,

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and Teege Braune,

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Jared, put THAT damned knife away.
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So you're saying my thesis isn't solid? Really?

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NOTES

Check out the sweet swag in The Drunken Odyssey‘s fundraiser here.

Tom Lucas Sporting a TDO T-shirt

Check out these Burrow Press events. Literary Death Match will be judged by Billy Collins.

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Saturday October 3rd  |  Functionally Literate Presents:

PADGETT POWELL  |  REBECCA EVANHOE  |  BETH McKEE
Lowndes Shakespeare Center  |  812 E. Rollins Street
7pm  |  FREE  |  No ticket necessary.

Wednesday October 7th  |  Literary Death Match Presents:

ERICA DAWSON  |  DAVID JAMES POISSANT
KRISTIN HARMEL  |  KRISTEN ARNETT
Mad Cow Theatre  |  54 W. Church Street, 2nd Floor
Doors at 7pm  |  Show at 8pm
$12 pre-sale  |  $15 at the door.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to chronicler of the rambling life, Michele Roldán Shaw,

Photo by Pressly Hall Giltner Photography.
Photo by Pressly Hall Giltner Photography.

plus Nancy Caronia reads her essay, "Deserving Angels."

Nancy Caronia

 

NOTES

Check out the sweet swag in The Drunken Odyssey's fundraiser here.

Check out these Burrow Press events. Literary Death Match will be judged by Billy Collins.

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Saturday October 3rd  |  Functionally Literate Presents:

PADGETT POWELL  |  REBECCA EVANHOE  |  BETH McKEE
Lowndes Shakespeare Center  |  812 E. Rollins Street
7pm  |  FREE  |  No ticket necessary.

Wednesday October 7th  |  Literary Death Match Presents:

ERICA DAWSON  |  DAVID JAMES POISSANT
KRISTIN HARMEL  |  KRISTEN ARNETT
Mad Cow Theatre  |  54 W. Church Street, 2nd Floor
Doors at 7pm  |  Show at 8pm
$12 pre-sale  |  $15 at the door.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_172.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I talk about Jorge Luis Borges's This Craft of Verse with Vanessa Blakeslee,

Photo by Ashley Inguanta.
Photo by Ashley Inguanta.

plus Jared Silvia performs Peter Seger's "Hobo's Lullaby."

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

This Craft of Verse

7 Notebooks

NOTES

Check out the great perks for The Drunken Odyssey’s fundraiser here. Gator finger puppets not included.

Jared Shirt

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_171.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I talk to prose writer and educator, Danita Berg,

Danita Berg

plus Catherine Carson reads her poem, "Reverse Evolution, or Sex in the Environment."

Catherine Carson Photo

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Creative Composition

NOTES

If you live in Orlando, check out Meg Sefton’s upcoming workshop on the fundamentals of flash fiction here. It will take place on September 27, 2015.

Check out the great perks (such as TDO T-shirts) for The Drunken Odyssey’s fundraiser here.

Jared Shirt
You are allowed to wear the shirt without taping your eyes shut ... technically.

To read about the feminism panel at the Decatur Book Festival, read the Guardian article here, or the Electric Literature account here.

To read about the Michael Derrick Hudson/Best American Poetry 2015 controversy, read Sherman Alexie's explanation here, Rich Smith's smart take over at The Stranger, or The Washington Post's reportage here.

In NYC, to attend the book launch event for Best American Poetry 2015, go here.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_170.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I talk to fiction writer J. R. Miller,

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plus C.T. McMillan writes about the unsettling moral complexities of Untold Tales of the Punisher Max.

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

Nobody's Looking

Punisher MAXAlthough of Course

 

NOTES

  • Check out the great perks for The Drunken Odyssey’s fundraiser here.

Jared Shirt

The End of the Tour

 

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In this week’s episode, I talk to the poet and novelist Eleanor Lerman,

Eleanor Lerman

plus Nancy Caronia reads her essay, "Quiet."

Nancy Caronia

TEXTS DISCUSSED

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Check out the great perks for The Drunken Odyssey’s fundraiser here.

Check out Meg Sefton’s upcoming workshop on the fundamentals of flash fiction here.

To read about Kate Gale’s controversial piece about AWP’s diversity issues, check out this LA Times story. To read her apology, go to her personal blog.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_168.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I share a recording of a fan fiction installment of Jesse Bradley’s prose reading series, There Will Be Words.

J. Bradley by Pat Greene

The There Will Be Fan Fiction featured

Teege Braune

Small Wonder

Teege Braune by Pat Greene

Jared Silvia

King of the Hill

Jared Silvia by Pat Greene

Stephanie Rizzo

Lewis and Clark

Stephanie Rizzo by Pat Greene

Genevieve Anna Tyrrell

Dexter

Genevieve Anna Tyrell by Pat Greene

and moi.

Benny Hill Ace Frehley

John King by Pat Greene


NOTES

Check out the great perks for The Drunken Odyssey’s fundraiser here.

Check out There Will Be Words.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_167.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I talk about Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own with Vanessa Blakeslee,

Photo by Ashley Inguanta.
Photo by Ashley Inguanta.

plus Christopher Booth reads "The Disappointment,"

Chris Booth

by Aphra Behn.

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

A Room of One's Own

Virginia Woolf Feminism and the Reader

NOTES

Check out The Drunken Odyssey’s fundraiser and related perks here.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_166.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I talk to the journalist Brian Spears,

Brian Spearsplus Eugenio Negro writes about the adventure of reading Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses.

Eugenio NegroBOOKS DISCUSSED

A Witness in Exile

the satanic verses

NOTES

On Tuesday, August 11, at 7:00 P.M. at The Gallery at Avalon Island in downtown Orlando, Jared Silvia, Stephanie Rizzo, Teege Braune, Genevieve Anna Tyrell, and I will read original fan fiction for that month’s installment of J. Bradley’s prose reading series, There Will be Words.

Check out Meg Sefton's upcoming workshop on the fundamentals of flash fiction here.

An Albuquerque school adds 13,000 books to library and will not be using the Dewey Decimal system.

Check out the great perks for The Drunken Odyssey's fundraiser here.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_165.mp3
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This week features a live Event on the theme of childhood, with Wilson Santos, Ashley Inguanta, Vincent Crampton, Amy Watkins, and moi, as your humble emcee.


This reading was in honor of Wilson Santos's spoken word film, My Verse, which I talked to him about back on episode 138.

My Verse

NOTES

Check out more about Wilson Santos’ Dominican Republic project, including how to donate, here.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_164.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I talk to the journalist David Z. Morris,

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plus Shin Yu Pai writes about how Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake changed her life.

Photo by Kelly O.
Photo by Kelly O.

BOOKS DISCUSSED

The NamesakeNOTES

Rest in Peace, E.L. Doctorow.

Check out David Z. Morris's site, here. Check out his Art Basel essay here. Check out his Iowa City music essay, "Only What is Dead Can Live Forever," here.

Check out Shin Yu Pai's poetry and other work here.

On Tuesday, August 11, at 7:00 P.M. at The Gallery at Avalon Island, Jared Silvia, Stephanie Rizzo, Teege Braune, Genevieve Anna Tyrell, and I will read original fan fiction for that month’s installment of J. Bradley’s prose reading series, There Will be Words.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_163.mp3
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Episode 162 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 to the novelist Charles Blackstone,

Photo by  by Erika Dufour.
Photo by by Erika Dufour.

plus Don Campell about how finding a copy of John Krakauer’s Into the Wild on the Appalachian Trail changed his life.

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

Vintage Attraction

The Week You Weren't There

Into the Wild

 

Into the WildNOTEs

On Tuesday, August 11, at 7:00 P.M. at The Gallery at Avalon Island, Jared Silvia, Stephanie Rizzo, Teege Braune, Genevieve Anna Tyrell, and I will read original fan fiction for that month's installment of J. Bradley's prose reading series, There Will be Words.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_162.mp3
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On this week’s show, I answer some mail with my friend, David James Poissant,

David James Poissant

Plus Amy Watkins reads her poem "Playa Linda."

Amy Watkins

TEXTS DISCUSSEDThe Heaven of Animals

The Shadow of the Wind

The Catcher in the Rye

For the Relief of Unbearable Urges

James Tate Selected Poems

NOTES

James Tate, rest in very weird peace.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_161.mp3
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On this week’s show, I answer some mail with my friend, David James Poissant,

David James Poissant

Plus Amy Watkins reads her poem "Playa Linda."

Amy Watkins

TEXTS DISCUSSEDThe Heaven of Animals

The Shadow of the Wind

The Catcher in the Rye

For the Relief of Unbearable Urges

James Tate Selected Poems

NOTES

James Tate, rest in very weird peace.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to the poet Ciara Shuttleworth,

Photo by Drew Perlmutter.
Photo by Drew Perlmutter.

plus Don Royster writes about how Isaac Asimov helped him to appreciate Shakespeare.

Don Royster

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Camus NotebooksThe Great Shark HuntAsimovs Guide to ShakespeareNOTES

To read about Ciara's post-residency road-tripping with Flat Jack, here is part 1 and part 2.

To read Thomas Jefferson's original draft of The Declaration of Independence, go here.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_160.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I talk to myself and share some music. Musicality affects my writing a lot. Perhaps I cherish sound since I nearly went deaf as a child. It took awhile for Sinatra to enter my imagination, but since taking up residency there, Frank hasn't left. So this mixtape is devoted to this man and his music, and a few other people along the way.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_159.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I talk to the historian Julian Chambliss,

Julian ChamblissDmetri Kakmi writes about how reading Paul Bowles’s The Sheltering Sky taught him how to write about psycho-geographic dis-associations.

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Ages Of HeroesSheltering Sky

NOTES

Check out Julian Chambliss's site here.

Check out John Sims' site devoted to the Confederate flag project.

Check out the news coverage of the Flag Funerals Project by (in order of decreasing journalistic competence) WESH, WKMG Local 6, and WFTV.

Read The Association for the Study of African American Life and History's statement about the Massacre at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church here.

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_158.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I talk to fiction writer Shane Hinton,

 

Shane Hintonplus Sayantani Dasgupta writes about how Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea changed her life.

 

Sayantani DasguptaTEXTS DISCUSSED

 

PinkiesTwenty-Thousand-Leagues-Under-the-SeaUlysses

 

Although of CourseNOTES

 

Tuesday, June 16th, is Bloomsday. Celebrate wherever you are by listening again to a bang-up, in-studio, Bloomsdaying production on episode 104,

 

Bloomsday 2014 Posteror if in NYC celebrate the day on which Ulysses is set in person with Colum McCann, Aedin Moloney, and quite probably Chris Booth at Ulysses Folk House.

 

Bloomsday NYC

 

 

 

Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_157.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I talk to fiction writer and poet Stacy Barton,

Stacy Barton

plus Shawn Whittington writes about how The Hobbit changed his life.

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Direct download: The_Drunken_Odyssey_Episode_156.mp3
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In this week’s episode, I talk about Longinus's "On the Sublime," with Vanessa Blakeslee,

Vanessa Blakeslee

Plus LindaAnn Loschiavo writes about how Louisa May Alcott's Little Women changed her life.

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

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NOTES

New York Classical Theatre's production of The Taming of the Shrew, which is free, will wander its way across Central Park (Thurs through Sun, May 26 - June 28), Prospect Park (Tues. & Wed., June 23, 24, 30 & July 1), and Teardrop/Battery Park City (Wed, July 8, Fri through Sun, July 10, 11 & 12).

On June 14, come celebrate The Drunken Odyssey’s 3rd birthday on a monorail line pub crawl.

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In this week’s episode, I interview the poet Cailtin Doyle,

Caitlin Doyle

plus Jeremy Da Cruz writes about reading James Joyce's "Eveline" on Amtrak.

Jeremy Da Cruz

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Dubliners

NOTES

In Orlando, check out Wordier Than Thou, the open mic night that is roving across Florida. On Wednesday, May 27, it's at Stardust Coffee and Video.

Wordier Than Thou

On June 14, come celebrate The Drunken Odyssey's 3rd birthday on a monorail line pub crawl.

Polynesian monorail

A teacher in South Windsor, Connecticut was forced to resign after allowing his class to listen to Allen Ginsburg's "Please Master."

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Episode 153 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 interview the iconoclastic Disney author Leonard Kinsey,

Leonard Kinsey

plus Terry Barr writes about leaning not to teach The Catcher in the Rye.

Terry BarrTEXTS DISCUSSED

The Dark Side of DisneyOur Kingdom of DustHabst and the Disney SaboteursIt's kind of a cute storyThe Catcher in the Rye

 

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In this week’s episode, we have a roundtable discussion of Kattenstoet, the Belgian cat holiday that may or may not be a retroactive apology for medieval atrocities against felines.

Kattenstoet

Present for this discussion were Teege Braune, Lisa Roney, and Jared Silvia.

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John's cat Zoë Reads Hemingway.
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Jared's cat, Miroslav.

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

archy and mehitabel

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Alicia Ostriker's "The Orange Cat."

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In this week’s episode, I talk to comedian, podcaster, and now, author, Greg Proops,

Photo by Idil Sukan/Draw HQ
Photo by Idil Sukan/Draw HQ

plus Rochelle Spencer writes about the liberating politics of Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Rochelle SpencerTEXTS DISCUSSED

The Smartest Book in the World Their Eyes Were Watching God

 NOTES

Read Teege Braun's review of Greg Proops's comedy special, Live at Musso and Frank, here.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to the fantasy, science fiction, and nonfiction writer Melissa Crandall,

Melissa Crandall and HollyPlus Síofra Shaman Skye shares a letter she wrote to J.D. Salinger.

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TEXTS DISCUSSED

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Darling Wendy1

ShellGame

star trek

quantam leap

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Jelly4

Chicken Soup[embed]https://youtu.be/hJFtCfHDFfw[/embed]

Check out Melissa Crandall's blog, The Caretaker's Wild Ride, here.

Franny and ZooeyNOTES

Check out more about Wilson Santos’ Dominican Republic project, including how to donate, here.

 

 

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In this week’s episode, I talk to the memoirist, Chelsey Clammer,

Chelsey Clammer

plus Susan Brennan shares her poetry sequence, Chromoluminarism, based on the last days of the pointillist, George Seraut.

Susan Brennan

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Bodyhome

The Circus by Georges Seurat
"The Circus" by George Seraut, 1891.

NOTES

If you live in the city beautiful (Orlando, in case you don't know), come out to see a great show and support a great cause on May 1st.

My Verse

Check out Jennifer Hoppe-House’s Bad Dog, playing at Orlando Shakespeare Theater through May 3rd.

Ginger Lee McDermott as Molly in Jennifer Hoppe-House’s Bad Dog (Photo by Tony Firriolo).
Ginger Lee McDermott as Molly in Jennifer Hoppe-House’s Bad Dog (Photo by Tony Firriolo).

On May 8th, experience Poetry-O-Rama on the historic Wonder Wheel in Coney Island. Be sure to buy tickets in advance.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to the playwright Jennifer Hoppe-House, whose extraordinary debut play is experiencing its world premiere at Orlando Shakespeare Theater,

Jennifer Hoppe-House

plus Lori D'Angelo writes about discovering The Scarlet Letter as a teenager, and reading it in a way probably not endorsed by her high school curriculum.

Lori

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Bad Dog Poster

The Scarlet Letter

Mirrors

The Tin Drum

NOTES

Ginger Lee McDermott as Molly in Jennifer Hoppe-House’s Bad Dog (Photo by Tony Firriolo).
Ginger Lee McDermott as Molly in Jennifer Hoppe-House’s Bad Dog (Photo by Tony Firriolo).

Check out Jennifer Hoppe-House’s Bad Dog, playing at Orlando Shakespeare Theater through May 5th.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to the poet Scott Bailey,

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Scott Bailey and Raquel Obando.

plus Chad W. Lutz writes about Stephen King's novella "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption."

Chad Lutz

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Thus Spake Gigolo

Different Seasons

Life StudiesNOTES

The music accompanying Chad W. Lutz's essay was "Crater" by The Spanish Donkey.

Bad Dog
Ginger Lee McDermott as Molly in Jennifer Hoppe-House's Bad Dog (Photo by Tony Firriolo).

Check out Jennifer Hoppe-House's Bad Dog, playing at Orlando Shakespeare Theater through May 5th.

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In this week’s episode, I host a roundtable discussion with Vanessa Blakeslee, David James Poissant, and Boris Fishman, in which we critique the essay collection, MFA vs. NYC,

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Plus J. Bradley reads a selection from his new prose poem book, A Wild Swing of the Knife.

Jesse Bradley

TEXTS DISCUSSED

 

MFA vs NYC

BMIMJ frontMy Salinger YearIt is a Wild Swing of the Knife

NOTES

Buy It is a Wild Swing of the Knife here.

Patrick Hawkins (Episode 145) and his fellow Geeks of Comedy will be performing at Megacon on April 10th and 11th in Orlando. Check out here for more info.

 

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In this week’s episode, I engage in an epic, manic conversation about the creative appeal and history of comic books and superhero storytelling with Patrick Hawkins.

10403566_10205272360302460_1480408357168425309_nTEXTS DISCUSSED

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Four important panels that John came across early in his reading life:

H182_HammerAnvilfrom The Incredible Hulk #182.

Hulk 182NOTES

Patty Hawkins is a geek theorist & humorist which is politer and more marketable than calling himself a fatuous gasbag who has seen & read far too much media involving capes, swords & ray guns. He makes no claims other then speaking the truth as he sees it about geek culture without sucking up or snarking down.

Sometimes he succeeds.

He is the producer & host of Come Get ∑ [pronounced 'come get sum'] a new TV/webcast set to debut in 2015 focusing on geekdom as a social culture instead of an exploited clichéd demographic of basement dwellers & cosplayers.

He is one of the founding members & manager of The Geeks Of Comedy, a touring confederation of geek comedians who hack into all facets of fandom & fanDUMB with blistering honesty & self-effacement instead of lame ass Aquaman jokes.

He is also Patrick The Uneducated Critic and reviews films at his own caprice when they roll over on his Netflix queue (YES I'm one of the weirdoes that still pays to get the damn discs mailed to me).

He is a contributing panelist on the MarkWho42WHOniverse, a Dr. Who discussion podcast that bridges the generational gaps between Whovians which is not as easy as it sounds...

In his day jobs his is co-owner of TyFy Studios, an audio production facility, an Ideator at Ideas To Go, & is an Equity actor for Walt Disney World.

Go back and listen to Patrick perform some geek comedy as part of The Drunken Odyssey's Nerd Love live show back on episode 47.

 

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In this week’s episode, I talk flash fiction, mythology, Cosmopolitan, the meeting of graphic and written art, and experimental writing with the fabulous Katie Farris,

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plus Jesse Back writes about his spiritual, romantic, and personal evolution through Will Durant's The History of Philosophy.

Jesse Back
Photo by Daniel Parsons.

TEXTS DISCUSSED

boysgirls

The Story of PhilosophyInvisible Cities

Bodyhome

NOTES

The music used with "Forgetting Christianity" is “Bleached Beach” by Noveller, a one person band, that band being the amazing Sarah Lipstate.

The music at the start and finish of this episode was "Rising East" and "Chaotica" by The Bambi Molesters, an amazing surf rock band out of Croatia. "Rising East" is from their 2010 album, As the Dark Wave Swells, and "Chaotica" is from their 2004 album, Sonic Bullets: 13 From the Hip.

As the Dark Wave SwellsSonic Bullets

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In this week’s episode, I share a recording of a live event featuring Boris Fishman reading from his novel, A Replacement Life

Photo by Rob Liguori
Photo by Rob Liguori

and your humble host reading poetry.

Texts Discussed

A Replacement Life

Read the New Yorker profile of Merle Haggard here.

Oyster PerpetualWhat Narcissism Means to MeThe Trouble with Poetry

The Fixer

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In this week’s episode, I catch up with Lisa Roney, who has just released her creative writing textbook, Serious Daring, and a poetry chapbook, The Best Possible Bad Luck,

Lisa1plus, Liz Haberkorn writes about Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, starvation, and eating disorders.

Liz HaberkornTEXTS DISCUSSED

Serious DaringThe Best Possible Bad LuckSlaughterhouse Five

The Heaven of AnimalsNOTES

Rest in peace, Michael Brachfeld.

Cheers
John King, Taco Reus, Maria Fadiman, Michael Brachfeld, Jennifer Brachfeld.
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This week, it's this writing podcast's third mixtape.

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In this week’s episode, I talk to the memoirist, novelist, and journalist Marya Honrbacher,

Photo © Mark Trockman, trockstock.com
Photo © Mark Trockman (trockstock.com)

plus J.J. Anselmi reads his personal essay, "Atrophy,"

JJ Anselmi

and I offer a tribute to the late Philip Levine.

philip-levineTEXTS DISCUSSED

Madness

WaitingRead Marya Hornbacher's wonderful Smithsonian profile of Oscar Peterson here.

Coming CloseNOTES

J.J. Anselmi's "Atrophy" first appeared online in Cleaver Magazine.

Rest in peace, Philip Levine.

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Abe Chang with Phil Levine.

Read Aaron Belz's discussion of his correspondence with Philip Levine here.

Check out Orlando Shakes’ wonderfully colorful production of Merry Wives, which runs from February 4 to March 7, 2015.

Photo by Tony Firriolo.
Photo by Tony Firriolo.
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This week features our third annual Erotic Poetry Night,

Erotic Poetry Nightwith moi and The Drunken Odyssey All-Stars:

Danielle Kessinger

Teege Braune

Genevieve Anna Tyrrell

Anna King

Erica Dawson.

Many thanks to our most excellent venue,

stigma

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In this week’s episode, I talk to the novelist Darcey Steinke,

"Sister Golden Hair" author Darcey Steinke

plus I share a spoken word poem by Wilson Santos, and a brief interview about his crowdfunding project for literacy in the Dominican Republic.

Wilson SantosTEXTS DISCUSSED

Sister Golden HairSuicide Blondehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkrDE5oYjRs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPhp5M3n0O0

NOTES

Check out more about Wilson Santos' Domican Republic project, including how to donate, here.

Check out Orlando Shakes' wonderfully colorful production of Merry Wives, with runs from February 4 to March 7, 2015.

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Photo by Tony Firriolo.

Michael Chabon is a lyricist for Mark Ronson's new album, Uptown Special, as covered by The Guardian.

Harper Lee's lost novel, Go Set a Watchman, will be published later this year. The Atlantic reports on the story of its discovery. In an attempt to allay fears of Lee's competence, she has apparently released a statement through her lawyer, saying, "“I’m alive and kicking and happy as hell with the reactions to ‘Watchman,’ ” according to The New York Times.

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Episode 137 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 to Annemarie Ní Churreáin about Irish literature, poetry, and the call of nature,

Annemarie Ní Churreáinplus Will Garland reads his essay, The Art of Telling a Story About Southern Family Living in a Small Southern Town.

Will GarlandNOTES

The music used with The Art of Telling a Story About Southern Family Living in a Small Southern Town is “Color Cave” by Noveller, a one person band, that band being Sarah Lipstate. Check out the link for more info on her upcoming show at The Tinnitus Music Series in Brooklyn.

Orlando Shakespeare Theaters production of The Merry Wives of Windsor begins this week.

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Episode 136 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 to Walter Mosley about crime fiction, characterization, the subconscious work of the writer, and the radical aesthetics of Amiri Baraka,

Walter Mosley
Photo by David-Burnett.

and I also talk to Petra Mason about Bettie Page, Bunny Yeager, and the legacy of pin up culture.

Photo by Janette Valentine at Terribly Girly.

Plus, Rose Tran reads her personal essay, "Intermission."

Rose Tran
Photo by Jon Findell.

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Rose GoldQueen of Curves

NOTES

For more information about the Terribly Girly studio, check out their website.

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In this week’s episode, I talk about James Wood's How Fiction Works with Vanessa Blakeslee,

Vanessa Blakeslee

Plus Amy Penne writes about how David Foster Wallace's Consider the Lobster and Other Essays changed her life.

Photo on 11-12-14 at 6.34 PMTEXTS DISCUSSED

How Fiction WorksConsider the Lobster

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsbKT50ud04

The Prime

NOTES

On Tuesday, January 20th, 7 P.M., Leslie Salas will lead a workshop on imagery at the Orlando Public Library, Herndon Branch.

On Saturday, January 24th, 11 A.M., J. Bradley will host a love poem workshop at the Orlando Public Library.

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In this week’s episode, I share another Miami BookFair International interview, this one with fiction writer and poet Stuart Dybek,

Stuart Dybekand I also talk to the poet Denise Duhamel,

Denise Duhamelplus Jim Ross writes about how Moss Hart's Act One changed his life.

Jim RossTEXTS DISCUSSED

Ecstatic CahootsPaper LanternBlow OutAct One

NOTES

In Orlando, come hear me, Kimberly Lojewski, Robert Metcalf, and Tiffany Razzano read prose at There Will Be Words on January 13th.

On Tuesday, January 20th, 7 P.M., Leslie Salas will lead a workshop on imagery at the Orlando Public Library, Herndon Branch

On Saturday, January 24th, 11 A.M., J. Bradley will host a love poem workshop at the Orlando Public Library.

On Saturday, January 24th, 7 P.M., come hear Boris Fishman read from his novel, A Replacement Life, and me read poetry at the Gallery at Avalon Island.

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In this week’s episode, I share another Miami BookFair International interview, this one with writer and filmmaker John Waters.

John WatersTEXTS DISCUSSED

CarsickRole ModelsCrackpotShock ValueJohn-Waters-This-Filthy-World

 NOTES

In Orlando, come hear me, Kimberly Lojewski, Robert Metcalf, and Tiffany Razzano read prose at There Will Be Words on January 13th.

On Tuesday, January 20th, 7 P.M., Leslie Salas will lead a workshop on imagery at the Orlando Public Library, Herndon Branch

On Saturday, January 24th, 11 A.M., J. Bradley will host a love poem workshop at the Orlando Public Library.

On Saturday, January 24th, 7 P.M., come hear Boris Fishman read from his novel, A Replacement Life, and me read poetry at the Gallery at Avalon Island.

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In this week’s episode, I interview novelist and memoirsit Joanna Rakoff,

Joanna Rakoff
Photo by David Ignaszewski

and then talk once again with the poet Tony Hoagland,

Hoagland, Tony (Ann Staveley)
Photo by Ann Staveley

plus Brittany McIntyre writes bravely about how a book I never expected to learn more about changed her life.

Brittany McIntyreTEXTS DISCUSSED

My Salinger YearTwenty PoemsTwilight-coverNOTES

Carlton Melton's "Country Ways" accompanied Brittany McIntyre's essay.

In Orlando, come hear me, Kimberly Lojewski, Robert Metcalf, and Tiffany Razzano read at There Will Be Words on January 13th.

Learn more about J. Bradley's love poem workshop at the Orlando Public Library here.

Check out the dreamy surf rock of The Bambi Molesters.

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This week’s episode got a bit out of hand. Jared Silvia tells me that, for legal reasons, this needs to be called a radio play.

John Santa

Anyway, I talk to Santa, have an interview you have to hear to believe--maybe you still won't believe it--plus

Melissa Crandall and Holly

I replay Melissa Crandall's personal essay about A Christmas Carol.

NOTES

Pre-order Nathan Holic’s new novel, The Things I Don’t See, here for only $6.

The Things I Don't See

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In this week’s episode, I interview author and editor Jaquira Díaz.

Jaquira Díaz

TEXTS DISCUSSED

15 Views of MiamiRead Jaquira Díaz's "Cami" at Story South.

Read Jocelyn Bartkevicius's "Out of the Garden" at The Missouri Review.

Things Fall ApartDrownNOTES

Pre-order Nathan Holic's new novel, The Things I Don't See, here for only $6.

The Things I Don't See

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In this week’s episode, I present a rambunctious reading honoring Repeal Day, which I think might be one of the twelve days of Christmas.

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The Drunken Odyssey All Stars on this occasion included Dianne Turgeon Richardson, Tod Caviness, Anna King, Jared Silvia, Sam Slaughter, Danita Berg, Matt Peters, Teege Braune, and Vanessa Blakeslee.

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Episode 128 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 interview the musician, Michael Hearst.

MH thereminPlus Danita Berg reads her essay, "A Note on my Skin."

Danita Berg

TEXTS DISCUSSED

SFFFcoverSongs for Unusual CreaturesSFICT master

As Smart as We AreBrown Girl Dreaming

NOTES

Watch Whoopie Golberg's one-woman Broadway show.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CDSak1Pcbs

The music accompanying Danita Berg's essay is Carlton Melton's "Smoke Drip," from their album Photos of Photos.

Photos Of Photos

Read Madison Bernath's review of Miami Bookfair International here.

Daniel Handler (who sometimes when he writes is known as Lemony Snickett) made a remarkably dense joke about self-consciousness about racial stereotypes after Jacqueline Woodson won the National Book Award Young People's Literature Prize for her book, Brown Girl Dreaming. Handler was not nearly self-conscious enough to know that Woodson's allergy to watermelon was precisely psychological in nature as a reaction to racism. Read Jacqueline Woodson about this event here at The New York Times. To read about Handler's appropriate apology, read this story in The Washington Post.

Here is Jacqueline Woodson's acceptance speech for this award:

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Here is a link to the Indiegogo campaign for We Need Diverse Books.

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Episode 126 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 about Horace's Ars Poetica with Vanessa Blakeslee,

Vanessa Blakesleeplus Sam Slaughter talks about the ignominious beginning of Two Drunken Writers Brewery.

Photo by Oxley Photography 2014
Photo by Oxley Photography 2014

 NOTES

At 3 P.M., on Tuesday, November 18, the memoirist and novelist Marya Hornbacher will read at the University of Central Florida. Get info here.

Hornbacher event

Book Fair

Repeal Day 2014

Congrats to Tiffany Razzano, on the successful launch of Florida Bookstore day!

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Category:Arts/Culture/Writing -- posted at: 4:30pm EDT

Episode 125 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 interview the novelist Kent Wascom,

Kent WascomPlus Ian Rogers writes about reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

Ian RogersTEXTS DISCUSSED

The Blood of HeavenZen and the Art of Motorcycle MaintenanceNOTES

The music accompanying Ian Rogers's Essay is The Lovely Moon's "And We Danced Into the Night."

The music in the introduction ("Central Coast Swing")and conclusion ("Baia") of this episode was by the immortal Croatian surf rock band, The Bambi Molesters.

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This week is a live show for Horror Movie Poetry Night, starring The Drunken Odyssey All Stars.

Drew Johnson, Photo by Leslie Silvia. (That's a blurry John King, far left.)
Drew Johnson, Photo by Leslie Silvia. (That's a blurry John King in golden mouse ears, far left.)

On this occasion, The Drunken Odyssey All-Stars included:

Amy Watkins (The Walking Dead)
Vincent Crampton Dr. Josef Heiter (The Human Centipede)
Anna King (The Silence of the Lambs)
Drew Johnson (The Shining)
Jeff Shuster (The Blair Witch Project)
Melanie Neale (Jaws)
Teege Braune (Werewolves)
Karen Price (Rosemary's Baby)
Stephanie Rizzo (Gremlins)

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On this week's show, I present a discussion of and readings from work that resulted in the companionship of Lord Byron, his physician John Polidori, and the Shelley's during the Year without a Summer, in which a ghost story challenge was undertaken.

Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley, by Richard Rothwell.

John William Polidori

John William Polidori
John William Polidori as painted by F.G. Gainsford.

Lord Byron

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Lord Byron, engraving by person unknown, colored by person unknown, as of press time.

Notes

Please give thanks to the amazing talents and efforts of this episode's two readers:

Chris Booth

Chris BoothAugust Evans

August Evans

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In this week’s episode, I share a recording of a Halloween show in Jesse Bradley's prose reading series, There Will Be Words, in which I was a reader.

The There Will Be Words Fourth Annual Flash Fiction Spooktacular featured

KAREN BEST
KEITH GOUVEIA
MATT PETERS
JOHN KING
WHITNEY HAMRICK
BRETT PRIBBLE
TEEGE BRAUNE
JARED SILVIA

Karen Best

Karen Best (Photo by Leslie Silvia).

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In this week’s episode, I interview the poet Vincent Cellucci,

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Plus Robert Wallace writes about reading The Grapes of Wrath.

Robert Wallace

TEXTS DISCUSSED

FinalShip on the Line Cover_9_5_14.pdf

815Banerjee_Cellucci_Cov

Fuck Poems

The Grapes of Wrath

NOTES

Kerouac House Marker

On October 22, if you are in the City Beautiful (that is Orlando), come see the Kerouac House receive its own historical marker. This is the house that Jack lived in when On the Road came out, where he lived when he wrote The Dharma Bums.

The French novelist Patrick Modiano has won the Nobel Prize (The New York Times).

According to The Guardian, Dario Agenta and Iggy Pop are crowdsourcing a movie adaptation of  ETA Hoffmann's The Sandman.

Check out the new podcast by Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter, A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment.

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In this week’s episode, I talk about Douglas Glover's Attack of the Copula Spiders with Vanessa Blakeslee,

Vanessa Blakeslee

plus Sam Slaughter writes about how Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son changed his life.

Photo by Oxley Photography 2014
Photo by Oxley Photography 2014

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Attack of the Copula Spiders

Jesus Son

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Episode 118 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 interview The verse novelist Holly Thompson,

Holly Thompson

Plus Laryssa Wirstiuk writes about how Jonathan Saffron Foer's Eating Animals changed her life.

Laryssa Wirstiuk

TEXTS DISCUSSED

The Language Inside

Eating Animals

NOTES

Check out Functionally Literate Radio, which on the latest episode features my essay, "I Heart Smokey and the Bandit."

From the Facebook page of Bob Lamb (episode 40), in regard to his informal "Worst First Sentence of a Bad Novel Contest":

Okay, final verdict is in. First place--John King, although one of the judges worried that it was so funny that it could be used as the first sentence of a comic masterpiece rather than a bad novel. Yet, its originality, the sudden twists and turns of inspired lunacy, and the supermarket imagery cleverly woven into a surreal scene so impressed the judges that it really was no contest. Second place went to Steve Edwards--his economy, precision, and repetition of really bad metaphors obviously made his entry a powerful one, and the final metaphor of the peach pit as a tiny wooden brain had a certain je ne sais quois that evoked a peal of delightful revulsion. Third place went to Bob Lamb--although an unoriginal mockery of standard noir detective fiction a la Hammett, the judges felt that it's his goddamned contest and he ought to get some sort of a prize, especially given his fragile psyche and penchant for violence. The judges also awarded a distinguished parody prize to Eric Link for his brilliant satire of Hemingway writing a zombie novel. Although not technically a bad first sentence of a bad novel, and even though the judges could see this turning into a great parody of Hemingway and zombie fiction, they felt it was more appropriate for the old "Bad Hemingway" contest that used to run annually. Another entry, by Elizabeth Stuckey-French, was simply way too interesting and good to fit a bad first sentence contest. This often occurs when a real writer tries to write a bad sentence--their talent turns it into a sentence with potential. The judges found themselves wanting to read more, which is always a sign that your first sentence is not truly bad. The gutless wonder award goes to Mike Cocchiarale, who caused Bob Lamb to write concluding sentences to his bad novel, and then did not even participate. The judges felt that although Mr. Cocchiarale is an avid sports fan from Cleveland, and thus hopelessly trapped in a world of pain and confusion, he should have at least tried and failed, not unlike his beloved Browns. Lou Hickman and Tim Reynolds have been disqualified for cheating, and have received a five-year ban from participating in the contest. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Kip Robisch, for his disruptive actions on this thread, and we expect to have him in custody shortly. We are working with law enforcement and immigration to have him deported.

And here was my winning entry:

When the were-pigs, gibbering in their porcine poetry and slapping the ground with their by-now clawed hooves, overran the supermarket, heaving their fleshy forms over the aisles of Cel-Ray sodas and bread and chick-peas, Clem knew that he better put down his inventory forms and drag the crossbow out of the safe again, but an icy sliver of revulsion, fear, and longing penetrated his spine, and he stood in front of the office window, watching the sounder below careen over the black and white tiles, demolishing the glass doors of the frozen food aisles, before their leader jumped onto the conveyor belt of check out line #7, and stared directly at him with wolf-like eyes, as if the giant porker was preparing to speak.

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Episode 118 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 interview Pat Rushin, who authored the screenplay for the new Terry Gilliam film, The Zero Theorem, which opens in the U.S.A on September 19th,

Pat Rushin and his wife Mary on the set of The Zero Theorem.
Pat Rushin and his wife Mary on the set of The Zero Theorem.

Plus Craig-Paul Moreau writes about Randy Shilts's And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic.

Photo by Demian Rosenblatt.
Photo by Demian Rosenblatt.

TEXTS DISCUSSED

The Zero Theorem

And the Band Played On

NOTES

Check out where The Zero Theorem will be playing in the U.S.A. here.

Check out "My parents helped me to lose my virginity,” the new personal essay in The Guardian by Boris Fishman (Episode 107).

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In this week’s episode, I interview Stephen Corey, Editor-in-Chief of The Georgia Review,

Stephen Corey

Photograph by William Walsh.

Plus August Evans writes about Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping.

August Evans

TEXTS DISCUSSED

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Margaret Atwood if the first entrant into the Future Library Project, with work to be printed in 2214, from trees in a forest planted this year (reported in a Guardian story by Alison Flood).

Congrats to Bookmark It‘s first six months! In Orlando, check it out at theEast End Market.

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On this week’s show, I answer some mail with my friend, David James Poissant,

David James Poissant
Plus Clint Peters writes about how reading Montaigne changed his life.

Clint Peters

NOTES

Check out David James Poissant's wonderful story collection, The Heaven of Animals.

The Heaven of Animals

According to NPR, Robert Hass has won the Wallace Stevens prize.

According to The Guardian, Doris Lessing willed 3,000 books to a library in Harare, Zimbabwe. Meanwhile, Florida Polytechnic is opening with a library that has zero print books (Guardian).

Also according to The Guardian, Martin Amis's controversial new book, Zone of Interest, is having some publishing difficulties.

I incorrectly called Bullets and Burgers a shooting range, when according to The Times, Burgers and Bullets is the name of the tour guide service that brings people to a shooting range about 25 miles outside of Vegas, in Arizona, where a nine year-old girl accidentally shot her shooting instructor with an Uzi after he set the gun to repeater action.

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On this week’s show, I talk to fiction writer and ghost writer extraordinaire, Maya Sloan.

Maya SloanTEXTS DISCUSSED

Rich Kids of Instagram

High Before Homeroom

 NOTES

Learn more about the Kerouac House here.

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On this week’s show, I talk to the poet Sarah Grieve,

Sarah Grieve

plus Rose Tran writes about what Sherman Alexie taught her about humor.

Rose Tran

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Honey my Tongue

Dearest Creature

 

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On this week’s show, I talk to Vanessa Blakeslee about what Aristotle's Poetics can teach us about fiction writing today,

Vanessa Blakeslee

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Plus Kevin Bray writes about reading John Gardner's On Becoming a Novelist.

Kevin Bray

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Poetics

High Before Homeroom

The Roaring Girl

The Blind AssassinSuccess

On Becoming a Novelist

NOTES

This new project--discussing relevant books about the craft of storytelling--is a continuation of a long defunct feature of the show. Two years ago, Jaroslav Kalfař and I discussed Stephen King's On Writing on episode 6 and John Gardner's The Art of Fiction on episode 2.

Quoting George Orwell in an shockingly Orwellian way, Amazon has undertaken a weird counter-compaign to the Authors United movement, according to David Streitfield in The TimesCheck out the statement from Authors United that led to this counter-campaign.

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On this week’s show, I talk to the Trio Award-winner Iris Jamahl Dunkle,

Iris Jamahl Dunkle

plus Jeffrey Ethan Lee reads his essay, "The Poet's Mother's Deathbed Conversion" at Fergie's Pub in Philadelphia.

Jeffrey Lee

Books Discussed

Gold Passage

Jack London LoA NOTES

If in Philly, check out the Moonstone Poetry Series, at Fergie's Pub.

My friends Jared Silvia and Ryan Rivas are new hosting a new show, Functionally Literate Radio, on WPRK.

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On this week’s show, I talk to Ryan Rivas and Nathan Holic about the publication of Forget How You Found Us: 15 Views of Orlando, Volume III,

Nathan and Ryan

plus I share readings from stories by Karen Best, Matt Peters, and Jonathan Kosik from the collection.

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Jonathan Kosik

TEXTS DISCUSSED

15 Views Volume III

NOTES

Learn about the great youth programs offered by Page 15 in Orlando.

Amazon is having a bad quarter, according to The New York Times.

Next month, Third Man Books, the new print publishing wing of Third Man Records, will release an anthology called Language Lessons, Volume 1.

Quentin Tarantino will be filming The Hateful Eight after all, according to Kurt Russell and the L.A. Times.

Check out the amazing surf rock revival of The Bambi Molesters.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=expdxldXIa4

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On this week’s show, I talk to writer, teacher, and advocate Pauline Hawkins,

plus Caitlin McDonnell writes about discovering her urge to teach, from a night spent in jail, in "The Capacity of Language to Make Us Less Alone."

Caitlin McDonnell

NOTES

Harper Lee has contested any participation or approval in Marja Mills's new biography of her, according to The Guardian.

To learn more about Pauline Hawkins' radical way of teaching George Orwell's Animal Farm, read her blog here.

This episode proudly features the music of The Intoxicators.

 
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On this week’s show, I talk to the publisher of Beating Windward Press, Matt Peters,

Matt Peters

Plus Stephen Scully writes a memoir essay about meeting two baseball legends.

Stephen Scully

TEXTS DISCUSSED

American Fraternity Man

boat girl

The Snuff SyndicateLeaving Little HavanaDoc Voodoo Aces and EightsDoc Voodoo Crossfire

NOTES

The British children's book author Allan Ahlberg refused a lifetime achievement award due to its being sponsored by Amazon, according to The Guardian.

 

 

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On this week’s show, I talk to the fiction writer Boris Fishman,

Photo by Rob Liguori
Photo by Rob Liguori

Plus Lisa Korthals shares her essay about reading Lolita as a child.

Lisa Korthals

TEXTS DISCUSSED

A Replacement Life

Lolita

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

Nicole Callihan

plus Maureen Vance writes about Jane Eyre.

Maureen Vance

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Superloop

NOTES

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

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

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

Carlton Melton Always Even

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

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

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

Peter Demarco


TEXTS DISCUSSED

Unaccompanied Minors

The Blind Masseuse

To Kill a Mockingbird

Orientalism

NOTES

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

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

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

Bloomsday 2014 Poster

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NOTES

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

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On this week’s show, I talk to the fiction writer and poet Alan Michael Parker,

Alan Michael Parker

Plus Andrew Gretes offers his "Ode to Zorba."

Andrew Gretes

TEXTS DISCUSSED

The Committee on Town Happiness

Long Division

Zorba the Greek

NOTES

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

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

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Donald Duck roundtable 1

Donald Duck Roundtable 4Donald Duck Roundtable 5 TEXTS DISCUSSED

Trickster Makes This World

The Best of Plimpton

102 ways

 
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On this week’s show, I talk to the poet Erica Dawson,

Erica Dawson

Plus Nicole Callihan reads her memoir essay, "The Week in News."

Nicole Callihan

TEXTS DISCUSSED

The Small Blades Hurt

Big-Eyed Afraid

The Venetian Vespers

Nicole Callihan's "The Week in News" originally appeared on The Well and Often Press.

Superloop

Nicole Callihan's poetry collection, Superloop.

NOTES

Jeremy Greenfield, in an article for The Atlantic, has explored the continuing struggle between Amazon.com and the Hachette publishing group.

The Peyton James Freeman Prize for nonfiction essays is now accepting submissions. There is no reading fee, and the contest is being judged by Cheryl Strayed.

Horoscopes penned by my signature character Guy Psycho are now available online at The Newer York's site.

On this show, I eulogized Bunny Yeager and Maya Angelou.

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On this week’s show, I answer some mail with my friend, David James Poissant,

Poissant

plus Rose Tran shares a memoir essay about her unpleasantly Proustian relationship to Florida weather.

Rose Tran
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On this week’s show, I talk to the fiction writer Kseniya Melnik,

Kseniya Melnik

Plus Matt Berman writes about Jean Craighead George's My Side of the Mountain.

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Snow in May

The Lazarus Project

My Side of the Mountain

 
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On this week’s show, I talk to the fiction writer Kelly Luce,

Kelly Luce

Plus Nicole Callihan meditates on motherhood, sustenance, autism, and language in "Notes Toward: Babies, Bananas, Boxes."

Nicole Callihan

TEXTS DISCUSSED

Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail

 NOTES

Nicole Callihan's "Notes Toward: Babies, Bananas, Boxes" first appeared on River and Sound Review.

According to The Guardian and Publishers Weekly, some members of South Carolina's state legislature is trying to punish its state universities that support gay and lesbian culture. For more information about the protest over this, check out the website of Writers Speaking Out Loud.

Congratulations to Laura Van Den Berg for her story O-Pah-Locka (published in the southern review), and for Dylan Landis for her story, “Trust” (published in Tin House) for winning O'Henry Prizes for 2014. Laura was my guest on episode 91, and Dylan was my guest on episode 48.

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On this week’s show, I talk to the fiction writer and historian of Florida attractions Lu Vickers,

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Plus Joe Marchia writes about Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood.

Joe Marchia

 TEXTS DISCUSSED 

Breathing Underwater

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Cypress Gardens

WeekiWachee

Norwegian Wood

NOTES 

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Sheman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is given away to students in an Iowa district in which the novel is banned from schools.

On May 13th, I will participate in The Best of There Will Be Words 2013 show. If you're in Orlando, join us.

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Episode 96 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 present Rick Moody's recent reading at the University of Central Florida.Rick Moody at UCF  TEXTS DISCUSSED

The Four Fingers of Death

NOTES

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On this week’s show, I talk to fiction writer and one-time memoirist Rick Moody,

Rick Moody at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Photo by John King.

Plus I share his prose reading "Metal," with music by One Ring Zero.

One Ring Zero

TEXTS DISCUSSED

 Read Rick Moody's 14,000 word essay about David Bowie's The Next Day here.

The Black Veil

The Four Fingers of Death

David Bowie's The Next Day

As Smart as We Are
 Nigh Sleep Death

John Lee Hooker, putting The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton, in their places, when he was 72 years old.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrPBUr0cAlg

This soundtrack with John Lee Hooker playing with Miles Davis is deliciously good.

Hot Spot Soundtrack

Check out Episode 39, with my first interview with Rick, here.

NOTES

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 R.I.P., Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

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