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The Drunken Odyssey with John King: A Podcast About the Writing Life
107 minutes | Jun 19, 2021
477: A Summer Solstice Special with Jefff Shuster!
In this week’s show, Jeff Shuster (our glorious Curator of Schlock) kick off summer by discussing two vintage summer camp films released in a two year span, Ivan Reitman's Meatballs (1979) and Tony Maylam's The Burning (1981).
60 minutes | Jun 12, 2021
476: Anahid Nersessian!
In this week’s show, literary scholar Anahid Nersessian & I discuss John Keats, the potential for personal observations in academic work, the sexual politics of art, theme parks, and academic institutions, the dialectic of the indeterminacy & the permanence of art, & the scope of Keats’s personae.
72 minutes | Jun 5, 2021
475: Kathleen Rooney!
In this week’s show, I talk to the novelist Kathleen Rooney about finding the spark to begin stories, the shape for long-form narratives, and the whimsy to make discoveries along the way.
66 minutes | May 29, 2021
474: Nat Segaloff & Thomas Warming!
In this week’s show, I talk to Nat Segaloff and Thomas Warming about writing for and about Hollywood.
118 minutes | May 22, 2021
473: A Discussion of Tom Waits's "Swordfishtrombones" with Stephen McClurg!
In this week’s show, I bring music blogger Stephen McClurg aboard as we talk about one of the most transformative, dramatic, atmospheric, strange, American pastoral phantasmagorical musical albums of all time, Tom Waits's Swordfishtrombones (1983).
74 minutes | May 15, 2021
472: Spencer Huffman!
In this week’s show, I talk to the spring 2021 resident of The Kerouac Project of Orlando, playwright Spencer Huffman.
72 minutes | May 9, 2021
471: A Discussion of Kurt Vonnegut's Pity the Reader with Leslie Salas
In this week’s show, Leslie Salas and I discuss Kurt Vonnegut' and Suzanne McConnell's compendious Pity the Reader: On Writing with Style.
69 minutes | May 1, 2021
470: Mixtape 14: I Don't Know How to Talk to You Outside of a Poem
NOTES This episode is sponsored by the excellent people at Scribophile. TDO Listeners can get 20% of a premium subscription to Scribophile. After using the above link to register for a basic account, go herewhile still logged in to upgrade the account with the discount. Check out my literary adventure novel, Guy Psycho and the Ziggurat of Shame.
78 minutes | Apr 24, 2021
469: Geoffrey Kent!
In this week’s show, I speak with the actor Geoffrey Kent about Shakespeare in performance, how actors make the texts come alive, the modern English translation of Shakespeare plays, the agony of having to cut Shakespeare’s texts down, the scenes that are rehearsal-eaters, -linging steel, how action sequences by themselves tell stories, and other important matters.
52 minutes | Apr 17, 2021
468: Alfred Corn!
In this week’s show, I speak with the poet and translator Alfred Corn about Rainer Maria Rilke's sublime Duino Elegies.
58 minutes | Apr 10, 2021
467: Ciara Shuttleworth!
In this week’s show, I speak with Ciara Shuttleworth about poetry, telling factions, limerence, running with the Muses, being open to delight, and the importance of daydreaming.
67 minutes | Apr 4, 2021
466: Maxim Loskutoff!
In this week’s show, I speak with Maxim Loskutoff about Montana and the messy importance of setting, the fecund symbolism of reality, and attending NYU's creative writing program.
79 minutes | Mar 27, 2021
465: Samantha Hart!
In this week’s show, I speak with Samantha Hart about her wonderful debut memoir, Blind Pony, Plus I speak with Scott Cunningham about the monthlong poetry festival, O, Miami. Photo by Alexander Ruiz.[/caption]
70 minutes | Mar 20, 2021
464: A Discussion of Allie Brosh's Solutions and Other Problems (with Leslie Salas)!
In this week’s show, Leslie Salas and I discuss Allie Brosh's Hyperbole and a Halfand Solutions and Other Problems.
67 minutes | Mar 13, 2021
463: Raphael Cormack!
In this week’s episode, theater scholar Raphael Cormack and I discuss the allure of Arabian music, the revolutionary times in Egypt between the world wars, and the women who dominated Cairo’s entertainment scene in the 1920s and 30s.
70 minutes | Mar 7, 2021
462: Denise Duhamel!
In this week’s episode, I speak with the poet Denise Duhamel about her latest book, Second Story, how to approach the long poem, the empathy gap in American life, and the Jungian concept of the necessity of play.
71 minutes | Feb 28, 2021
461: Isaac Fitzgerald/Brigette Barrager/Leigh Hobbs!
In this week’s episode, I speak with Isaac Fitzgerald and Brigette Barrager and Leigh Hobbs about children's books.
80 minutes | Feb 20, 2021
460: Gwen Mullins!
In this week’s episode, fiction writer Gwen Mullins and I discuss many, many things from the front of the Kerouac Project of Orlando's porch.
90 minutes | Feb 14, 2021
459: Nicklaus Rupert!
Nicklaus Rupert and I discuss the PhD in Creative Writing, the creative and professional benefits of working for a literary magazine, how working in a cinema house can turn one into a storytelling curmudgeon, and the responsibilities of using the trope of Floridian tackiness.
63 minutes | Feb 6, 2021
458: A Discussion of Lynda Barry's Syllabus, with Leslie Salas!
In this week’s show, Leslie Salas and I discuss Lynda Barry's composition book-inspired musings on art, Syllabus, and how not just craft, but creativity itself is a skill. TEXT DISCUSSED
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