Saturday Show #106: As Good As It Gets, The Objectivist Ethics by Ayn Rand, and Fat by Raymond Carver

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21st November

“It’s God…and then Ayn Rand.”

Members of the Austin Writing Workshop conduct a roundtable, free-form discussion of literary and philosophical topics.

The first part of the podcast covers the movie “As Good as It Gets” starring Helen Hunt, Jack Nicholson, and Greg Kinnear.

The second part of the podcast covers the essay “The Objectivist Ethics” by Ayn … Read More »

Song of Myself by Walt Whitman, Performed by Frank “Zeus” Marcopolos

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17th November

From Wikipedia: “Walter “Walt” Whitman (/ˈhwɪtmən/; May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse. His work was very controversial in its time, particularly his poetry collection Leaves of Grass, which was described as obscene for its overt sexuality.

Born in Huntington on Long Island, Whitman worked as a journalist, a teacher, a government clerk, and—in addition to publishing his poetry—was a volunteer nurse during the American Civil War. Early in his career, he also produced a temperance novel, Franklin Evans (1842). Whitman’s major work, Leaves of Grass, was first published in 1855 with his own money. The work was an attempt at reaching out to the common person with an American epic. He continued expanding and revising it until his death in 1892. After a stroke towards the end of his life, he moved to Camden, New Jersey, where his health further declined. When he died at age 72, his funeral became a public spectacle.

Whitman’s sexuality is often discussed alongside his poetry. Though biographers continue to debate his sexuality, he is usually described as either homosexual or bisexual in his feelings and attractions. However, there is disagreement among biographers as to whether Whitman had actual sexual experiences with men.

Whitman was concerned with politics throughout his life. He supported the Wilmot Proviso and opposed the extension of slavery generally. His poetry presented an egalitarian view of the races, though his attitude in life reflected many of the racial prejudices common to nineteenth-century America and his opposition to slavery was not necessarily based on belief in the equality of races per se. At one point he called for the abolition of slavery, but later he saw the abolitionist movement as a threat to democracy.”


The Open Boat by Stephen Crane (Audiobook)

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8th November

This is a story that is very often assigned to high schoolers and such–and with good reason. I find the ending particularly powerful, as it seems Crane is making a distinctly poignant statement about man’s relationship with nature in a simple yet profound way. So, if you’re reading-lazy, you can mute the ballgame, press play and listen to this American classic!

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Desiree’s Baby by Kate Chopin (Audiobook)

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1st November


Saturday Show #105: The Balloon by Donald Barthelme (+ David Foster Wallace)

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22nd October

Donald Barthelme (April 7, 1931 – July 23, 1989) was an American author known for his playful, postmodernist style of short fiction. Barthelme also worked as a newspaper reporter for the Houston Post, was managing editor of Location magazine, director of the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston (1961–1962), co-founder of Fiction (with Mark Mirsky and … Read More »