This is a live recording of the Austin Writing Workshop, recorded on June 27, 2014 in North Austin, Texas. The AWW is a fiction-writing workshop focusing primarily on postmodern literary fiction and philosophy.
0:00 Excerpt from “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” by Hunter S. Thompson
2:51 Frank’s introduction to the podcast
3:31 Excerpt from “Ceil” by Harold Brodkey
4:57 Analysis of “Ceil” by Harold Brodkey begins
5:10 Frank’s Analysis of “Ceil,” including discussion of postmodern literary techniques and purpose, and Brodkey’s history/legacy
9:48 Cory’s Analysis of “Ceil,” including personal resonance with the story, storytelling voice, Brodkey’s history/legacy, his relationship with John Updike, and storytelling techniques – especially postmodern techniques
16:13 Stephen Crane and “Red Badge of Courage”
16:34 Jim’s Analysis of “Ceil,” including in-depth exploration of postmodern storytelling techniques and the fundamental philosophical concept in postmodernism and how that fundamental informs all art within postmodernism, a priori knowledge vs. everything else, Ayn Rand, modernism (“We can conquer truth”), Plato’s philosophy, Kant, Hinduism and Maya, the Scientific Method, “The Matrix,” Baudrillard, the real vs. the unreal, Lacan, Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” meta-structure, and Charlie Kaufman.
32:30 Frank’s analysis of Cory’s story, including a comparison to “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” by Hunter S. Thompson, characters with small penises, thoughts on literary memoirs, use of obstacles as a narrative technique, and proportion and balance in the narrative
37:52 Kevin’s analysis of Cory’s story, including the importance of setting, the use of obstacles as a narrative technique, use of character goals, and naming the narrator
43:53 Theresa’s analysis of Cory’s story, including the appreciation of the style of the piece, vivid details, and the “oral” technique
45:36 Jim’s analysis of Cory’s story, including lack of storytelling technique, editing, pacing, comparison to Henry Miller, risks of novel techniques, discursiveness, specific discussion about the story’s first paragraph, importance of plotting, genre, James Frey, Lacan on the subconscious, David Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive,” Naomi Watts, Laura Dern, thinking horizontally, and theme exploring things through dialogue rather than monologue
1:04:35 Group discussion about the movie “Side Effects” by Steven Soderberg, starring Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum, and other actor-type people.
1:19:17 End of podcast