All posts by Frank Marcopolos

Frank Marcopolos lives in Austin, Texas. Hiding from the ever-present Texas sun because of a well-founded fear of skin cancer, he writes short stories and novels that have been praised by some readers, while others have been, like, "Meh." He also produces free audiobooks of public domain works on his YouTube channel. You can subscribe to that here: http://youtube.com/brooklynfrank

Saturday Show #113: The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot (Performance)

This is a performance of the poem “The Waste Land” by T.S. Eliot. Bent and Broken by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1200087 Artist: http://incompetech.com/ I Knew a Guy by Kevin MacLeod is...

/ 15 April 2016

{Essay} Welcome to the Earbud Society: On the Future (and Radical Potential) of Audiobooks

We now live in the Earbud Society. You see them dangling from ears in cars, all over college campuses, in Starbucks, and even the workplace (especially on elevators.) Social avoidance has never been easier, and yet research is showing that...

/ 8 April 2016

[Flash Fiction] Easy Freed: A Bullet-Riddled Love Story

Easy Freed woke up suddenly, the bullets in his dream stereo-echoing the ones thundering through his living room. He was being fired upon. Again. He spiraled forward off the couch and rolled right below the window. He wasn’t sure still,...

/ 2 April 2016

{New YouTube Video} The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot (Audiobook)

This is one of the better-known poems in the English language. Here I perform it with some music and female voice-work from Sherry Thompson. Wikipedia says: “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”, commonly known as “Prufrock”, is a poem...

/ 15 March 2016

Saturday Show #112: 2 B R 0 2 B by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (Performance)

This is an audiobook performance of “2 B R 0 2 B” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Per Wikipedia: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (/ˈvɒnᵻɡət/; November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was an American author. In a career spanning over 50 years,...

/ 4 March 2016

{New YouTube Video} Love of Life by Jack London (Audiobook)

This is one of Jack London’s most famous stories. I recorded it in a hotel room while I was on the road, so if there is excess background noise, that is why. Here’s some background on Mr. London from Wikipedia:...

/ 28 February 2016

{New YouTube Video} 2BR02B by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (Audiobook) |SHORT STORY

I have been posting more and more content on the YouTube channel, and here is one more example. This is one of two Kurt Vonnegut stories currently in the public domain, and so I recorded it last night and made...

/ 20 February 2016

{New YouTube Video} The Kiss by Kate Chopin (Audiobook)

This could maybe be considered the erotica of the late 19th century. Considering Kate Chopin’s amazing life and the themes of her other works as well, I could be persuaded that this is so.

/ 17 February 2016

Saturday Show #111: Analysis of The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

You are listening to Saturday Show Podcast, episode number 111. My name is Frank Marcopolos. I am the author of the novel ALMOST HOME, the short story collection INFINITE ENDING, and the novelettes A CAR CRASH OF SORTS, and WOMYN...

/ 14 February 2016

[YouTube Video] The Hortlak by Kelly Link (Audiobook) | SHORT STORY

This is an audiobook version of the short story “The Hortlak” by the great Kelly Link. This story is licensed through Creative Commons, which is really cool. Copyright is old-fashioned and probably needs reform.

/ 4 February 2016

[New YouTube Video] Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe (Audiobook) | POEM

“Annabel Lee” is one of my favorite Edgar Allan Poe poems. It has become more popular of late because no less a luminary than Stevie Nicks took the poem and turned it into an amazing song on her last album....

/ 30 January 2016

[New YouTube Video] The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe (Audiobook) | POEM

“The Raven” is the most famous poem ever written by Edgar Allan Poe. Its publication skyrocketed him to literary fame in the mid-1800s. There are lots of audio versions of this poem floating around the Internetz, including some by very...

/ 27 January 2016

Saturday Show #110: The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin (Audiobook Performance)

This is an audiobook performance of “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin. We will be analyzing this story on the next podcast. From Wikipedia: Kate Chopin, born Katherine O’Flaherty (February 8, 1850 – August 22, 1904), was a...

/ 17 January 2016

Saturday Show #109: Good People by David Foster Wallace

You are listening to “Saturday Show Literary Podcast,” a podcast about writing, literature, philosophy, and—well—life. The podcast feed stems from FrankMarcopolos.com, and is also available on iTunes, Stitcher, or any podcatcher app. This episode features a live recording of a...

/ 9 January 2016

On Indie Literary Fiction and the Avant-Garde

So, the reviews are starting to come in now for “Womyn Do: The Healing of JOHNNY R3BEL.” I’m actually kind of surprised that the reviews are this positive so far because this story is what some (including me) might call...

/ 31 December 2015

Head and Shoulders by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Audiobook) | Short Story

Although sometimes the name of the philosopher Berkeley is pronounced as if it were spelled “Barkley,” here it is not. Grim League by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100779 Artist: http://incompetech.com/ According to...

/ 25 December 2015

Audible Download Codes – Get Womyn Do: The Healing of Johnny Rebel For Free!

If you’re one of the millions and millions of people (haha) who wanted the audiobook version of WOMYN DO: The Healing of Johnny Rebel, but preferred a price of FREE, today is for you. Here are the complimentary download codes...

/ 22 December 2015

The Door in the Wall by H.G. Wells (Audiobook)

Womyn Do: The Healing of JOHNNY R3BEL by Frank “Zeus” Marcopolos – E-BOOK available for Kindle AND Kindle Unlimited! Womyn Do – Audiobook on Audible Website Zeus’s Books on Audible.com – FUN! YouTube Channel – PLEASE SUBSCRIBE, comment and upvote!...

/ 19 December 2015

Well. This is nice.

@FrankMarcopolos books never disappoint.You engage so much into reading that when reaching the always unexpected end, you stay wanting more. — Dragon Lunna (@DragonLunna) December 17, 2015 Womyn Do: The Healing of JOHNNY R3BEL is out now and can be...

/ 17 December 2015

RETAIL SAMPLE – Womyn Do: The Healing of JOHNNY R3BEL by Frank “Zeus” Marcopolos

This is the retail sample of a new ebook and audiobook entitled, “Womyn Do: The Healing of JOHNNY R3BEL” by Frank “Zeus” Marcopolos. The complete unabridged edition is available here: on Amazon.

/ 15 December 2015

Saturday Show #108: Lecture on Resonance and Theme in Literary Fiction

This is a short lecture on resonance and theme in literary fiction by the leader of the Austin Writing Workshop, a former professor of literature and philosophy at Texas State University.

/ 12 December 2015

SSLP #107: Pretty Ice by Mary Robison (Video Version)

Here is the YouTubey version of the last episode of the podcast:

/ 10 December 2015

Saturday Show #107: Pretty Ice by Mary Robison

[NOTE: “Ice Cold” by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: http://audionautix.com/] * This is “Saturday Show Literary Podcast,” a podcast about writing, literature, philosophy, and—well—life. The podcast feed stems from FrankMarcopolos.com, and is also available...

/ 5 December 2015

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

“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,...

/ 21 November 2015

[New YouTube Video] Song of Myself by Walt Whitman (Audiobook) | POEM

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...

/ 17 November 2015

[New YouTube Video] The Open Boat by Stephen Crane (Audiobook) | SHORT STORY

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...

/ 8 November 2015

[New YouTube Video] Desiree’s Baby by Kate Chopin (Audiobook) | SHORT STORY

This is a really cool story that is enmeshed with the social issues of Chopin’s day. It is an example of literature with a social agenda, which attempts to move the culture in a different direction. Good stuff.

/ 1 November 2015

The Street that Got Mislaid by Patrick Waddington

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/ 15 October 2015

Saturday Show #104: Referential by Lorrie “The Story” Moore

Group discussion by the Austin Writing Workshop about the short story “Referential” by Lorrie Moore. You can read the story before listening (and you should) by clicking here. The Austin Writing Workshop is led by a former professor of literature...

/ 3 October 2015

Movie Review: THE END OF THE TOUR with Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg

In THE END OF THE TOUR, I thought Jesse Eisenberg did an admirable job of not being afraid to have the character of David Lipsky come off as a slimy weasel. When you watch Lipsky on YouTube or read interviews...

/ 16 August 2015