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 #121: Right After a Developmental Edit

Saturday Show Literary Podcast #121, wherein Frank Marcopolos discusses what happens now after a developmental edit of his current work-in-progress, a novel. Connect on social: Twitter Instagram YouTube *** You might want to buy this paperback anthology because it contains...

/ 19 February 2017

Saturday Show #120: Starting Over. Again.

Saturday Show Literary Podcast #120, in which Frank Marcopolos talks about a fresh start for the podcast from a Holiday Inn hotel room in Huntsville, Texas. From THE WHIRLIGIG to WOMYN DO, it’s been a long literary journey, and the...

/ 16 February 2017

Thoughts on Being a Bug (Plus THE METAMORPHOSIS by Franz Kafka, Audiobooked)

It must be hard to be a bug. People wanting to step on you, no one finding you cute, and all that. I mean, kittens and puppies get all the human-love. Bugs don’t really get any, actually. Maybe fish, at...

/ 17 December 2016

{New YouTube Video} AFTER THE RACE by James Joyce (Audiobook)

A listener on my YouTube channel (subscribe, dammit!) suggested that I do all of the stories in James Joyce’s DUBLINERS. I had already done ARABY, so one down. I thought about doing THE DEAD, but that’s a novella, basically, and...

/ 7 November 2016

{New YouTube Video} The Moment of Victory by O. Henry (Audiobook)

On this one, I went back and looked through my old files to see if I had recorded anything back in the day that I could re-create as a YouTube video. I try to keep in mind, though, that folks...

/ 15 October 2016

Saturday Show #119: Lenore by Edgar Allan Poe (Audiobook)

Lenore is a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe, and published in 1843. I Feel You 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=USUAN1100841 Artist: http://incompetech.com/ Music licensed under Creative Commons Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/bu/4.0)...

/ 20 September 2016

{New YouTube Video} The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe (Audiobook)

According to Wikipedia, “”The Fall of the House of Usher” is considered the best example of Poe’s “totality,” where every element and detail is related and relevant. The theme of the crumbling, haunted castle is a key feature of Horace...

/ 19 September 2016

[Essay] Totally Unqualified Coffee Reviews #1 – Mexico, Celso Garcia Coop

Hi, my name is Frank and I am totally unqualified to review coffee, but I’m going to do it anyway. Why? Because one of the great things coffee does, my coffee at least, is make you unrealistically optimistic about everything....

/ 13 July 2016

Saturday Show #118: Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne (Audiobook Performance)

You are listening to episode 118 of Saturday Show Literary Podcast. My name is Frank Marcopolos of http://frankmarcopolos.com and http://youtube.com/brooklynfrank. This episode will be a performance of Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne. According to Wikipedia, the story, published in...

/ 8 July 2016

Saturday Show #117: Ulalume by Edgar Allan Poe (Audiobook)

Ulalume is a public-domain poem written by Edgar Allan Poe a long time ago. On this episode of the podcast, it is performed by Frank Marcopolos of http://FrankMarcopolos.com. Musical accompaniment is provided as follows: Somber by Audionautix is licensed under...

/ 24 June 2016

{New YouTube Video} Ulalume by Edgar Allan Poe (Audiobook)

Why is it that I looooove Edgar Allan Poe so much? Is it that he’s dark and I am starting to be of that age when the issues of human darkness (how to deal with impending death, the seeming futility...

/ 23 June 2016

Saturday Show #116: The Cone by H.G. Wells (Audiobook Performance)

This is an audiobook performance of the public-domain short story, “The Cone.” It was written by H.G. Wells a long time ago, and performed by Frank Marcopolos of http://frankmarcopolos.com just recently. If you enjoy these free audiobooks, please subscribe to...

/ 6 June 2016

Saturday Show #115: The Death of the Hired Man by Robert Frost (Performance)

This is an audiobook performance of the public domain poem “The Death of the Hired Man” by Robert Frost. The voice-actors on the track are Frank Marcopolos and Sherry S. Thompson. Music was provided as follows: “Achilles – Strings” by...

/ 22 May 2016

Wisdom from a Yale Professor on Literature as a Verbal Art

Professor Amy Hungerford, Yale University: “You may have noticed…that I am very fond of reading aloud to you from these novels. I’m very fond of reading out passages. I do it a lot. Why DO I do it? Well, there...

/ 20 May 2016

[Publishing News] The Adventures of Enzo Prinziatta Continue in New Anthology

I was lucky enough to place a story I’m inordinately fond of, called “Icky,” in George Donnelly’s liberty-themed anthology, VALIANT, HE ENDURED. The antho leans toward sci-fi, and so my little literary fiction story was fortunate to even be considered....

/ 14 May 2016

Saturday Show #114: A Moonlight Fable by H.G. Wells (Performance)

This story is also known as “The Beautiful Suit.” “He is not afraid” by radiotimes, 2015 – Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial (3.0). Herbert George “H.G.” Wells is known as the father of science fiction, having written “The Time...

/ 7 May 2016

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