Category: Almost Home Novel
Saturday Show #52: The Cloak by Isak Dinesen (Secretly Known as Karen Blixen) + A Secret History of the American Crash by Gonzalo Lira
What is the purpose of a postmodern literary story? How is it different from storytelling styles of the past? And why should you care? Plus, Frank reads an excerpt from “The Cloak” by Isak Dinesen (pen name of Danish author Karen Blixen) and from the new novel “A Secret History of the American Clash” by … Read More »
Mini-review of “Acrobat” by Gonzalo Lira:
The contract that Mr. Lira makes with the reader at the start of this novel is this: fasten your seatbelt. He then proceeds to deliver on this contract throughout the narrative. The early relentless action, however, is connected by a plot that is believable, intimate, and yet somehow fantastical. To … Read More »
Saturday Show #48: How to Get Free Stuff from Amazon.com (Plus, analysis of “Eventide” by James Purdy)
In this episode of Saturday Show Podcast, Frank explains how to get free stuff from Amazon.com. Then, he relays the lessons learned from the analysis of “Eventide” by James Purdy by the Real Writers Workshop in Austin, Texas.
Music provided by radiotimes, admiralbob77, and lazztunes_07 of ccMixter.org. Liner provided by the lovely and … Read More »
A-Rod found guilty! 162-game suspension! An entire career built on ‘roidy fraud! And Frank discusses how this illuminates some of the deepest philosophical concepts of our time. (No, it isn’t a stretch.) Also discussed are “Nirvana” by Pulitzer Prize winner Adam Johnson, and Frank’s novel about fraternal competition, “Almost Home,” available on Amazon, Barnes & … Read More »
Saturday Show #16 Topics:
- “Midnight in Paris” — themes, characters, Owen Wilson
- The “weight” of scenes
- Narrative flow
- “The Contest” by Grace Paley
As a way to break the ice, or just FYI: Stories should have meaning. Stories should have importance. Stories should MOVE the reader and, at the very least, make her/him think about an important issue in a new way.
One thing that I find fascinating is the interplay between stories and their real, definitive impact on … Read More »
I first met Marion Stein on Twitter, where she called me “cool.” Women call me a lot of names, but cool isn’t usually one of them. So, I figured I should reciprocate this kindness by doing an e-mail interview with the author. Below is a transcription of that interview.
Frank Marcopolos: What’s your background? How and … Read More »
As part of a clever, clever marketing ploy to tease you into wanting to buy ALMOST HOME, I’ve provided an audio version of the first chapter above. I am so dang clever it hurts. It hurts every part of my body. TMI, I know.
What’s the theme of ALMOST HOME? Why should I care about it?
ALMOST … Read More »
There’s a secret structure to human interactions, and if you don’t know what it is, you’re losing.
Even worse, you’re being laughed at behind your back.
“The knowledge of how to build a nest in a bare tree, how to fly to the wintering place, how to perform the mating dance—all of this information is stored in … Read More »
2012 Prix Aurora Award Nominees Announced
SOPA’s Evil Sister — CISPA
Nook Steps Ahead of Kindle with GlowLight
A Talk with a Barnes & Noble CRM
WHIRLIGIG Alum Jeff Somers Writes Not a Movie Review
The Strange Case of a Mind Shift Downloaded Over 127 Times!
ALMOST HOME Selling for Just 299 Pennies
P.S. I’ve decided to start podcasting regularly … Read More »