Category: Almost Home Novel

Saturday Show #54: Seize the Day by Saul Bellow (Or, Holden Caulfield Ages)

5th April

Analyzing the novella “Seize the Day” by Saul Bellow and the philosophical nature of post-modern literary fiction.

Seize the Day by Saul Bellow
Almost Home by Frank Marcopolos
Real Writers’ Workshop Meetup
On the Genealogy of Morals by Friedrich Nietzsche

Saturday Show #53: The Country Husband by John Cheever (Or, The Universe Doesn’t Care About Your Nonsense)

22nd March

Analyzing “The Country Husband” by John Cheever and the documentary “Searching for Sugar Man.”

Show Notes:

John Cheever
Searching for Sugar Man
Almost Home

Saturday Show #52: The Cloak by Isak Dinesen (Secretly Known as Karen Blixen) + A Secret History of the American Crash by Gonzalo Lira

9th March

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 »

Silent Saturday Show: Mini-Review of “Acrobat” by Gonzalo Lira and Interview with the Author

Posted by Frank Marcopolos in Almost Home Novel, Interviews. No Comments

25th January

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: Eventide by James Purdy (Plus, Holding Amazon Accountable)

Posted by Frank Marcopolos in Almost Home Novel, Podcast, Saturday Show, Writing Group. 2 comments

18th January

In this episode of Saturday Show Podcast, Frank explains how to get free stuff from Then, he relays the lessons learned from the analysis of “Eventide” by James Purdy by the Real Writers Workshop in Austin, Texas.

Show notes:

James Purdy
Almost Home


Music provided by radiotimes, admiralbob77, and lazztunes_07 of Liner provided by the lovely and … Read More »

Saturday Show #47: Nirvana by Adam Johnson (Plus, A-Roid Bounced!)

11th January

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: Woody Allen and Ernest Hemingway

12th April

Saturday Show #16 Topics:

– “Midnight in Paris” — themes, characters, Owen Wilson
– The “weight” of scenes
– Narrative flow
– “The Contest” by Grace Paley
– Noir

Science and Faith in Art – Perfect Together!

Posted by Frank Marcopolos in Almost Home Novel, Salinger, Stories. No Comments

26th March

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 »

Saturday Show #11: Chapter 1 of ALMOST HOME by Frank Marcopolos

Posted by Frank Marcopolos in Almost Home Novel, Podcast, Saturday Show. No Comments

11th March

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 »

The Secret Psychological Structure Behind Interpersonal Interactions

Posted by Frank Marcopolos in Almost Home Novel, Vital Insights. 1 Comment

29th October

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 »