Category: Almost Home Novel
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)
Analyzing “The Country Husband” by John Cheever and the documentary “Searching for Sugar Man.”
Searching for Sugar Man
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 … 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 »
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 … 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 … 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 »
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 … 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 »