Category: Infinite Ending: Ten Stories

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

Saturday Show #101: How to Write a Treatment (+ Silence of the Lambs)

What if you had an opportunity to get a treatment in front of actual Hollywood producers and directors, in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a chance to seize everything you ever wanted? Would you capture it? Or let it slip? The Austin...

/ 4 July 2015

The End of the Tour // David Foster Wallace // Jesse Eisenberg // Jason Segel // Infinite Jest

Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace by David Lipsky My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book is powerful for any Wallace fan simply because of the length of time we’re...

/ 1 July 2015

Clips from an Aborted Podcast

These are clips from a podast that was aborted because the ambient noise made listening for long periods of time super-annoying. For short clips, though, it’s okay, and so here are some of the more interesting tidbits we captured on...

/ 14 June 2015

Saturday Show #98: The Fly by Katherine Mansfield

Listen in as the members of the Austin Writing Workshop debate the literary merits of “The Fly” by Katherine Mansfield. Also, chapters 3 and 4 from Zeus’s new novel, and much less drinking than in previous episodes. Sorry. 0:00 Excerpt...

/ 6 June 2015

Saturday Show #96: Coming Sun.Mon.Tues. by Don DeLillo (+ Lecture on WHAT IS PHILOSOPHY?)

Every Friday (more or less) a group of renegade writers gathers in Austin, Texas to drink alcohol, eat gluten-free snacks, and discuss literature, philosophy, and all manner of stimulating ideas. Listen in to the 96th episode of a Texas classic....

/ 16 May 2015

Saturday Show #95: The Pura Principle by Junot Diaz (+ The Philosophy and Rules of Art)

Is art completely subjective? Or are there objective rules which need to be observed in order for an artistic project to be successful? This podcast explores. Plus, why Junot Diaz is terrible, considering subjectivity and objectivity as the same thing,...

/ 2 May 2015

Saturday Show #92: The Laughing Man by J.D. Salinger

The Austin Writing Workshop returns from hiatus to discuss a piece of micro-fiction and then “The Laughing Man” by J.D. Salinger. Buy Nine Stories here. Click here to read what Goodreads readers have to say about the story (and compare/contrast...

/ 11 April 2015

Infinite Ending Sample #2: Load-Out by Frank Marcopolos (Audiobook) | SHORT STORY

This is one of the ten stories collected in INFINITE ENDING. Click here to purchase. “The Load-Out/Stay” by Jackson Browne (video) below:

/ 4 April 2015

Saturday Show #91: Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (+ Lecture on THEME)

On this episode of the podcast, Professor Jim gives a fascinating lecture on theme. Also, a member-submitted story is discussed. Pull quote: “William Shakespeare’s entire canon is concerned with the pathos of the irretrievability of time.” Discuss. Listing of topics...

/ 28 March 2015

Saturday Show #89: 21 Down by David Sedaris

You may think of David Sedaris as the smart, funny, gay writer that everyone seems to love. But he’s also something else entirely and it is *this* identity that holds the key to his phenomenal success. David Sedaris is an...

/ 7 March 2015

Saturday Show #88: Expelled by John Cheever

Read “Expelled” by clicking HERE. A modernish fairy tale? What is the traditional role of the fairy tale in human life? According to Robert Bly, “The knowledge of how to build a nest in a bare tree, how to fly...

/ 21 February 2015

On Being Reviewed

I looked at my Gmail this morning and saw this subject in my Inbox: “[Kirkus Indie] Your review is ready to download.” I felt a nervous pang-flash in my chest, and my heart rate increased. I didn’t want to open...

/ 5 February 2015

New Literary Drinking Game Breaks All the Rules

Key Quotes from the Game and Post-Game: Matt Gilliland: Jeff Riggenbach is the voice of my interior monologue. Frank Marcopolos: I don’t have any kids, but each one of these stories should be considered a child of mine. Mike Reid:...

/ 15 January 2015

Saturday Show #84: Cat in the Rain by Ernest Hemingway

This episode of the podcast features a performance of the short story “Cat in the Rain” by Ernest Hemingway. Also, a discussion of literary techniques follows by the Austin Writing Workshop, wherein Hemingway’s style is contrasted with that of workshop...

/ 11 January 2015

Saturday Show #81: Why I Transformed Myself Into a Nightingale by Wolfgang Hildesheimer

As you might expect, this episode opens with a discussion of Pyrrhonean Skepticism and its ancient Greek opponent, Dogmatism. The group discusses the parallels between that dynamic and the current dynamic between Modenism and Postmodernism. We then discuss the short...

/ 20 December 2014

Saturday Show #80: Conflation by Frank Marcopolos, part of the new collection INFINITE ENDING

On this episode of the podcast, we discuss how to determine if something is art or entertainment, the main philosophical points of Immanuel Kant, the differences between the literary genres of modernism and postmodernism, “Conflation” by Frank Marcopolos, and “Peter...

/ 13 December 2014

Infinite Ending Sample #1: Eroticoffica by Frank Marcopolos

A sample from the story “Eroticoffica” by Frank Marcopolos, from his new collection, INFINITE ENDING: TEN STORIES.

/ 7 December 2014

Writing from the Ruins: An Unreliable History of Postmodern Literary Fiction

Note: This essay appears as a part of the collection of ten postmodern literary stories entitled INFINITE ENDING, available for pre-order now. 1. Introduction Postmodern literature defies a simple, coherent definition. The beginning, middle, and end of the movement—just as...

/ 28 November 2014