Category: Stories


Movie Review: THE END OF THE TOUR with Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg

Posted by Frank Marcopolos in Stories. No Comments

16th August

Imagine.

Imagine.

In THE END OF THE TOUR, I thought Jesse Eisenberg did an admirable job of not being afraid to have the character of David Lipsky come off as a slimy weasel. When you watch Lipsky on YouTube or read interviews of him, that’s what it seems he is—a slimy weasel. And since it is his source material from which this movie comes, you would think there would be a temptation for Eisenberg to play him more generously, which is to say less truthfully. But he doesn’t, and that’s a credit to him as a creative person/actor.

Jason Segel I thought was excellent as DFW. I agree with most of the reviews I’ve seen/read. He really nailed this part, which with less diligence could have come off like Ashton Kutcher’s Steve Jobs, which was vomit-inducingly bad.

The impact of the film for me hit late. But that was not the fault of the film. My familiarity with the Lipsky book made me anticipate lines and scenes as they were happening in the first 2/3rds of the film. But I think once Wallace kind of takes down the wall of protection around him, the film really hits its stride. Overall, a wonderful film. See it twice.

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Saturday Show #102: Pet Milk by Stuart Dybek

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21st July

Surrounded by pit bulls, rattlesnakes, and mountain lions, the leather-jacketed renegades of the Austin Writing Workshop met to discuss the knife-blade vitality of art, literature, and philosophy, specifically the short story “Pet Milk” by Stuart Dybek and other kinds of narratives and forms.

After teaching for more than 30 years at Western Michigan University, where he … Read More »



Saturday Show #100: Bohemians by George Saunders

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29th June

The Austin Writing Workshop met at the Westin at the Domain in Austin, Texas, to discuss literature and philosophy. This is the result. This is the 100th episode of Saturday Show. If you enjoy this podcast, please use the Amazon.com portal on this page to support us and help ensure we can keep producing these … Read More »



The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell and the Theme of Moral Ambiguity

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25th May

For me, one of the things I like best about Richard Connell’s famous short story, “The Most Dangerous Game,” is its contemplation of moral ambiguity. Here is my performance of the story, if you are not familiar with it:

With morality, it seems, lines have to be drawn, and determinations made about “right” and “wrong.” But … Read More »



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

11th April

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 with the AWW! For funsies!)

Approximate time stamps and micro-descriptions of topics discussed are provided below. … Read More »



Saturday Show #79: Peter Elroy: A Documentary by Ian Casey by Elizabeth McCracken

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30th November

Note: My new book, INFINITE ENDING: TEN STORIES, is now available for pre-order. In e-book format, it’s only 99 little cents so why not support a pasty indie author like me for half the cost of a cup of Starbucks coffee?

This episode features a group discussion of whether writers should go independent or take the … Read More »



Saturday Show #76: The Hortlak by Kelly Link (Part 2)

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1st November

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Saturday Show #71: Women by Charles Bukowski (Part 1)

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14th September

Saturday Show Podcast is a live recording of the Austin Writing Workshop, which is a grad-level fiction writing workshop led by a former professor of literature and philosophy. In this episode, the group examines the issue of autobiography in fiction as a technique to engage the reader. This topic is examined via the first 20 … Read More »



Saturday Show #70: Mother and I by Dave Eggers

Posted by Frank Marcopolos in Movies, Podcast, Saturday Show, Stories, Writing Group. 1 Comment

7th September

The Austin Writing Workshop is a fiction-writing workshop led by a former literature and philosophy professor. Listen in as the group discusses literary techniques, philosophy, and more on Saturday Show #70.

Detailed topics and approximate timestamps are below.

0:00 Excerpt from “Mother and I” by Dave Eggers

1:25 Frank’s introduction to the podcast

2:35 Group analysis of “Mother and … Read More »



Saturday Show #69: That Bus is Another World by Stephen King

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31st August

Can Stephen King write anything well besides horror? What lessons can studying the literary techniques used in King’s story, “That Bus is Another World” yield? The Austin Writing Workshop debates and discusses these issues and more, including analysis of a member’s story and a breakdown of the movie “Zeitgeist.” Fans of Dave Eggers, Jennifer Egan, … Read More »