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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 »
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 »
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 »
Fans of Zadie Smith, Dave Eggers, David Foster Wallace, Jennifer Egan, and J.D. Salinger would enjoy this podcast. This podcast is a live recording of the Austin Writing Workshop held on August 15, 2014. In it, the group explores the issue of themes in literary fiction, using two different stories. One of the stories is … Read More »
Fans of Tao Lin, Dave Eggers, David Foster Wallace, Haruki Murakami, Ayn Rand, Immanuel Kant, and Friedrich Nietzsche would enjoy this podcast. It is a live recording of the meetup of the Austin Writing Workshop held on August 1, 2014 in weird and sunny Austin, Texas. Included is an excerpt from the short story, “Sex … Read More »
Fans of John Steinbeck, Woody Allen, David Foster Wallace, Dave Eggers, Jonathan Franzen, J.D. Salinger, and Ayn Rand would enjoy this podcast. It is a live recording of the Austin Writing Workshop held on June 25, 2014 in balmy Austin, Texas. Included are excerpts from the short stories “The Chrysanthemums” by Steinbeck and “The Stranger” … Read More »
Saturday Show #62: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson and Ceil by Harold Brodkey (Are Discussed)
This is a live recording of the Austin Writing Workshop, recorded on June 27, 2014 in North Austin, Texas. The AWW is a fiction-writing workshop focusing primarily on postmodern literary fiction and philosophy.
0:00 Excerpt from “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” by Hunter S. Thompson
2:51 Frank’s introduction to the podcast
3:31 Excerpt from “Ceil” by Harold Brodkey
4:57 Analysis of “Ceil” by Harold Brodkey begins
5:10 Frank’s Analysis of “Ceil,” including discussion of postmodern literary techniques and purpose, and Brodkey’s history/legacy
9:48 Cory’s Analysis of “Ceil,” including personal resonance with the story, storytelling voice, Brodkey’s history/legacy, his relationship with John Updike, and storytelling techniques – especially postmodern techniques
16:13 Stephen Crane and “Red Badge of Courage”
16:34 Jim’s Analysis of “Ceil,” including in-depth exploration of postmodern storytelling techniques and the fundamental philosophical concept in postmodernism and how that fundamental informs all art within postmodernism, a priori knowledge vs. everything else, Ayn Rand, modernism (“We can conquer truth”), Plato’s philosophy, Kant, Hinduism and Maya, the Scientific Method, “The Matrix,” Baudrillard, the real vs. the unreal, Lacan, Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” meta-structure, and Charlie Kaufman.
32:30 Frank’s analysis of Cory’s story, including a comparison to “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” by Hunter S. Thompson, characters with small penises, thoughts on literary memoirs, use of obstacles as a narrative technique, and proportion and balance in the narrative
37:52 Kevin’s analysis of Cory’s story, including the importance of setting, the use of obstacles as a narrative technique, use of character goals, and naming the narrator
43:53 Theresa’s analysis of Cory’s story, including the appreciation of the style of the piece, vivid details, and the “oral” technique
45:36 Jim’s analysis of Cory’s story, including lack of storytelling technique, editing, pacing, comparison to Henry Miller, risks of novel techniques, discursiveness, specific discussion about the story’s first paragraph, importance of plotting, genre, James Frey, Lacan on the subconscious, David Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive,” Naomi Watts, Laura Dern, thinking horizontally, and theme exploring things through dialogue rather than monologue
1:04:35 Group discussion about the movie “Side Effects” by Steven Soderberg, starring Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum, and other actor-type people.
1:19:17 End of podcast
A performance of “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.