Category: Stories


Saturday Show #68: Big Week by Zadie Smith

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

17th August

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 »



Saturday Show #66: Sex After Not Seeing Each Other for a Few Days by Tao Lin

Posted by Frank Marcopolos in Podcast, Saturday Show, Stories, Writing Group. 3 comments

2nd August

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 »



Saturday Show #65: The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck and Manhattan by Woody Allen

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

27th July

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)

Posted by Frank Marcopolos in Podcast, Saturday Show, Stories, Writing Group. No Comments

29th June

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.

Podcast Timestamps:

0:00 Excerpt from “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” by Hunter S. Thompson
2:51 Frank’s introduction to the … Read More »


Saturday Show #59: For Esme-With Love and Squalor by J.D. Salinger (Is Discussed)

Posted by Frank Marcopolos in JD Salinger, Podcast, Saturday Show, Stories, Writing Group. 2 comments

24th May

Live recording of the Austin Writing Workshop held on 5/23/14. The workshop analyzes “For Esme–With Love and Squalor” by J.D. Salinger, the movie “The Fourth Kind,” and postmodern literary fiction.

Purchase NINE STORIES by J.D. Salinger here
Purchase THE FOURTH KIND here


Saturday Show #55: The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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19th April

A performance of “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

The Yellow Wallpaper


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 »


Saturday Show #49: Talpa by Juan Rulfo

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

1st February

From WikiPedia: “Juan Rulfo (16 May 1917 – 7 January 1986) was a Mexican writer, screenwriter and photographer. One of Latin America’s most esteemed authors, Rulfo’s reputation rests on two slim books, the novel Pedro Páramo (1955), and El Llano en llamas (1953), a collection of short stories. Fifteen of these seventeen short stories have … 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 »


How Much Work Do Your Story Details Do?

Posted by Frank Marcopolos in Essays, Random Crap, Stories, Vital Insights. 1 Comment

26th September

This picture is from the television series “Burn Notice,” currently burned. This screen-cap shows how you can subtly insert meaning into a shot, without calling attention to itself. (This applies to writing, too.) This scene takes place in an artist’s house, so there are always canvases hanging around. In this particular scene, these two characters … Read More »