Category: Stories


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

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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 »


What is the True VALUE of Being in a Writing Critique Group?

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3rd July

What should you expect to get out of a fiction-writing critique group? Where does the value lie? How much improvement can you expect from such a group? Is it really worth the time and effort? Frank recorded a video about these things and you can watch it here:


Saturday Show #25 (Discussion with Austin Writer Michael Ward)

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22nd June

MARATHON SESSION! OVER 1 HOUR OF PODCASTING GOODNESS! Saturday Show #25 (With Special Guest Michael Ward). The audio player above uses Flash to run. However, if you need it, here is the link to the show on iTunes.com.

Relevant Links and Show Notes:

Bulletproof Coffee
Ting
Bull Magazine – Men’s Fiction
Michael Ward
Baker Street Pub & Grill – South Austin … Read More »


Saturday Show #24 (Austin ROT Rally Edition)

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15th June

Saturday Show #24, The Austin Writing Group #13. Relevant Links and Show Notes:

Functional Diagnostic Nutrition

Things you can buy with your dollars:

Rock Springs by Richard Ford
Man on the Moon by Milos Forman
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche
The Complete Stories Bernard Malamud
Borat
Isis and Osiris by Plutarch

Topics dujour:

~ Creating a bond with your … Read More »


Saturday Show #23 (Special Snooper Edition)

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8th June

Saturday Show #23, The Austin Writing Group #12 (Special Snooper Edition). Relevant Links and Show Notes:

Richard Ford – Rock Springs
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson
Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger, including “Teddy”
The Talkative Corpse by Ann K. Sterzinger
Almost Home: The New Paltz Novel by Frank Marcopolos

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Scintillating topics:

~ Are the paranoiacs … Read More »


Saturday Show #19 (Was Ernest Hemingway a Racist?)

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12th May

In episode 19 of Saturday Show Podcast, Frank ponders whether Ernest Hemingway was a sexist and a racist. Also, too, what have post-modernism, MFA degrees, and professional writing workshops done to our literature? Ernest Hemingway didn’t have a degree in writing, after all. He was a journalist. He believed in writing simply and simply writing. … Read More »