Category: Stories

Saturday Show #134: After a Second Developmental Edit (Plus, Inland Empire and David Lynch-The Art Life)

Saturday Show Literary Podcast #134, in which author and voice-over guy Frank Marcopolos discusses what happens after a second developmental edit, David Lynch’s movie Inland Empire (starring the incredible Laura Dern), a documentary about the life of David Lynch entitled...

/ 15 July 2017

Thoughts on Being a Bug (Plus THE METAMORPHOSIS by Franz Kafka, Audiobooked)

It must be hard to be a bug. People wanting to step on you, no one finding you cute, and all that. I mean, kittens and puppies get all the human-love. Bugs don’t really get any, actually. Maybe fish, at...

/ 17 December 2016

{New YouTube Video} The Moment of Victory by O. Henry (Audiobook)

On this one, I went back and looked through my old files to see if I had recorded anything back in the day that I could re-create as a YouTube video. I try to keep in mind, though, that folks...

/ 15 October 2016

Saturday Show #116: The Cone by H.G. Wells (Audiobook Performance)

This is an audiobook performance of the public-domain short story, “The Cone.” It was written by H.G. Wells a long time ago, and performed by Frank Marcopolos of http://frankmarcopolos.com just recently. If you enjoy these free audiobooks, please subscribe to...

/ 6 June 2016

[Publishing News] The Adventures of Enzo Prinziatta Continue in New Anthology

I was lucky enough to place a story I’m inordinately fond of, called “Icky,” in George Donnelly’s liberty-themed anthology, VALIANT, HE ENDURED. The antho leans toward sci-fi, and so my little literary fiction story was fortunate to even be considered....

/ 14 May 2016

[Flash Fiction] Easy Freed: A Bullet-Riddled Love Story

Easy Freed woke up suddenly, the bullets in his dream stereo-echoing the ones thundering through his living room. He was being fired upon. Again. He spiraled forward off the couch and rolled right below the window. He wasn’t sure still,...

/ 2 April 2016

{New YouTube Video} 2BR02B by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (Audiobook) |SHORT STORY

I have been posting more and more content on the YouTube channel, and here is one more example. This is one of two Kurt Vonnegut stories currently in the public domain, and so I recorded it last night and made...

/ 20 February 2016

{New YouTube Video} The Kiss by Kate Chopin (Audiobook)

This could maybe be considered the erotica of the late 19th century. Considering Kate Chopin’s amazing life and the themes of her other works as well, I could be persuaded that this is so.

/ 17 February 2016

[YouTube Video] The Hortlak by Kelly Link (Audiobook) | SHORT STORY

This is an audiobook version of the short story “The Hortlak” by the great Kelly Link. This story is licensed through Creative Commons, which is really cool. Copyright is old-fashioned and probably needs reform.

/ 4 February 2016

Head and Shoulders by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Audiobook) | Short Story

Although sometimes the name of the philosopher Berkeley is pronounced as if it were spelled “Barkley,” here it is not. Grim League by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100779 Artist: http://incompetech.com/ According to...

/ 25 December 2015

Audible Download Codes – Get Womyn Do: The Healing of Johnny Rebel For Free!

If you’re one of the millions and millions of people (haha) who wanted the audiobook version of WOMYN DO: The Healing of Johnny Rebel, but preferred a price of FREE, today is for you. Here are the complimentary download codes...

/ 22 December 2015

The Door in the Wall by H.G. Wells (Audiobook)

Womyn Do: The Healing of JOHNNY R3BEL by Frank “Zeus” Marcopolos – E-BOOK available for Kindle AND Kindle Unlimited! Womyn Do – Audiobook on Audible Website Zeus’s Books on Audible.com – FUN! YouTube Channel – PLEASE SUBSCRIBE, comment and upvote!...

/ 19 December 2015

Well. This is nice.

@FrankMarcopolos books never disappoint.You engage so much into reading that when reaching the always unexpected end, you stay wanting more. — Dragon Lunna (@DragonLunna) December 17, 2015 Womyn Do: The Healing of JOHNNY R3BEL is out now and can be...

/ 17 December 2015

RETAIL SAMPLE – Womyn Do: The Healing of JOHNNY R3BEL by Frank “Zeus” Marcopolos

This is the retail sample of a new ebook and audiobook entitled, “Womyn Do: The Healing of JOHNNY R3BEL” by Frank “Zeus” Marcopolos. The complete unabridged edition is available here: on Amazon.

/ 15 December 2015

Saturday Show #108: Lecture on Resonance and Theme in Literary Fiction

This is a short lecture on resonance and theme in literary fiction by the leader of the Austin Writing Workshop, a former professor of literature and philosophy at Texas State University.

/ 12 December 2015

[New YouTube Video] The Open Boat by Stephen Crane (Audiobook) | SHORT STORY

This is a story that is very often assigned to high schoolers and such–and with good reason. I find the ending particularly powerful, as it seems Crane is making a distinctly poignant statement about man’s relationship with nature in a...

/ 8 November 2015

[New YouTube Video] Desiree’s Baby by Kate Chopin (Audiobook) | SHORT STORY

This is a really cool story that is enmeshed with the social issues of Chopin’s day. It is an example of literature with a social agenda, which attempts to move the culture in a different direction. Good stuff.

/ 1 November 2015

The Street that Got Mislaid by Patrick Waddington

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/ 15 October 2015

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

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

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...

/ 16 August 2015

Saturday Show #102: Pet Milk by Stuart Dybek

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...

/ 21 July 2015

Saturday Show #100: Bohemians by George Saunders

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...

/ 29 June 2015

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

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...

/ 25 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

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

This episode features a group discussion of whether writers should go independent or take the academic route to achieve success; plus, the subjectivity and objectivity of art and life, including how to properly judge works of art via objective rules....

/ 30 November 2014

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

For more from the great Kelly Link, please click here. From Wikipedia: Kelly Link (born 1969) is an American editor and author of short stories.[3] While some of her fiction falls more clearly within genre categories, many of her stories...

/ 1 November 2014

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

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...

/ 14 September 2014

Saturday Show #70: Mother and I by Dave Eggers

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...

/ 7 September 2014

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

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...

/ 31 August 2014
Zadie Smith

Saturday Show #68: Big Week by Zadie Smith

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...

/ 17 August 2014