Category: Stories


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

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30th November

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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 … 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

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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 … Read More »



Saturday Show #70: Mother and I by Dave Eggers

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7th September

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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.

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

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31st August

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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 … Read More »



Saturday Show #68: Big Week by Zadie Smith

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17th August

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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. … Read More »



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

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2nd August

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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 … Read More »



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

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27th July

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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 … Read More »



Saturday Show #62: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson and Ceil by Harold Brodkey (Are Discussed)

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29th June

Road trip supplies.

Road trip supplies.

Escaping the human-sense filters.

Escaping the human-sense filters.

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 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

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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

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