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

Posted by Frank Marcopolos in Stories. No Comments

16th August

Imagine.

Imagine.

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 of him, that’s what it seems he is—a slimy weasel. And since it is his source material from which this movie comes, you would think there would be a temptation for Eisenberg to play him more generously, which is to say less truthfully. But he doesn’t, and that’s a credit to him as a creative person/actor.

Jason Segel I thought was excellent as DFW. I agree with most of the reviews I’ve seen/read. He really nailed this part, which with less diligence could have come off like Ashton Kutcher’s Steve Jobs, which was vomit-inducingly bad.

The impact of the film for me hit late. But that was not the fault of the film. My familiarity with the Lipsky book made me anticipate lines and scenes as they were happening in the first 2/3rds of the film. But I think once Wallace kind of takes down the wall of protection around him, the film really hits its stride. Overall, a wonderful film. See it twice.

TESTING

Saturday Show #103: How to Talk to Your Mother by Lorrie Moore

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28th July

In this episode of the podcast we discuss “How to Talk to Your Mother (Notes)” by Lorrie Moore, “Fixation of Belief” by philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce, and other high-minded topics because we’re snobs like that.

Text of the Lorrie Moore short story can be found by clicking here: http://www.narrativemagazine.com/issues/stories-week-2009-2010/how-talk-your-mother

“Fixation of Belief” by Charles Sanders Peirce … Read More »



Saturday Show #102: Pet Milk by Stuart Dybek

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21st July

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 narratives and forms.

After teaching for more than 30 years at Western Michigan University, where he … Read More »



Saturday Show #101: How to Write a Treatment (+ Silence of the Lambs)

4th July

What if you had an opportunity to get a treatment in front of actual Hollywood producers and directors, in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a chance to seize everything you ever wanted? Would you capture it? Or let it slip?

The Austin Writing Workshop discusses treatments, to hilarious and endrunkening effect.

There are brief intros and an outtro by … Read More »



Saturday Show #100: Bohemians by George Saunders

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29th June

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 portal on this page to support us and help ensure we can keep producing these … Read More »



Saturday Show #99: The Apologizer by Milan Kundera

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21st June

At a Whole Foods at the Domain in Austin, Texas, the Austin Writing Workshop breaks down “The Apologizer” by recluse and literary genius Milan Kundera and two chapters of Zeus’s work-in-progress novel while drinking beer and chugging 5-Hour Energies.

More details as follows:

1) Zeus’s introduction to the podcast

2) Group discussion of “The Apologizer” by Milan Kundera, … Read More »



Clips from an Aborted Podcast

14th June

These are clips from a podast that was aborted because the ambient noise made listening for long periods of time super-annoying. For short clips, though, it’s okay, and so here are some of the more interesting tidbits we captured on tape. These are from the Austin Writing Workshop, which is a meetup for serious fiction … Read More »



Saturday Show #98: The Fly by Katherine Mansfield

6th June

Listen in as the members of the Austin Writing Workshop debate the literary merits of “The Fly” by Katherine Mansfield. Also, chapters 3 and 4 from Zeus’s new novel, and much less drinking than in previous episodes. Sorry.

0:00 Excerpt from the podcast

0:54 Podcast Introduction by Zeus

3:37 Group discussion of chapters 3 and 4 from Zeus’s … Read More »



Saturday Show #97: The Santosbrazzi Killer by Heidi Julavits

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30th May

This week, only 3 members of the notorious Austin Writing Workshop gathered to do battle over literature and philosophy. But that was enough. Listen to the sparks fly, the philosophical theories rumble, and the rhetoric zoom off the hook!

0:00 Introductory Clip from the Episode

0:40 Infinite Ending Advertisement (You should buy this, no doubt.)

1:16 Group discussion … Read More »



Highlights from Saturday Show Literary Podcast #96

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27th May

Here are some of the highlights from Saturday Show Literary Podcast #96. The full episode can be found right here.