Tag: frank marcopolos

Saturday Show #98: The Fly by Katherine Mansfield

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...

/ 6 June 2015

Saturday Show #97: The Santosbrazzi Killer by Heidi Julavits

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...

/ 30 May 2015

Highlights from Saturday Show Literary Podcast #96

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

/ 27 May 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 #96: Coming Sun.Mon.Tues. by Don DeLillo (+ Lecture on WHAT IS PHILOSOPHY?)

Every Friday (more or less) a group of renegade writers gathers in Austin, Texas to drink alcohol, eat gluten-free snacks, and discuss literature, philosophy, and all manner of stimulating ideas. Listen in to the 96th episode of a Texas classic....

/ 16 May 2015

Promo Codes to Get A CAR CRASH OF SORTS Audiobook for NADA

As per usual, ACX gives me these promo codes so you can grab an audiobook for free. These are for A CAR CRASH OF SORTS, so if you’re a cheap bastard and love to get your mitts on cool stuff...

/ 9 May 2015

Saturday Show #95: The Pura Principle by Junot Diaz (+ The Philosophy and Rules of Art)

Is art completely subjective? Or are there objective rules which need to be observed in order for an artistic project to be successful? This podcast explores. Plus, why Junot Diaz is terrible, considering subjectivity and objectivity as the same thing,...

/ 2 May 2015

Secret Starbucks Confessions #1

I have now twice spilled coffee on the front of my shirt. I apparently do not know how these coffee lids with holes in them work. I may need to be retrained in this “drinking” technique. The real problem, of...

/ 26 April 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

Infinite Ending Sample #2: Load-Out by Frank Marcopolos (Audiobook) | SHORT STORY

This is one of the ten stories collected in INFINITE ENDING. Click here to purchase. “The Load-Out/Stay” by Jackson Browne (video) below:

/ 4 April 2015

Promo Codes to Get ALMOST HOME Audiobook for Free

ACX/Audible.com gives me 25 complimentary download codes for each book I sell through them. So, if you wanted to grab the audiobook version of ALMOST HOME, but were too stingy to fork over the dough, you may use one of...

/ 1 April 2015

Saturday Show #91: Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (+ Lecture on THEME)

On this episode of the podcast, Professor Jim gives a fascinating lecture on theme. Also, a member-submitted story is discussed. Pull quote: “William Shakespeare’s entire canon is concerned with the pathos of the irretrievability of time.” Discuss. Listing of topics...

/ 28 March 2015

Saturday Show #90: The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

For this episode, a brief discussion of irony in literature and then a performance of the classic short story, “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry, the punster and trick endingster. Enjoy!

/ 14 March 2015

Saturday Show #89: 21 Down by David Sedaris

You may think of David Sedaris as the smart, funny, gay writer that everyone seems to love. But he’s also something else entirely and it is *this* identity that holds the key to his phenomenal success. David Sedaris is an...

/ 7 March 2015

Saturday Show #88: Expelled by John Cheever

Read “Expelled” by clicking HERE. A modernish fairy tale? What is the traditional role of the fairy tale in human life? According to Robert Bly, “The knowledge of how to build a nest in a bare tree, how to fly...

/ 21 February 2015

Saturday Show #87: Everything is Green by David Foster Wallace

The Austin Writing Workshop discusses a short story by the legendary David Foster Wallace and a member story. Wine flowed, food was consumed, and good times were had by all. Also, too: writing techniques galore, literary theory, and a wee...

/ 8 February 2015

On Being Reviewed

I looked at my Gmail this morning and saw this subject in my Inbox: “[Kirkus Indie] Your review is ready to download.” I felt a nervous pang-flash in my chest, and my heart rate increased. I didn’t want to open...

/ 5 February 2015

Saturday Show #86: Where Will All the Buildings Go? by Laura van den Berg

The Austin Writing Workshop is led by a former professor of literature and philosophy at Texas State University. The group meets more-or-less weekly in Austin, Texas to improve members’ writing, drink wine, and eat gluten-free snacks. This podcast is a...

/ 24 January 2015

Saturday Show #85: Today’s Special by David Sedaris

What can we do with humor in literature? Listen to this episode of Saturday Show as the Austin Writing Workshop discusses the finer points of comedic writing and much, much more. 0:00 Introduction to Podcast 0:39 Reading of “Today’s Special”...

/ 17 January 2015

New Literary Drinking Game Breaks All the Rules

Key Quotes from the Game and Post-Game: Matt Gilliland: Jeff Riggenbach is the voice of my interior monologue. Frank Marcopolos: I don’t have any kids, but each one of these stories should be considered a child of mine. Mike Reid:...

/ 15 January 2015

Saturday Show #84: Cat in the Rain by Ernest Hemingway

This episode of the podcast features a performance of the short story “Cat in the Rain” by Ernest Hemingway. Also, a discussion of literary techniques follows by the Austin Writing Workshop, wherein Hemingway’s style is contrasted with that of workshop...

/ 11 January 2015

Saturday Show #81: Why I Transformed Myself Into a Nightingale by Wolfgang Hildesheimer

As you might expect, this episode opens with a discussion of Pyrrhonean Skepticism and its ancient Greek opponent, Dogmatism. The group discusses the parallels between that dynamic and the current dynamic between Modenism and Postmodernism. We then discuss the short...

/ 20 December 2014

Saturday Show #80: Conflation by Frank Marcopolos, part of the new collection INFINITE ENDING

On this episode of the podcast, we discuss how to determine if something is art or entertainment, the main philosophical points of Immanuel Kant, the differences between the literary genres of modernism and postmodernism, “Conflation” by Frank Marcopolos, and “Peter...

/ 13 December 2014

Infinite Ending Sample #1: Eroticoffica by Frank Marcopolos

A sample from the story “Eroticoffica” by Frank Marcopolos, from his new collection, INFINITE ENDING: TEN STORIES.

/ 7 December 2014

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

Writing from the Ruins: An Unreliable History of Postmodern Literary Fiction

Note: This essay appears as a part of the collection of ten postmodern literary stories entitled INFINITE ENDING, available for pre-order now. 1. Introduction Postmodern literature defies a simple, coherent definition. The beginning, middle, and end of the movement—just as...

/ 28 November 2014

Saturday Show #78: Scheherazade by Haruki Murakami

In this episode of Saturday Show, the Austin Writing Workshop discusses the short story “Scheherazade” by Haruki Murakami, plus a member-submitted story entitled, “Automobile Days.” An audiobook-like performance of “Automobile Days” is included. From the Wikipedia: Haruki Murakami (村上 春樹...

/ 16 November 2014

Saturday Show #77: The Tryst by Joyce Carol Oates

The Austin Writing Workshop discusses “The Tryst” by Joyce Carol Oates. From Wikipedia: Joyce Carol Oates (born June 16, 1938) is an American author. Oates published her first book in 1963 and has since published over forty novels, as well...

/ 7 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 #75: The Hortlak by Kelly Link (Part 1)

More Kelly Linkness? Kelly’s website can be accessed by clicking this very link. 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...

/ 25 October 2014