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

SSLP #107: Pretty Ice by Mary Robison (Video Version)

Here is the YouTubey version of the last episode of the podcast:

/ 10 December 2015

Saturday Show #107: Pretty Ice by Mary Robison

[NOTE: “Ice Cold” by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: http://audionautix.com/] * This is “Saturday Show Literary Podcast,” a podcast about writing, literature, philosophy, and—well—life. The podcast feed stems from FrankMarcopolos.com, and is also available...

/ 5 December 2015

Saturday Show #106: As Good As It Gets, The Objectivist Ethics by Ayn Rand, and Fat by Raymond Carver

“It’s God…and then Ayn Rand.” Members of the Austin Writing Workshop conduct a roundtable, free-form discussion of literary and philosophical topics. The first part of the podcast covers the movie “As Good as It Gets” starring Helen Hunt, Jack Nicholson,...

/ 21 November 2015

[New YouTube Video] Song of Myself by Walt Whitman (Audiobook) | POEM

From Wikipedia: “Walter “Walt” Whitman (/ˈhwɪtmən/; May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman...

/ 17 November 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 #103: How to Talk to Your Mother by Lorrie Moore

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...

/ 28 July 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 #101: How to Write a Treatment (+ Silence of the Lambs)

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...

/ 4 July 2015

Marc Maron // Barack Obama // Malbec // Podcasting // Transformers

Here are some excised clips from Saturday Show Literary Podcast #101:

/ 4 July 2015

The End of the Tour // David Foster Wallace // Jesse Eisenberg // Jason Segel // Infinite Jest

Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace by David Lipsky My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book is powerful for any Wallace fan simply because of the length of time we’re...

/ 1 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

Saturday Show #99: The Apologizer by Milan Kundera

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...

/ 21 June 2015

Clips from an Aborted Podcast

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...

/ 14 June 2015

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 #93: I, the Jury by Mickey Spillane (Excerpt)

With the explosive successes of the work by Frank Miller, Alan Moore, and others, it may be time for the literary world to ponder the questions that their noir and bleak worlds raise for us. What, in particular, does the...

/ 18 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