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

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

Bookworms Caught on Video!

During this Hangout, which is supposed to be about BOOKS, we spent a really long time making fun of my necktie, for some reason. Other than sartorial philosophy, we also discuss TE Lawrence’s “Seven Pillars,” “Econometrics,” “What I Learned Losing...

/ 19 October 2014

Get You Some Guru-Filters!

Back in the day, nobody knew nothin’. This can be proven empirically, but rather than giving myself a headache, let’s just go ahead and assume this is true. Or perhaps more accurately: very, very few people were wise because access...

/ 18 October 2014

Saturday Show #74: CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders

Live recording of the Austin Writing Workshop, a grad-level fiction writing meet-up held in Austin, TX. Approximate timestamps and topics are below. 0:00 Excerpt from “CivilWarLand in Bad Decline” written by George Saunders, performed by Frank Marcopolos 1:56 Frank’s introduction...

/ 12 October 2014

Saturday Show #73: Women by Charles Bukowski (Part 3)

Saturday Show Podcast is a live recording of the Austin Writing Workshop, a graduate-level fiction writing workshop focused on literary fiction and led by a former professor of literature and philosophy. In this episode, the group discusses the methods of...

/ 5 October 2014

Saturday Show #72: Women by Charles Bukowski (Part 2)

Saturday Show is a live recording of the Austin Writing Workshop, a grad-level fiction-writing workshop led by a former professor of literature and philosophy. The group aims to improve their craft of writing literary stories, within which can be explored...

/ 21 September 2014