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

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 June 25, 2014 in balmy Austin,...

/ 27 July 2014

Saturday Show #64: All That by David Foster Wallace and Annie Hall by Woody Allen

Fans of David Foster Wallace, Dave Eggers, Jonathan Franzen, Kingsley Amis, Haruki Murakami, Alice Munro, Woody Allen, and J.D. Salinger would enjoy this podcast. It is a live recording of the Austin Writing Workshop, held in North Austin on Friday,...

/ 20 July 2014

Saturday Show #63: Happy Endings by Margaret Atwood and Opposite Days by Frank Marcopolos

Fans of Kingsley Amis, Dave Eggers, Margaret Atwood, and Haruki Murakami will enjoy this podcast. It is a live recording of a meeting of the Austin Writing Workshop held on July 9, 2014. Excerpts from “Happy Endings” by Margaret Atwood...

/ 11 July 2014

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

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...

/ 29 June 2014

Saturday Show #61: Fireworks by Richard Ford (Is Discussed)

Live recording of the Austin Writing Workshop held on June 6, 2014. Topics debated include “Fireworks” by Richard Ford, Raymond Carver stories, postmodern literary fiction, impotent narrators, “The Sportswriter,” the Fourth of July as a paradoxical holiday, the BBC series...

/ 8 June 2014

Saturday Show #60: Little Birds by Anais Nin (Is Discussed)

Live recording of the Austin Writing Workshop on May 30, 2014. Topics: the erotica-ish short story “Little Birds” by Anais Nin, the movie, “The Name of the Rose” starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater, and, as always, postmodern literary fiction...

/ 31 May 2014

Saturday Show #58: So Much Water So Close to Home by Raymond Carver (Is Discussed)

Live recording of The Austin Writing Workshop at “The Compound” in Austin, Texas on May 16, 2014. Topics discussed include: Raymond Carver’s “So Much Water So Close to Home,” the Jodie Foster/Matthew McConaughey movie “Contact,” a member-submitted story, and postmodern...

/ 18 May 2014

Saturday Show #57: The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant (Is Discussed)

Buy “The Necklace” and other short stories by Guy de Maupassant HERE.

/ 10 May 2014

Saturday Show #56: The Use of Force by William Carlos Williams

A performance of the short story, “The Use of Force” by William Carlos Williams.

/ 27 April 2014

Saturday Show #55: The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

A performance of “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The Yellow Wallpaper

/ 19 April 2014

Saturday Show #54: Seize the Day by Saul Bellow (Or, Holden Caulfield Ages)

Analyzing the novella “Seize the Day” by Saul Bellow and the philosophical nature of post-modern literary fiction. Seize the Day by Saul Bellow Almost Home by Frank Marcopolos Real Writers’ Workshop Meetup On the Genealogy of Morals by Friedrich Nietzsche

/ 5 April 2014

Saturday Show #53: The Country Husband by John Cheever (Or, The Universe Doesn’t Care About Your Nonsense)

Analyzing “The Country Husband” by John Cheever and the documentary “Searching for Sugar Man.” Show Notes: John Cheever Searching for Sugar Man Almost Home

/ 22 March 2014

Saturday Show #52: The Cloak by Isak Dinesen (Secretly Known as Karen Blixen) + A Secret History of the American Crash by Gonzalo Lira

What is the purpose of a postmodern literary story? How is it different from storytelling styles of the past? And why should you care? Plus, Frank reads an excerpt from “The Cloak” by Isak Dinesen (pen name of Danish author...

/ 9 March 2014

Saturday Show #51: A Very Short Story by Ernest Hemingway

A podcast with Papa. And other thoughts, theories, things. Show notes/relevant links: In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway Hardcore History – Must-Listen Podcasting The Lost Generation Geniuses Together: American Writers in Paris Teddy Roosevelt – Rough Riders Sexual Sickness Psychology...

/ 1 March 2014

Saturday Show #50: I Could See the Smallest Things by Raymond Carver (Or, The Wed Night Slaughter)

We worship at the altar of the slaughter. We bow down and make sacrifice to its Holy Being. We grace ourselves in its glow. Because in the cathedrals of literature, no other Deity can bestow upon you such Grace. *...

/ 8 February 2014

Saturday Show #49: Talpa by Juan Rulfo

From WikiPedia: “Juan Rulfo (16 May 1917 – 7 January 1986) was a Mexican writer, screenwriter and photographer. One of Latin America’s most esteemed authors, Rulfo’s reputation rests on two slim books, the novel Pedro Páramo (1955), and El Llano...

/ 1 February 2014

Silent Saturday Show: Mini-Review of “Acrobat” by Gonzalo Lira and Interview with the Author

Mini-review of “Acrobat” by Gonzalo Lira: The contract that Mr. Lira makes with the reader at the start of this novel is this: fasten your seatbelt. He then proceeds to deliver on this contract throughout the narrative. The early relentless...

/ 25 January 2014

Saturday Show #47: Nirvana by Adam Johnson (Plus, A-Roid Bounced!)

A-Rod found guilty! 162-game suspension! An entire career built on ‘roidy fraud! And Frank discusses how this illuminates some of the deepest philosophical concepts of our time. (No, it isn’t a stretch.) Also discussed are “Nirvana” by Pulitzer Prize winner...

/ 11 January 2014

Saturday Show #46: Find the Bad Guy by Jeffrey Eugenides (Or, The End of Men?)

Are we in the American era of the disappearance of men? How does this manifest in literature and the arts? Have men become nothing more than spectators watching other men slap each other on the ass? What can be done...

/ 4 January 2014

Saturday Show #45: The Advantages of the Well-Read Gentleman

@InverseDelirium Thanks, Geoffrey! — Frank Marcopolos (@FrankMarcopolos) December 24, 2013 @FrankMarcopolos LOVE the quote:“It’s not the same. You can’t just tell someone what the meaning of a great book is.Doesn’t work like that.” — Cicily Janus (@jazzwriterchick) December 20, 2013...

/ 14 December 2013

Saturday Show #44: The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls by J.D. Salinger

In this episode of the show, Frank discusses the enigmatic nature of the J.D. Salinger estate. The estate has been silent since the death of the famous author in 2010, even as documentaries come out about him, and some of...

/ 7 December 2013

Saturday Show #42: F*!$ the Authors Guild

“Wait. You’re doing WHAT?” she said. “I’m writing a fairy tale… of OUR relationship,” I said. She said… Plus, news about the latest lawsuit filed by Big Publishing Luddites, the Authors Guild, this time against Google Books, and the launch...

/ 16 November 2013

Saturday Show #41: C.I.A. Weaponization of Culture

In this exciting episode, Frank discusses the revelations that the C.I.A. has been in control of American “culture” since the beginning. This includes the funding of The Paris Review and other literary magazines, as well as the global promotion of...

/ 2 November 2013

Saturday Show #40: Men’s Fiction, featuring Tony Clifton

Tony Clifton drops in and out of this podcast, while Frank discusses the vital importance of men reading. 85% of men in prison grew up without a dad. Men who read become leaders and maintain a cohesive family unit, statistically...

/ 26 October 2013

Saturday Show #39: No Caffeine

Frank does the unthinkable for this podcast. He goes for 7 days without any caffeine, and then not only functions, not only attends his normal writing group, but he somehow manages to also speak coherently into the recorder in order...

/ 12 October 2013

Saturday Show #38: Austin City Limits

In episode 38 of Saturday Show Podcast, Frank whimsically muses about ACLs and ACL, the people painting the parking spaces all around him, Austin traffic, and literary fiction techniques galore! The literary fiction discussion includes information on awkward word usage,...

/ 5 October 2013

How Much Work Do Your Story Details Do?

This picture is from the television series “Burn Notice,” currently burned. This screen-cap shows how you can subtly insert meaning into a shot, without calling attention to itself. (This applies to writing, too.) This scene takes place in an artist’s...

/ 26 September 2013

Saturday Show #37: Did J.D. Salinger Practice Black Magic? – Reviewing Salinger, Part 3

“Do you want me to try to get Buddy on the phone for you tonight?” [Zooey] asked. “I think you should talk to SOMEbody–I’M no damn good for this.” He waited, looking at her steadily. “Franny. What about it?” Franny’s...

/ 21 September 2013

Saturday Show #36: Reviewing Salinger – Part 2

In this episode of Saturday Show Podcast, Frank discusses the timely demise of “Burn Notice,” the joys of a gluten-free beer called “Bard’s Beer,” the new biography of J.D. Salinger entitled “Salinger” by David Shields and Shane Salerno, the origins...

/ 14 September 2013

Saturday Show #35: Reviewing Salinger – Part 1

In episode 35 of Saturday Show, Frank discusses the new biography entitled “SALINGER”, written by David Shields and Shane Salerno, plus: literary fiction techniques galore, Oona O’Neill, World War II, D-Day, Hurtgen Forest, the Battle of the Bulge, Nazi concentration...

/ 7 September 2013