Saturday Show #34: J.D. Salinger to Publish 5 New Books!

In episode 34 of Saturday Show Podcast, Frank discusses El Jefe Obama’s decision not to bomb the hell out of Syria (yet), several different charities to support if you’re concerned about humanitarian aid, the HOT news about J.D. Salinger’s plan...

/ 31 August 2013

Saturday Show #33: Kindle Worlds

In episode 33 of Saturday Show Podcast, Frank discusses Kindle Worlds. Is it the latest in silliness or a major event in the world of publishing? Kindle Worlds is a publication submission platform from Amazon.com where you choose a licensed...

/ 24 August 2013

Saturday Show #32: Mark Twain v. Teddy Roosevelt

In episode 32 of Saturday Show, Frank discusses the feud between Mark Twain and Teddy Roosevelt over the Spanish-American War and the subsequent “Filipino Insurrection.” This information comes from Dan Carlin’s best-of-all-time podcast, “Hardcore History,” and the episode entitled “The...

/ 17 August 2013

FILM REVIEW: American Drug War 2: Cannabis Destiny (A Film by Kevin Booth)

Full disclosure and all that: I have a “Special Thanks” credit on this film. But it’s not like I had a hand in making it. I didn’t. I just gave them some money, like a lot of other people did....

/ 13 August 2013

Saturday Show #31: On Vladimir Nabokov

In episode 31 of Saturday Show Podcast, Frank discusses the untimely demise of elance.com as a viable marketplace to find freelance workers of all kinds. Frank presents a clear and concise argument which leads one to conclude that this company...

/ 10 August 2013

Saturday Show #30: Guernica, Bill Hicks, and Random Bar Patrons

In this episode of Saturday Show Podcast, we discuss the supreme importance of having a reading chair, the need for raising awareness about putting an END to the horrible practice of creating “honk signs,” and other important societal matters. The...

/ 3 August 2013

BOOK REVIEW: The Talkative Corpse by Ann Sterzinger

Lurking in the shadows of the seedy underbelly of the American heartland are the kinds of people you’re probably scared of. The kinds of people you, perhaps, don’t think of often. The kinds of people who just scrape by, praying...

/ 31 July 2013

Saturday Show #29 – Interview with Author Ann Sterzinger (Improve Fish Education Now!)

In this episode of Saturday Show Podcast Frank talks to Chicago author Ann Sterzinger. Ann’s latest novel is entitled THE TALKATIVE CORPSE, and is available as an e-book from Amazon.com. WARNING: Much hilarity ensues during this interview, so if you...

/ 20 July 2013

Saturday Show #28: More Ernest Hemingway & the White-Hot MFA Debate

In this episode of Saturday Show Podcast, Frank discusses the true value of obtaining an Masters in Fine Arts degree, the enduring influence of MFA-less Ernest Hemingway, and much, much more. As always, literary fiction techniques are discussed as well....

/ 13 July 2013

Saturday Show #27: Interview with Anarchist Amanda Billyrock Johnson

In episode 27 of Saturday Show, Frank interviews anarchist writer and video blogger Amanda Billyrock. They discuss the difference between ideas and beliefs, Amanda’s reading habits, the true meaning of “anarchy,” Amanda’s vision for a better world, and much, much...

/ 6 July 2013

Saturday Show #26: On Ernest Hemingway

In this episode of Saturday Show Podcast, Frank explores the following topics and so much MORE: How do you create a bond with your reader? How do you hook a reader into your story? What are the differences between genre...

/ 29 June 2013

Saturday Show #25: Literary Dialogue with Austin Writer Michael Ward

MARATHON SESSION! OVER 1 HOUR OF PODCASTING GOODNESS! Saturday Show #25 (With Special Guest Michael Ward). The audio player above uses Flash to run. However, if you need it, here is the link to the show on iTunes.com. Relevant Links...

/ 22 June 2013

Saturday Show #24: Richard Ford, Bernard Malamud, J.D. Salinger, and Friedrich Nietzsche

Saturday Show #24, The Austin Writing Group #13. Relevant Links and Show Notes: Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Things you can buy with your dollars: Rock Springs by Richard Ford Man on the Moon by Milos Forman Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand...

/ 15 June 2013

Saturday Show #23: Ann Sterzinger, Hunter S. Thompson, and Richard Ford

Saturday Show #23, The Austin Writing Group #12 (Special Snooper Edition). Relevant Links and Show Notes: Richard Ford – Rock Springs Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger, including...

/ 8 June 2013

Saturday Show #22: Pan’s Labyrinth, Robert Coover, and Hunter S. Thompson

Saturday Show #22, The Austin Writing Group Podcast Episode 11. Relevant Links and Various Show Notes: Robert Coover Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Pan’s Labyrinth The Talkative Corpse by Ann K. Sterzinger Almost Home by Frank Marcopolos The Domain,...

/ 1 June 2013

Saturday Show #21: James M. Cain, Jim Thompson, and Margaret Atwood

Relevant Links and Various Show Notes and Such: Memento, directed by Christopher Nolan Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood The Talkative Corpse: A Love Letter by Ann K. Sterzinger The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson James M. Cain collection...

/ 25 May 2013

Saturday Show #20: Ann Sterzinger and Hunter S. Thompson

Saturday Show #20, The Austin Writing Group, Episode 9. Relevant Links and Various Show Notes and Such: “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” by Hunter S. Thompson “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” by J.D. Salinger “The Talkative Corpse” by Ann...

/ 18 May 2013

Saturday Show #19: Ernest Hemingway and J.D. Salinger

In episode 19 of Saturday Show Podcast, Frank ponders whether Ernest Hemingway was a sexist and a racist. Also, too, what have post-modernism, MFA degrees, and professional writing workshops done to our literature? Ernest Hemingway didn’t have a degree in...

/ 12 May 2013

Saturday Show #18: Susan Sontag

Swashbuckling adventures in literary fiction, continued. Saturday Show #18 Relevant Links and Show Notes: Teaching Salinger’s Nine Stories by Brad McDuffie Susan Sontag Unguided Tour by Susan Sontag

/ 5 May 2013

Saturday Show #17: Sophia Coppola and Dwight Swain

The swashbuckling techniques of the modern literary fictioneer. With jokes. Saturday Show #17-The Austin Writing Group, Episode 6. Some of the topics discussed: – The relative weight of scenes vs. “pacing” and different terminology used by different schools of writing....

/ 20 April 2013

Saturday Show #16: Woody Allen and Ernest Hemingway

Saturday Show #16 Topics: – “Midnight in Paris” — themes, characters, Owen Wilson – The “weight” of scenes – Narrative flow – “The Contest” by Grace Paley – Noir

/ 12 April 2013

Saturday Show #15: Ayn Rand, Bobbie Ann Mason, and John Cheever

In episode 15 of Saturday Show, Frank covers why Jonathan Safran Foer is a “Face-ist” and a bunny rabbit murderer, traditional literary fiction versus commercial fiction, theme of the movie “As Good As It Gets” starring Helen Hunt and Jack...

/ 6 April 2013

Saturday Show #14: Kurt Vonnegut and Raymond Carver

Saturday Show Podcast #14 Topics: – Theme and message in stories, including “The Bath” and “A Small, Good Thing” by Raymond Carver and the movie “Sideways.” – The evolution of Raymond Carver’s writing style, as evidenced by the differences in...

/ 30 March 2013

Science and Faith in Art – Perfect Together!

As a way to break the ice, or just FYI: Stories should have meaning. Stories should have importance. Stories should MOVE the reader and, at the very least, make her/him think about an important issue in a new way. *...

/ 26 March 2013

Saturday Show #13.5: A Little Richard Ford Audio

From “Rock Springs” … “Sometime late in the night, after Edna was asleep, I got up and walked outside into the parking lot. It could’ve been anytime because there was still the light from the interstate frosting the low sky...

/ 24 March 2013

Saturday Show #13: Austin Writing Workshop

Saturday Show Podcast #13: Featuring an appearance by the ghost of writing groups past! (In a flow-y dress, no less.) More notes to come, when my brain is fully functioning. For now, please enjoy the audio.

/ 22 March 2013

Saturday Show #12: Raymond Carver, John Barth, John Cheever, John Updike, and Joyce Carol Oates

Listen to a discussion about my writing critique group. Are you in a writing group? Has it been beneficial for you? Why or why not? Points made in the writing group as I discuss in the podcast: – In literary...

/ 15 March 2013

Saturday Show #11: Chapter 1 of ALMOST HOME by Frank Marcopolos

As part of a clever, clever marketing ploy to tease you into wanting to buy ALMOST HOME, I’ve provided an audio version of the first chapter above. I am so dang clever it hurts. It hurts every part of my...

/ 11 March 2013

Hail to the Champ, Rowdy Ronda Rousey!

WMMA champ Ronda Rousey goes to 7-0 with a 1st-round victory over Liz Carmouche. Post-fight interview by @joerogan, http://www.joerogan.net * 2/4/16: Interesting to look back on this post now after Ronda Rousey is one of the biggest superstars in the...

/ 27 February 2013

Saturday Show #10 (“American Scream: The BILL HICKS Story” by Cynthia True and an Excerpt from “A Widow for One Year” by John Irving)

As a tribute to the massive gravity of the loss of the prophet Bill Hicks, I’ve posted an excerpt from “A Widow for One Year” by John Irving in the little audio player above. “American Scream: The Bill Hicks Story”...

/ 26 January 2013