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

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