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 K. Sterzinger
“Almost Home” by Frank Marcopolos


~ The influence of Hunter S. Thompson on the culture, writers, and journalism.
~ “Think Pieces” in journalism. Long dead or still alive?
~ Magazine editors working WITH fiction writers on their stories (as the New Yorker editors did with Salinger’s “Bananafish” story.)
~ Amount of critical attention stories by writers like Salinger and Hemingway get vs. other writers.
~ Sophomoric themes.
~ Theme vs. Message.
~ Dialogue as a HOOK.
~ Specificity of details: When they work and when they don’t.
~ “Themeless artworks”
~ “The Magus” by John Fowles

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