photo 3ceaf492-e402-4418-946b-6a6109cf303d.jpgRelevant 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 of stories
Almost Home by Frank Marcopolos
Ben Greenman’s Daily Beast Whine-Fest


~ Nostalgia as a theme, and how nostalgia changes memories.
~ Unreliability of human memory/the human brain.
~ Character likeability and dialogue as reader hooks.
~ The importance of correct details.
~”Slice of life” stories as learning tools.
~ Working themes in a story as ACTION, in a narrative element.
~ Foreshadowing: How not to do it.
~ Organic vs. Manipulated Themes.
~ Raising the stakes.
~ Backstory details revealed through character decisions.
~ Post-modern motto: “The truth is UNKNOWABLE.” True or false?
~ Lenny in “Memento” as an everyman.
~ Whining in modern literature.

Posted by Frank Marcopolos

Frank Marcopolos lives in Pittsburgh, PA, without a dog. He writes novels, short stories, grocery lists, and love letters to lasagna bakers. He also produces free audiobooks of public domain works on his YouTube channel. You can subscribe to that here: