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 “Teddy”
The Talkative Corpse by Ann K. Sterzinger
Almost Home: The New Paltz Novel by Frank Marcopolos


Scintillating topics:

~ Are the paranoiacs right? Is someone ALWAYS watching you? (Yes.)
~ Ranger Protection Agency
~ The literary elements in “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” by Hunter S. Thompson
~ Surface theme vs. literary theme
~ “He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.” – Dr. Samuel Johnson
~ Fear and Loathing AND On the Road by Jack Kerouac
~ The Substance of Story article
~ Protagonists: Willful character; Has conscious and subconscious desire; Capacity to pursue desires CONVINCINGLY; Empathetic (relate-able) NOT Sympathetic (likeable); They are “like me.”

~ Defining “realism”
~ Understanding the specific BIAS of a critiquer to get the most from the critique
~ “Going to the Dogs” by Richard Ford
~ Organic theme
~ Building a character + Details (can) = Realistic Story
~ The best literary themes can not be articulated in 1 sentence
~ The best stories LEAVE you with a feeling of wanting to go do something artistic, or whatever you’re passionate about

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:


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  2. Eric Sicari 15 July 2013 at 16:35

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