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This is “Saturday Show Literary Podcast,” a podcast about writing, literature, philosophy, and—well—life. The podcast feed stems from FrankMarcopolos.com, and is also available on iTunes, Stitcher, or any podcatcher app. It is also usually available subsequently on YouTube. This episode features a live recording of a meeting of the Austin Writing Workshop, which is a graduate-level fiction-writing workshop led by a former professor of literature and philosophy at Texas State University. Writers in the Austin area can join the workshop via meetup.com.

My name is Frank “Zeus” Marcopolos, and I am the author of the novel ALMOST HOME, the short story collection INFINITE ENDING, and the recently released WOMYN DO: THE HEALING OF JOHNNY R3BEL. I am also the former editor and publisher of the respected literary magazine, THE WHIRLIGIG.

The story that will be discussed by the members of the workshop is “PRETTY ICE” by “MARY ROBISON.” However, the members do not know the author or story title while critiquing it.

“Pretty Ice” was published in 1979 by The New Yorker Magazine. According to Wikipedia, Mary Robison has published four collections of stories, and four novels, including her 2001 novel Why Did I Ever, winner of the 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction. Her most recent novel, released in 2009, is One D.O.A., One on the Way. She has been categorized as a founding “minimalist” writer along with authors such as Amy Hempel, Frederick Barthelme, and Raymond Carver. In 2009, she won the Rea Award for the Short Story.

ENJOY “Saturday Show Literary Podcast #107: Pretty Ice by Mary Robison!”

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Frank Marcopolos founded "The Whirligig" literary magazine in 1999, which has been called "a landmark, demonstrating the power of the literary underground." It has been said that "you get this true lion-roaring sense that Editor Frank Marcopolos knows what he likes, and how to read, and how to publish, and he has guts, and eats insects on Wheaties with bleach." His long-form fiction has been reviewed with such praise as "thorough-goingly entertaining" and "highly readable...recalls the style of Michael Chabon or John Irving. A literary gem that should not be missed." A broadcasting-school graduate, his unique literary-audio work has been featured in movie trailers, scholastic environments, and on YouTube, with one of his audiobooks achieving over 100,000 "views" there.