You are listening to “Saturday Show Literary Podcast,” a podcast about writing, literature, philosophy, and—well—life. The podcast feed stems from, and is also available on iTunes, Stitcher, or any podcatcher app. 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

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. All of these things are available on Amazon and all of the online places. I am also active on YouTube and Twitter, so come and say hello.

The story that will be discussed by the members of the workshop is “GOOD PEOPLE” by David Foster Wallace. However, please keep in mind that for strategic reasons, the members do not know the author or story title while critiquing it.

“Good People” by David Foster Wallace was published in the New Yorker magazine on February 5, 2007. David Foster Wallace (February 21, 1962 – September 12, 2008) was an American author of novels, short stories and essays, as well as a professor of English and creative writing. Wallace is widely known for his 1996 novel Infinite Jest, which was cited by Time magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005.

Wallace’s last, unfinished novel, The Pale King, was published in 2011 and was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. A biography of Wallace was published in September 2012, and an extensive critical literature on his work has developed in the past decade.

Los Angeles Times book editor David Ulin has called Wallace “one of the most influential and innovative writers of the last 20 years.
On a personal note, I have to say that I apologize for the arrogance of the leader of this group and his opinions on this particular story. Rest assured, they do not reflect my own. Regarding this podcast, this episode will be the last one with this format where I have recorded the meeting of the Austin Writing Workshop. Moving forward, we will still be doing literary criticism, however, we’ll be doing it in a different way.

That being said, ENJOY “Saturday Show Literary Podcast #109: Good People by David Foster Wallace” ….

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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.