Category: Stories

Zadie Smith

Saturday Show #68: Big Week by Zadie Smith

Fans of Zadie Smith, Dave Eggers, David Foster Wallace, Jennifer Egan, and J.D. Salinger would enjoy this podcast. This podcast is a live recording of the Austin Writing Workshop held on August 15, 2014. In it, the group explores the...

/ 17 August 2014

Saturday Show #66: Sex After Not Seeing Each Other for a Few Days by Tao Lin

Fans of Tao Lin, Dave Eggers, David Foster Wallace, Haruki Murakami, Ayn Rand, Immanuel Kant, and Friedrich Nietzsche would enjoy this podcast. It is a live recording of the meetup of the Austin Writing Workshop held on August 1, 2014...

/ 2 August 2014

Saturday Show #65: The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck and Manhattan by Woody Allen

Fans of John Steinbeck, Woody Allen, David Foster Wallace, Dave Eggers, Jonathan Franzen, J.D. Salinger, and Ayn Rand would enjoy this podcast. It is a live recording of the Austin Writing Workshop held on June 25, 2014 in balmy Austin,...

/ 27 July 2014

Saturday Show #62: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson and Ceil by Harold Brodkey (Are Discussed)

This is a live recording of the Austin Writing Workshop, recorded on June 27, 2014 in North Austin, Texas. The AWW is a fiction-writing workshop focusing primarily on postmodern literary fiction and philosophy. Podcast Timestamps: 0:00 Excerpt from “Fear and...

/ 29 June 2014

Saturday Show #55: The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

A performance of “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The Yellow Wallpaper

/ 19 April 2014

Saturday Show #52: The Cloak by Isak Dinesen (Secretly Known as Karen Blixen) + A Secret History of the American Crash by Gonzalo Lira

What is the purpose of a postmodern literary story? How is it different from storytelling styles of the past? And why should you care? Plus, Frank reads an excerpt from “The Cloak” by Isak Dinesen (pen name of Danish author...

/ 9 March 2014

Saturday Show #49: Talpa by Juan Rulfo

From WikiPedia: “Juan Rulfo (16 May 1917 – 7 January 1986) was a Mexican writer, screenwriter and photographer. One of Latin America’s most esteemed authors, Rulfo’s reputation rests on two slim books, the novel Pedro Páramo (1955), and El Llano...

/ 1 February 2014

Saturday Show #47: Nirvana by Adam Johnson (Plus, A-Roid Bounced!)

A-Rod found guilty! 162-game suspension! An entire career built on ‘roidy fraud! And Frank discusses how this illuminates some of the deepest philosophical concepts of our time. (No, it isn’t a stretch.) Also discussed are “Nirvana” by Pulitzer Prize winner...

/ 11 January 2014

How Much Work Do Your Story Details Do?

This picture is from the television series “Burn Notice,” currently burned. This screen-cap shows how you can subtly insert meaning into a shot, without calling attention to itself. (This applies to writing, too.) This scene takes place in an artist’s...

/ 26 September 2013

Saturday Show #25: Literary Dialogue with Austin Writer Michael Ward

MARATHON SESSION! OVER 1 HOUR OF PODCASTING GOODNESS! Saturday Show #25 (With Special Guest Michael Ward). The audio player above uses Flash to run. However, if you need it, here is the link to the show on Relevant Links...

/ 22 June 2013

Saturday Show #24: Richard Ford, Bernard Malamud, J.D. Salinger, and Friedrich Nietzsche

Saturday Show #24, The Austin Writing Group #13. Relevant Links and Show Notes: Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Things you can buy with your dollars: Rock Springs by Richard Ford Man on the Moon by Milos Forman Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand...

/ 15 June 2013

Saturday Show #23: Ann Sterzinger, Hunter S. Thompson, and Richard Ford

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...

/ 8 June 2013

Saturday Show #19: Ernest Hemingway and J.D. Salinger

In episode 19 of Saturday Show Podcast, Frank ponders whether Ernest Hemingway was a sexist and a racist. Also, too, what have post-modernism, MFA degrees, and professional writing workshops done to our literature? Ernest Hemingway didn’t have a degree in...

/ 12 May 2013

Science and Faith in Art – Perfect Together!

As a way to break the ice, or just FYI: Stories should have meaning. Stories should have importance. Stories should MOVE the reader and, at the very least, make her/him think about an important issue in a new way. *...

/ 26 March 2013

Saturday Show #9: The Moment of Victory by O. Henry

AMBITION. Where does it begin and where does it end? Have you ever had an experience that fueled your ambition for years to come? What was it and how did it end up? These themes and MORE in “The Moment...

/ 21 November 2012

Saturday Show #7: The Church with an Overshot Wheel by O. Henry

Who was O. Henry? William Sydney Porter (September 11, 1862 – June 5, 1910), known by his pen name O. Henry, was an American writer. O. Henry’s short stories are known for their wit, wordplay, warm characterization and clever twist...

/ 6 August 2012

Saturday Show #5: Joseph Conrad, The Informer, and Secret Societies

What can we learn about secret societies from the works of Joseph Conrad? Tune in to Saturday Show #5 to find out! SHOW NOTES: Joseph Conrad Wikipedia Page Freemasons

/ 9 June 2012

This Week in Literary Links #5

Kindle Fire May Finally Face Threat from NOOK Tablet Review–SALUKI MAROONED WHIRLIGIG Alum Jeff Somers Pens an Essay NoNoEdMo WHIRLIGIG Fan Karl Wenclas Mentions The Standard Authors Turn to Snail Mail to Reach Fans Publishers Should Experiment with E-Book Lending...

/ 23 March 2012

Have You Changed? (A Mini-Rant)

Have you changed? Most people don’t. Most people, if you knew them a decade ago and then left and came back, those people would be exactly the same. It’s weird. I’ve done that, actually, a few times over the past...

/ 1 March 2012

This Week in Literary Links #1

Author Raises $1 Million to Self-Publish Pottermore: What’s Going On? Barnes & Noble 3rd Quarter Results Not Looking Too Hot KDP Select Free Experiment CreateSpace File Uploading Now More Streamlined Kindle for Android, Reading Apps, & Good E-Reader Official Kindle...

/ 24 February 2012