Join author John King for eclectic interviews with writers from a variety of genres, including fiction writing, poetry, memoirs, and journalism. From literature to genre writing to the movies, all writing is up for discussion. In particular, The Drunken Odyssey features discussion of all aspects of the writing process—not just the published manuscript, pristinely presented to the entire literate world, but also the scrawled notes and tortured drafts that lead writers there. In long-form interviews, writers discuss their process and the way that writing has influenced their lives. Besides this interview, each episode also features a short memoir essay from a writer about a beloved book, plus John King responds to listener’s questions and observations about the writing (and the drinking) life.
For more information, see our website at www.thedrunkenodyssey.com.
471: A Discussion of Kurt Vonnegut's Pity the Reader with Leslie Salas
In this week’s show, Leslie Salas and I discuss Kurt Vonnegut' and Suzanne McConnell's compendious Pity the Reader: On Writing with Style.
470: Mixtape 14: I Don't Know How to Talk to You Outside of a Poem
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469: Geoffrey Kent!
In this week’s show, I speak with the actor Geoffrey Kent about Shakespeare in performance, how actors make the texts come alive, the modern English translation of Shakespeare plays, the agony of having to cut Shakespeare’s texts down, the scenes that are rehearsal-eaters, -linging steel, how action sequences by themselves tell stories, and other important matters.
468: Alfred Corn!
In this week’s show, I speak with the poet and translator Alfred Corn about Rainer Maria Rilke's sublime Duino Elegies.
467: Ciara Shuttleworth!
In this week’s show, I speak with Ciara Shuttleworth about poetry, telling factions, limerence, running with the Muses, being open to delight, and the importance of daydreaming.
466: Maxim Loskutoff!
In this week’s show, I speak with Maxim Loskutoff about Montana and the messy importance of setting, the fecund symbolism of reality, and attending NYU's creative writing program.
Great Writers, Great Discussions
Here’s a show featuring successful, working writers discussing what they do and how they do it. Come for the interesting people; stay for the nuggets of wisdom, ideas, and irreverent fun.
"And don't swallow the worm".
I listen to dozens of shows about the writing life. Only 3 really excite me when I see a new episode has been uploaded. TDO is one of them. Specifically, I enjoy John's tone, the connections he makes with the guests, the "vibe" of the show, and the undercurrent of humor that comes from John not taking any of it too seriously. Cheers!
Bingeworthy and useful
I really like this podcaster's style (educated but accessible and conversational) -- it's a really great to listen to for motivation, and even just general writing advice. Some episodes I've listened to more than once; on days I've set aside for writing, I feel like I've been more efficient and inspired when I've let this podcast play in the background. Highly recommended