100 episodes

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.

The Drunken Odyssey with John King: A Podcast About the Writing Life John King

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 69 Ratings

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.

    535: A Discussion of Azar Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran, with Rachael Tillman!

    535: A Discussion of Azar Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran, with Rachael Tillman!

    This week, Rachael Tillman and I discuss Azar Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran, a long overdue read for both of us.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    534: Rachel Kolman!

    534: Rachel Kolman!

    This week, I speak with Rachel Kolman about her immersion in creative non-fiction and her writing life after her UCF MFA.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    533: A Discussion of Don Marquis's Archy & Mehitabel, with Rachael Tillman!

    533: A Discussion of Don Marquis's Archy & Mehitabel, with Rachael Tillman!

    This week, I speak with my occasional co-host, Rachel Tillman about Don Marquis's Archy & Mehitabel, a series of narrative poems written by a cockroach.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    532: Miranda Seymour!

    532: Miranda Seymour!

    This week, I speak with literary biographer Miranda Seymour about the extraordinary career of Jean Rhys.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 531: Loose Lips July 2022!

    Episode 531: Loose Lips July 2022!

    This week, I am happy to present a bootleg edition of the Loose Lips reading series, hosted by Dianne Turgeon Richardson and Tod Caviness, with readings by Rachel Kolman, Samantha Nickerson, moi, Holly Tavel, and Brian Crimmins.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    530: Jamie Hecker!

    530: Jamie Hecker!

    On this episode, I speak with Disney historian Jamie Hecker about the relationship Walt Disney and the Disney Company have had with Washington D.C.

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
69 Ratings

69 Ratings

IantheRoge ,

Smart, Fun, and Relevant

Literary podcasts have a tendency toward dryness (which is why I don't often listen to them...), but this one doesn't -- like, at all. John King peppers his interviews with contemporary authors and poets (and the occasional graphic artist or screenwriter!) with wry humor, down-to-earth conversation about the writing life, and great music. The movie review shows and craft discussions on writing are special favorites. Comes highly recommended!

steventhowell ,

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.

Colorado Carnivore ,

"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!

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