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.

    490: A Commentary on Martin Scorcese's Casino, with Patrick Jehle!

    490: A Commentary on Martin Scorcese's Casino, with Patrick Jehle!

    On this week's show, Patrick Jehle and I talk our way through all of Casino. This episode's a long one. Enjoy!

    • 3 hr 5 min
    489: Aimee Bender!

    489: Aimee Bender!

    Photo by Mark Miller.
    In this week’s show, I talk to fiction writer Aimee Bender about the subterranean connections that literary fiction makes between one and oneself, and between one and others; the difficult epistemology of sanity; the possibility of fiction not driven by interpersonal conflict; and other subjects of interest.

    • 53 min
    488: Mixtape #15: Sailing an Ocean of Violets in Bloom.

    488: Mixtape #15: Sailing an Ocean of Violets in Bloom.

    Enjoy.

    • 1 hr 41 min
    487: Todd James Pierce!

    487: Todd James Pierce!

    In this week’s show, I talk to Disney historian Todd James Pierce about how Covid-19 and the home streaming of entertainment might affect the future of visual storytelling, plus we discuss his current historical work on Disney Legend John Hench.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    486: Jan Elizabeth Watson!

    486: Jan Elizabeth Watson!

    In this week’s show, I talk to the novelist Jan Elizabeth Watson about a great many things.
     

    • 1 hr 16 min
    485: Drew Barth!

    485: Drew Barth!

    In this week’s show, I talk to Drew Barth about comic book obsessions.

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
69 Ratings

69 Ratings

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!

MWM1979 ,

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

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