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.

    553: Interview with Robert Pinsky!

    553: Interview with Robert Pinsky!

    Robert Pinsky discusses his memoir Jersey Breaks, and John and Mr. Pinksy compare some psychogeographic notes, as well as bragging rights.

    • 50 min
    552: A Celebration of Salman Rushdie and Miami Book Fair!

    552: A Celebration of Salman Rushdie and Miami Book Fair!

    On this week’s program, I talk to Chelsea Alice about Salman Rushdie’s playful parable from 2020, “The Old Man in the Piazza,” published in The New Yorker, plus I share Salman Rushdie’s 2017 event from Miami Book Fair, in which he reads from his novel, The Golden House.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    551: Elliot Ackerman!

    551: Elliot Ackerman!

    • 1 hr
    550: Jonathan Ames!

    550: Jonathan Ames!

    On this week's show, I talk to the fiction writer and former memoirist Jonathan Ames.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    549: TDO vs. The Curator of Schlock #14 (The Doom Generation)

    549: TDO vs. The Curator of Schlock #14 (The Doom Generation)

    On today's show, Jeff Shuster and I discuss a wild, strange, deadpan, homicidal roadtrip story that is The Doom Generation.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    548: TDO vs. The Curator of Schlock #13 (Body Bags)

    548: TDO vs. The Curator of Schlock #13 (Body Bags)

    Jeff Shuster & John King discuss the 1993 anthology horror film, Body Bags, starring an excitable John Carpenter.

    • 1 hr 18 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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