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

Hosted ByJohn King

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.

All Episodes

449: A Very German Christmas Discussion

In this week’s episode, I talk with Vanessa Blakeslee about the excellent new anthology, A Very German Christmas, from New Vessel Press. TEXT DISCUSSED

448: Peniel E. Joseph

On #448, Dr. Peniel E. Joseph and I discuss the careers of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcom X, and how examining them together reveals the complexities of both of their evolving understandings of American history and politics.

447: Candacy Taylor!

Candacy Taylor and I discuss her new book, Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America. We talk about how research can transform a project, and how our understanding of our family’s histories give us windows…

446: Phil Klay!

The fiction writer and veteran Phil Klay and I discuss finding the right form for a novel, war literature, the uplift of humor, and winning the National Book Award.

445: A Discussion of The Selected Works of Audre Lorde, with Audi Barnes!

On this week’s show, poet and scholar Audi Barnes and I discuss the essays and poetry of Audre Lorde.

444: TDO vs. The Curator of Schlock #4 (with Jeff Shuster)

On this week’s show, Jeff Shuster and I discuss Jordan Peele’s Us, and a lot of other things, too.

443: TDO vs. The Curator of Schlock #3 (with Jeff Shuster)

On this week’s show, Jeff Shuster and I discuss Richard Stanley’s recent film of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Color Out of Space.

442: TDO vs. The Curator of Schlock #2 (with Jeff Shuster)

Photo by Leslie Salas.[/caption] On this week’s show, Jeff Shuster and I discuss the genius of Richard Brake, the superior sound design of Rob Zombie’s films, the paradoxes of carnie victimhood, the nightmare underbelly of The Great Enlightenment…

441: TDO vs. The Curator of Schlock #1 (with Jeff Shuster)

On this week’s show, I talk with Jeff Shuster about Cosmos Panatos’s 2018 classic horror film, Mandy, as part 1 of our series of discussions on horror films of the last decade.

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