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

Episode 603: Mistie Watkins!

On today’s show, John talks to Mistie Watkins about her new book of flash essays, , which might be the most Florida book he’s ever read.

602: Walter Mosley!

On today’s show, John talks to best-selling author Walter Mosley about his process, especially when exploring unsettling, psychological science fiction in his new novel, Touched.

601: Stephanie Land!

On this episode, John talks to best-selling author Stephanie Land about her newest book, Class: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hunger, and Higher Education.

600: Tom Lucas!

On today’s show, John talks to Tom Lucas about his brand new Lovecraftian YA-ish novel, Research Randy & the The Mystery of Grandma’s Half-Eaten Pie of Despair, told by an unreliable narrator about a doomed town.

599: Schloctoberfest Discussion of Shin’ya Tsukamot’s Tetsuo: The Iron Man with Jeff Shuster

Jeff Shuster and I discuss the surreal techno-horror allegorical masterpiece that is Shin’ya Tsukamot’s Tetsuo: The Iron Man.

598: Schloctoberfest Discussion of Dario Argento’s Phenomena [1985] with Jeff Shuster

On this week’s show, Jeff Shuster and I discuss Dario Argento’s strange, mid-eighties masterpiece, Phenomena.

59: A Schloctoberfest Discussion of David Cronenberg’s Videodrome with Jeff Shuster

Jeff Shuster and I get rather turned around discussion the invo-convolutions of David Cronenberg’s Videodrome (1983).

596: Schloctoberfest Discussion of Oliver Stone’s The Hand with Jeff Shuster

Jeff Shuster and I discuss Michael Caine’s brilliant acting and deranged hair as they appeared in Oliver Stone’s directorial debut, The Hand (1981).

595: Rebecca Makkai (Interviewed by Chelsea Alice)

Chelsea Alice and Rebecca Makkai talk about diversity in novels, breaking genre conventions, student-teacher relationships, and how motherhood is represented in literature.

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