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

440: Dmetri Kakmi!

Photo by Jon Rendell. On this week’s show, I talk to Dmetri Kakmi about existentialism in horror, the performance of identity, the structure of memoir, and many other things.

439: Chuck Palahniuk!

On this week’s show, I talk to novelist Chuck Palahniuk about The Invention of Sound, Consider This: Moments in My Writing Life after Which Everything Was Different, Adjustment Day, the 18-month rule, how to stay productive, how to keep invested in…

438: A Discussion of Children of Men, with Michael Wheaton!

  On this episode, I talk to writer Michael Wheaton about Alfonso Cuaron’s 2006 film, Children of Men, while I wait in vain for my ears to stop ringing.

437 Steve Davenport!

On this episode, I talk to poet Steve Davenport about poetry, collaboration, the body, and many other things. TEXT DISCUSSED NOTES Check out my literary adventure novel, .

436: Alex Miller!

On this episode, personal essayist Alex Miller and I talk about the intimate power of the personal essay, pitches, politics, and universities in NYC. Essays by Alex Miller Read “” over at The Washington Post. Read “” over at The Guardian. Read “”…

435: Ariel Francisco!

Photo by Carlie Hoffman. On this episode, poet Ariel Francisco and I talk about Florida’s wildness, Miami, Hollywood (Florida), multilingualism, Anna Nicole Smith, a sinking state, Jack Kerouac, FIU’s MFA program, and many other important matters.

434: Nick Flynn!

Episode 434 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing and literature is available on , , spotify, or click  to stream (right click to download, if that’s your thing). On this episode, Nick Flynn and I talk…

433: Darin Strauss!

Darin Strauss and I discuss the utility of outlines, the utility of abandoning outlines, love, pain, stream-of-consciousness, love, Lucille Ball, Fred Trump, Coney Island, the semiotic intimacy of television, and love.

432: Kyle Eagle!

This week, I talk to podcaster Kyle Eagle about music and everything.

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