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 612: A Discussion of Anaïs Nin’s Little Birds, with Samantha Nickerson

Samantha Nickerson and I delve into Anaïs Nin’s posthumously published slender volume of erotica, Little Birds.

611: Matt Mason!

On today’s show, John King chats with poet Matt Mason about the poetic necessity of engaging with the popular culture that is part of the fabric of our American life, including rock music and obviously, obviously, the Disney phenomenon.

610: Rebecca Renner & Major Jackson!

On today’s show, John King chats with journalist Rebecca Renner and poet Major Jackson at Miami Book Fair.

609: Meg Cabot & Kelle Groom, interviewed by Samantha Nickerson!

Today’s show features novelist Meg Cabot and memoirist Kelle Groom in conversation with TDO correspondent Samantha Nickerson, recorded during Miami Book Fair 2023.

608: Maggie Smith and Michael Cunningham!

On today’s show, John talks to the poet and memoirist Maggie Smith about the complexities of trying to merge reality with narrative structure, and discusses the same, in different ways, with the novelist Michael Cunningham!

607: Brian Turner!

On today’s show, John talks poet Brian Turner about learning to write the thing we need to write rather than the thing we want to write, the long conversations we have with those we love, and the processes of nature, including grief. His trio of new…

606: Felicia Day!

On today’s show, John talks to author, actor, and producer Felicia Day about , which is a hysterically funny fantasy epic that deep down has heart. Nerd culture, self-discovery, and creative writing are discussed at length.

605: Elle Nash!

On today’s show, John talks to the novelist about her breathtaking new novel, . The chief topic is how to write a strange, nearly impossible story about American poverty without wallowing or romanticizing one’s characters and finding beauty in…

604: A Discussion of William Gibson’s Neuromancer, with Rachael Tillman!

Rachael and I return to the subject of William Gibson to discuss his 1984 classic science fiction novel, , which is wonderful in its fusion of noir style and cyberpunk vision.

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