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

431: TDO After Dark #1 with Vanessa Blakeslee

In this week’s show, Vanessa Blakeslee and I discuss two online pieces on the subject of sex writing, and the conversation roves from there.

430: Jared Silvia!

  In this week’s show, I talk to writer, musician, and producer Jared Silvia about the connections between music and writing, the history of synth-pop, and the role of randomness and patterns to experience.

429: Lindsay Ellis!

Photo by Emily VanDerWerf. In this week’s show, I talk to novelist and video essayist Lindsay Ellis about science fiction; the structure of novels; exploring character interiority; alien invasion narratives; Chomskyian linguistics; the joys of…

428: David James Poissant

In this week’s show, I talk to my friend David James Poissant about novel-writing, sex scenes, The X-Men, graphic art, focus, and many other things. This episode is sponsored by the excellent people at Scribophile. TDO Listeners can get 20% of a…

427: Bruce Janz!

In this week’s show, I talk to my friend, the philosopher Bruce Janz, about how to calm our monkey brains in the time of the pandemic, and what the pandemic can teach us about life before the pandemic. NOTES This episode is sponsored by the…

426: Scott Hoffman!

  In this week’s show, I talk to my friend, the historian Scott Hoffman, about the evolution of Purdue’s Outfest, Chicago Pride, Austin Pride, Queerbomb, Orlando pride, respectability politics, and other matters of interest.

425: Mixtape 13: Tender Ballads for Subhuman Lovers (2005)

NOTES This episode is sponsored by the excellent people at Scribophile. TDO Listeners can get 20% of a premium subscription to Scribophile. After using the above link to register for a basic account, go while still logged in to upgrade the account…

424: Ronan Ryan!

Photo by David Whitaker. In this week’s show, I talk to novelist Ronan Ryan about the dramatic uses of gallows humor, how loss teaches us about our priorities, how elusive reality is, and how to match style to story.

423: Protest (Interview with Alexander Pate)

This week, my intern, Alexander Pate, and I discuss the Salisbury, NC protests that he has participated in, and discuss this point in history. Heavy activity around a confederate statue with an angel.[/caption]

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