Pensive Prowler #1: Departing from Arrival
Pensive Prowler #1 by Dmetri Kakmi Departing from Arrival After watching Arrival, Dennis Villeneuve’s new sci-fi outing, my friend Cam and I wandered to an upscale pizza joint in Melbourne to propitiate the mother of tears with melted cheese and red wine. We were deeply affected by the film. Yet something about the narrative niggled… Continue reading
Episode 234: Sayantani Dasgupta!
Episode 234 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing and literature is available on iTunes, or right click here to download. On this week’s show, I talk to the nonfiction writer Sayantani Dasgupta about creative nonfiction, the romance of reading, and the powerful appeal of the in-between. TEXTS DISCUSSED NOTES Listen to Sayantani’s essay about 20,000… Continue reading
The Curator of Schlock #162: Eaten Alive
The Curator of Schlock #162 by Jeff Shuster Eaten Alive Thanksgiving Leftovers This year, we at The Museum of Schlock would like to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving. Granted, it’s a day late, and I’m sure all of you are busy with your Black Friday shopping, pepper spray at the ready for your… Continue reading
The Rogue’s Guide to Shakespeare on Film #42: Discovering Hamlet (1990)
42. Mark Olshaker’s Discovering Hamlet (1990) Documentaries about Shakespeare tend to bore me, as they must. I may be a rogue, but I do have some bona fide academic credentials, and most documentaries cannot gracefully bridge the needs of the novice Shakespeare viewer and the not-novice. If there was an A&E Biography of Richard Burbage,… Continue reading
Episode 233: A Craft Discussion About David Foster Wallace’s “E Unibus Plurim: Television and U.S. Fiction” with Vanessa Blakeslee!
Episode 233 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing and literature is available on iTunes, or right click here to download. In this week’s episode, I talk with Vanessa Blakeslee about David Foster Wallace’s “E Unibus Plurim: Television and U.S. Fiction.” TEXTS DISCUSSED Read David Foster Wallace’s 1993 essay “E Unibus Plurim: Television and U.S. Fiction” here. Episode… Continue reading
Episode 232: Pamela Skjolsvik!
Episode 232 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing and literature is available on iTunes, or right click here to download. On this week’s show, I talk to the nonfiction writer Pamela Skjolsvik about creative nonfiction, anxiety, and death, plus I briefly eulogize a triumvirate of entertainers: Leonard Cohen, Robert Vaughn, and Kevin Meaney. TEXT DISCUSSED… Continue reading
The Curator of Schlock #161: Scars of Dracula
The Curator of Schlock #161 by Jeff Shuster Scars of Dracula Halloween Leftovers I got nothing. Your Curator Schlock is running on empty. I think my pre-1980 rule is finally getting to me, but I just have to make it until the New Year. Turner Classic Movies was showing a ton of horror movies… Continue reading
McMillan’s Codex #58: The RPG Protagonist
McMillan’s Codex #58 by C.T. McMillan The RPG Protagonist In addition to a microcosm of cultural stagnation and mental illness, Twitter is also a great way to interact with artists and individuals we admire. Even as the site bleeds users and revenue, people continue to use the platform as intended. One YouTube personality I follow, Razorfist,… Continue reading
The Rogue’s Guide to Shakespeare on Film #41: Omkara [Othello] (2006)
41. Omkara [Othello] (2006) With the exception of The Tempest, the plots of Shakespeare’s plays are not actually original to him. What is original is the exceptional psychological depth that he granted the characters in these plays, and the exquisite language with which he chiseled their psychologies into existence. So when artists adapt Shakespeare onto film,… Continue reading
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