Episode 343 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 the new story anthology, A Very Italian Christmas, from New Vessel Press.

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In our discussion, we manage to talk about yuletide loneliness, poverty, despair, prostitution, elk herds, Christmas, fascism, prostitution, friendship, Paul Auster’s screenplay for Smoke, and David Sedaris’s classic essay, “Dinah the Christmas Whore.”

TEXTS DISCUSSED

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NOTES

Check out Vanessa and I talking about A Very French Christmas from last year.

Check out my interview with Davis Sedaris back on episode 50.


Episode 343 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing and literature is available on iTunes, or right click here to download.

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