Episode 375: Chet Weise!

Episode 375 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 Chet Weise, the publisher of Third Man Books.

Photo by Jamie Goodsell.


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Episode 375 of The Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about creative writing and literature is available on iTunes, or right click here to download.

2 responses to “Episode 375: Chet Weise!”

  1. Chet Weise’s story about the printers refusing to print ‘My Dinner with Ron Jeremy’ reminds me of the stories of radio stations being threatened over what they played. (This was on an episode of ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’.) I can see why a printer would refuse to print something because they feared the backlash from their other, religious clients, but it turns them back into the gatekeepers of what we can read. Luckily for Mr Weise, he had a choice of printers.

    Ms Williams’ thesis is acknowledged by Ben Elton in ‘Upstart Crow’, and it’s fortunate that Shakespeare is so famous, and has been dead so long, that it’s possible to graft any modern idea onto his life. I will try to find the thesis, but the poems raise a moral question. if they are written by a black woman, about a black woman, and in the ‘African -American vernacular’ (I’m not sure that’s a correct linguistic term), they’re not for me or about me, so do I have the moral right to read them or hear them? I’m trying to explain why I feel nervous listening to them. You, John, are probably not nervous because you’re all across this ‘modern thought’. Maybe the question is more ethical than moral.

    Are people complaining the episodes are too long? What is better than sitting down on a Sunday morning, a nice cup of really hot tea, Duolingo on the desktiop, TDO on the stereo (occasionally making you uncomfortable), and the cold wind outside where it cant get to you?

    WTF? That should be short enough for them.

  2. Hi, DJ!

    Feeling uncomfortable listening to or reading great art is one appropriate response, and you are not immoral for listening or reading. Your own moral outlook towards the world might change for your experience of that discomfort. Art that is too comfortable actually makes me feel uncomfortable.

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