Fireside Chat with Borges in this week’s episode of The Drunken Odyssey podcast

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This week I’m packing up my fall wardrobe as I get ready to head north for the Burlington Book Festival and the official kick-off of the Juventud book tour (remember, you can still donate at Vanessa’s National Book Tour and help offset expenses – thank you!) What makes great listening while packing? Why, none other than The Drunken Odyssey podcast about the literary life. In this week’s episode, host John King and I discuss This Craft of Verse, the wonderful collection of lectures by Jorge Luis Borges. You may tune-in to our rather meta fireside chat-about-a-fireside-chat here: Vanessa Blakeslee discusses This Craft of Verse by Borges. Enjoy!

Money…and A Room of One’s Own, my latest craft discussion with John King over at The Drunken Odyssey

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What kind of writer would you be if you had an income of $75,000 a year — the equivalent in today’s dollars of Woolf’s infamous “500 pounds”? How is Woolf’s collection of essays more relevant than ever to literary writers — male and female — today? Tune in to the latest episode for our lively, impassioned discussion: A Discussion of A Room of One’s Own with John King and Vanessa Blakeslee.

In our latest podcast-odyssey, John King and I explore “On the Sublime” by Longinus

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What would our joint-study of ancient “writers on writing” be without a thorough examination of this work? On the Sublime may not be touted in writing classrooms as often as Aristotle’s Poetics, but the treatise still offers salient wisdom on what makes great literature resonate. In this latest episode of our up-close series on craft texts, John King and I discuss the relevance of On the Sublime to working writers today, in the context of contemporary works by Saul Bellow, Jack Kerouac, Toni Morrison, Rick Moody, Hunter S. Thompson, and others. Although Longinus’s prose is often dry, legalistic, and meandering (and my contribution peppered with a few sleep-deprived gaffes, which hopefully adds to the entertainment value) our examination ultimately proved meaningful and lively. You may listen to the full episode here:

http://thedrunkenodyssey.com/2015/05/30/episode-155-a-craft-discussion-about-longinuss-on-the-sublime-with-vanessa-blakeslee/

This week at The Drunken Odyssey with John King: Chekhov’s watermelon, Wes Anderson, and “How Fiction Works” by James Wood

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John King and I discuss and digress upon the above topics, as well as Henry James, the flaneur, Twin Peaks, and more in the latest episode of The Drunken Odyssey podcast. How do these far-flung topics tie back to our craft text, How Fiction Works by esteemed critic James Wood, you may ask? You’ll just have to tune in and find out.  Merely click the link below ~ thanks for listening!

http://thedrunkenodyssey.com/2015/01/17/episode-135-a-craft-discussion-about-james-woods-how-fiction-works-with-vanessa-blakeslee/

 

Having tea with Horace: I talk “Ars Poetica” with John King at The Drunken Odyssey podcast

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“Study to be wise,” states Horace. Can creative writing be taught, and can we trace the first MFA program back to 1st century Rome? In the latest episode of The Drunken Odyssey podcast, John King and I discuss our 2nd ancient tome on the craft of storytelling, Horace’s Ars Poetica. Our lively banter delves into tangential topics such as dissecting the gore and decadence in narrative via the context of Shakespeare’s King Lear and MacBeth, Medea, ExcaliburGame of Thrones and more.       

http://thedrunkenodyssey.com/2014/11/16/episode-126-a-craft-discussion-about-horaces-ars-poetica-with-vanessa-blakeslee/

A Craft Discussion on Douglas Glover’s “Attack of the Copula Spiders” at The Drunken Odyssey Podcast

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On this week’s episode of The Drunken Odyssey Podcast, host John King and I discuss the first of our contemporary books on writing, and one that I’ve found to be most influential: “Attack of the Copula Spiders” by Douglas Glover. A lively, if not combative, conversation ensued about the post-literate age, but-constructions, Alien, and more. You can listen to the episode here:

http://thedrunkenodyssey.com/2014/09/28/episode-119-a-craft-discussion-about-douglas-glover-with-vanessa-blakeslee/

A Craft Discussion on Aristotle’s Poetics at The Drunken Odyssey Podcast

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This month kicks off a series of conversations I’ll be having with John King, host of The Drunken Odyssey literary podcast, on craft books and how they relate to writing today. We’ll be exploring texts from ancient to modern, beginning with this week’s discussion of Aristotle’s Poetics; next up is Douglas Glover’s Attack of the Copula Spiders. You can listen to the inaugural episode here:

http://thedrunkenodyssey.com/2014/08/09/episode-112-a-craft-discussion-about-aristotles-poetics-with-vanessa-blakeslee/

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