Mike has been one of my best friends for the past ten years. He's been in the military, and he's got an encyclopedic knowledge of weird laws and comic books. I was able to get a conversation with him during my travels through Oklahoma. Enjoy!
The dynamic brother and sister duo of Dave & Erin Keaton join the podcast for a mother frickin bonanza of movie shit talk and stories of movie theater confrontations. Here's what we go over in this podcast:
technical difficulties (that are fun!)
Dave has a problem with metaphors and symbolism
Erin explains mother!
interpretations of the ending of mother!
a truly epic story of dave ruining the ending of fight club, live in the theater, for a guy he didn’t like
the true awfulness of self-professed movie talkers
what hath MST3K wrought
one of us is revealed as a movie clapper
conflicting judgements on mother!
the awkward ending of IT (the novel)
the clown looks dumb
stephen king vs. donald trump
slight impromptu political rant
the dumbness of the clown
the importance of fire walk with me to understand twin peaks
an hour long, in-depth (probably the best) discussion of twin peaks
pretentious shit vs. deep stuff
dave gets dropped from the call and freaks out
i realize my david lynch impression sounds like heath ledger’s joker
dave breathes weird at the end
The JDO Show is 1 year old today! Thanks so much to everyone who's listening.
Jordan Harper has written for The Mentalist, Gotham and now he's doing LA Confidential for CBS. He's also the author of the (very good novel) She Rides Shotgun.
Here's all the stuff we talk about in the episode:
the internet is a mistake
small action vs. going big
getting involved in local politics
becoming unsexy and boring
Ryan Holiday’s new book
writing slow and allowing creativity to come to you
the failure of grinding
not putting the work in if it’s not fun
Twin Peaks as permission to do whatever you want
duos with one weird, crazy genius and one hitmaker
The Complete Beatles Songs: https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Beatles-Songs-Stories-Written/dp/0062447343
the making of The Snake Handler
Rob Hart’s Ash McKenna series
Michael Mann’s “cool coordinator” invented Miami as we know it
Good Time’s soundtrack vs. it’s grit
90’s crime films were fun
David Simon’s cringey dialogue
political climate determining the entertainment
people wanting to see themselves in entertainment
how intellectual property is EVERYTHING
his adaptation of LA Confidential for CBS
TV insider shit
too many books
new authors caring very little about authorial credit
not wanting the best book, wanting the most fun book
A Long Nerd-Out on James Ellroy
The amount of violence he’s getting away with on this show
Do our interests line up with what books are doing now?
writing in the age of Trump
novelist is an old man’s game
reconciling effective regressive tropes with social justice
Message from the King
crash course on anarchy
Jared from Subway
don’t give shit away for free
I'm very excited about this podcast. In a lot of ways, it was a cathartic release.
When I asked Sean Kilpatrick to be on the show, I did so because I wanted to get to the bottom of his bizarre, intuitive, surrealistic writing. I didn't (and still mostly don't) understand it, but I felt compelled by it and drawn to it. And we talk about that.
But I was also really, really pissed off, and I met the exact person I needed to meet at the exact time. He helped me, and I hoped I helped him, and by listening, maybe we can help you, too. We rip into the entire literary establishment, self-important writers, learning how to help in small ways, keeping moral panic away from the arts, Sean growing up getting arrested in Detroit, and general misanthropy. I also learned about a lot of obscure, experimental books that I'd never heard of before, Alan Clarke films, loving mean-spirited art, Sean's headspace when he wrote each of his books, why mother! made him quit writing movie reviews, Captain America's dick, and not taking the internet too seriously.
This is a real motherfucker of a podcast. Enjoy.
Hey there folks! I'm nearly done unboxing shit into my new house in El Paso, TX. Moving is something that for some reason I thought would be easy, but is actually really time-consuming. There's just eighty six things to do, and each of those eighty six things has eighty six steps. You know how it is.
Anyhow, today on the podcast I talk to Bud Smith. Bud is hilarious, down to earth, and a damn good writer. He works heavy construction in New Jersey, and recently wrote a memoir called Work, which is out from Civil Coping Mechanisms. I think you'll like this one!
This is also the first "short" episode. This one is an hour, but if you dig all of our talk about novelizations of ET, there's even more over at the Patreon (an extra 45 minutes, to be exact). Episodes there will be twice as long, and I'll also throw up some Patreon-exclusive eps each week. You'll get a special RSS feed when you subscribe. CHECK IT OUT. That's a shitload of stuff for $5/month, if ya ask me.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this episode, and I hope you go and check out Bud Smith's new memoir Work, out now from Civil Coping Mechanisms.
I want you to check this novel out. It's about a post-apocalyptic wasteland where people can get high by drinking shadows. It's funny, Cormac McCarthy-style western minimalism with the surreal element you'd expect from Carr. It's literally everything I like in books and writing.
On this episode, we talk about Sip, the writing process, identity, drinking, and we also read Pornhub comments. It gets pretty out of control.
Brian Allen Carr splits his time between Indiana and Texas. He is the winner of a Wonderland Book Award and Texas Observer Story Prize. His short fiction has appeared in Ninth Letter, Hobart, Boulevard and others publications. Sip is his first novel.
I had Matthew Revert on the show to talk about his new book Human Trees (which I published on Broken River). We talk about choosing when your work gets to die, turning away from Amazon mass-production to a self-imposed scarcity model, what if Bigfoot had a small dick, the necessity of appreciating the small things, depressive feedback loops related to scalability, Czech film from the 60s, among many many other things. This is a good one.
Also, I have decided to nickname Mr. Revert as "Melbourne Matt."
Matthew Revert is a writer, musician and graphic designer from Melbourne, Australia.
I loved the hell out of Jarret's novel Darkansas, so I asked him to come on my podcast. In response, he sent me a list of things we could talk about. Here is that list: "In addition to talking about the book, we could hit on myths, surrealism, philosophy, Deleuze, hallucinogens, Jung's red book, cold showers, the benefits of stoicism." And damn if we don't hit on all of those. We also talk our messages from the dreamworld, active imagination, and the concept of Twin Peaks as a hypersigil.
JARRET MIDDLETON is the author of DARKANSAS and the novella, AN DANTOMINE EERLY. He was the founding editor of Dark Coast Press and the classics library Pharos Editions, an imprint of Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press. His fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in Shelf Awareness, The Quarterly Conversation, The Weeklings, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Collagist, SmokeLong Quarterly, and HTMLGIANT, as well as appearing in the print anthologies The Breadline Anthology; Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices; and In Heaven, Everything is Fine: Fiction Inspired by David Lynch. He lives in Seattle, WA.