The JDO Show


88 - Nicolás Obregón

It was my pleasure to host Nicolás Obregón on the podcast. He's a crime series writer, and a really chill dude. We talk the spirit of LA, Jung, characters as spirits, how to balance staying true to yourself with writing commercially, being a "young" writer, memes that exist to suffer, talking to yourself, what to do with racist statues, syncronicity, twitter feuds, and classism. We also talk about his novel Blue Light Yokohama.

Also, the "essay" I was trying to recall about opening a "Racism Museum" wasn't an essay at all, but rather an episode of Rune Soup. Worth a listen.

Please do check out Nic's fantastic Blue Light Yokohama

Follow him on Twitter: @NicObregon

Follow me on Twitter: @brbjdo

Thanks for listening folks!!!


87 - Stranger Things 2 and Thor: Ragnarok w/ David James Keaton

intro: quitting Facebook, carving out a life, editing stuff

podcast chat starts at 13 minutes in

goofy ass Facebook arguments

fighting in movies

sean astin


pandering to the 80s

a siege of googly monsters

too much conflict

characters running from computers

geography of fictional towns

novelization of ET (this is a callback I think)

episode 7 ruled

people forgetting powers exist

the comfort of entertainment

sleazy 80s movies

extended commentary on basic instinct

a different view on romancing the stone

heated seats for nap time

hangover leather jackets

what do characters smell like

would the hulk eventually be as smart as bruce banner

too many powers

the pacific rim problem

why watch shit that you hate?

dave never saved anyone as a lifeguard

creepy youtube videos for children

texting while driving


86 - Scott Adlerberg

On today's episode, I talk to Scott about Bouchercon, Toronto, Cameroon, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, art/artist, and more!


85 - Michael Stevens

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!


84 - mother!, IT, and Twin Peaks w/ David James Keaton & Erin Keaton

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!

eating babies

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!

noah sucks

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

branding yourself

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



83 - Jordan Harper

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

netflix algorithms

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:

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

enjoying monologues


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

The Butterfly Effect

don’t give shit away for free



82 - Sean Kilpatrick

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.

Sean's books are here


81 - Bud Smith

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.


80 - Brian Allen Carr

Brian Allen Carr wrote a fantastic book called Sip, which is OUT TODAY!!!

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 LetterHobartBoulevard and others publications. Sip is his first novel.


79 - Matthew Revert

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."

Buy Human Trees here

Check out Matt's design work here


Matthew Revert is a writer, musician and graphic designer from Melbourne, Australia.