Douglas Light stopped by the podcast to talk about his new novel Where Night Stops, out February 13th from Rare Bird Books. This is a big "book talk" episode, and we also talk about pacing, cutting out all the bullshit, outlining vs. going with the flow, collaboration, dialogue, adapting his books for film, and getting shit-talked by Peter Fonda.
Side note: this is my favorite read of the year so far (I know, it's early, but I get excited about good books). Make sure you pre-order this one if you're a fan of Denis Johnson's Nobody Move, Joan Didion, or even my books (I feel like they're cut from the same cloth).
Jeff Jackson is one of my favorite living writers, and he's back on the show to talk about a whole gang of stuff, namely:
death of lit
singing vs. writing
the bad positivity of writing advice
leaving everything on the page vs. letting ideas simmer
going back and reading old writing
the great Dougie Jones debate
how time and boredom enhances emotional impacts
Jeff's theater production of The Dream of the Red Chamber, a play that’s meant to be seen in your dreams
“normal” people who make fucked up shit
enjoying mean-spirited art
applying state fascism to art
policing people’s imagination
dennis cooper’s work (specifically the sluts)
the value of intersectional critique
butting up against the limits of your talent
Check out Jeff's work HERE
Follow him @DeathofLit
Lucas Mangum is the author of Flesh and Fire and the upcoming Gods of the Dark Web. On this episode, we talk about his time as a 911 operator, the extremity of horror, manifesting vs. exorcising, Kenneth Grant, good writing being unnecessary for a good book, James Patterson, Brian Keene, pretentious books, characters needing to want something, confidence vs. talent, the philosophy of Beavis and Butthead, the spirit of a work not wanting to give you satisfaction, unauthorized novella adaptations of films, Marilyn Manson, and knee-jerk reactions.
Angel Luis Colón is the guest today. He's the author of The Fury of Black Jaguar, Meat City on Fire, and No Happy Endings. We talk about tough guys with kids, PC culture, writing outside your experience, being "the young guys" in a writing scene, Lovecraft being racist as fuck, why there aren't many mid-level crime presses, Twin Peaks, reactive fiction, hustling: good or bad?, bad words in ficiton, Shadowbahn, and an epic story about Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot.
Jordan Harper is the author of She Rides Shotgun (aka A Lesson in Violence) and television writer (The Mentalist, Gotham, LA Confidential). In this episode we talk about sobriety and adjusting to that life, Thailand, different styles of bathrooms, the ethics of prostitution, the end of work, the weirdness of debt, geopolitics, Russiagate, sexual harrassment, the mental illnesses that run Hollywood, how does Paul Thomas Anderson happen?, lessons learned writing for TV, how to tell a story, non-sequential writing, problems with Good Time, food tourism, and Shark Tank.
Robert Dean is the Austin-based author of The Red Seven. He used to be a party DJ/entertainer in New Orleans, and he brings the fffffffire stories about swingers and squirting. Probably the dirtiest story in this podcast's history. We also talk bachelorette parties, gentrification (LEFT TURN!), getting healthy, how much time is in a day (it's 24 hours), emotion divorced from action, knife fighting the world, spirits of place, our world of writers, and why Texas might be the best state.
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!!!
intro: quitting Facebook, carving out a life, editing stuff
podcast chat starts at 13 minutes in
goofy ass Facebook arguments
fighting in movies
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
On today's episode, I talk to Scott about Bouchercon, Toronto, Cameroon, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, art/artist, and more!
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!