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.
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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
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.