91 - Angel Luis Colón

January 7, 2018

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.


90 - Jordan Harper 3

January 5, 2018

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.


89 - Robert Dean

January 4, 2018

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.


88 - Nicolás Obregón

December 18, 2017

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

November 20, 2017

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

November 11, 2017

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


85 - Michael Stevens

November 2, 2017

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

October 12, 2017

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

October 5, 2017

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: 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

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

September 29, 2017

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