On this ramble episode I talk about my time in Oregon as one of rehabilitation, physically, mentally, and spiritually. I also talk about some new, exciting ideas I've been hipped to, such as restructuring your life around what you love and want rather than what you hate, and refusing to do things that take away my love for art and life. I also explain the new structural direction for Broken River, which I think is somewhat radical in that it's a "solve" for the problem of how to have an ethical budget-less publishing house.
I had David James Keaton on the show to talk about Alien: Covenant. We both liked it! Inside you will find a spirited defense of the film, along with more tangents than you can shake a stick at, including bad criticism, disappointing captains, CGI, what makes this movie work, Wonder Woman, and neoliberalism.
Bud Smith is the author of several books, including F 250 and Dusty Bunny City (co-created with Rae Buleri). Joseph Grantham is one half of Disorder Press, which published Dust Bunny City. This is the funniest episode of the podcast yet.
Rappers who love crime fiction are must-have guests on the JDO Show. Mr. Rocca is one of the coolest guests I've had so far. A 20-year veteran of the hip-hop game, he now raps as one half of Career Crooks (with Small Professor), and writes for Passion of the Weiss, Red Bull Music Academy, and several other awesome outlets. We talk about his life amongst the organized crime of South Philly, his love of Megan Abbott, work ethic, prioritization of time after fatherhood, and learning humility and wisdom after the tumultuous journey of youth.
I had a tight schedule and this dude and I had rescheduled over and over...NOT TODAY. I downloaded a call recorder on my phone for $10 and recorded this bad boy in the car while Rios ate Korean barbecue with her friend. WE GET IT DONE OKAY?
Fiji is a rapper and the lead MC in the instrumental hip-hop band ADDverse Effects. In this episode we talk about keeping our tempers, festivals, the mystical place of music and art in the world, and the special magic of live performance. I love this guy and you will too!
Jim Ruland (author of Forest of Fortune and My Damage w/ Keith Morris) comes by to talk about sobriety, the challenges creative people face when starting any project, how to get through, and also this big concept that I'm really hyped on right now: making our art smaller, more intimate, and less "mass-produced."
Towards the end Jim talks about Vermin on the Mount, the reading series he started 13 years ago. To see more Vermin, click here.
Kelby and I met in Oklahoma. He took a Greyhound up from Houston to do a reading at the Blue Bonnet Bar. We had a crazy night, and let my buddy Eric give us freehand tattoos.
Well, today Kelby has a new book out, Heathenish, from Broken River Books. It's a punchy, fast ride through lowdown Houston with a bunch of hoodrats. Tons of memorable scenes. Heartfelt writing.
Kelby came on the show to talk about growing up in those neighborhoods, what makes people bad, and why he doesn't ever want to be a full-time writer.
I had Nate Southard (author of Will the Sun Ever Come Out Again? and Selected Stories) to talk about drug addiction, alcoholism, depression, anxiety, why he writes, and if we should write. We also talk about pop punk. This one is actually funny!
Andrew Hilbert is the author of Death Thing, Bangface and the Gloryhole, and the brand-new Invasion of the Weirdos!
On this episode we talk about conventions, working at a bar, writing, and Alex Jones.
There's also a bit of a long intro where I talk about a recent post I put up about writing, and a disclaimer of sorts.