On today's episode of the podcast, Scott and I talk strange theatergoers, Sicario, mean art, Stray Bullets, Antibirth, the recent phenomenon of "sensitivity reading," cultural appropriation, Alex Jones, and our fundamental disagreement on conspiracy theories.
I talk to Kelby about not drinking, ghosts, magic, demons, The Invisibles, new projects, rap, written dialogue, and why we think traditional narratives have got to go.
Keep an eye out for The Way We Came In. I'll let you know when it drops.
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The reigning champ of JDO Show appearances is back.
We talk about the sad conclusion to Jordan's LA Confidential journey, getting back into movies over television, James Gunn, offensive jokes, a surprisingly deep look at American History X, white supremacists co-opting cool imagery, alternate-universe David and Jordan, the Trader Joe's shooter, proximity of violence, why America is a haunted monster, ironic suicidal ideation on Twitter, rules for using Twitter responsibility, and rejecting the new.
The publisher-in-chief of Eraserhead Press stopped by to talk about the invention of Bizarro as a genre, the early days, Bizarrocon, Edgefield, renewing creative enthusiasm, dealing with difficult personalities, the evolution of print on demand technology, judging a book by its cover, ass goblins, the nicest cease and desist letter of all time, the secrets to selling books, Andrew Zimmern, Parasite Milk, how to build a readership, building momentum, The Unyielding, and what she looks for in a book.
we talk: fucked up shit on the internet, mean art, does the internet cause bad behavior, weird kids' videos on Youtube, lie machines, underground shit, how to read difficult books, adjusting expectations, the internet isn't real,
Today I talk to Elle Nash, the author of Animals Eat Each Other
We talk about indestructible babies, poor kid food, random number generators, AI, the frightening depths of algorithms and metadata, running a magazine, communication between authors and editors, nu metal for babies, the cultural embarrassment around nu metal, bad brains, animals eat each other, short novels vs. long novels, tao lin’s “trip”, charles manson, mk ultra, LSD, and talk of the future (featuring adorable baby noises)
The legendary Jeff Noon stops by the podcast to talk titles, middlebrow culture, combining the avant garde with pulp, the making of the nyquist novels, Italo Calvino, content as virus that infects the host (form), the rules he’s used to write all of his novels, the four levels of imagination, and writing for the reader. This episode even concludes with a reading from The Body Library!
Joe Milazzo is a novelist focused on consciousness. He is the author of Crepuscule with Nellie, a surreal and dense "speculative historical fiction novel about Thelonious Monk, his wife Nellie, and his confidant and patron the Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter."
In this episode, we talk gift economies, uncomfortable art, Tropisms, Joseph McElroy's Plus (a novel about a brain coming into consciousness in space), the opacity of social media, Philip K. Dick, going crazy while reading a crazy book, anchor characters, and "woodshedding."
This is kind of an older one. I fell behind on posting episodes. Sorry guys.
Rachel Bell is one of my favorite writers and she always makes for a fun podcast guest. We talk about her adventures in France and being a professional memer and some weird shit.
Mike McCrary comes on the podcast to talk about people getting upset about the F-word in books, how he writes books so fast, Pomodoro technique, outlining a series, how to get an agent, golden handcuffs, my Chuck Palahniuk theory, blurbs, the "rubber sheet" scene, making concessions, and the changing landscape of Austin, Texas.