We Play Stephen King Plot or Adult Swim Show! [video]

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Come spectate upon a rousing game of Stephen King plot or Adult Swim show in which I read a brief synopsis and you tell me if I’m describing the plot of a Stephen King book or of a TV show on the ridiculously Stephen King-like network Adult Swim.

My guest today is Gordon Highland.


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We Play Bukowski or Bukkake! [video]

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It’s time for another (the first ever) round of Bukowski or Bukkake, in which I show you a magnified image and you tell me if it’s a picture of the pock-riddled face of writer and poet Charles Bukowski or the cock-ridden disgrace at the center of a bukkake.

My guest today is Gordon Highland.


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Episode 005: INTERVIEW with Matt Bell

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Long ago, way back in 2010, when the world was a simpler place, a group of writers and readers decided to create a podcast which would establish a round-table, literary discussion format for the purposes of imbuing dick and clit jokes into otherwise serious literary discussion. Well, in late 2011, The Velvet Podcast sadly went the way of a Malaysian airplane. But I didn’t feel it right to watch this great content fade away. So, over the next few months look forward to a resurgence of The Velvet Podcast…as much as re-posted archived material can be called a resurgence. Enjoy. And don’t hesitate to add this podcast URL to your favorite podcast subscription app so you can enjoy the wonderful content wherever you may be.

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In this interview episode of The Velvet Podcast, Caleb J Ross interviews Matt Bell, author of The Collectors (Caketrain Press), Wolf Parts and the forthcoming How They Were Found, both from Keyhole Press. Matt’s short fiction has been published and anthologized just about everywhere and is forthcoming to Ninth Letter, the ML Press chapbook series, and Kill Author.

We talk about live-writing with an audience over at Everyday Genius, editing for The Collagist, teaching writing to fourth graders, and mucho more.

 

Show Notes:

00:01:04 Why did it take me so long to find Matt Bell?
00:02:04 Involvement with Dzanc

00:05:46 All about Wolf Parts?

00:07:52 Chosen by Brian Evenson
00:09:42 Live-writing at Everyday Genius
00:18:31 What is Matt Bell’s writing process?
00:23:22 About the AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) experience

Originally posted 6/5/2010



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Jews probably didn’t kill Jesus: A review of Zealot by Reza Aslan [video]

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I’m not religious, so reading what could be called a religious book goes against the expected content on this channel (a channel, need I remind you, that sometimes features a character called the Heavenly Feather, which is a, yes, heavenly feather). But this book is different. It’s more history than religious. Much is discussed about Jesus the Christ, but what about Jesus the person? Got your attention yet? This is what Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan explores. And it’s incredible. Even to a non-religious person like me. The worldly origins of otherworldly belief systems is very interesting to me.

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What beer am I drinking? Imperial Stout 2013 from Boulevard Brewery


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A video book review of The Girl in the Picture by Denise Chong [video book review]

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I review The Girl in the Picture: The Story of Kim Phuc, the Photograph, and the Vietnam War by Denise Chong. I apologize in advance for being offensive during the first 1 minute of the video.

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Native Americans and Body Hair? A review of The Least of My Scars by Stephen Graham Jones [video book review]

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Stephen Graham Jones is incredibly prolific. Seriously, The Least of My Scars was published in late 2013 and already, as of March 2014, he’s got at least 3 other books out that I am aware of. But what’s incredible is that the man doesn’t skimp on quality. The Least of My Scars is no exception. This book is incredible.

Similar to Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho, The Least of My Scars is told from the perspective of a serial killer with whom the reader has no empathy. But somehow, Jones (and Ellis) makes it work. I’ll be studying this book for a very long time.

Intro easter egg: WheezyWaiter http://www.youtube.com/user/wheezywaiter (can it really be an easter egg when it’s probably pretty obvious and definitely a complete rip-off?)

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How to Pour the Perfect Pint of Beer…and have a 3 way in the process [video]

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A riff on the cheesey classroom filmstrips of the 1950s-60s wherein we learn how to pour the perfect pint of beer from a bottle. Also, you may learn a few tips on how to pick up women…bottle-shaped women.


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