Episode 002: Hey, is that a copy of Kiss Me Judas on your desk, Professor Meriweather?

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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 James Gandolfini. 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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Originally posted 4/4/2010

Why the disparity between genre fiction and literary fiction? Why are these two modes so often thought of as mutually exclusive? Though genre fiction (the big ones: mystery, sci-fi, horror) are taught at the university level, there is a palatable disinterest among much of academia. In this episode, four The Velvet members discuss these questions and more.

Episode Panelists:

00:00:41
  • Caleb/thirstygerbil (Moderator)
  • Bob/vandamage
  • Boden/Mycroft Holmes
  • Chris/enjoi
00:04:49

Episode Topic: Literary vs. Commercial OR Genre vs. Literary

  • Is literary the converse of genre
  • How literary fiction uses genre
  • Why genre fiction works so well as commercial fiction
  • Where are the intersections? Where are the divergences?
00:39:43

Other Voices, Other Rooms

  • Tours of the Black Clock by Steve Erickson (Bob/vandamage)
  • Elmord Leonard’s complete collection of Westerns (Bob/vandamage)
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck (Bob/vandamage)
  • Bloodroot by Amy Greene (Chris/enjoi)
  • Empty Frames by D.B Cox (Chris/enjoi)
  • Cienfuegos by Chris Deal (Boden/Mycroft Holmes)
  • Identity by Milan Kundera (Boden/Mycroft Holmes)
  • i poisoned you by Pablo D’Stair (Caleb/thirstygerbil)
  • The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry (Boden/Mycroft Holmes)
00:45:43

Think Tank

What is the role of an outline? How detailed should one be?
00:56:37

Cinemuck

  • Is the director of Repomen is working on The Contortionist’s Handbook?
  • Cormac McCarthy distances himself from adaptations of his books
  • Philip K. Dick is proud of Bladerunner
  • Could Demon Theory be made into a movie?
  • (Feel the Noise) Evelyn Evelyn story album (Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley)
  • Did The Decemberists have a tough time with their “story album”?

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Episode 001: Of Members and Horse Nostrils

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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 Paul Walker. 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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Originally posted 3/14/2010

Online writing communities can seem, to outsiders, as a self-felicitating, collection of self-proclaimed capital-W “Writers,” appearing more cliquish than communal. To insiders, the writing community is a necessity. In this episode, three The Velvet members who have been on both the inside and the outside discuss the benefits and unfortunate hindrances of the writing community.

Episode Panelists:

  • Caleb/thirstygerbil (Moderator)
  • Gordon/Flash (Talkerator)
  • Rob/MuttersomeTaxicab (Dominator)
00:08:23 The origin of the name “The Velvet”
00:09:09

Episode Topic: Why writing/reading communities?

  • What are they?
  • Why are/aren’t they important?
  • What makes them work?
  • What brings them to a grinding halt?
00:09:53 Rob doesn’t like Writers; “writers write!”
00:10:58 Passion is important
00:12:20 The importance of moderating
00:13:04 When a pissing contest overshadows the content
00:16:22 Rob still doesn’t like Writers
00:16:45 A bit of tongue-in-cheek whoring (ewwww…)
00:17:35 The community as a trusted taste-maker
00:18:25 Why don’t publishers create author forums? Should publishers model themselves like independent record labels?
00:20:45 How important is it for a writing community to have a workshopping arm?
00:22:02 Is a gatekeeper important?
00:25:50 Online vs. University critique groups
00:29:26 GOATSE!
00:30:08

Mount Olympus

  • From a Huffington Post article titled Dudes Don’t Read: The Book Biz’s Self-Fulfilling Prophecy? The Velvet discusses all aspects of the topic
  • So many books are written for women
  • Men would read if publishers gave them a chance
  • Book clubs are primarily made of up women (fist bump to the Lit Bitches)
  • Chicken vs. Egg, where did the disparity start?
  • Creating a market vs. riding trends
00:38:14 Publishers don’t know how to deal with the increasingly visual media landscape
00:39:14 Praise to Palahniuk for bringing men back
00:40:03 Novel in the age of cinema
00:41:41 Will publishers mistake technological advances as an evolution in reading?
00:43:56

Other Voices, Other Rooms

00:50:07

Think Tank

How should Rob approach a 2nd person perspective flash story?
00:58:22

Feel the Noise

01:01:44 The problem with moose head

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S. by J.J Abrams and Doug Dorst – A Lazy Book Review w/ the Booked. Podcast

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Fair warning: this is probably the dumbest thing I’ve ever done on this channel. And I’ve done a lot of dumb stuff. But you’ve been warned. Therefore, I’m free to dumb it up all the way to eleven.

I posted an initial thoughts video of S. a couple weeks ago. Now I’m back with my full review. But this one is different. See, I already reviewed the book on the November 27th episode of the Booked. Podcast. And rather than rehash my thoughts on my YouTube channel, I figure I would do what a truly lazy person would do and hire some sock puppets to re-enact parts of the Booked. Podcast conversation.

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Discussing S. by J.J Abrams and Doug Dorst on the Booked. Podcast

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Wow, that blog post title has not one, but two extraneous periods.

Last night I sat with Robb Olson and Livius Nedin of the Booked. Podcast to chat a bit about the new book S., masterminded by J.J Abrams and written by Doug Dorst. The novel is incredible unique, so rather than rehash the entire discussion I”ll rehash my final thoughts and encourage you to listen to the entire podcast episode.

An extremely unique book, both in form and execution, which forces the reader to re-imagine the very act of reading not just once, but on every page. This brilliance carries with it the potential for mental exhaustion which might deter many readers looking for something more accessible and casual. It’s not an easy book, especially if you’re a completionist who would feel obligated to follow every narrative thread, to investigate every reference, to explore the book the way an academic might. But if you can ignore much of the hinted-at hidden secrets and tangents, then you stand a much better chance of enjoying the book for what it really is: simply one narrative that acts as a conduit by which two people fall in love.

Click to listen to the full episode (Episode #183 for ef’s sake! These guys will never quit).

S. by Doug Dorst and J.J Abrams


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Problem Solved: Bad Book Recommendations

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I took to Facebook to ask my hordes of fan what problem I should solve with my video today. The world-wide problem of horrible book recommendations from non-writers came up. Of course, this is an issue of immense import, so I jumped on it.

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Horrible Book Recs



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S by J.J Abrams and Doug Dorst mid-book review – Initial thoughts just 60 pages in

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I don’t generally make a video about a book before I’ve finished reading the book. But in the case of S by J.J Abrams and Doug Dorst I felt compelled to offer a few thoughts and reactions because not since Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves have I been so taken by a new way of storytelling.



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Organ donation as a front for petty theft: Three Days Ahead, new fiction in Thuglit issue 8

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My story, “Three Days Ahead,” has been published in the recently released issue 8 of Thuglit. I’ve been reading Thuglit fairly consistently since Nik Korpon’s entry (issue 2, I believe), and have come to really like it for it’s straight-forward, no nonsense approach to crime fiction. That being said, I don’t actually write straight-forward, no nonsense crime fiction. Actually, I’ve never really considered myself a crime fiction writer at all. Many (maybe most) of my stories do contain crime elements, but as actual crime writers will probably attest, crime alone does not a crime story make.

But I had an opportunity. I originally wrote a similarly themed story that ended up being a bit of a mess. So, during a rewrite of that story I ended up with “Three Days Ahead,” which by comparison to the early version is much more focused, much more emotional, and a lot less flashy-for-the-sake-of-flashy. In other words, it was a Caleb J. Ross story. I was proud of it. The story is about a man who convinces the victim of a car wreck to portray her minor scars as proof of organ donation reception. The two then find family members of organ donators in hopes of grifting a few dollars on the emotional ruse.

Apparently Todd Robinson over at Thuglit thought it was pride-worthy as well. Many thanks to him.

Click over to Amazon to buy an ebook or paperback version of Thuglit, issue 8, containing all of the following stories:

  • MCFERRIN AND BLACK by Buster Willoughby
  • THE RIGHTFUL KING OF WRESTLING by Chad Dundas
  • EXTRAS by Mark Pruett
  • THE HIGHER THE HEELS by Patti Abbott
  • COCAINE STARLIGHT by Isaac Kirkman
  • THREE DAYS AHEAD by Caleb J. Ross
  • NOTHING TO LOSE by David A. Summers
  • NOT EVEN A MOUSE by Nolan Knight

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