For lucky number 13, the guys have a wild card episode. With no prepared topic, they dive into the world of LSD, where a writer’s material comes from, and what they like and dislike about the Academy. They also discuss their friend and colleague Mehdi Okasi’s story “Give Hostages to Fortune.”
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- Mehdi Tavana Okasi’s “Give Hostages to Fortune,” online at Guernica.
- Cormac McCarthy’s comments about LSD in the Southern Quarterly, 1992. Excerpt here.
- William James’s The Varieties of Religious Experience.
- The Beatles pre-LSD and post-LSD.
- Tom Wolfe: Ben recommends The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Jon couldn’t get into I Am Charlotte Simmons or Back to Blood.
- Ben also recommends the work of Carlos Castaneda.
- Flannery O’Connor said if you survived your childhood, you have enough to write about for the rest of your life. Raymond Carver said his material came from adulthood.
- Hemingway drew from life in The Sun Also Rises.
- The boys’ old professor Bob Lamb has a fantastic book on Hemingway called Art Matters.
- Philip Roth’s Wikipedia debacle.
- Books by young authors: Chabon’s The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Smith’s White Teeth.
- Here’s Keats on negative capability.
- Does somebody want to defend this man?