Monthly Archives: July 2014

Episode 56: Fiction Out Loud

The WITTScasters get more done before 6:00 a.m. than most podcasts do all day. Well, maybe not, but Ben, Brian, and Jon still rise and shine at an ungodly hour to talk about Scott McClanahan’s story “Kidney Stones,” which is available as both a podcast and a print story. That leads to a broader discussion about fiction out loud vs. on the page–what you gain with each form, how to account for an audience’s attention span, and that extra kick that only a West Virginia accent can give a piece of fiction.

Reading Discussed

Episode 55: Movies

What do three fiction writers know about movies? We’ve watched a lot, that’s for sure, but perhaps only Brian is qualified to speak about them. He guides us through a discussion about what fiction writers have to learn from film, how film benefits from fiction, what film does that fiction can’t, and why you should take Superman seriously.

Reading Discussed

  • Leigh Comacho Rourk’s “The Plague” is over at the Kenyon Review and does not end with the expected resonant image.
  • Brian’s Oscar round up from 201020112012, 2013 and 2014.
  • The film Up in the Air is based on a book. So are Psycho and Jaws, but we remember the latter for the visuals of shower scene and the shark attacks.
  • Syd Field wrote the book on screenwriting.
  • The Coen brothers do landscape, which is one thing Jon loves about fiction. See, for instance, Fargo, No Country for Old Men or O Brother Where Art Thou.
  • Miller’s Crossing has loose echoes of Dashiell Hammett’s The Glass Key.
  • Pi tickles Ben’s brain the same way Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia does.
  • Jon enjoys films based on plays. For instance, Bug (by Tracy Letts, who also wrote August: Osage County).
  • Will we one day see a novelization of Gravity?
  • You can’t get into a discussion about great movies without bringing in Spike Lee. Do the Right Thing is 25 years old now. Also of note, Bamboozled and 25th Hour.
  • Last but not least, there’s the crazy verisimilitude of Superman. Need we say more?