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.
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- Word Riot gives you Scott McClanahan’s story “Kidney Stones” two ways: audio and print.
- Looking for a story of ecstatic religious conversion? Better call Saul!
- Those plucky upstarts over at The New Yorker have a monthly fiction podcast.
- The twists of an Agatha Christie mystery were a little too much for Ben to keep up with on a road trip, but maybe he’d prefer Agatha Christie: An Autobiography, as narrated by Agatha Christie.
- Jon took in a joint reading from Robert Goolrick and Lydia Netzer at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, where he embodied proper front-row etiquette.
- Finding roadside crosses like these in Appalachia and Flannery O’Connor’s oeuvre are just two things that make Jon believe in regionalism.
- Pro tip: When you’re searching for The Crucible online as an example of great rhetorical fiction, don’t accidentally copy the link for this instead. Though at the root, they’re probably both about McCarthy.