It’s the first show of 2015, and the new year brings new writing questions. Ben’s looking to cast off the shackles of traditional fiction, Brian’s wondering how to fit larger-than-life subject matter on the page, and Jon is… painting? Then the boys are nautically challenged by Amy Benson’s story “At Sea.” All that, plus the digital enhancement of murals, the artistic merits of Twitter aggregation, and the legendary toughness of Harley Race.
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- Amy Benson’s story “At Sea” is floating around over at Agni Online.
- If you haven’t checked it out yet, grab your laptop, cue up Word, and write along with the WITTScasters in episode 67 — our gift of silence in a world of noise.
- We may be in the era of double ties already, but we only have two years to go a long way in robot technology.
- Meet Harley Race, the 8th-toughest professional wrestler of all time, whose life story has Brian wondering how to make a fiction strange and alive when the subject you’re dealing with is already so unbelievably strange and alive.
- “Flowers for Algernon, but with pro wrestlers.” Brian would read that 10 times out of 10.
- Mark Rothko’s Harvard murals teach us, if nothing else, to use good paint.
- “At Sea” is reminiscent, structurally and linguistically, of Elizabeth Bishop’s poem “In the Waiting Room.”
- For your consideration, the 100 funniest tweets of 2014. Does Jon think this is art, just like Amy Benson’s story? To his great surprise… maybe.