Rural family noir: a video book review of In the Devil’s Territory by Kyle Minor [video]

Kyle Minor’s In the Devil’s Territory is rural family noir at its best, with lots of back-woods religion overtones, and family dynamics rooted in harsh sexism where women are taught to be subservient to men and men are trained to exploit that subservience.

Buy it here.

What am I drinking? Schlafly Coffee Stout. Mmmmmmm.

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We Play Stephen King Plot or Adult Swim Show! [video]


Come spectate upon a rousing game of Stephen King plot or Adult Swim show in which I read a brief synopsis and you tell me if I’m describing the plot of a Stephen King book or of a TV show on the ridiculously Stephen King-like network Adult Swim.

My guest today is Gordon Highland.

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We Play Bukowski or Bukkake! [video]


It’s time for another (the first ever) round of Bukowski or Bukkake, in which I show you a magnified image and you tell me if it’s a picture of the pock-riddled face of writer and poet Charles Bukowski or the cock-ridden disgrace at the center of a bukkake.

My guest today is Gordon Highland.

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Episode 004: “Why Can’t I Write,” I Write OR Inventing Trans Fat

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 Pete Seeger. 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.Donut

Most writers, whether hobbyists or professionals, would defend that writing is a compulsion. Yet despite this apparent need, writers find a lot a lot of ways to procrastinate (creating this podcast being one). In this episode, three Velvet members discuss why writing is so necessary, what keeps us from writing when we know we should, what keeps us writing once we start, and how helpful are writing exercises (Writers Digest would say “very;” their bottom line depends on it).(WARNING: We like tangents. Be weary)

Episode Panelists:

  • Caleb/thirstygerbil (Moderator)
  • Mark/PocketFives
  • Rob/MuttersomeTaxicab
00:01:39

Episode Topic: Why aren’t you writing?!

  • Is getting a book on a shelf still a reasonable goal?
  • Writing allows us to deal with people. William S. Burroughs could only truly communicate through writing.
  • Writing keeps us from doing worse things to ourselves
  • Writing/reading offers a window to other people dealing with situations that may be similar to our own
  • In the same way folktales engage us, modern fiction, especially crime writing, engages us by passing on morality lessons
What inspires or motivates?

What are your writing goals?

  • Session-based word count goals
  • Truly writing for yourself (not for academics or any other specific audience). Academics are still skittish about an author like Paul Auster, and he’s relatively not threatening.
  • Rob wants to gain eligibility to apply for a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts
Have you tried writing Exercises?

  • Max Berry’s 500 word maximum
  • Shotgun writing – just sit down and go; turn off the internal editor
  • Binge writing – hole up in a motel for a few weeks, just you and the laptop. Create your own prison.
  • Blogging as a character
  • Gilbert Sorrentino and art as the shattered mirror
Recommendations for books on writing

00:33:16

Other Voices, Other Rooms

00:39:51

What are you currently jamming to?

  • Deftones, Diamond Eyes
  • The Dead Weather, Sea of Cowards
  • Burning Love
  • Broken Social Scene, Forgiveness Rock Record
  • Dillinger Escape Plan, Option Paralysis
  • Murder By Death, Good Morning, Magpie
  • Ha Ha Tonka
  • Elliot Smith
  • Bruce Springsteen, Nebraska
00:45:26

The Lastlies:

Originally posted 5/26/2010


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The first glimpse at the novel in-progress, live at The Dying Goose

The Dying Goose with Caleb J. Ross

Damn, just when I was sitting down to do some honest writing on this novel that I’m way far behind on (on my admittedly self-appointed deadline), I get the news that my story “We’ll Learn Together” is now live in the new issue of The Dying Goose, meaning I’ve got to announce the publication to the world. #egoproblems.  Be sure to read the rest of the stories, too, especially “Commute” by my fellow The Velvet Born Chris Deal.

I suppose it’s fitting though that if time is being robbed by this publication announcement post that it would be for “We’ll Learn Together” as the story will likely make its way into the very novel that I’m not currently writing. So, I guess you faithful readers out there can consider this story the first glimpse at what will become my first novel in 3 years (minimum; it’s impossible to say how long the novel will take to write, let alone actually get published).

The story focuses on a single encounter between Michael, a reporter; Iola, a source for a book Michael is writing; and a professor from Michael’s University days. But this is no casual encounter. Michael, having just learned that his book project may be responsible for sending a man to his death, turns to his professor for some ethical guidance. The professor, unfortunately for Michael, isn’t very helpful. Also, Iola just minutes prior, stabbed a guy and left him to die on her front porch.

I’m excited by the novel. I swear, I think this will be my masterpiece.


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