Podcast alert

The podcast series Writing Excuses is the next best thing to having a bunch of writer friends who are always ready to drop by and shoot the breeze. The three-man team is skewed toward fantasy and horror writing, but the conversations are expansive enough to interest anyone interested in talking shop. For example, the current installment deals with Non Linear Storytelling, and the chatter takes off from Pulp Fiction as an example of how to use an out-of-sequence narrative to deliver a satisfying story. (Thanks to Fred K.)

On BBC 3’s Arts & Ideas, David Simon, ex-journo and creator of The Wire, my most favorite TV show ever, talks about his wrenching book The Corner, the precursor to The Wire, which is only now seeing publication in the U.K.

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