Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Guest Appearance on the Story Makers Podcast!

Hi guys, I’m almost ready with new material, but in the meantime, check me out on the Story Makers podcast, which has no overlap with my last podcast appearance, so it’s worth a listen. We talk about “A Game of Thrones” a lot and the reader’s experience of “pleasurable masochism” while reading it. We also range over lots of fun topics, like irony and why we tell each other stories. I also mention the next book we’ll be doing (though I think it won’t actually be next.)


Unknown said...

That was great, as always. That line from Hitchhiker's was what immediately came to my mind as well, when I was thinking about the beginning of the book. In trying to put a finer point on what makes it so great, a word I just learned the other day came to mind: "bathos". (Intentional bathos, in this case.) Wikipedia describes bathos as "an abrupt transition from a lofty style or grand topic to a common or vulgar one."

Another example:
"The ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant."


Matt Bird said...

Good example. I recommended a video on bathos here: http://www.secretsofstory.com/2018/02/check-out-these-awesome-writing-videos.html