Discussion Groupie

Hey y’all. (OMG, I grew up in NJ and I just typed “y’all”) So, since I started this podcast to make a few extra bucks and to promote my writing, let’s set that kind of thing in motion.

I want to talk a bit about my short story, “Sixteen Pieces at a Time”, on a future show. Remember College English? If you’re a Deadpanite or Dragon Page/Wingin’ It! listener, then you’re literate and sophisticated (even if your sense of humor is in the gutter). Check out my short story at http://www.sfreader.com/contest-2005-3.asp . You hear the first 1/4 of the story during Deadpan Episode 007, brilliantly read by the Wander Radio players. Go back to your Eng 101 and 102 days. Delve deeply into it, search for the symbolism and meaning. You don’t have to write a paper, but give me your deep or interesting thoughts on the story. Let me know what you think. Send your thoughts via Voicemail or E-mail. Dissenting opinions and criticisms are certainly welcome.

Note: This is not an attempt at ego-stroking. But hey, it’s my show – in the name of promoting my stuff :). KAMN already do a wonderful job of intelligent analysis of others’ works. I want to raise the Deadpan bar a bit and prove that there’s intelligence behind our depravity. (Yes that includes you, Alvie — the twisted, clever mind behind “Bedknobs and Boomsticks”). I plan to touch on my other writings in the future as well, including Spherical Tomi.

What do you think, sirs? Are we up for this? Bring it on. 206-350-TOMI. jack aaaaaaaaaaat jackmangan dottttttttttt com.


And by the way — I’m *NOT* fishing for praise….

Just – if you see anything deeper in the text, then go for it. Talk about it.  Not everyone enjoyed their college English Lit courses; I did. That’s the kind of discussion I’m going for. Those classes rarely got into “thumbs up”/”thumbs down” discussions, but were more about the elements contained in the selected texts.

Of course — critical thoughts on the story’s strengths and flaws are also perfectly ok.

30 thoughts on “Discussion Groupie

  1. 16 pieces at a time is a brillant short story. I am hoping for a sequel. That is also why I am doing the radio drama of it. It is a tight well written work and in my opinion should have won the contest. I read the first place story and it was to choppy I could not follow it. Ready for the next story.

  2. Crap, now I gotta read it again. Thanx Jack. Good thing I liked it the first time or Id be pissed.

    Back in a day or 2 with, what I hope, is an actual helpful critique. This Deadite owes you that much.

  3. No decision was ever made about that. Deadites is darn cool, obviously, but I’m afraid the Evil Dead fan club may already use that.

    I’ll bring it up on the next Deadpan episode.

    And hey – thanks Alvie. I hate make anyone feel like they have reading assignments! Strictly optional.

  4. I’m not sure of appropriate name-how about the “Dearly Departed.” Jack-you better do soemthing about your boy alvie. I think he just “mooned” me. His balls were real hairy and kind of looked like Evo before he got haircut. I can’t be sure, but I imagine that he did. yes, I’m sure he did.

  5. I dug it.

    But then again, I think I dig Jack Mangan so…. *shrug*

    mayhaps i’ll send an email — im a master at english 101/102 — ive taken both twice, just becuase i had nothing else to take. (ahh the joys of community college)

  6. Thanks so much, Sarah! I felt the same way about my college English… I never repeated – but I took 4 different English classes. Any opportunity to read interesting books and write papers…

    “God ding dang it” – Andrea, watch your language around here! 😉

    Oh Jason, contrary to rumor, Spherical Tomi is not a pro wrestler from Texas.

  7. ?? I thought God Ding Dang It was the opening prayer here in Chinese church??
    Jason climbs up on top of his marching band instrument and pounces on his opponent, Spherical Tomi. Tomi not one to be easily cowed, throws fire into Jason’s face, causing Jason’s manager Alvie to come flying over the turn buckle and kicking Tomi where the “sun don’t shine.” Boy this here wrasslin match looking more and more like a hockey game every day! Author Jack Mangan scribbles in his journal trying to achieve needed daily word count lest league owner-J.R. Murdock drop-kick Jack in front of his “peeps” and make him look like a mook.

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