Episode 431: TDO After Hours #1, with Vanessa Blakeslee

Episode 431: TDO After Hours #1, with Vanessa Blakeslee

Episode 431 for the Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about innovative writing and literary works can be acquired on Apple podcasts, stitcher, spotify, or just click here to stream (right click to down load, if that’s your thing).

In this week’s show, Vanessa Blakeslee and I also discuss two online pieces on the topic of intercourse writing, together with discussion roves after that.


Lorin Stein’s “Why Talk About Sex? ” in The Paris Review.

Vanessa Blakeslee’s “The Fetish” within the Paris Review.

“Another Night with Mr. Fun” can be found in this anthology saturday.


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TDO Listeners can get 20% of reasonably limited membership to Scribophile. After utilizing the above backlink to sign up for a simple account, visit here while still logged in to update the account with all the discount.

Browse Vanessa’s web site to find out about her work.

Episode 431 regarding the Drunken Odyssey, your favorite podcast about innovative writing and literary works is present on Apple podcasts, stitcher, spotify, or just click here to stream (right click to down load, if that’s your thing).

The Diaries of A sozzled scribbler #14

01 Saturday Aug 2020

The Diaries of A sozzled scribbler #14

Transcribed by DMETRI KAKMI

1 August 2020

Imagine whom I stumbled on while prowling in Melbourne’s Fitzroy Gardens? None other than Charles Baudelaire.

‘Charlie, my fellow that is dear, we cried. ‘ we was thinking you were dead. ’

‘I am, ’ quoth he. ‘That’s why I’m right here. ’

‘Well said, ’ was my jolly rejoinder. ‘Only those who’ve turned their backs on life have a home in Melbourne. ’

We laughed. Charles delivered a hearty slap to my straight back, and I also nearly plummeted right into a hydrangea bush, from where four guys emerged, pulling up their jeans.

‘Regardez, Charlie, ’ I said. ‘Ta fleurs du mal. ’

‘They are anges de debauche inside their habitat that is natural, pronounced my buddy. ‘What will you be doing right here, old booze coach? ’

‘I’m waiting around for Olivia De Havilland, ’ I admitted, ‘She passed away and I’m interviewing her about life on the other hand. ’

‘What enjoyable. Mind you company? If I keep’


‘Not at all, dear chap. Why don’t we spend time and await the august woman. ’

We sat for a work bench and waited. It had been a grey time. Barely anybody was out. The chill winds that prowled the park’s avenues had been an breathing from Hades’ lips. Charlie caused a container of white rum to materialise away from their pocket and then we passed it between us—to keep warm, you realize.

Charlie spake therefore.

‘Whom would you choose, your mom, your dad, your sis or your cousin? ’

He had been in another of those moods. You could only play along.

‘I do not have daddy, nor mom, nor sibling, nor bro, ’ said I, stepping into the character. ‘A hatchling am I from Quetzalcoatl ’s egg—the serpent that is flying who all nature’s rejects claim lineage. ’

‘Frauds, felons, fiends and faggots all! I abhor ab muscles term. ’

‘I’m sure perhaps not under which lassitude it resides—the land regarding the Lotus-eaters! ’

‘What is beauty but an inebriate that is crapulous for the moon when you look at the gutter? ’

‘So, exactly just what can you love, oh hammered stranger? ’

‘I adore Methylenedioxymethamphetamine… MDMA, ecstasy, molly, call it everything you will…tis rapture, tis bliss… les merveilleux etoiles! ’

We gazed and cackled fondly at each and every other. Maybe we ought to convey at this juncture that Charlie and I also return a way that is long. We had been created round a comparable some time also decided to go to the school that is same. He in Paris, 1821, and I also in Athens, the exact same 12 months. We became quick friends during the Lycee Louis-le-Grand, he law that is studying of all of the things, and me idleness. He instead negligently used residence that is permanent the Cimetiere du Montparnasse maybe maybe not fifty years later on, while we persist.

‘How do you do it? ’ Charles said, switching upon me personally a tearstained face of angelic beatitude. Always gets maudlin following a few beverages.

‘How do I do just exactly what? ’

‘Sold my soul to Beelzebub. ’

‘Ah, you went ahead with that deal. ’

‘Yes, ’ I said. ‘A soul just gets in the form of a very good time. ’

‘True, ’ muttered my pal, chugging rum. ‘If only I’d been as smart. ’

We had been interrupted by feminine dulcet tones. It absolutely was Olivia De Havilland, the final display treasure. The elegant woman sauntered over the great yard, appearing like Spring ’ s seraph incarnate.

‘Yoo-hoo, there you will be, you naughty boy! ’

‘Livvy, darling, ’ we said, increasing and using the dainty digit that is preferred. ‘You look fabulous for somebody who is just a corpse. ’

Her smile that is radiant lit the entire world. We put a kerchief in the work work bench and Livvy lowered her cultivated posterior on it; i am certain to offer it on e-bay. (The kerchief, maybe not her bum. ) The seraph whom organised the interview explained the dead enjoy ten to 15 minutes one of the living. I’d making it fast. After launching Livvy to Charlie, I got right down to business.

‘Livvy, ’ I said. ‘Your adoring fans are waiting to find out exactly exactly exactly what it is like on the reverse side. ’

Livvy crossed one stockinged leg over the other, pulled her Balenciaga mink snugly around her, and lifted the veil on a concern who has baffled philosophers and necromancers on the hundreds of years.

‘Why, it is like an excellent big resort. ’

‘A resort? ’ Charlie and I also cried, horrified.

‘Yes. A variety of The Ritz Paris as well as the Chelsea in ny. The larger up you choose to go the more grand it becomes. The lower down, the more scungy, to utilize an Australian idiom. ’

She will need to have seen our expressions of frustration for she included: ‘It’s actually extremely pleasant and incredibly well maintained. Undoubtedly you’ve seen it, Charles? ’

Charlie shook their mind, more despondent than in the past.

‘The crimson dawn has blotted out of the religious skies pour moi, ma chere madame. I need to wander with wide-open eyes in Elysian areas, phantom-like, closed out of the sun that is immortal a lucid, pure, being whose only objective would be to record the le voyage des damnes. ’

Livvy and I also seemed piteously at him.

‘No God? ’ we believed to her.

‘Not that I’ve seen. Though i really do think my maid is a goddess. ’

‘No heaven or hell? ’

Livvy contemplated the question that is piercing.

‘You know, ’ she stated in good time, ‘in my opinion there can be a demarcation of some kind. We, as an example, must dwell in a type of paradise because my dear buddy Bette Davis features a suite from the exact same flooring, and Errol Flynn is throughout the hallway. ’

‘Ah! ’ I cried, pointing a revelatory finger to your skies.

‘And…’ Livvy went on, ‘my goody-two-shoes sibling Joan Fontaine is seven floors below with James Stewart and Ethel Merman. That has to undoubtedly represent hell. ’

Our laughed rose towards the heavens because, quite instantly, Livvy proclaimed it absolutely was time and energy to get.

‘One more question, ’ we stated.

‘Is it real about Errol Flynn? ’

‘Is just what true, darling? ’

‘That he has…you understand… a big…’

Livvy’s face lit up like one thousand radiant suns.

‘I’m not just one to share with tales away from school, ’ she said, sotto voce, ‘but I want to state that today’s ladies lack one thing. ’

‘An admiration of a huge difficult cock. ’

With that, Livvy shot to her foot. It had been time for you to come back to the fantastic Ritz that is big Hotel the sky. Coming over the opportunity had been a man’s shadow at their legs. It found Livvy featuring its beak and vanished into the clouds.

‘Come home, ’ I said to Charlie. ‘I’ll make you an Old Fashioned. ’

‘So very very very long as you retain both hands to yourself, ’ he mumbled, increasing unsteadily to their foot.

‘As if I’d touch you, syphilitic old boot. ’

Until next we meet. Cheerio!

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