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February 21, 2022 62 mins

We discuss Richard Brautigan’s novel Trout Fishing in America and the way he seems to have no interest in following any sort of rule when he’s writing. The phrase “Trout Fishing in America” can be anything; a character, a place, the phrase itself, or maybe even something more, something spiritual. Ben and Emily talk about why that’s cool and why it’s weird.

  • Trout Fishing in America (1967) - buy it here (or read a weird PDF of it here.)
  • Read Jenette Winter’s (as well as few others) ten rules for writing here.
  • You can rent Jaspar Mall on Amazon, but I don’t want to link that so here’s a link to the film’s official twitter
  • Here’s where you can buy John Darnielle’s new novel, Devil House.

Good Writing is a podcast where two MFA friends read like writers and lay out craft ideas for fellow writers to steal. Co-hosted by Emily Donovan and Benjamin Kerns.

Twitter: @goodwritingpod 


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