What happens when you portray someone in an unflattering light in your memoir? What happens when that person is hopped up on scotch and sitting a few feet away from you in your basement? For those of you who’ve complained that there’s not enough “fight” in the Book Fight podcast, this is your week.
We also manage to answer some listener questions. How do you create memorable characters? How should you describe your writing on a date?
A special shout-out to the band Camper van Beethoven, whose song “Take the Skinheads Bowling” shows up at the end of this week’s episode. And to Courtney Mauk, whose novel Spark we’re happy to plug. If you’d like to tell Tom he’s a shithead, you can find him on Twitter here: @t_mcallister. Or, if you’d like to follow someone who would never unfairly malign you with an exaggerated caricature of your personal appearance, you can find Mike here: @BH_Mike. Somehow Tom has managed to acquire like fifty more followers than Mike, which to the completely impartial person writing this episode summary seems like a goddamned travesty of justice.
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