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The Koncast


HELLO AND WELCOME TO THE KONCAST. This is the podcast of former dishwasher, failed musician, and absurdist writer Jon Konrath. I will talk with other writers and persons of interest about writing, publishing, music, nostalgia, and cough medicine. Find me at www.rumored.com.

Sep 29, 2017

In this episode, I talk to long-time friend Andrea Donderi, a recent graduate of The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

We discuss: the IU support center; the early web; knowledge bases and creating content; Jorn Barger and the invention of the blog; Gopher versus the WWW; the ChiNet BBS and other internet BBSes; social networks before social networks; hoarding old email; identifying as a writer; learning how to capture life as a writer; the Stanford Stegner Fellowship program; the Warren Wilson MFA program; how a low-residency program works; Victor LaValle and David Shields as teachers; the one fellow graduate student/actor who has been in everybody's MFA program and shall not be named; Zeroville by Steve Erickson; the inevitable UFO discussion; the government keeping secrets in the desert versus the internet; Don Donderi; and is an MFA worth it?

Links from this episode:

- Andrea's blog: http://loosestrife.dreamwidth.org

- Jon Konrath: http://www.rumored.com

- The Warren Wilson MFA program: http://www.wwcmfa.org

- Don Donderi's site: http://www.ufoets.com

- Zeroville by Steve Erickson: http://amzn.to/2eEMTFW

- The UFO documentary I couldn't remember was Mirage Men: http://www.miragemen.com