After our ten-episode inaugural season, Just the Gist Please will take a summer break, but there's no rest for the wicked. We will be working on a miniseries. Each of these episodes will focus on a theme, and include several expert guests.
Breaking the Canon—The Occasional Rewards of Judging a Book by Its Cover—The Ecstatic Ekphrastic—Erasures, Ghazals, and Narcissism, Oh My!—Old Poets, New Technology: Can't Teach an Old Doggerel New Tricks—Life Before Orpheus—Hibernation and the Writing Cycle
What Are You Ctrl-F-ing?—Recommending the Underdog—Multiple Languages/Multiple Personalities—Floor-Sleeping and Cryogenics: The Mysteries of Inspiration—Finding Yourself in the Second Person—Linear Writing and Adversity in the SAT—Are You Really a Text? Let's See Your Papers!
Have You Ever Said Orgasm When You Meant Organism?—Trust Fund Adjuncts—The Art of Making One Word Out of Seven—Best Dog Name Ever!—Cheerleaders and Critics: The Yin and Yang of an MFA—Grading is the Worst—In Just Five Minutes a Day...
Of Readers and Ducklings—You Need Literarapy—Do You Write What You Read?—Reach Out and Find Your Piece a Home—Negging a Character—Token Characters and Stealing Stories—Bonfire of the Criticisms
What's Killing Your Brain Cells?—The Magical Minds of Children—What Do Flash Fiction, Watercolors, Tweets, Cartoons, and Poetry Have in Common? Maybe Nothing—When Lightning Strikes—The Politics of a Pre-apocalyptic Tinder Date—Can Old Professors Teach Us New Tricks?
There's a Bird in This One—Writer Togs: Portland v. L.L. Bean—What Makes Aliens Literary?—Learning to Love Robots—Mature Picture Books—Which Should Come First, the Short Stories or the Novel?—Meeting Professors in Bars
Indigo: The Most Interesting Color of the Rainbow—Is "Nonfiction" Just Fake News?—Beyond Epistolary: Doctor's Notes, Receipts, and Tweets—Alice Through the Looking Glass and Into a Really Nice Brownstone—Is Your Writer's Persona Hunter S. Thompson?
I Love You, I Just Don't Like You Right Now—Art Imitating Life Imitating Art Imitating Life—Keeping It Tight—A Shirtless Author Photo—How Much Experience is Enough? How Much is Too Much?—Striking Writing Group Gold
A Doctor of Nonfiction—Trolls and Gatekeepers—Girls Rule, and Boys...Have A Lot of Confidence—Embarrassing First Releases—MFA Mentors—Oh Yeah, and Funding