Oct 26, 2019
There are three great guests on this very special episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show.
Walter Mosley is one of America’s greatest writers. He is the author of more than 43 critically acclaimed books, including the major bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and The Nation, among other publications. Walter Mosley is the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Grammy and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Walter Mosley shares insights on his career of writing and truth-telling with such characters as Easy Rawlins and his work on the TV series Snowfall. Mosley also reflects on his friendship with the great and now departed John Singleton and why writing is like making music with words.
Steven Barnes is a New York Times bestselling, award-winning novelist and screenwriter whose work includes the acclaimed books Lion’s Blood and Zulu’s Heart. Steven Barnes has also been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards. He is also writer of the Emmy-winning “A Stitch In Time” episode of The Outer Limits.
Steven Barnes explains what it means to be a master of one’s craft, the work necessary to achieve that goal, and how best to overcome fear and self-sabotage.
He also reflects on the genius of Jordan Peele and the film Us. In addition, Barnes assesses the past, present, and future of “black science fiction” and “Afrofuturism” – while also sharing some personal insights on the great actor Avery Brooks and what it was like to write the novelization of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s amazing episode Far Beyond the Stars.
Bill the Lizard, Chauncey DeVega’s dear friend and fellow expert on all things Star Wars, is also a guest on this week’s episode of the podcast. Bill and Chauncey deconstruct the final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and share their hopes and concerns about JJ Abrams’ new movie – and what they believe the story will (for better or for worse) be.
Chauncey DeVega shares a recent NY Times story on Trump’s brainwashed cult members in Florida and how the Trump CHUDS behave almost exactly as described in a 1984 NY Times movie review of the original C.H.U.D. film.
Chauncey also has a great time laughing at two Trump cultists. One Trumpist proclaims that her lifelong goal has been to sit on the Mad King’s gold toilet. The other Trump troglodyte believes that Trump came to her in a dream and cured her of a serious illness.
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Music at the end of this week's episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show is by JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound. You can listen to some of their great music on Spotify.