Poe Ballantine reads “The Irving” from his essay collection, 501 Minutes to Christ. This story details Poe’s diabolic plan to punch John Irving in the nose after he opens for him at the inaugural Wordstock Festival in Portland, Oregon. Why did Poe want to deck the famous author? Watch here to find out.
“Poe Ballantine is easily one of my favorite writers so to have him on the show is a huge thrill. He joins me to talk about his twenty something years as a drifter, the deterioration of culture and how obscurity may be the best route to fame. Poe’s unique take on the world is thought provoking and challenging. This is one of my favorite conversations.”—Matt Dwyer
Matt Dwyer is a comedian, actor and writer who has been a staple in the alternative comedy scenes in Chicago, New York and LA....Forward
Poe Ballantine’s “Free Rent at the Totalitarian Hotel” originally published in The Sun Magazine included in Best American Essays 2013, Cheryl Strayed, Editor, and Robert Atwan, Series Editor. (October, 2013.)
Selected and introduced by Cheryl Strayed, the New York Times best-selling author of Wild and the writer of the celebrated column “Dear Sugar,” this collection is a treasure trove of fine writing and thought-provoking essays.