Herb Kauderer and Alan Katerinsky:
Orthopedic Horseshoes

A show where cranky old men discourse
on American Society and media.
3/1/14: “THE POWER OF THE PLAIN TALE”
Al is in the studio again this month, and Herb is in the field talking with Ed Greenwood at SFContario. Ed is a prolific fantasy novelist, and the creator of Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms. Ed and Herb talk about “Like a Virgin”; ‘The Man Who Would Be King’; “It’s all about entertaining people;” Joyce Carol Oates; how not to cut off your fingers with a bandsaw; sports metaphors in sex scenes; the writer as interior decorator, the editor as construction crew defending her walls; the irksomeness of unfinished series; Brother Cadfael; not dying well; Lin Carter as editor and pastiche writer; Terry Pratchett on witches and page-turning; see Lassie play a dog; Erle Stanley Gardner’s short stories; ‘Tristram Shandy’; the magic of kids losing themselves in reading; fiction as a way bypassing the IRB; ‘Excaliber’; ‘Games of Thrones’; something small and noble; “I got to hold the magic in my hand. When do I get to do it again?” ‘The Princess Bride’; different nobilities in the Lord of the Rings; Donald E. Westlake’s Dortmunder books; and eternally appealing plot tropes including the satisfaction of watching irksome people who use words like irksome get their comeuppance. Recorded by Herb Kauderer. Consider “liking” Orthopedic Horseshoes on FaceBook. Music by Mari McNeil.

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2/28/13: "HAVE THE WEREWOLVES ORDER OUT FOR PIZZA"
Al is the studio this month, and Herb interviews Anne Bishop at the Eericon SF convention held by the Buffalo Fantasy League. Anne is the New York Times bestselling author of fifteen books of (mostly) dark fantasy. Herb and Anne talk about outlets for crankiness, vampires and werewolves and grizzlies, oh my! Anne talks about a world where humans are the minority, the wolf and the vampire who ran a book shop, a world that's not your Buffalo, and its maps. Anne sets out some of the rules for a world where humans are meat, starting with "don't eat the help if they want to quit." Anne's upcoming works 'Written in Red' (a novel) and "A Strand in the Web" (a novella) in the anthology 'Stranded' are discussed, along with the unlikelihood of spaceships and unicorns. Herb asks if life is already on its second chance, and the effects of litigation on ebook sales. Howling as small group therapy is considered as well as electronic linking functions versus word of mouth. Herb notes the coolness of 'Predictably Irrational', and Anne stresses that it's all about the journey. Recorded by Alan Katerinsky and Herb Kauderer. Feedback welcome at orthopedichorseshoes@yahoo.com. Consider “liking” Orthopedic Horseshoes on FaceBook. Music by Mari McNeil.

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1/31/13 REJECTOMANCY
Alan Katerinsky interviews Lawrence Watt Evans at WSFA's CapClave SF convention. They talk about 'One-Eyed Jack', the body count of adventure stories, Ethshar, 'Split Heirs' (written with Esther Friesner), The Fall of the Sorcerers series, Scaramouche as Luke Skywalker, and how Boston driving is like killing the Deathstar. Then Lawrence and Al get literary and discuss Murray Leinster, secondary characters in 'Tomb of Dracula', Zelazny and the throw-away scene, an 8 year-old's birthday party, Russian Guns, Predator novels, subways in L.A., mocking 'Melrose Place', bad translations in comic books, war comics, 'Enemy Ace', the charm of 'Jonah Hex', rejectomancy, and the amateurishness of worrying about cliches instead of worrying about being boring. Recorded by Alan Katerinsky and Herb Kauderer. Feedback welcome at orthopedichorseshoes@yahoo.com. Consider “liking” Orthopedic Horseshoes on FaceBook. Music by Mari McNeil.

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