Rank #1: 50 for 50: The Shameless Birthday Begging Special!
Jesus H Christmas...it's true...I'm turning 50.
And with just a few weeks left to brace before the 'oldometer' rolls me into flattened obsolescence? I wanted to reach out to my most loyal and loving listeners with a request.
You see...after 3 years of giving this show away for zip, nada, bupkis, nothing, FREE...I figured it was fair time to hit you up for some sweet b-day charity. Fiscal love. Cash-cash-money, y'all.
And if just 5% of you send me a little somethin-somethin'? Then this Southeast Asian Lockdown mid-life nightmare might just transform into this storyteller's creative dream...
May 10 2020
Rank #2: LOCKDOWN GIVEAWAY: It's Free Audiobook Time! (The Shadowland Saga)
It's FREE AUDIOBOOK BINGE TIME, folks! For the next 30 DAYS I'm giving away copies of our HD deluxe bells-and-whistles #audiobook extravaganza The Cat's Maw to any and all who want it — that's 8+ HOURS of award-winning storytelling, FREE!
Listen to the latest ep for how to snag it (of course there's a catch, but it's mere minutes of effort) — if you're still on the fence, I've included THE pivotal chapter in the story for your listening pleasure!
So spread the good word, get those headphones ready, and be sure to set your Audible account to HD Downloads — I promise you are in for a feline-lovin' trip <3
Apr 22 2020
Rank #3: ANTHONY BOURDAIN: Hungry For More
Raw, authentic, and with a splash of vodka...
Just the way he would've liked it.
Jun 10 2018
Rank #4: ONE NIGHT STAND
Exactly 30 years ago, there was a brash, foul-mouthed, overcompensating, girl-obsessed, and woefully immature version of yours truly spending his summer nights in Windsor, ON and Motor City Michigan doing stand...up...comedy.
So, Chris Spirit Brown? This one’s for you, by special request. One night only. I'm coming out of retirement.
And you're not gonna like it.
Jul 30 2019
Rank #5: SON OF LIGHTNING: A Very Personal Poem
Happy Holidays, loyal listeners, and apologies for the veritable silence around these parts. Been swamped with work and travel and the expected holiday chaos, but I wanted to share something a bit sweet and soulful (and perhaps even revelatory) to close out 2018.
It's a short ep, featuring my entry for the National Poetry Contest this year. And since everything I do and make draws from a hefty pile of personal truth, I fully expect you to draw some wide-eyed conclusions from this one...
Stay tuned, stay safe, and stay YOU, my friends.
Dec 29 2018
Rank #6: 'HOMECOMING' (10 Min - Suspense)
Hey kittens and cats — the summer series continues with something a little bit different on Buddha and the Slut. You see, I get asked a ton about the whole ‘digital nomad’ working remote thing. A lot of you still seem to have NO idea what I actually ‘do’...
So here's a short suspense narrative I recently did for a game client as a 'storytelling test': three sections of prose (200 words or less per section), along with two TEXTING sequences (8 lines or less) to gauge my ability to quickly establish character and stakes from the get go.
Lemme know your thoughts, and thanks as always for listening and spreading the good word!
Aug 26 2018
Rank #7: THE PENDULUM SWINGS: Battle of the Sexes
Hey Kittens and Cats,
Here's a 23min freeform rant on gender politics — where things are at between men and women right now and where (according to some wacky evolutionary biologists) it may have all started.
Rampant OPINIONS, theorizing, inflammatory thoughts (drawn from some pretty compelling science) AND yes...an earnest plea for mutual compassion.
Is there a chance for us to hug this one out...bitch?
Sep 27 2018
Rank #8: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DIE..?
I've been asked a lot of questions in my (nearly) half-century on this rock...
But when I put the call out for fresh Q&A material, one listener hit me with the coolest Q imaginable...
"If you could be asked anything that you've never been asked before, what would the question be, and what's the answer?"
Time to get metaphysical, bitches.
(Feat. new music from Tobias Tinker and Stillness3)
Oct 13 2019
Rank #9: THE FULL MONTY: A Public Nudity Tale
Some New Year freestyle storytelling where you get to laugh (and cringe) at my expense. Vulnerability! Body image! Shameless Germans! Cold water anatomy lessons! It's the first Buddha and the Slut of 2019!!!
Jan 27 2019
Rank #10: TO BE THE MAN: A Modern Relationship Conundrum
Men. Women. Relationships. Conflict. A Divine Comedy...or is it all just a curse in the f#$%ing stars?
Got 20min? Here's an 'End of Mercury Retrograde' freestyle rant on the whole 'manhood' conundrum, featuring a lesson learned at the end of my longest relationship — a lesson that put me on the path to reconciling what masculinity could (and I feel SHOULD) mean, culture and hormones bedamned...
Mar 30 2019
Rank #11: I JUST DON'T LIKE YOU: Projecting Your Shit on Others
At some point in your life, you're gonna hear the words:
I DON'T LIKE YOU.
They could be said cruelly, or critically, or even from a claimed place of 'constructive kindness'.
In fact, for me, it happened just one week ago.
It wasn't the first time. Not by a long shot.
But this time..?
I was READY.
Feb 19 2019
Rank #12: EP 5: SHALL WE PLAY A GAME? (Hard Lessons in Vientiane, Laos)
Last time I promised you something ‘sexy’ for the next show.
Now…’sexy’ can mean a lot of things — exotic, erotic, intense, dangerous, and yes…even pornographic.
So, if I’m gonna to go for the gold star and circle all of the above on this multiple choice test? Then I’ll do it with this sordid, scary, and downright scandalous tale of one unbelievable night and morning in Vientiane - the communist capital of Laos - that I will never, ever forget.
Hunker down, kids, and smoke ‘em if you get ‘em…this is Sexy Storytime…on Buddha and the Slut (NSFW)
When you’ve been living out a backpack for long enough, pinching those pennies or euros or baht or crowns or dong, you eventually find that magical spot you want to call ‘home’ for more than a month. Someplace that clicks with your inherent cultural sensibilities. You know the deal. Good weather. Great food. Hot girls. Fast internet. Mostly avoidable plagues and crime. Sand, sun, and surf. And, god willing, all of it on the Cheap.
Tall order, you say? Not so much. These places ain’t just in Alex Garland novels that get turned into Danny Boyle movies that ironically star A-list environmentalists while destroying the host ecosystem.
They do exist.
The problem isn’t finding them, my friends…
It’s staying in them.
Jun 21 2017
Rank #13: CREATIVE LIFE REGRETS: What Would You Change..?
This month, a longtime listener asks:
If you could turn back time in your creative career, what would you do differently? Do you have any regrets?
I thought this'd be the SHORTEST Q&A yet...but free-styling is akin to public therapy, I reckon.
Nov 14 2019
Rank #14: THE MUSIC MEN MEET AGAIN: End of a Decade
He's the man behind the music behind the show.
And we take this hour before ringing out the old and ringing in the new to chat everything under the sun, including his two new albums of jazz and ambient, OK BOOMER, and much much more!
Dec 31 2019
Rank #15: THE MESSENGER: A True Halloween Horror Story
SUBSCRIBE, Review, and spread the good word! (25MIN)
27 Years Ago, this happened in an abandoned warehouse on Halloween night in Windsor, ON, Canada.
Think Jacob's Ladder meets Twin Peaks w a dash of Twilight Zone on top. Oh...and strippers and weed.
FOR MATURE LISTENERS.
Oct 31 2019
Rank #16: CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS: How a Comic Taught Me Epic Storytelling
When I look back at the stories that had a lasting effect on me — the ones that shaped, inspired, and frankly blew the roof off my basic storytelling sensibilities — I'd have to say that one of the defining tales was a 12-issue DC comics epic.
For a hick kid with a second-rate movie theatre, a laughably small local library, and six channels on cable? My storytelling could pretty much be summed up as BC and AC:
Before Crisis on Infinite Earths...and after it.
Nov 30 2019
Rank #17: THE TRIBE HAS SPOKEN — Why SURVIVOR Still Matters
As we approach the merge on the latest season (Davids Vs Goliaths) of SURVIVOR, I wanted to take a closer look; why does the show endure? How does the Hero's Journey apply to non-fiction? And what the hell happens now that CANADIANS CAN PLAY, TOO?!?
It's another 30min+ freestyle ep of Buddha and the Slut, so pop in those buds and bask in my nerdishly honeyed tones and the soundtrack sweetness of Tobias Tinker and Stillness3.
Oct 28 2018
Rank #18: CONFRONTING YOURSELF: A Q&A Bonus Ep
NEW MONTHLY FEATURE!
One episode a month just ain't enough, my friends.
But I just don't have the bandwidth to crank out 2+ original stories, edit them, and set it all to cool new music. The solution..?
FAN-SUBMITTED Q&A RETURNS!
One question a month gets a 10-15 answer. Anything YOU want. Easy peasy. And the first Q from Michael Davis doesn't hold back:
What's the hardest thing to confront about yourself?
Sep 12 2019
Rank #19: DREAMS OF REVENGE
Ever been tempted to trash all your spiritual brownie points for one moment of gloriously justified VENGEANCE..?
And here's what happened.
Featuring ALL NEW MUSIC from acclaimed jazz trio STILLNESS3
Aug 29 2019
Rank #20: SHADOWLOGUE: A Teaser From the New Book
As I plunk away on the next volume in The Shadowland Saga during rare moments of 'free time' (HA!), I began to think:
What if I narrated the audiobook edition myself?
I was truly spoiled with the great David Kaye's contributions on The Cat's Maw, but let's face it — he's a busy (and expensive) man. And if I've learned anything during this podcast romp the past two years, it's that maybe, just maybe, my voice doesn't suck as much as I thought it did. Think of it being akin to body dysmorphia, but for vocal chords — I clearly can't trust my opinion, 'cause I have nearly five decades of bias.
So here we are...the first draft prologue for Book 2 for your greedy little ears, and me behind the mic. Some classic TT tunes as well. And I honestly want to know what you think...
SHOULD I DO THIS OR NOT?
Sep 27 2019