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Owen Egerton
Owen Egerton is author of How Best to Avoid Dying, Everyone Says That at the End of the World, and The Book of Harold, which was optioned by Warner Bros. Television. He is also one of the talents behind the award-winning The Sinus Show and Master Pancake Theater at the Alamo Drafthouse Theatre. He was voted Best Local Author of 2013 by The Austin Chronicle, Egerton has also written screenplays for Fox, Warner Brothers, and Disney studios.

Entries by Owen Egerton

Write Like a Drunk Child

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 1:37 PM

My five-year-old loves asking me to make up a name of an animal that doesn't exist, something like an orangashark or a poopapotmus. Then, without missing a beat, he'll describe in great detail the physical attributes, dietary needs, and mating habits of the rare and deadly poopapotmus.

You ask...

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Be a Fool

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 1:06 PM

George Saunders gives the commencement speech at Syracuse University. David Foster Wallace speaks at Kenyon College. And me? I'm asked to address the graduating 6th grade class at Barton Springs Elementary in Austin, Texas.

And I was honored. I was also nervous, excited and pretty sure I would accidentally slip...

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Damn the Writers

(10) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 4:21 PM

Dear God,

Spare a blessing for the writers.

We have traded in the bars and bullfights for university jobs and Netflix. We sink into credit card debt awaiting publication, then find the advance won't cover the monthly interest. Oh Lord, the books that took us years and blood have...

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11 Outrageous Popes (And Why We Love 'Em!)

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 2:35 PM

It's been a great season for pope watching. Benedict XVI retiring, Pope Francis washing teenagers' feet, last year's Vatican leaks scandal, the impending sainthood of Pope John Paul II, and so much more.

I love it!

And I'm not even Catholic.

Why do I find the pope so intriguing?...

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Jesus and I Broke Up

(17) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 11:28 AM

I never plan on writing about Jesus, it just sort of happens... like binge drinking and sex with co-workers.

At a recent book event, I read a chapter from my new novel Everyone Says That at the End of the World, which features a disgruntled Jesus clone and...

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Type So Hard You Bruise The Screen

(32) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 11:25 AM

In the late 1950s, Jack Kerouac typed out a list of thirty points describing his writing practice in a piece titled "Belief and Technique for Modern Prose: List of Essentials." Some of it makes solid sense -- "4. Be in love with yr life" -- others are a kind of...

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11 Other Times The World Was Supposed To End (But Didn't)

(154) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 7:22 AM

The Mayans have been getting some great press lately. They've cornered the market on apocalyptic predictions, at least for this week. But the truth is, the end has been nigh for centuries. Like a global death wish, humanity has been obsessed with predicting the devastating end of the world since...

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