A double-suicide and an egg hunt of a very different kind…
The Easter Egg Hunt, by Robert Jadah
Read by Diane Havens
Actor Robert Jadah, of stage, film, animation and VO credits (check him out on imdb – http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1087155/), with whom I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating on more than one occasion, and with whom we won a VO award (VOICEY) from Voices. com in 2009 for Best Voice Team, is also an excellent writer, with a quirky Brit-wit, borderline bizarre imagination, and a vocabulary that’s quite frankly staggering. I am happy that I was able to contact him to secure his permission to post this here today. Secluded in the wilds of the Canadian suburbs, he is properly authorly eccentric. He has, however, been spotted often in studios, perhaps in disguise, throughout the greater Montreal area. At any rate, he can always be reached through his agent. Or you could just pick up the phone. He might just answer.
This short short story remains one of my favorites — The Easter Egg Hunt — no, not that kind of egg, and not that kind of hunt….
To Those Who Cut Us Down, by Emily Walker & Little Fiction
Read by Xe Sands
Recorded and shared with permission from the author
There is some truly amazing work coming out via Little Fiction, and if you haven’t already started tracking their publications, you’re cheating yourself. The writing offered is raw and real, and I’m kinda crushing on some of it a little.
This is my newest crush – “To Those Who Cut Us Down,” by Emily Walker. This piece, a suicide note of sorts bracketed by a message to the first responders who would need to deal with the physical mess left behind by a public, joint suicide, is so powerful and heartfelt. It’s a raw look at addiction, both to love and substance, and the trauma that can result. After working on Saving Angelfish, I guess I have to admit to needing a fix of human tragedy, something that wrings you out because at its core, it’s not really fiction.
This piece, based on the July 1998 double suicide of Michael Douglas and Mora McGowan in Portland, Oregon, tries to answer the multi-layered question of “Why?” and the answer may not be what most wanted to hear. But it is a powerful, moving exploration of it.
A Child Alone, by Forrest Rainier
Read by Robert Jadah
A poem read by the author, under his nom de plume.