Gracious…it’s death, destruction and grief all around! Thank goodness Turetsky is still with us to lighten the mood with Tom Jones.
Good Friday, by Amanda Leduc, from Little (flash) Fiction, published by Little Fiction.
Read by Xe Sands
Recorded with permission from author and publisher
As I’ve mentioned before, I have a crush on Little Fiction. So when I heard they were putting together their very first flash fiction collection, I was thrilled! And the result does not disappoint, let me assure you right now. Each story is different – some sad, some angry, some very (very) disconcerting. But each worth far more time than is required to read their short beautiful selves.
I immediately got the notion that I wanted to record the entire collection, in order, as a joint project with Little Fiction and Going Public. Troy Palmer at Little Fiction liked the idea too, agreed to approach the author’s on my behalf and…voila! Here we are, presenting the first of 14 stories in the collection – “Good Friday,” by Amanda Leduc.
Although I hope to present them in order, there will be some weeks in which other poetry and such sneaks in (come on – HAVE to do Chatterley for Banned Books Week!), but look for a relatively rapid roll-out of the flash collection over the Fall.
Read by Diane Havens
As I watch my aging father grow weary of life, this poem, this beautifully powerful poem by Dylan Thomas keeps playing in my mind.
We are fortunate that many recordings exist of Dylan Thomas reading his own work, and this reading is inspired by his voice,
Tom Jones – Book 1, Chapter 9, by Henry FieldingRead by Mark Turetsky
Chapter 9 of Tom Jones.
This is part of an ongoing project in which I will record and post one chapter per week of Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones over the course of four years.
We finally learn what’s to become of Jenny. Turns out that everyone in town was perfectly ready to pity poor Jenny, until they find out that Allworthy hasn’t come down on her with the wrath of God and sent her to a workhouse. Once they detect what they consider preferential treatment, they once again insult her nice silk gown and her learning. But this time, the mob’s ire doesn’t stop with Jenny; they take it into their head that Mr. Allworthy must be the father, and that he’s sending Jenny away for some nefarious purpose. Fielding’s lesson here seems to be that because Allworthy has been too merciful, he’s opened himself up to suspicion.
Here suspicion is brought on by Allworthy’s lack of political savvy, and by being too nice, he’s suspected of being wicked. We’ll see throughout the novel that Fielding emphasizes the need to not only be virtuous, but to also make sure to appear virtuous to others.
The War of the Worlds, P1-4, by H.G. WellsRead by Daniel Wallace
The War of the Worlds. By H.G. Wells. Narrated by Dan Wallace