It’s the New Year, baby! Time for a bit of humor, a bit of Shakespeare, and to see what Tom Jones is up to now…
All the World’s a Stage, from As You Like It, by William Shakespeare
Read by Diane Havens
As one ages, and takes on new roles, the melancholy Jaques becomes all the wiser.
Man Uses Tazer on Himself, by Anonymous
Read by Xe Sands
WARNING: SOME PROFANITY
I had intended to return to the Little (flash) Fiction collection today, but I’m still rocking the Throat Coat Tea, so decided that perhaps a little levity to ring in the new year was in order.
This is the last piece I recorded for my husband, just before Christmas. It completed the year-long holiday gift of a new piece of (usually) humorous audio each week. We started out with Craigslist selections, but soon had to venture into other territory including Amazon reviews, Ficly.com, and even Snopes. Some of these pieces you’ve heard…some were just a wee bit too “colorful” to share publicly.
This one is just too amusing to keep to ourselves, so I’m sharing it as a way to ring in 2013 on an upbeat note. And as a great way to remind myself and everyone else that sometimes the best medicine for an unfortunate and ridiculous situation is to laugh at ourselves, share the hilarity and move on, wiser (if a little sore in the bargain).
So Happy New Year, Everyone! May yours be filled with increased peace, prosperity of all sorts, health, love and yes, HUMOR!
Tom Jones – Book 3, Chapter 2, by Henry Fielding
Read by Mark Turetsky
Book 3 Chapter 2 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.
It’s good to be back in the booth after my holiday break (sorry to break it to you all, but last week’s “episode” was pre-recorded).
Well. This week, we finally get to meet Tom Jones as a sentient being! And boy oh boy is it an introduction: “he was certainly born to be hanged,” is the exact phrase that Fielding conjures to tell us about our “heroe.” We learn quite a bit about young Tom in this chapter: he kills a partridge (proto-Freudian symbolism? Don’t forget that the prime candidate for Tom’s father is a man named Partridge) on Allworthy’s neighbor’s property to feed the family of his only friend, the gamekeeper. When he’s discovered poaching, he undergoes a severe whipping, but still won’t give up his friend. It’s only when Mr. Allworthy admits that he believes Tom that Tom nearly breaks down and fesses up.
And really, that tells you everything you need to know about young Tom. He’s not the best-behaved of boys, but he won’t rat on his friends, and is starved for love in his life.
And one more thing, Fielding treats us to another amazingly inventive character name, that of the Reverend Thwackum, Tom and Master Blifil’s schoolmaster. If you’re ever wondering where Dickens got his inspiration for wonderful character names, I shall only note that he named one of his sons Henry Fielding Dickens.