March 29, 2013

Seems Spring has finally sprung…little fledgling steps toward the tender and humorous.

 

The Season Forgivesby Michael Daigle

Read by Diane Havens


Diane writes…

Early spring is a time for renewal, rebirth, redemption. So appropriate to the season are these beautiful words from Michael Daigle.

 

 The Concert, by D. H. Lawrence

 

Read by Xe Sands

Xe  writes…

I’ve been wanting to record Edna St. Vincent Millay for quite a while, but my mood never seems to match her content at the right moment. Then I came across this poem – “The Concert,” and there was a resonance.

I have been both the concert-goer straining at the relationship leash, and the one staying home, holding onto that leash like a lifeline, knuckles white with the effort. With this piece, Millay asks the question: what do we risk by branching out and coming back together?

The answer I wish I had understood far earlier in life: everything, but the potential reward is worth the risk ten-fold.

 

 

The Eyes Have It, by Philip K. Dick

Read by Mike Vendetti

Mike writes…

A little whimsy, now and then, makes for good balance. Theoretically, you could find this type of humor anywhere. But only a topflight science-fictionist, we thought, could have written this story, in just this way….

 

Tom Jones – Book 4, Chapter 4, by Henry Fielding

Read by Mark Turetsky

Mark  writes…

Book 4 Chapter 4 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.

Okay, the story of the bird is behind us, time to move on and find out what happens when Tom enlists Sophia’s help in convincing her father to help Black George, right?

Nope, first we need the peanut gallery, in the form of Thwackum and Square to debate, not which of the two boys was right (they both agree it was Blifil), but rather whether Blifil was using philosophy or religion when he “freed” Sophia’s bird.

Squire Western provides the voice of common sense, in pointing out that Blifil stole Sophia’s bird and got it killed, but neither Square nor Thwackum is a consequentialist.

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