It’s a smorgasbord over here this week! Let’s see…what do we have on tap…a little spring hope, followed by grief and longing, followed up with a bit of Lovecraft, then topped up with a surprise love triangle courtesy of Tom Jones.
Daffodils, by Diane Havens
Read by Diane Havens
After a long grey, cold northeast winter, the miracle of daffodils are most welcome. This short poem is one I’d written years ago, but every year it seems to mean even more to me. Music and flowers and hope.
Underscored with a favorite early music piece recorded by Jon Sayles.
“Dear D’Arline,” a letter from Richard Feynman to his wife
Read by Xe Sands
I came across this letter months back via Letters of Note and was immediately struck by its longing, its simplicity, and the lack of overwrought emotion, so often present in such letters (and why the hell wouldn’t there be with such grief?). It’s such a beautiful, truly moving letter and I’ve been wanting to record it for quite some time.
Can’t say why it struck me as the right time to record it this week. But here it is. Perhaps there is someone out there who needs it right about now and if so, I hope it finds you.
“Memory,” by H.P. Lovecraft
Tom Jones – Book 4, Chapter 6, by Henry Fielding
Read by Mark Turetsky
Book 4 Chapter 6 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.
Huge revelations this week! First off, we learn conclusively why Tom Jones isn’t too responsive to Sophia’s obvious advances. First off, he feels like he’d be betraying his host, Squire Western.
Second, he’s already been messing around with Molly Seagrim! What’s that, you say? Who’s Molly Seagrim? Glad you asked. It turns out that all this time, Black George has had a daughter, who isn’t quite in love with Tom, so much as in lust. Anyway, she’s successfully seduced Tom, and he feels so bad of (in his mind) robbing her of her innocence, that he’s honor-bound to her!
SURPRISE LOVE TRIANGLE!