January 10, 2013

Cul De Sac, by Diane Havens

Read by Diane Havens

Diane writes…

Inspired by a particularly unsettling visit with my father-in-law at his nursing home.




A Fixed Idea, by Amy Lowell

Read by Xe Sands

Xe writes…

Lowell often speaks of being driven to distraction by the mental presence of the one she loves, or with whom she’s obsessed.But here, she takes it a step further – this “you” is taking the place of someone or some other purpose. And yet she cannot free herself, but instead asks her object to “lift drooping wings and go.”

It is such a frustrating and wearying thing – to not be able to put someone aside in our thoughts or heart, even if we wish it, even if we know they are taking up space that belongs to someone else or another calling. If that is your lot this year, good luck.

*image credit: Johan


Tom Jones, Book VII, Chapter 5, by Henry Fielding

Read by Mark Turetsky

Mark writes…

Book 7 Chapter 5 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.

In this chapter, Squire Western continues berating Sophia, her aunt, and her mother. Finally, when Sophia speaks out about how kind her aunt is, it’s enough to drive Squire Western away. She spends the rest of the chapter weeping into Tom’s letter, and into her muff (if you’re recall the one Tom wept into and kissed back in book V). Honour, Sophia’s maid essentially tells her that there are many fish in the sea. Precisely what Sophia doesn’t want to hear.

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