…and now we return to short stories and essays for the duration of June. First up is DION GRAHAM, offering the excellent Days Gone By, by Eric Jerome Dickey, hosted and interviewed over at Literate Housewife. Next, is GARY DIKEOS bringing in classic O. Henry with The Higher Abdication and a fun interview, right here on Going Public.
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Days Gone By, by Eric Jerome Dickey
The next best thing to a good book is sharing and discussing it with others. Social media has created a wonderful platform for discussing books, authors, and narrators with people all over the world. Literate Housewife has been an active book blog since January 2007 as a means to carve out a piece of my life just for myself. It was the best New Year’s Resolution I’ve ever made. It might also be the only one I’ve kept up. Ha! My blog isn’t the only place I discuss books. I have a Facebook page and I maintain an active presence on Twitter as well (@lithousewife). My Twitter feed is where you’ll most often find my immediate reactions to books, authors, and narrators. It’s also my number one source for recommendations. There are so many wonderful books I’ve discovered by following some really incredible readers, publishers, and authors.
In addition to this blog, I am the co-founder of the Armchair Audies, an audiobook challenge for those who like to take an active roll in preparing for the APA’s Audie Awards. 2013 will be our second year and we now have a Facebook page as well. I am also a founding member of the Bloggers RecommendAdvisory Board.
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The Higher Abdication by O. Henry
Of the more than 300 short stories written by William Sydney Porter under the pen name of O. Henry, about 50 of them were based on his life and times in the West. Many reflect the nearly 16 years he lived in South Texas, Austin and Houston. In THE HIGHER ABDICATION, he writes about a vagabond named “Curly” and how he comes to understand, the hard way, of what the law of the West really means.
Gary Dikeos is a Los Angeles-based voice actor and audiobook narrator He is bilingual in Spanish and his voice has a warm and resonant quality which lends itself to narration and storytelling in many genres. Gary’s wide range of dialects, characters and ages bring books to life and keep readers engaged.
Had so much fun with John Pruden, that we posed a few questions to Gary too, who was also good enough to answer them!
GD: My father turned me on to S. J. Pereleman, P.G. Wodehouse, Mark Twain and O. Henry when I was growing up. He gave me the complete works of O. Henry when I entered college. I also love Westerns and have not had a chance to narrate one yet, so I took this opportunity to “kill two birds with one stone” as it were.
Who was your favorite character to narrate and why?
How do you know what voice to use for similar characters?
Do you feel you become the characters as you narrate?
What literary, stage, or movie character would you (figuratively) kill to play?
GD: I would love to play any Shakespeare character. I have yet to tackle a Shakespeare stage production which is my dream. I played the part of Jacques Roux in the Underground Theater LA production of Marat/Sade; so I love playing the dranged and villainous.
Which narrator (other than yourself) would read the story of your life and why that one?
What’s your least favorite part of the recording process (and why)?
GD: My least favorite part of the recording process is preparing a separate character track for each new character presented. I punch record using Pro Tools when I narrate in my home studio and I prepare and name a separate character track beneath my main recording track for each new character so if I forget what the character sounds like, I can refer to it easily by calling it up wherever I am in the file. The problem is that it takes a few minutes and disrupts my flow when I’m recording.
Thanks for stopping by, Gary!