2.13.15

Don’t anyone pass out or anything…but it’s actually still Friday afternoon!

 

*gasp*

 

I know, right? What can I say? The planets aligned or something…

 

 

Currents by kayemnic

Read by Xe Sands

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Xe writes…

…recorded with permission of the author

This poem. I’ve tried countless times to record it, but it was all garbage. Well, until this week maybe. There is something so reaching, something that just pulls me into it, right down to that tide’s edge, with the speaker, the longing witness in the poem. I can see her – the dog sitting by her side, the book clutched in her hand like a talisman, like a way to say, “See – I am still holding you….and I will stay in this place, and write nothing in this book without you.”

 

 

 

The Garden of Love, by William Blake

 

 

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

Read by Mark Turetsky

Mark writes…

Book 12 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, Tom and Partridge come upon a puppet show, performing a play called The Provoked Husband. The play is dry of any comedy or entertainment value, which most of the audience considers to be a plus, but Tom would rather a Punch and Joan show.

This is an important chapter in its historical context. Henry Fielding had been a playwright earlier in his career, but left the stage when new regulations regarding the content of plays were enacted. The play presented in this chapter, The Provoked Husband, is a play fragment by John Vanbrugh titled A Journey to London, which was completed and renamed after Vanbrugh’s death by Colly Cibber. Cibber changed the ending against Vanbrugh’s wishes, adding in a happy ending. As well, Vanbrugh’s works were also prevented from being performed in anything but bowdlerised versions.

So, the puppet show that Jones and Partridge witness is a comedy with everything funny stripped out, replaced with Lessons to Instruct the Young.

 

 

Tom Jones, Book XII, Chapter 6, by Henry Fielding

Read by Mark Turetsky

Mark writes…

Book 12 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.

In this chapter, one of the puppeteers is caught with the chambermaid of the inn where the puppet show took place in the previous chapter. We get some more shouting at a chambermaid by an innkeeper, and once again, Tom Jones is convinced to stay at yet another inn.

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