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by Carver, Raymond

Is there anything, and I mean anything, italics and all, better than a good fortuitous bookend to a good podcast? Not only does this story have one of the best first lines of all stories (“It was the middle of August and Myers was between lives,” that’s right, shaazam!), but the 9:54 bus, usually a harbinger of noisome bus distraction to many a clear podcast, passes just at the last line, in perfect atmospheric equanimity.

Hills Like White Elephants

by Hemingway, Ernest

This may be one you remember from your schooldays, maybe one that made you a liberal, or a feminist, or a prolifer, prochoicer, or antichoicer, or the other way around altogether or none of these things at all. But now, I will break from objective narratress and tell you something very personal and even embarrassing about your Miette:

At The Pit’s Mouth

by Kipling, Rudyard

Despite the fact that someone (Miette, no Man’s Wife), is showing evidence of growing fatigue by the stammering end of this, and despite that fact that someone (yes) has rarely rendez-vous’d in a cemetery, and certainly never one in a place such as Simla, I can’t help but think that we should all have a Tertium Quid of our own. Even if I’ve never spent as much as a single rupee.


by O'Faolain, Sean

a.k.a. John Whelan. Look him up (if I were the type to end an avowal with a “yo,” this would be the time, as in “look him up, yo.”). Also a worthwhile nonfiction writer if you’ve a yen for Irish history.

That said, it should be well past your bedtime. For the insomniacal among us, may this lull you softly.

The Grave

by Porter, Katherine Ann

Big news today, as I’m sure you’ve all read by now: our Miette has just been found not guilty on charges of committing vainglorious podcasting exercises for the sole purpose of hearing her own voice while increasing the regularity with which she reads short fiction. Her first response to the verdict:


by Rhys, Jean

From New Scientist‘s feature 11 Steps to a Better Brain:

A DECADE ago Frances Rauscher, a psychologist now at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh, and her colleagues made waves with the discovery that listening to Mozart improved people’s mathematical and spatial reasoning.

Like a Bad Dream

by Boll, Heinrich

Days like today you should really be outside. And so, to those listening on lumbering machines, for an optimal podcasting experience I should recommend the following:

1. Put the POD back in your cast. Download it to anything portable (for the byzantine that might mean holding a cassette recorder up to your computer; whatever it takes)
2. Go outside.