The Falling Girl

by Buzzati, Dino

I wonder if there’s anybody who can read into a podcastophone and take dictation of his or her inner monologue simultaneously. I can’t, much to my own absolute dismay. If I could, the past half hour would have been written up this way:

Woo! Two fresh short story collections I’d forgotten all about… this’ll put the spice back into my podcast. Surely there’s got to be something in here, something new for the fine listeners, something to shake it up. Ah, Buzzati, well all right, this’ll do… I only barely recall him, but I can pull this off. You know, I’m not even going to bother reading this first; I’ve so much to do today. Nice title, good name. Oh, magical realism, I’m keen on that, this is a voice I can settle into, damn, HOLY CRAP for I would never say “holy crap” though it’s not beyond inner monologue this is the sort of dry urban satire that leaves lesser men with holes in their head. This is perfect, utterly fantastic- I wish I could stop to take a note to read it again more carefully. Why am I podcasting now and not at the bookstore taking all the Buzzati I can find? Wonder which bookstore is going to have some Buzzati in stock? Egad, did I just pause in the reading, shit, I don’t remember, there’s too much going on here, but I’ve got to finish this story already, oh if only I could be taking dictation of these thoughts right now. If nothing else, I have nothing better this day with which to preface the podcast, so this will do, right?

But since I can’t transcribe these thoughts, I should just that it’s been a Very Exciting Half Hour inside these walls.


Article written by miette

Miette has been podcasting the best of world literature's short fiction since March 2005, when she was just a pup.

9 Responses

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  1. mtte.
    mtte. September 24, 2005 at 6:27 pm |

    I’m not kidding, not all Italian short stories are holy crappable. But this one, holy…

  2. hugh
    hugh September 26, 2005 at 5:53 am |

    chalk up another must-listen. when do I get my life back? just spent all evening (6:30pm to … uh, 12:53am recording and editing chapters 23-24 of frankenstein).

  3. hugh
    hugh October 1, 2005 at 2:14 am |

    lived up to billing. your sound quality is much better too than some earlier files. keep up great work.

  4. mtte.
    mtte. October 1, 2005 at 4:10 am |

    Thanks of course and as always and egad and DRAT, -that’s- what I forgot to look for at the bookstore this afternoon. Next time.

    For the record, I do plan on investing quality American greenbacks on fulfilling certain Canadian podcasterrific commitments this weekend. I look forward to it!

  5. hugh
    hugh October 2, 2005 at 2:28 am |

    can’t wait to hear em.

  6. Robert Nagle
    Robert Nagle September 9, 2006 at 1:41 pm |

    After just having finished the incredible short story collection/translation by Buzzati from which this story came, let me say how disappointed I didn’t hear your reading of it first.

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    Robert June 21, 2008 at 9:38 pm |

    If you’re stocking up on Buzzati, _The Tartar Steppe_ is a must-read (and the movie version is good, if you’ve read the book).

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