Wants

by Paley, Grace

Well, I didn’t think I’d pull this off. A particularly invidious houseguest in the form of streptococcal has left my coccyx surprisingly unscatched, but the pharynx, well, I don’t recall gargling with rusted staples after my razorblade dinner, but gosh it hurts in there. And so here I sit, throatily challenged to forego my Saturday podcast, but, compulsive as I am, couldn’t stand the thought. And so, after finding the shortest Miette-worthy pod to cast today, I quickly numbed it up with a half pint of raspberry sorbet, then before the anaesthetic thawed, raced through Paley. If I take another bite of sorbet I might even be able to screech out a final whew, but otherwise, for today, that’s all she wrote.

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.

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  1. healthyparanoid
    healthyparanoid November 8, 2005 at 12:52 pm |

    Fun funky little tale
    R

  2. SmileY
    SmileY November 9, 2005 at 1:03 pm |

    Hi Miette,

    I just wanted to thank you for the charming stories that I have been finding so delightful at bedtime. I did want to offer a suggestion, though. I read recently that if you use a headset mike and position it next to your nose, pointing down toward your mouth, you will eliminate the popping associated with p’s and b’s, and also breathing noise (although I don’t hear much of that during your readings). Just a suggestion and thank you again.

    I hope you feel better soon. Have a nice day,

    Jeff

  3. mtte.
    mtte. November 10, 2005 at 3:57 am |

    Thanks Jeff– I actually learnt a tip from the people at Librivox, and it seemed to work; it’s quite similar to what you suggest. I think I was simply in less-than-top-form, and forgot to apply the magic touch. I’m working on eliminating those pops, and the last thing I want to do is cause your eardrums to rupture.

    Actually, there are other things I also would consider The Last Thing I Want To Do. Plenty of things I would be fervently opposed to the thought of doing. But bursting your eardrums is up there. I promise.

    Glad you’re enjoying the stories… I’ll keep your eardrums in mind, in sickness and in health.
    –Mtte.

  4. didy
    didy March 6, 2007 at 3:52 am |

    i like this
    it really shows a great deal of dought
    in the writers mind and confusion too at
    the beginning of the story but at the end
    she realises what she really wants

  5. joop
    joop August 24, 2007 at 2:26 pm |

    RIP Grace Paley and thank you Miette for introducing me to this great writer while she was still alive.

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