Cancer

by Vian, Boris

I know, I know. It’s morning. Nowhere near your bedtime. You listen now and get all confused, expecting a glass of warm milk and sugarplum dreams, only to discover it’s ten in the morning and you’ve got to drag yourself to work. It’s just, well, Out Of The Ordinary that I’d be sending a story now. But Boris Vian. He’s an Out Of The Ordinary sort of guy, and I owe him out-of-the-ordinariness. And if that’s a weak argument, I’ll just say that it’s about time we let our listeners on the flip side of the world have a proper bedtime listen. Don’t you think?

Also, I should add: thanks to the wonders of technology (and the marvels of good taste), my friends at IncipitBlog offer a reading from Vian’s L’Arrache Coeur in its original French (in English: Heartsnatcher). Francophiles, francophones, and francophonicians take note.

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. kaseumin
    kaseumin December 7, 2005 at 6:18 am |

    Coucou! Wonderful reading.
    Twilight listening with a vin chaud is also nice, don’t you agree, Miette?
    from a listener on the half flip side of the world…

  2. mtte.
    mtte. December 8, 2005 at 3:31 am |

    Hi Kaseumin!

    As always, I’m glad you enjoyed it, and thank you for the reminder — I don’t settle in with vin chaud, Gluwein, Glogg, or cola de mono often enough… thinking about it puts me in the mood for a hot toddy or three. Hope you’re staying warm… I always keep my friends on the flip side in mind. Next up, Miette tries to podcast at just the right hour for Bedtime On Mars. I wonder what their warm drink of choice is?

    Best,
    Mtte.

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