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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. Scoot
    Scoot February 5, 2006 at 9:09 pm |

    I’ve never been near a bobsled my entire life, I swear, but if I ever do try one, I would consider Miette a very worthy competitor!

  2. hugh
    hugh February 6, 2006 at 5:07 am |

    baseball would be the thing. callaghan was a good young pitcher, semi-pro; but one summer he got a job in a lumber yard. one of the funny things about being a good pitcher is, if you start messing with your arm muscles (say by lifting lots of timber & getting bigger & stronger) it can mess up your pitching. so his coach said, either you quit your lumber job – or you’re off the team. so he quit, and saw an ad for a job at a newspaper – toronto star i believe. they told him no. then passed one of those unlikely –probably untrue – sorts of things: young morley tells grizzly old, hard-drinkin hard-talkin editor: hire me for a week for free and if it doesn’t work out you can kick me out on my arse, and you won’t be out of pocket. grizzly editor chews cigar a moment, then throws pencil & pad at your scribe & says, get over to the court house, shouldda been there 20 minutes ago. At the star, Callaghan meets Earnest Hemingway, who wrote for them for a while, who reads a Callaghan short story, and says: you’re not bad kid, keep writing. later when Hemingway was in Paris, Callaghan visits, and Hemingway says: you know, you shouldn’t write about boxing unless you know something about it. then the rest happens.

  3. hugh
    hugh February 6, 2006 at 5:27 am |

    did you watch the little movie on the CBC site? says an old grey callaghan, in perfect crochetiness: “I want to be remembered for some story I wrote, not for this piece of ridiculous nonsense…”

    though i bet you he’s pretty happy to have knocked papa out!

  4. mtte
    mtte February 6, 2006 at 5:44 am |

    Yes, well, here he can be remembered for both, eh? Thanks for the additional enumeration– the educational element is sometimes achingly missing from these little trinkets. Between friends, I’d take my bourbon with him over Ernest most days.

    “you shouldn’t write about boxing unless you know something about it…” Well, fellas, polo and bobsled, or baseball if that’s your yen…

  5. hugh
    hugh February 6, 2006 at 3:42 pm |

    oh one other morley tidbit – when he was in his eighties, a burgler broke into his house. He knocked out the robber with one punch.

    and yes, indeed he can be remembered for many things!

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