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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. Ward Vanden Berghe
    Ward Vanden Berghe December 3, 2009 at 5:12 am |

    I haven’t listened to this cast yet (thea is still brewing, cookies are lurking on the table), but is this story somehow linked to saint Theresa’s Interior Castle?

    thank you for the stories Miette!

    Ward

  2. miette
    miette December 3, 2009 at 5:26 pm |

    Well, Ward, it seems a clear tip-of-hat to Saint Teresa and runs thematically right alongside her. Curious to know what you think after a listen (hbe you read Saint Teresa??) Hope your tea was just right.
    xo
    — Mtte.

  3. Ward Vanden Berghe
    Ward Vanden Berghe December 5, 2009 at 4:52 pm |

    I am about to read St Teresa, she’s the patron saint of a school where I’ve taught, so I wanted to know more. Ever since reading St Augustine, I realized there might be more to these saints then I previously thought. I’m a Belgian, and historically saints and Catholicism are a bit different here than what is generally understood under it. I’ll keep you posted if anything interesting passes by!
    I listened to the cast now, made me flinch at times… first with pain for the character, then a deeper kind of flinch, like missing something in the corner of your eye. Left me wondering why the pain seemed to feel more real to me than it seemed to the character itself!
    wonders in words that is, how strange the ways carefully chosen words (and eloquently read of course!) can change the whole day, week, or maybe change only than one piercing second… more please!
    Wrd

  4. Jimmy
    Jimmy December 31, 2009 at 7:58 am |

    I started listening to this and didn’t know you were just introducing the story with some smalltalk about round foods. I thought that was the beginning of the story–I even thought to myself “what a wonderful beginning to a story!” HA

    As for the actual story: it was painful and it made me squirm but by the end I wasn’t sure what was the purpose or the point of it. Perhaps there wasn’t one. I do admire it for the vivid language, but I feel like I probably missed something. Any ideas?

  5. The Short Story Bookclub
    The Short Story Bookclub September 5, 2011 at 12:24 pm |

    Completely forgot you read Interior Castle here.

    Which is perfect because I was talking about it there:

    http://theshortstorybookclub.blogspot.com/2011/09/in-zoo-by-jean-stafford-1953.html

    and desperately searching for a full online text version, when instead, one better: I can link to a reading. Purrfect.

  6. “In The Zoo”, by Jean Stafford (1953) | My Blog

    […] would go on to sublimate in one of the most gruesome short stories I’ve ever winced through (The Interior Castle). Keywords from the Literature, Art, and Medicine Database on that story say it all: Anesthesia, […]

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