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What is Litost? (The Book of Laughter and Forgetting)

Miette read a very big book last night, it’s true, and after a marathon thirteen hours of podCAST-free oral storytelling, only two thoughts remain in this once-nimble head. One, that why-oh-why didn’t we just podCAST all thirteen hours, and how can I find a piece suitable, yet short enough for what’s left of these droopy nerves, and two,

Miette read a very big book last night, it’s true, and after a marathon thirteen hours of podCAST-free oral storytelling, only two thoughts remain in this once-nimble head. One, that why-oh-why didn’t we just podCAST all thirteen hours, and how can I find a piece suitable, yet short enough for what’s left of these droopy nerves, and two, how odd it is that epic greek mythology reminds me of this, but that may be attributable to the usual sleep deprivation compounded by a full night dreaming sideways. We may never know.

Excerpted from The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

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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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