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Feathers

Oh ladies! Oh men and oh boys and girls, the sexiest man alive is BACK. Patrick has been threatening to start up Patrick’s Bedtime Story Podcast, and with a voice this smooth, he might have to do it, much as I’d miss his occasional guest posts here. I’ll warn you that there’s an outburst of laughter in the middle of this that I didn’t have the heart to cut out, and also that he does a killer bird caw, and that Olla’s voice is a little on the saccharinely fey side. It’s that good.

Oh-h-h-hhhh ladies! Oh men and oh boys and girls, the sexiest man alive is BACK. Patrick has been threatening to start up Patrick’s Bedtime Story Podcast, and with a voice this smooth, he might have to do it, much as I’d miss his occasional guest posts here. I’ll warn you that there’s an outburst of laughter in the middle of this that I didn’t have the heart to cut out, and also that he does a killer bird caw, and that Olla’s voice is a little on the saccharinely fey side. It’s that good.

I don’t get the chance to kick back and listen to another’s purring drone very often, but when Patrick delivers the musing about Fran’s hair, there was a little patter in this dark heart o’mine.

And if you think all babies are angelic beauties and that children are some sort of personification of happiness, this may help set you straight — and in that sense, it’s a morality story. Hope you like. More from me next week.

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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.

11 replies on “Feathers”

Happy Birthday Miette! You sound younger by the day. I don’t mean to usurp your guest’s post. Great job guest poster!

Great story. You know, you can’t go wrong with Raymond Carver (I’ve never heard this particular story though). Love the details. God, enjoyed the outburst in the middle– surprise, surprise! Great reading too.

I’m a huge fan of short stories (which I understand are at long-last having a resurgence), and this has long been my favorite. Ordinarily analysis is simply part of the reading process, but this is a story that I’ve never wanted to analyze.
In Feathers there are obvious elements of carver’s voyeurism and his tendency to compare and contrast lives. Beyond that, I try to read it naively, simply savoring the quirky pieces of a magical story: the dental mold, the ugly baby and the beautiful peacock. Thank for including it, and thank you for this website which I luckily stumbled across only yesterday. I love it.

so what is exactly feathers about?? by raymond..I have to write a summary and response for this but i dont understand the story..someone help me !

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