Archive for October 20th, 2005

This is one of those poems, by one of those poets, which have gone from ubiquitous to unheard in a couple of decades. Hmph. Well, it’s Halloween, and Indiana is practically next door, and I feel like reading “Little Orphant Annie”. So there.

If you don’t like the way I read, you can hear a very badly restored 1912 gramophone record of Riley reading it (in Quicktime) at Indiana University’s Lilly Library. You can also find the poem all over the Net, but the story behind it is also at Indiana University.

“Little Orphant Annie”
2 min.


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The mystery continues, as Thorndyke continues to be mysteeeerious about his take on the defense. Somebody keeps trying to remove him from the defense team permanently. And poor Jervis struggles to remain professional in the face of all sorts of temptation.

After this, there are only five chapters left; but the chapters set at the trial are rather lengthy ones. (All that dialogue.) So it will probably take two more weeks before I’m finished with this book. You can always read ahead, of course.


Chapter 9: The Prisoner
Chapter 10: Polton Is Mystified
Chapter 11: The Ambush
Chapter 12: It Might Have Been
1 hr. 48 min.


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