Archive for September, 2007


Sorry for the sudden slowdown in posts, but I’m sick again.

Yesterday was my 2nd podiversary. I won’t post a bunch of boring stats, I promise. (I had mercy on y’all and made myself a spreadsheet.) But I did actually go to the trouble of totting everything up on said spreadsheet (since I had nothing better to do). It seems that, according to archive.org’s records, I’ve had more than 136,000 downloads. (About a third of that was religious stuff.) I think that’s pretty good.

As always, I thank you for your interest and your support.

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Constance Dunlap continues, as Constance fights fire with thermite. Another very dark viewpoint on social trends in America before WWI.

“The Blackmailers”, Part 2


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In honor of my Iranian visitors, here’s a podcast of the work of a hometown boy: Aphrahat, the Persian Sage. Aphrahat (aka Pharhad, aka Aphraates) was abbot of the monastery of Mar Hattai, near Mosul. Born of pagan parents on the Persian border, he converted to Christianity as a young man and was baptized under the name Jacob. His 23 Demonstrations were probably written from AD 337-345.

I did record the rest of this essay and will put it up on archive.org. But the third part of the essay is really the interesting part, so that’s what I’m podcasting.

Excerpt from “On Love”


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Against Heresies continues, with a chapter on Mary and Eve, and another on true and false teachers.

Book 5, Chapters 19-20


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“On the Duties of the Clergy” by St Ambrose.

Untrodden Peaks and Unfrequented Valleys by Amelia B. Edwards. Before she did Egypt (and inspired Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody) in A Thousand Miles Up the Nile, Edwards explored the South Tyrol region of Italy.

History of Holland by George Edmundson.

Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame. Children’s fiction and essays. Includes “The Reluctant Dragon”.

“Red Shadows” by Robert E. Howard. From the creator of Conan. Puritan adventurer Solomon Kane tracks his prey over land and sea and defies gods — all to avenge a woman he’d never met before.

Wonderwings and Other Fairy Stories by Edith Howes.

Chamber Music by James Joyce. A 1907 collection of his poems.

The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. Thoughts of the Stoic emperor.

Brewster’s Millions by George Barr McCutcheon. A young man must go through a huge amount of money in one month to inherit an even greater sum.Yes, they made a movie out of it.

Anthem by Ayn Rand. Science fiction work by that crazy philosopher chick. Worth downloading, if only to know what the Rand fans get so excited about. (It has its moments, but you have to live in a culture that’s in pretty bad trouble to find Rand’s philosophy at all convincing or inspiring.)

The Moon Metal by Garrett P. Serviss. Early science fiction from an old school astronomer.

Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum. If you want to learn about self-reliance, read this real life adventure, published in 1899.

The Fur Country by Jules Verne. Weird stuff happens, and it’s by Verne. Do you need to know more?

The King of Schnorrers and The Big Bow Mystery by Israel Zangwill. A hilarious satire and a clever mystery novel, by an extremely interesting Victorian writer.

Old Indian Legends by Zitkala-Sa. 14 Dakota legends.

I should also note that a good chunk of the Bible is available from Librivox: the translations used are the American Standard Version and the World English Bible. There are also works up in many languages: French, Finnish, German, Chinese, and Japanese. There’s even a book in Old Church Slavonic.

Anybody can submit audiobook readings in any language, as long as they are reading something in the public domain.

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The Worm Ouroboros continues, and so does Lord Corund’s siege of that ancient fort of Impland, Eshgrar Ogo. But Corund is determined to get in — and Gro has some ideas on how to do it….

Chapter 11B


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The Girl of the Golden West continues, as Jack Rance attempts to woo the Girl.

We also meet a Pony Express rider in this chapter. The Pony Express was a service for delivering mailĀ  across the West, using a chain of posthouses with fresh horses. The riders indeed had to be young men who weren’t very heavy. They also were supposed to be unmarried and orphans, because the job was considered too dangerous and the riders had to travel so far and so often. The Pony Express service only stayed in business until the telegraph and trains made it less useful. But it became an American legend.

Chapter 6B


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