Archive for November 16th, 2008

If you’ve always wanted to listen to a Gothic “blood”, our friends at Librivox have just finished Volume 1 of that in/famous penny dreadful known as Varney the Vampyre. Ain’t the Internet grand?

Also new from Librivox: Five Weeks in a Balloon, by Jules Verne; and Vol. 1 of Herodotus’ Histories.

UPDATE: Meanwhile, it occurs to me that Spider Robinson’s had an audiobook podcast for a pretty long time, but I’ve never linked to it or downloaded it. So for those who like science fiction, here’s Spider on the Web, which this week features a reading of Varley’s story “The Persistence of Vision” — a creepy examination of the real position of a one-eyed man in the land of the blind. You might also want to check out Reason Magazine’s profile of Tor Publishing. (So, they really are based in the Flatiron Building. I thought that was some sort of arcane New York joke, and that nobody really had offices in a historical monument like that….)

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Argonautica continues. Medea must decide whether or not to help Jason, a stranger, and go against the wishes of her own father; or to let him be killed, along with her sister-sons and a whole ship’s crew of heroes.

This is amazing stuff, even in translation, and I really don’t think I did anything near enough justice to it. If anybody out there is looking for a dramatic monologue to perform for speech class or an audition, I suggest you look here. (We don’t normally remember that Medea wasn’t just a princess, priestess, witch, and maniacally vengeful child-murderer; at this point she is a girl in the throes of first love.)

Part 14.


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The Art of Dying Well continues, with more instructions on how to live a good life first! This chapter is all about stewardship. Yes, I know, ye olde snoozer topick. But this time, we hear the scary side! Yeah, this’ll keep you awake….

Chapter 5: The fifth precept, in which the deceitful error of the rich in this world is exposed.


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The Art of Dying Well continues, as St. Robert Bellarmine interprets that thing about how Christians should be like servants waiting for their lord to return from the wedding, in relation to preparation for death.

Chapter 4: The fourth precept, containing three evangelical counsels.


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