Archive for September, 2009

I’m still hoarse. Lots better than last Friday, but still not comfortable with narrating for even ten minutes.

I apologize for the inconvenience, and will try to get well as soon as possible. Let’s aim for next week.

In the meantime, please feel free to explore the last four years of podcasts and audiobooks.

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Taking a Throat Break

MORNING UPDATE: Laryngitis. No more posting this week.

PREVIOUSLY: Yes, my sinuses and allergies are bothering me again all this week, I haven’t been sleeping well, and there’s some sort of tickle in my throat and bronchial tubes that’s making me cough. I’m pretty sure it’s just sinus drippage, but I’m going to make an early night of it and not strain my throat.

I apologize for all the inconvenience.

However, since this is St. Robert Bellarmine’s Day, you might like to download a couple of his works that I’ve read (in English translation): his version of the Seven Last Words of Christ, and The Art of Dying Well.

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On the Soul and the Resurrection continues, as St. Macrina talks on her deathbed about Greco-Roman automata. Yep, it’s steampunk patristics!

Part 3.


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An Introduction to the Devout Life continues, with some thoughts on friendship, and picking your friends wisely.

Book 3, Chapter 17: On friendship; first, on bad and frivolous friendships..


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An Introduction to the Devout Life continues, with a few words on how to derive spiritual growth from being broke.

Book 3, Chapter 16: On the practice of spiritual riches amidst real poverty.


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The Ring and the Book continues, as Guido receives the news of his sentencing. He’s mighty peeved to find out that killing your wife, your kid, and her family is an act with consequences, and that those consequences apply to him.

Book 11A.


Sorry this has been so sporadic. It takes a lot out of me, for some reason.

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“Shipwreck in the Sky” is a fun little near-future story of a pioneering Air Force space test pilot. Originally published in March 1954 in Fantastic Universe, you’ll find that it did a pretty good job of predicting how space would be. But then, it throws in a little twist…. 🙂

I’m not sure Binder captures the military on a mission/flight control mindset quite as well as he could have (unless you imagine the Colonel as being actually extremely stoic in his replies, in which case it does make sense). I’m afraid I didn’t quite capture the pilot voice correctly, though, so we’re even. (Maybe I need to rewatch The Right Stuff, to get in touch with my inner Chuck Yeager.)

“Shipwreck in the Sky”


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