Attached is my entry into Laurence Simon's 100 Word Podcast challenge. The theme is "PAN".
This is an interesting Irish short story by Mr. Eoin Flynn, written in 2004 and copyright Eoin Flynn. It's hard to categorize this story. It seems wistful at first, yet has elements that are downright supernatural towards the end, even a bit of a horror story, even. Who needs a category, eh?
This is a short read to test my new pop filter (which worked) but I was recording late-ish and it's not my best read by far. My attempts to lapse into a Gaelic accent are awful, but I was game to give it a go.
"The vicarage is bad indeed, as bad as any vicarage in Christendom. But the vicar whose sinecure it is is, shall we say, a fair to middling vicar. I would not call him good, but he is by no means as bad as the Bad Vicar of old.”
Not for the faint of heart, Mr. Key's spine tingling tale of a monstrous vicar of old and the evil that he wrought!
It was high time we did a Frank Key piece here, and this tickled my fancy when it was written two years ago.
Born of Man and Woman is a story I read as a younger teenager-- probably 13 or so, and I recall it being in one of those Science Fiction Hall of Fame anthologies edited by Robert Silverberg. It's one of those stories that sticks with you.. Matheson paints a vivid picture of the unnamed child's suffering by having him recount events in a broken journal form. At the end of the story, you have to ask yourself who the real monsters are.
This tiny little story is by one of my favorite writers to ever grace the tiny screen, Mr. Richard Matheson, who passed away on June 23rd of this year (2013). Matheson was perhaps the finest writer for television of the 20th century; many famous Twilight Zones bear his mark, including the famous Nightmare at 50,000 Feet (the original).
Written as a parable about nuclear war, it was not received well, and in some jurisdictions people actually wanted it banned. I rather like the darkly ironic tone and imagery of this short-short piece. I have always read it very differently from the author's intent, and took the allegory as representing the madness of popular culture. Go figure!
Jennifer Pashley's enigmatic story is published HERE. All rights reserved.
I liked it. Short, and with a mordant twist at the end.
A GOLDEN HOPE CHRISTMAS was famed pulp writer Robert E. Howard's first commercial sale of sorts, as he won a cash prize for publishing it in the local school newspaper.
It seemed in keeping with the season.
I will depart from usual practice of narrating my own posts on Airy Persiflage and post an excellent Librivox recording of the signature work of a hero of mine, General Smedley Butler. General Butler was the real thing. A Major General in the United States Marine Corps, he participated in several campaigns and little "Banana Wars" around the turn of the century and was twice awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. During his 34-year career as a Marine, he participated in military actions in the Philippines, China, in Central America and the Caribbean during the Banana Wars, and France in World War I. By the end of his career, he had received 16 medals, five for heroism. He is one of 19 men to twice receive the Medal of Honor, one of three to be awarded both the Marine Corps Brevet Medal and the Medal of Honor, and the only man to be awarded the Brevet Medal and two Medals of Honor, all for separate actions.
In his 1935 book War is a Racket, he described the workings of the military-industrial complex and, after retiring from service, became a popular speaker at meetings organized by veterans, pacifists and church groups in the 1930s. Attached to this post is a recording of WAR IS A RACKET, read by a Librivox reader named Jules Harlock. The recording is posted under the Creative Commons License.
Jubilate Agno (Latin, "Rejoice in the Lamb") is a religious "list" poem by Christopher Smart, and was written between 1759 and 1763, during Smart's confinement for insanity in St. Luke's Hospital, Bethnal Green, London. The poem was first published in 1939, under the title Rejoice in the Lamb: A Song from Bedlam, edited by W. F. Stead from Smart's manuscript, which Stead had discovered in a private library.
Perhaps the most repeated and cited portions of of Jubilate Agno concern themselves with the unique affection Smart had for his cat Jeoffry, which is repeated here.
Music bumps at front and end are from the Gregorian Chant "Christus Factus Est", taken from the Old Time Radio Free Podcast collection
This is a slight deviation from what I normally put up on Airy Persiflage. This post is a reading of the text of a leaflet dropped on Nazi Germany by RAF bombers in the Summer of 1942. Although famed Strategic Bomber visionary Arthur "Bomber" Harris signed it, he subsequently denied its authorship.
I apologize for not attempting this in a proper British accent; it did seem called for considering the subject matter. However, my first attempt was so comical I thought it took away from the sense of the piece!