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Archive for the 'Sardonic Words' Category

The Will, by Eoin Flynn

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
spoken word, odd stuff, Sardonic Words | Comments

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.


Walter O'Hara

On the Bad Vicarage, by Mr. Frank Key, read by Walt O’Hara

Monday, April 14th, 2014
spoken word, odd stuff, Humor, Sardonic Words | Comments

"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, by Richard Matheson, read by Walter O’Hara

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013
spoken word, Science Fiction, Sardonic Words | Comments

Born of Man and Woman is not a pleasant story, as it depicts a child born a hideous monster in our eyes, kept chained in the cellar by his parents, where he is beaten and abused regularly.   It is, however, a memorable one, written by one of my favorite writers in the short story form, Richard Matheson, who is perhaps more famous for his television work on the Twilight Zone and other famous shows.  This is my second short-short SF piece in a row by Mr. Matheson, I'm on something of a Matheson kick recently, having just read STEEL AND OTHER STORIES, where I picked up Lemmings, the previous story. 

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.
A Hooting Yard tribute

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012
spoken word, Weird Fiction, Surrealism, Sardonic Words | Comments

Past followers of Airy Persiflage (and oddly enough there might be a few), probably realize we are great fans of the rambling discourse of Mr. Frank Key, of HOOTING YARD fame, and the author of several fine monographs which have occasionally contributed material for audio reads here on Persiflage.  Mr. Key has been kind enough to say some nice words about Airy Persiflage on the Hooting Yard, I was honored to hear the encomiums continue on a recent broadcast of Hooting Yard on Resonance FM 104 in the United Kingdom.  Mr. Key played the version of Ambrose and Mister Ploppo we recorded on 27 July 2011.  I was honored to be included!

Here is the relevant link:


From what I hear on the recording, other segments of Hooting Yard material we have recorded may show up on Resonance FM in the near future.

The Windstorm Passes, by Joe R. Lansdale

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
spoken word, Weird Fiction, Humor, Sardonic Words, Texas | Comments


I'll make no bones about it, Mr. Joe R. Lansdale is one of my favorite writers, bar none.  I had wanted to screw up the courage to ask permission to record a shorter piece of his for a very long time now, but didn't know how to go about it.  Well, sometimes, you just have to ask, I reckon.  Mr. Lansdale very graciously gave me permission to put this shorter piece up (recently available on the "free stories!" section of his website, but out of rotation now).   I love this short story.  Like a lot of Joe's stuff, full of melancholy, observations about life and not a little bit of humor.   I hope I didn't screw it up.  Thank you, Mr. Lansdale!

THE WINDSTORM PASSES, copyright, 1986.  Recorded with permission of the author.

If you like Joe's stories, I recommend EDGE OF DARK WATER, recently published, which I just picked up.  It's a cracking good read.

The crucifixion considered as an Uphill Bicycle Race, by Alfred Jarry

Saturday, January 7th, 2012
odd stuff, Surrealism, Sardonic Words, Ubu Roi | Comments


French proto-absurdist playwright Alfred Jarry was a lifelong cycling enthusiast. He habitually wore cycle-racing clothes, referring to his bicycle as "that which rolls."  That is Mr. Jarry himself in the picture above.

Background Music: Max Ernst's Red Nightmare by Rubber Band Banjo.  Used under Creative Commons.

Ambrose and Signor Ploppo

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
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We've been missing the work of Mr. Frank Key here at Airy Persiflage, and the arrival of a recent Hooting Yard podcast suggested the perfect piece to perform with Young Gar.  With Mr. Key's kind permission, we present a dialogue between Signor Ploppo, a man of parts, and Ambrose, a cunning and curd-hungry member of the avian family.


Hoofprint Advice, by Frank Key

Thursday, May 5th, 2011
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Another visit with our favorite hard living surrealist from across the Atlantic, Mr. Frank Key. this is from his work IMPUGNED BY A PEASANT, and can be found for sale on the Hooting Yard website.  As you can see from the number of times we have read Mr. Key's work, it's obvious we hold his literary output in high regard.

In this seemingly random diatribe, the Regime tunes in to give us some excellent tips on how to deal with the embarrassment of hoof-prints on your ceiling.


I’m a Modern Man, by George Carlin

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
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By George Carlin Read by Walter O'Hara

This is my rendition of the late, great George Carlin's excellent rant on the Modern Age, "I'm a Modern Man"Words viewable here, if you're on Facebook.

I can't do it justice, but I love the piece, so I'll give it a shot.  The backgroun music is once again the excellent Anne Farnsworth, "Coolage", available under a Creative Commons license.  Enjoy

The War Prayer, by Mark Twain

Sunday, March 27th, 2011
Sardonic Words, Classic | Comments

The War Prayer is my favorite shorter fiction piece by Mr. Mark Twain, aka Samuel Clemens, distinguished man of letters and literary giant of the 19th century.  The War Prayer was written quite late in his life, circa 1905.  The piece was written in protest of the American-Phillipine War, which Twain opposed, and did not see print in his lifetime.  Biting and caustic, The War Prayer is as powerful today as it was when it was written.  I hope I have done justice to it here.

Mark Twain

Music by John Phillip Sousa and his band, from original Edison wax cylinders. Performed the year the piece was written.