Monday, November 13, 2006

Episode Thirty: The Screw Turns...

Cool things to check out: Crochet Sea Creatures not to be believed (Thank you Dawn!), Check out Yarn-a-go-go's site and then check into NaNoWriMo! It's not too late! Then there's The Thread Project (One World, One Cloth), and I ran out of time to talk about My Paper Crane from Heidi.

I'll never do this to you.

Here's Henry, by the way:

I think you'll need this over the next few weeks.:

Character List
Anonymous Narrator
Probably represents Henry James. (Diagetic Level 1)

The one in posession of the Governess' manuscript. He may have been in love with her. (Diagetic Level 2)

The Governess
The protagonist--twenty-year-old governess of Flora and Miles at the country estate of Bly. (Diagetic Level 3)

Mrs. Grose
A servant at Bly; illiterate, respectful.

A ten-year-old boy; charming, well-behaved, and very attractive.

An eight-year-old girl; beautiful and well mannered.

The Children’s Uncle
The governess’s employer; good looking but aloof with odd requirements for the job...

Peter Quint
A former valet at Bly; “infamous” throughout the area of Bly.

Miss Jessel
The governess’s predecessor; a lady, young and beautiful but “infamous.” Apparantly had an inappropriate relationship with Quint.

May thanks to Nikolle Doolin for her SEXY reading of Henry James' Turn of the Screw. If you check out her site you'll see why she's so good...except for that blasted microphone...


  1. So, Blossom! Is there a show to go with your glorious post (and, yah, I'm printing out all those charater notes) or are you floridly taunting us with shownotes with no show! "Oh, whatever shall we dooooooo....?"

    And the Word Verification seems to produce exotic explicatives on demand. Wow! Great trick!

  2. Tee hee...I'm having a hard time uploading to the main site, but the little player on the blogspot site should have the file on it...nothing's easy.
    ; )

  3. I discovered Nikolle a couple of weeks ago ... she really has a glorious reading style, doesn't she?

  4. beverly7:43 PM

    I'm so glad you like the journal...I thought of you when I saw it!

    Nikolle's voice is wonderful.

  5. MaryBeth3:22 PM

    Loved your comments on the Fog Index. I'm a technical editor, and I have the following quote by Melville on my wall at work:

    "A man of true science uses but few hard words, and only those when none other will serve his purpose; whereas the smatterer in science thinks that by mouthing hard words he proves that he understands hard things."

  6. I felt so special! You mentioned me on le cast AND you pronounced my username correctly! Go you!
    I did have one thought on the whole "science likes to obfuscate" discussion; you mentioned it being cruel because scientists are limiting those who can become interested in and involved with their work. I would submit that being obscure simply for the sake of sounding erudite is remarkably short-sighted and ultimately self-defeating. Without drawing others into their work, they can build only the narrowest interest and support of it, leaving behind on one to carry on with the task. And while I am by no means about to advocate pandering to the MTV generation's 3-second attention span, I am suggesting that helping the larger population to understand their work will build support for it, which is especially helpful when it's time to seek funding.
    Does that even make sense anywhere but in my head?

  7. You are DEAD ON right!

    My Dad's all about applied science, and part of the "application" part is how to explain what you want to do to...well..the people with the money.

    As a consequence, when I was 5 and asked "why does it rain" instead of him saying, "Because the angels are crying," or some such nonsense, he took me outside with some butter cups, water, rubberbands and cheesecloth.

    We did a little experiment in evaporation.

    Now, how hard was that?

    I think we're seeing the fruits of the obfuscation in, um, KANSAS!
    ; )

    I LOVE your logon!

  8. Where can I find the little player on the blogspot site? Is the blogspot site you mean www. The latest episodes look wonderful but I can't hear them. Please help, I'm desperate for Henry James!

  9. Oh, finally worked out how to listen on the libsyn site. Great show, thanks so much Heather.

  10. Okay, just wanted to point out how COOL it is to have someone say they're "desperate" for Henry James. He must be happily spinning in his grave.
    I love it.

    And you're right, the player's missing.
    I'm off to fix that.

  11. Hi Heather,
    greetings from another Heather! I know this is an old post, but I only started listening about a month or two ago, so I'm still catching up. :) You are helping me get survive the world's most boring temp job! Although I do get a lot of knitting done so I shouldn't complain.
    I just heard the bit about going to the opera in this episode, and I had to immediately pause and comment. I love opera. My parents took me to the Magic Flute at age 7 and I loved it although I can't remember if we stayed for all of it. I grew up, and one of my favourite classes from uni was Opera History (I was a theatre major). I just wanted to let you know that the famous 'Figarofigarfigaro' aria is actually in The Barber of Seville. Barber is a sort of a prequel to Marriage of Figaro, only it was written about 50 years after Marriage and by a different composer.
    The Met actually just did Barber, and I went to a showing of a live feed at a local movie theatre. I know they are planning on showing it again, there might be a theatre near you showing it sometime in April. It's another funny one that I think a kid could enjoy too. At least the first half. :)

    Love the podcast, going back to knitting now.

  12. Hi Heather, I am loving listening through all of these. I love Nikolle's voice, but I think part of what makes her sound so computer-like is that she pauses in odd places. It sounds like sometimes she pauses in the middle of sentences and then doesn't pause at all at the ends of them. I'm finding it very distracting, but loving the story so far.


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