Sunday, November 19, 2006

Episode Thirty-two: I See Dead People...

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After expanding your brain, you can crack yourself up with my friend Peter on his podcast.

Don't forget to get your SantaCon on! When you're done with that, embrace your inner Earth Mother and find out the skinny on Organics.

And in today's chapters, listen for the allusion to Jane Eyre that ol' Henry snuck into the first minute of this chapter.

As we continue our governess will continue to show her true colors--not a pretty picture.

And today's chapters reveal a bit more of James' brilliance. The Governess--who may still be nuts--does see someone who looks like Peter Quint. She had seen no pictures of him, but describes him to Mrs. Grose--well enough for her to identify the vision. Of course, the problem is...he's dead.

So, the mystery deepens...

Many thanks to Nikolle Doolin for her SEXY reading of Henry James' Turn of the Screw.

Oh, and I've moved all the links to previous episodes to the right side of the blog page at There was a question as to why the files are so blasted big, and I'll tell you--I'd like to know that too! I'm working on it...


  1. Anonymous11:40 AM


    Greetings from the narrator Nikolle Doolin. I stumbled across your podcast including my narration of The Turn of the Screw. Thanks for your great comments about my voice; I appreciate it. I really enjoyed recording James’ work; he’s a favorite of mine. At Harvard, we discussed this story in a class called Deconstruction and Psychoanalysis, so it’s impossible to read this narrative solely as a ghost story and it’s fun, quite frankly, to explore the hidden meaning. What’s more frightening--the ghosts, or what’s going on in the governess’ mind? Wink…nudge… It’s brilliant writing.

    By the way, I noticed the comments about your file sizes being too large. I was able to fit about three chapters per episode of The Turn of the Screw into my podcast Audio Literature Odyssey. They were around 50 minutes and 45 MB at a setting of standard CD Quality, 44 khz, 16 bit, 128 kbps, stereo. The reason your files are larger is that you have a setting of 320 kbps. When you save your files, fix the setting to 128 kbps. Just to verify that was the problem, I opened up your file in my audio program and then saved your current podcast episode at the standard setting and it dropped from 113 MB down to 45.5 MB. That’s a considerable savings and that should make it easier for your subscribers, when downloading.

    I hope that helps. I enjoy your commentary. Keep up the good work.


  2. You mentioned that you thought that Dorothy Parker was to be credited for saying "If you can't say anything nice, come and sit next to me". I believe the originator was actually Alice Longworth Roosevelt, TR's daughter, who was quite the personality. The color Alice Blue was named after her, because she insisted on wearing a blue gown for her Coming Out, rather than the de rigeur white.

    Of course you're right! And now I recall the whole story of her saying it...and I remember that b/c I read it in an article that said people always misquote the line by attributing it to Dorothy Parker!
    Thank you so much!
    ; )

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  5. Good Morning, Blossom:
    Excellent podcast again!
    Yes, the quotation was Alice Roosevelt. Alice was the Teddy's first wife's only child and Alice was a notorious live wire as a child and brought her vivaciousness way into adulthood. Isn't it great that most quotes can be attributed to Wilde, Twain, Franklin and Parker? And why only one woman? Makes one want to race about and say outrageous things at every goddamn turn! Cheers, Darling.

  6. Anonymous11:46 AM

    Another literary reference at the start of Chapter 4 is the reference to The Mysteries of Udolfo (and possibly Jane Austen's Northranger Abbey)...and points again to the possible unreliability of the narrating governess. A young sheltered girl (because she is decidedly too untried to be a woman) who, given these two references, is a fan of somewhat lurid gothic romances...and wanders the garden thinking somewhat romantic nonsense...Well, we can be excused for taking her "sightings" with a grain of salt.

    What tempers this is that, in this scene at least, she sees him on the battlements - in the open air. And at a distance that, if he had been a member of the household she could have called to him. In which case, if she saw someone who wasn't there, it was a full-blown hallucination and more indicative of madness.


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