Saturday, March 22, 2008

Episode Eighty-nine: BONUS--Eftsoons, Grey Eyed Loon!



All we really needed was Chip...Alas...

If you want to hear it without me bugging you, checkitout here: Librivox.


  1. Hello - I actually enjoyed Ancient Mariner although I expected not to. The reader de-emphasized the sing-song nature of the ballad form...

    But what REALLY struck me tonight was the snippet about Death and Death-In-Life. This is because for the past year or so I have been indulging myself via Netflix in a review of the entire Dark Shadows tv show (yes I am a child of the 70s...) and after I listen to podcasts at night I go off to some Barnabas and Angelique... Death-In-Life, blonde and pale and laughing, and the men who were dead and not dead... You get the idea.

    As an aside, especially coming from this TV background in adolescence, it makes sense that I would have seen 'Interview With The Vampire' as a novel about the difference between living and not dying...

  2. Heather, it's been a long time since I wrote. Thank you for your wonderful podcast. You do a lot of preparation and I'm most grateful. I've learned a great deal. I must confess I can't listen to some of of the narrators but so enjoy your commentary. It helps me remember those books I've already read and prepares me to read the rest.
    In early February I had surgery so I'm quite behind in most areas of life; however, I've just caught up with the podcast again and am soooo thrilled you're reading Little Women. I first tried to read it in third gradew but couldn't get through it until the next year, in fourth grade when I fell absolutely in love with it. I don't know if you know about Madeline Stern and Leona Rostenberg, whose last joint interview was taped in my library -- I introduce them on tape -- and broadcast over BookTV. They researched Louisa May Alcott's life and made some wonderful discoveries. There's a short blurb here about "the ladies":
    I made a point of inviting them to lecture in part because L.M. Alcott was my favorite author as a girl and read all her books, and L.W. every year until I was about 15. At Columbia in graduate school I read it again with some trepidation because I'd loved it so much and was afraid it would disappoint. It didn't at all. My mother gave me all the Little Women Madame Alexander dolls and I gave my daughter a set, too. One more thing, I thought of you when my son and I attended Tristan und Isolde last month. (have faith, they do grow up to become civilized!) It was the notorious Met production which featured, during the performance we attended, scenery failure which caused the poor tenor to slide into the prompter's box. Anyway, it's been my favorite opera for 35 years.
    Enough blather, and thank you again,
    Liza in NYC (and NJ on weekends)

  3. So, Heather - I have a question about this digesis word. Being of a curious mind, I asked all the English majors in our family about it - no one is familiar. I asked my film studies daughter and she told me about diegetic and non-diegetic sound in film. I can't find it in a dictionary - including the OED.

    So my theory is that this is a newish word that comes out of the film industry. But I still want to know how it's spelled.

    I LURVE CraftLit - which is high praise (see the book Angus, Thongs & Full Frontal Snogging for context). I'm still trying to catch up but I think I will in the next week or two, and I'm really looking forward to Little Women. I have thoroughly enjoyed every book and offering so far and thank you for all you do to keep this going and share so much wonderful literature, information and chat.

    Melissa in VA

  4. I'm fairly certain that PoMo Filmies stole the term from the Greeks. Check out this Wikipedia article...which is pretty well vetted. Surprised it's not in the OED...maybe a Greek/English dictionary?
    : D


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