So, my second ever podcast is out, making the LibriVox community chortle: http://www.archive.org/download/librivox_community/ librivox_community_podcast_59_64kb.mp3 (16.2MB, 33:41) Probably not so exciting to non-LV listeners, since this one is celebrating approaching 1000 titles in the Librivox catalogue. When I got dibs on the date for this podcast, a few weeks ago, I thought we’d easily hit ...

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South! The Story of Shackleton’s Last Expedition 1914-1917 I finished my chapter of South! just moments before the LibriVox deadline — and what a great chapter it is!  I have not however, found out why the Antarctic explorers’ place of refuge had been named Elephant Island. I probably just need to listen to the rest of the ...

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Ah, lovely Gertrude Stein! From Bartleby.com: By departing from conventional meaning, grammar and syntax, she attempted to capture “moments of consciousness,” independent of time and memory. Or to put it another way, in Stein’s own words: A steady cake, any steady cake is perfect and not plain, any steady cake has a mounting reason ...

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My reading of the short story A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka, translated by Ian Johnston, has just been catalogued.  Hunger artists are, of course, people who starve publically — in a performance sense, not a documentary-on-countries-with-famine sense.  Linking getting thinner with getting the public’s attention has media-anorexia overtones, though masochism and traditional views ...

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Podcast – A LibriVox community show … of which there is one each week, and for which we were a bit short of hosts a fortnight ago, so, I thought, ‘I have a fortnight, why not!’ Dozens of messages to hand-picked readers and 12 days later, and I have a folder on my computer ...

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http://librivox.org/the-water-babies-by-charles-kingsley/ Seven whole hours of me.  And a minute or so of Berlioz.  Recording an entire book is quite a task … this has taken since June, but I’m happy with how it turned out — and I’ve learned a lot to apply to future recordings. It’s funny how little of the book was ...

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I thought another project would finish first, but no — Love and Freindship by Jane Austen is my début solo at Librivox.  Clocking in at just over an hour, it still fits on an audio CD, and has some splendid Schubert to begin and end with (he was younger than Jane, but not by a ...

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http://librivox.org/winesburg-ohio-by-sherwood-anderson/ (Chapter 23) Usually, I just read and record the chapter text.  This is the first piece I’ve spent a lot of time with beforehand, thinking about it.  Which, I think, might mean this is on the unfamiliar side of reading vs. performing, one of the common differences between LV audiobooks and other publishers’.  (As mentioned ...

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In the Articles of War established for the government of the English Navy, in Art. 32, after providing with respect to this offence [sodomy] and other species of impurity that they “shall be punished with death” it is added without mercy. […] Of all the offences of which a man in the maritime service can be ...

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I’ve been eying the first for ages, though it tastes a little of “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens”, it’s also got some lovely phrasing. The second I stumbled across as I was looking for the first — and despite a rather fierce rhyme in places, I like it muchly. The Great Lover ...

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