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All bound for Mu-Mu Land

Wed, 31 May 2006 10:13:45 PDT

Hi, anyone who might stumble here in late May and early June, 2006! We're traveling the land in our ice cream van, just like those Justified Ancients, and we wanted to let you know that on the way to...

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"Love" by William Maxwell

Wed, 24 May 2006 19:38:53 PDT

Read by Scoot. Time 7:24. Details to come...from Scoot & Friends

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"The History of a Good Warm Watch Coat" by Laurence Sterne

Mon, 22 May 2006 08:31:42 PDT

Read by Scoot. Time 30:18. Details to come...from Scoot & Friends

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"Looking for a Rain God" by Bessie Head

Mon, 22 May 2006 08:31:22 PDT

Read by Scoot. Time 9:58. Details to come...from Scoot & Friends

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"The Explosion in the Parlor" by Bai Xiao Yi

Tue, 09 Dec 2008 00:18:38 PST

Read by Scoot. Time 2:32. Details to come... from Scoot & Friends

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"The Mountain of Signs" by Antonin Artaud

Sat, 13 May 2006 07:53:06 PDT

Read by Scoot. Time 9:37. Details to come...from Scoot & Friends

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"Lenten Loves" by Henri Murger

Fri, 12 May 2006 11:24:43 PDT

Read by Jonathan Strong. Time 14:14. Details to come...from Scoot & Friends

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"On the Neverending Terrace" by Anna Maria Ortese

Sun, 07 May 2006 18:00:37 PDT

Read by Scoot. Time 14:12. Details to come...from Scoot & Friends

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"The Warm" by Robert Sheckley

Fri, 05 May 2006 17:06:22 PDT

Read by Scoot. Time 19:33. Details to come...from Scoot & Friends

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"Cat's Eye" by Luisa Valenzuela

Sun, 18 Mar 2007 19:07:16 PDT

Woman or she-beast? Were-panther or simply a modern, empowered Argentine female... we leave conclusions up to the reader regarding this surreal drama. Read by Scoot. Translated by Christopher Leland....

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"An Act of Reparation" by Sylvia Townsend Warner

Fri, 28 Apr 2006 09:07:02 PDT

New wife and old wife meet and it all ends up in a tale of ox-tail soup and a subtle sort of revenge. What the husband doesn't know... well, perhaps he will never find out. Read by Scoot. Time...

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"The Glow-Worm" by Frederic Prokosch

Fri, 28 Apr 2006 08:45:33 PDT

The celebrated Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova comes to visit Texas in the early twentieth century and leaves a lasting impression on a young boy and his family. The dancer ignites something in the...

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"At the River" by Patricia Grace

Fri, 28 Apr 2006 09:23:39 PDT

Amongst the many Maori stories we have posted, we still haven't had featured one about eel-hunting, and so we felt compelled to introduce to you this sweetly sad episode set most likely in the New...

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"The New Melusine" by Johann Goethe

Thu, 20 Apr 2006 05:53:19 PDT

What to do with a wife who is nearly perfect but has the bad habit of occasionally becoming as small as an elf? In this self-contained fairy tale from the unfairy tale Wilhelm Meister's Travels, the...

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"Three-Minute Novel" by Heinrich Mann

Sun, 16 Apr 2006 17:10:02 PDT

Well, three minutes to read on the page, perhaps, but three times that to read aloud. Here we have a complete bildungsroman in just a few pages, with the requisite gambling and fatal romance....

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"The Fall of the Roman Empire" by Haruki Murakami

Fri, 14 Apr 2006 09:10:27 PDT

Is this narrator crazy? you might ask, and we wish we had a ready answer for you. Maybe he's just a little... obsessive, and a little muddled when it comes to mixing up history and the weather and...

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"The Angel" by Hans Christian Anderson

Mon, 10 Apr 2006 18:54:48 PDT

Flying to heaven with a recently deceased child in his arms, an angel conveys to the child touching secrets and profound wisdom. A discarded plant is rescued, as well--and all ends happily, we...

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"Aeronautics" by Harry Crosby

Mon, 10 Apr 2006 07:33:15 PDT

Surrealism's somewhat heavy hand certainly shows in this stream-of-whacked-out-consciousness escapade from playboy poet Harry Crosby, first published in the famous modernist magazine transition. The...

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"The Ghosts of August" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Tue, 04 Apr 2006 20:39:02 PDT

Traveling in Italy, a couple and their young children visit a famous writer who lives in a semi-ruined palazzo in the hills, an enormous place with, of course, a secret. Ghosts may indeed walk in the...

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"On the Sidewalk" by John Updike

Tue, 04 Apr 2006 20:52:00 PDT

April Fool? OK--it's not really Jack Kerouac; it's John Updike imitating On the Road, of course, when Updike was very young and Kerouac was still a new sensation. Bet we didn't fool anyone. Read by...

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"A Far Cry" by Zona Gale

Sun, 02 Apr 2006 06:41:08 PDT

Scene: small-town America, probably somewhere in the midwest circa 1925. Main characters: Mr. and Mrs. Dasher, their 40-year-old unmarried daughter Jerry, and the little son of Mr. Dasher's gravely...

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"The Drowned Giant" by J. G. Ballard

Sun, 26 Mar 2006 20:38:10 PST

As a medical student, J. G. Ballard would have had to perform dissection on a human cadaver, and this story shows the influence of that no doubt very formative experience. But here the giant--a...

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"Farewell! Farewell! Farewell!" by Conrad Aiken

Wed, 22 Mar 2006 07:10:01 PST

Ah--a shipboard romance: the stuff of Hollywood and of clichés. This one doesn't quite avoid all the conventions, but it does give a certain poignancy and clarity to class and cultural differences of...

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"Lake Ghosts" by Ilse Aichinger

Mon, 20 Mar 2006 07:19:12 PST

Three ghosts, three histories, one lake in Germany. This is a somewhat enigmatic, impressionistic European travelogue, taking us to a place where few of us might want to fish or swim. Translated from...

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"Seen from Paradise" by Dorothy Richardson

Tue, 21 Mar 2006 04:58:11 PST

At last, she has a place to get away from friends and family--just a cottage in Cornwall, but paradise to one trying to write in peace and solitude. And then friends go and write to say they're...

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