A recent viewing of the Steven Colbert show featured Dame Helen Mirren as a guest. She read a portion of Ulysses by Alfred Lord Tennyson out loud and Colbert was visibly moved. I understood what he felt, because I was, too. This is my inferior version of the entire poem, which I am appreciating once again.
Say, I haven’t done something like this in a while. Here’s a reading of Frank Key’s THE BLIND GOOSE KILLER OF URK, a fun little travelogue with a fun ending. Sorry about the peaks and levels, it’s a little raspy in places.
Posted onApril 30, 2014|Comments Off on Airy Persiflage » Blog Archive » The Will, by Eoin Flynn
This is an interesting Irish short story by Mr. Eoin Flynn, written in 2004 and copyright Eoin Flynn. It’s hard to categorize this story. It seems wistful at first, yet has elements that are downright supernatural towards the end, even a bit of a horror story, even. Who needs a category, eh?
This is a short read to test my new pop filter (which worked) but I was recording late-ish and it’s not my best read by far. My attempts to lapse into a Gaelic accent are awful, but I was game to give it a go.
Posted onApril 14, 2014|Comments Off on On the Bad Vicarage, by Frank Key, read by Walter O’Hara
Read by.. me! (repost from Airy Persiflage)
“The vicarage is bad indeed, as bad as any vicarage in Christendom. But the vicar whose sinecure it is is, shall we say, a fair to middling vicar. I would not call him good, but he is by no means as bad as the Bad Vicar of old.”
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Not for the faint of heart, Mr. Key’s spine tingling tale of a monstrous vicar of old and the evil that he wrought!
It was high time we did a Frank Key piece here, and this tickled my fancy when it was written two years ago.
Posted onDecember 22, 2013|Comments Off on Born of Man and Woman, by Richard Matheson
Yes, I know, this isn’t exactly Christmas material, but I’ve been on a Matheson kick lately. So take it in stride. This is a repost from my audio blog, Airy Persiflage. If the audio doesn’t play for some reason, follow the link to the original and play it there.
Born of Man and Woman is not a pleasant story, as it depicts a child born a hideous monster in our eyes, kept chained in the cellar by his parents, where he is beaten and abused regularly. It is, however, a memorable one, written by one of my favorite writers in the short story form, Richard Matheson, who is perhaps more famous for his television work on the Twilight Zone and other famous shows. This is my second short-short SF piece in a row by Mr. Matheson, having just read STEEL AND OTHER STORIES, where I picked up Lemmings, the previous audio story I read a couple weeks back.
Born of Man and Woman is a story I read as a younger teenager– probably 13 or so, and I recall it being in one of those Science Fiction Hall of Fame anthologies edited by Robert Silverberg. It’s one of those stories that sticks with you.. Matheson paints a vivid picture of the unnamed child’s suffering by having him recount events in a broken journal form. At the end of the story, you have to ask yourself who the real monsters are.
(this is a repost from my Audio Blog, Airy Persiflage. See the original HERE if the WordPress media player is broken)
This tiny little story is by one of my favorite writers to ever grace the tiny screen, Mr. Richard Matheson, who passed away on June 23rd of this year (2013). Matheson was perhaps the finest writer for television of the 20th century; many famous Twilight Zones bear his mark, including the famous Nightmare at 50,000 Feet (the original).
Written as a parable about nuclear war, it was not received well, and in some jurisdictions people actually wanted it banned. I rather like the darkly ironic tone and imagery of this short-short piece. I have always read it very differently from the author’s intent, and took the allegory as representing the madness of popular culture. Go figure!
The premise behind the gadget is simple. You are interested in a high quality sound experience for your portable audio or home stereo system. But you are also interested in turning your Ipod into a stereo for an impromptu party or back deck gathering. Do you lumber out a giant set of speakers? Carry an extra set of capsule speakers, maybe? No need! The FLIPS will do both things for you. Wear the FLIPS as a set of excellent high range noise-cancelling headphones, and when you want to bring the party out, you simply rotate the speakers around in the headset for a set of 40mm speakers with excellent range and realistic bass and treble. I was fairly impressed by this. I’ve had the FLIPS for about 3 weeks now. During that time I’ve used it to routine play audiobooks during my commute, music out loud from my Ipod and streaming audio and video. The FLIPPED side of the speakers are not going to replace a home theater unit any time soon, but they are impressively loud and can fill up a room with sound.
The Normal “UNFLIPped” side of FLIPS.
The important feature to note is that the FLIPS phones definitely have a safety feature. A 40mm speaker blasting into your eardrum wouldn’t be pleasant. So the FLIPS people have a noise leveling feature that reduces the sound to safe audio levels while wearing it in the normal, unflipped orientation. I call it wearing Indoor Voice, wearing Outdoor Voice.
The sound is great on these headphones in either orientation. I do a lot of audio book listening (though my Ipad) during drive time, but don’t have an auxiliary jack in my car’s stereo system, which sucks. I was using a single capsule speaker which can be very tinny sounding and it fades quickly as it loses charge. The FLIPS phones (flipped) make an excellent alternative to driving around with noise cancelling headphones, which the local police frown upon.
Summary: An excellent innovation, and an excellent, high end set of headphones. Great for impromptu gatherings and improvised, on the spot social gathering. I am enjoying these quite a bit.
Words by Robert Howard, narration by your humble narrator.. it’s a Golden Hope Christmas.
Robert E. Howard
A GOLDEN HOPE CHRISTMAS was famed pulp writer (and creator of CONAN) Robert E. Howard’s first professional sale. He won a cash prize for having his story published in the Tattler, the Brownville High School newspaper, in 1922. A Golden Hope is by no means the best of Howard’s literary efforts, but one can discern the seeds of the writer that Howard would grow up to be in this short Christmas themed effort. A Golden Hope was the December “group read” for my Goodreads Robert Howard Fans group.
Posted onJune 22, 2012|Comments Off on Where does ALIEN come from?
I just discovered a tip top chat show about Science Fiction from the UK called Hynobobs. In the the latest episode, the lads at Hypnobobs discuss the vaunted origins of the movie ALIEN. Where did this story come from? What source material influenced the story?
Kudos for referencing Dark Star. I like that movie– although I admit it’s a learned taste..
Posted onApril 25, 2012|Comments Off on Airy Persiflage on Resonance FM 104’s Hooting Yard show
Past followers of Airy Persiflage, the audio element of Third Point of Singularity (and oddly enough there might be a few), probably realize we are great fans of the rambling, surrealist discourse of Mr. Frank Key, of HOOTING YARD fame, and the author of several fine monographs which have occasionally contributed material for audio reads on Persiflage. Mr. Key has been kind enough to say some nice words about Airy Persiflage and your humble narrator on the Hooting Yard in the past, and I was honored to hear the encomiums continue on a recent broadcast of Hooting Yard on Resonance FM 104 in the United Kingdom. Mr. Key played the version of Ambrose and Mister Ploppo my son Gar and I recorded on 27 July 2011. I was honored to be included!
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