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.
(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!
I’m a fan of Charles Bukowski’s poetry. As I was a little antsy tonight and trying to exorcise the demon of a raspy voice in the wake of a nasty cold, I decided to put that gravelly voice to good use and record a little Bukowski, from my favorite book of his, LOVE IS A DOG FROM HELL. As usual I posted these at Podbean.com, at my Airy Persiflage site. However, there is no blog post for these recordings because the website automatically associates one audio file with one blog post, and I cut six little audio files tonight. So, without further ado, here are Six Poems from LOVE IS A DOG FROM HELL, by Charles Bukowski, read by your humble narrator.
To play, click the little play button under each title. This is a Flash enabled player so if it’s not working, sorry about that. My only other option was to edit all six little poems into one giant file, and I prefer to post them as six small audio files.
Drawing of writer Charles Bukowski (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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 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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