An audio post this time, from this link:
Total time: 12:27
I hope you enjoyed that. If you didn’t, and don’t want to, here’s a quick summary:
Literature is complicated.
Literature is more complicated, the more of it there is.
We should all stop making literature (just kidding.)
Haiku is interesting stuff if you treat it right.
Haiku is annoying if you treat it wrong.
Treating it right involves picturing it, and recognizing its ambiguity.
Along with trying to feel what the poet felt.
I’m going to write some Haiku.
Oh, and I’m crazy.
Recommendations for more and better audio:
First off, Librivox.org - I couldn’t do it without Librivox. It used to be that the volunteer readers just weren’t that great, to be honest. These days, though, there are a lot of great readers. To name a few:
Adrian Praetzellis, who read this great version of Kim
Ray Clare, who is doing a fantastic job working his way through the catalog of GK Chesterton. He’s got a good voice, and it’s a project I can’t say enough good about.
If you want more than librivox, you might try http://www.podiobooks.com/ - the Chesterton there is read by the fantastically deep voice of David “Grizzly” Smith.
For short fiction, try:
the fantasy, science fiction and horror branches of one organization. Generally professional, they do a good job. A few specific stories I recommend:
Something wicked this way plumbs from podcastle (don’t worry, it’s more amusing than scary)
Chemical Magic in pseudopod (actually disturbing. This is not Disney’s version of magical.)
The Nimble Men in pseudopod (an excellent story and great introduction to pseudopod for those of a weaker stomach)
and We are Ted Tuscadero for President in Escape Pod. Again, going for amusing, if disturbing... so... many... politicians...
also for Sci Fi you might want to try Clarkesworld Magazine. Some may not enjoy the reader’s tendency to be affected by the stories she reads, but I find it engaging.
You might try Laying the Ghost, My Fathers’ Singularity and Paper Cradle.
For verse, I must recommend the youtube channel “SpokenVerse” - some may not like the reader’s gruff and blank tone, but I do. Oh, he does recommend downloading his readings as mp3’s - and even gives instructions on how to do it on his webpage. That alone makes him a cool guy. The positive reviews from Roger Ebert, and the intelligent and friendly responses to my recommendations make him a really cool one.
To try one of those haiku, and then the picture I wrote it from.
past pale yellow home we
leave for night, behind sunset
rich heavy hills, auburn.