Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon

I’m going to participate in the 2010 Read-A-Thon beginning this morning, Sat. April 10.  Thanks for the heads-up, Fiona. (See the link for one of Fiona’s Blogs in the Blogroll box to the left).

I was worried about my once 20/15 eyes lately refusing to focus with fatigue, but I’ve been getting, Internet Archive audiobooks and Libravox classics for, (postponed as long as possible), some major surgeries and long-term in-patient recuperating coming up.

As they are totally unabridged and professionally read, in the case of the Audibles, (I think 8 hours of a Raymond Chandler, a couple of PG Wodehouse “Jeeves and Wooster” stories and 20 hours of either Jeremy Irons reading “Brideshead Revisited” or Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle’s “The Mote in God’s Eye”), I think they are legitimate for the purpose.

When the eyes are working, a rereading of Zukav’s “The Dancing Wu Li Masters–An Overview of the New Physics”, Arthur Koestler’s “The Roots of Coincidence”, Brian Greene’s new “Fabric of the Cosmos–Space, Time and the Texture of Reality”, (possibly the best general physics/cosmology book since Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time”), Walter Isaacson’s, exhaustive biography of Einstein, and I finally received my 1st edition, 800+ pages of “The Collected Stories of Mavis Gallant”, (Canada, without a doubt, turns out the best writers of Short Stories, on the planet, arguably the most difficult of all fiction to write right, if you’ll excuse the grammar).

This is going to be fun.

Thanks again, Infiona. I think I’ll start training with some laps around Garrison Keillor’s “Lake Wobegon” and Brautigan’s “Trout Fishing in America”.

Enjoy yourselves, everyone, and try to pace the caffeine.

As ever,



Old Time Radio, (OTR), at the Internet Archive

Perhaps during a summer evening under the stars, or on a quiet, rainy afternoon or evening, snug in your favourite chair, or cozy on the Chesterfield with your favourite mate, feet up, a beverage, (hot or cold), slippers, a familiar pipe, (if so inclined), possibly popcorn, there’s nothing like absorbing great entertainment from the Golden Era of Radio Programmes – (free, gratis, without cost…), listening to a mystery, (like Sam Spade or The Shadow), an adventure, (Voyage of the Scarlet Queen), some comedy/variety, (Red Skelton, Burns and Allen), or one of the great dramas, (Mercury Theatre Presents).

Around the Radio Ava

Other than a good book, radio is the only medium that offers the OmniMax of the mind that happens when you let it flow through your brain. Technophile that I am notwithstanding, it’s no secret that I believe among the most outstanding and extraordinary technology of the past millennium–unsurpassed in entertainment media–is the book, with radio a strong second. Whether turning up the collar of your trench coat against the 1940’s San Francisco fog, or in Grover’s Mill, New Jersey, hiding in the ruins of a house as Martian machines march over, there are no special effects that can match the melding of a writer and your imagination. I will go into what the blend of hardware, software and wetware, (brain), the printed page can do no other technology even approaches, save, to an extent, radio, at a later date. (CGI is for wimps.)

I’ll also be listing and occasionally embedding free and low priced radio programming, from the ‘Golden Era’ to the amazing things being done today on these pages.

Meanwhile, back at the point…

Here are a few fine examples from an excellent Radio source, the Internet Archive Audio Archive.


A Word From Your Host

Kick Back With Old Time Radio Shows

March 9, 2009

by Cara Binder – Internet Archive

2009 bombards people with screens; whether you’re picking up your phone, checking your mail, watching the news, going to a movie, or reading this blog, you likely encounter upwards of three screens everyday. So it’s good to take a break from modern technology, even if that means visiting Internet Archive to do so. Yes, it’s a Web site, but it also holds a plethora of entertainment from bygone years, including a large collection of old time radio shows.

Choose a radio show, hit play, and gently close your laptop or spin away from your desktop. Imagine that you’re pre-television and pre-internet, grab some coffee or tea, and enjoy the lost art of the radio show.

There are plenty to search through, but here are a few standouts:

  • A Case For Dr. Morelle: 12 episodes of the BBC classic from the 1950s about a criminologist psychologist. CSI fans, listen up.
  • Red Skelton: A timeless comedian from the 1930s and ’40s, this broadcast includes interesting Rollies Cigarette ads claiming that “medical science offers you proof positive no other cigarette is safer to smoke.”
  • Charlie Chan: A radio show documenting detective Charlie Chan, a Chinese-American who has the “wisdom of the east, science of the west.”
  • The Voyage of the Scarlet Queen: Deemed the Star Trek of old time radio, this radio show logs the adventures of the master and first mate of a ship traveling around the South Pacific.
  • Paul Temple: A 1942 broadcast of the BBC favorite, following the stories of Paul Temple and his wife, Steve, as they solve crimes.
  • WKBW Halloween Show: A much more contemporary show from 1973. This broadcast is from Halloween night, celebrating the 8th annual radio show broadcasting horror stories. This show kicks off the horror marathon with –WKBW Halloween Show: A much more contemporary show from 1973. This broadcast is from Halloween night, celebrating the 8th annual radio show broadcasting horror stories. This show kicks off the horror marathon with “War of the Worlds”.