Literature Podcasts

Bevs With Anne with Anne T. Donahue show

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Writer Anne T. Donahue gives us a short slice of her life and times.

By Anne T. Donahue

Italian Cook Book, The by GENTILE, Maria show

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<p>One of the beneficial results of the Great War has been the teaching of thrift to the American housewife. For patriotic reasons and for reasons of economy, more attention has been bestowed upon the preparing and cooking of food that is to be at once palatable, nourishing and economical.<br><br>In the Italian cuisine we find in the highest degree these three qualities. That it is palatable, all those who have partaken of food in an Italian trattoria or at the home of an Italian family can testify, that it is healthy the splendid manhood and womanhood of Italy is a proof more than sufficient. And who could deny, knowing the thriftiness of the Italian race, that it is economical?<br><br>It has therefore been thought that a book of practical recipes of the Italian cuisine could be offered to the American public with hope of success. It is not a pretentious book, and the recipes have been made as clear and simple as possible. Some of the dishes described are not peculiar to Italy. All, however, are representative of the Cucina Casalinga of the peninsular Kingdom, which is not the least product of a lovable and simple people, among whom the art of living well and getting the most out of life at a moderate expense has been attained to a very high degree. (Preface of the book)</p>

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History Of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Vol. 3 by MASPERO, Gaston show

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<p>History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria is the masterwork of one of the fathers of modern egyptology. This work, in twelve volumes, was translated from the French original, “Histoire ancienne des peuples de l'Orient classique” by E. L. McClure and published in 1903-1904. Maspero was a largely self-taught master of hieroglyphic translation. In November 1880, he was placed at the head of a French archeological mission, which developed later into the Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale. Maspero then succeeded Mariette as director-general of excavations and of the antiquities of Egypt.<br><br>“Aware that his reputation was then more as a linguist than an archaeologist, Maspero's first work in the post was to build on Mariette's achievements at Saqqara. He expanded their scope from the early Old Kingdom to the later, with particular interest in tombs with long and complete hieroglyphic inscriptions that could help illustrate the development of the Egyptian language. Selecting five later Old Kingdom tombs, he was successful in that aim, finding over 4000 lines of hieroglyphics which were then sketched and photographed.<br><br>“As an aspect of his attempt to curtail the rampant illegal export of Egyptian antiquities by tourists, collectors and agents for the major European and American museums, Maspero arrested the Abd al-Russul brothers from the notorious treasure-hunting village of Gorna, who confessed under torture to having found the great cache of royal mummies at Deir el-Bahri in July 1881. The cache was moved to Cairo as soon as possible to keep it safe from robbers.<br><br>“In 1886 he resumed work begun by Mariette to uncover the Sphinx, removing more than 65 feet of sand and seeking tombs below it (which he did not find, but have later been found but not opened).”<br><br>Maspero went on to sponsor and expand the system of national museums and presided over the growing collection of the Bulak Museum. Maspero gave a 17 year old Howard Carter his first Egyptological job – and it was he who recommended Carter to Lord Carnarvon. Carter and Carnarvon would go on to doscover the tomb of King Tutankhaman.<br><br>In the third volume of this master work, Maspero tackles ancient Chaldea, her gods and temples, and the civilization of Chaldea. (Summary from Wikipedia)</p>

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Librivox: Critique of Practical Reason, The by Kant, Immanuel show

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The Critique of Practical Reason ( Kritik der praktischen Vernunft ) is the second of Immanuel Kant's three critiques, first published in 1788. It follows on from his Critique of Pure Reason and deals with his moral philosophy. The second Critique exercised a decisive influence over the subsequent development of the field of ethics and moral philosophy, becoming the principle reference point for ethical systems that focus on the rightness or wrongness of actions themselves, as opposed to the rightness or wrongness of the consequences of those actions. Subsequently termed “deontological ethics”, Kant’s ethical system also laid the groundwork of moral absolutism, the belief that there are absolute standards against which moral questions can be judged, and that certain actions are right or wrong, devoid of the context of the act. (Summary by Wikipedia and Ticktockman)

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The Potter Pensieve show

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Listen and follow us, the Potter Pensieve Team, as we retrace our steps through the infamous Harry Potter series once more, discovering the many hidden secrets, clues, hints, and unanswered through the books that bond the series as a whole. It's full-out Harry Potter discussion and fun! The entire series is out and it is time to reflect back through this epic tale from start to finish, entwining the series with our humor and love of Harry Potter! For ALL 71 episodes, visit our website at

By The Potter Pensieve

Librivox: Maggie: A Girl of the Streets by Crane, Stephen show

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Stephen Crane's first novel, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets has been called "the first dark flower of American Naturalism" for its distinctive elements of naturalistic fiction. The chief character, Maggie, descends into prostitution after being led astray by her lover. Rather than focusing on those that make up the very rich or middle class, the novel highlights the deplorable living conditions of the working class during the so-called Gilded Age in New York's Bowery. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia by Illiterati)

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Librivox: Pensées by Pascal, Blaise show

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Pascal's Pensées is widely considered to be a masterpiece, and a landmark in French prose. When commenting on one particular section (Thought #72), Sainte-Beuve praised it as the finest pages in the French language. Will Durant, in his 11-volume, comprehensive The Story of Civilization series, hailed it as "the most eloquent book in French prose." In Pensées, Pascal surveys several philosophical paradoxes: infinity and nothing, faith and reason, soul and matter, death and life, meaning and vanity—seemingly arriving at no definitive conclusions besides humility, ignorance, and grace. Rolling these into one he develops Pascal's Wager. (Summary from Wikipedia)

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Dracula (dramatic reading) by STOKER, Bram show

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<p>Bram Stoker did not invent the vampire story, but he popularized it with his classic 1897 novel. In form <i>Dracula</i> is an epistolary novel, told through a series of journal entries, letters, newspaper articles, and telegrams. It begins with lawyer Jonathan Harker's perilous journey to Castle Dracula in Transylvania, and chronicles the vampire's invasion of England, where he preys upon the lovely Lucy Westenra and Harker's fiancee, Mina. Harker and Mina join forces with lunatic asylum proprieter Dr. Seward, Lucy's fiance Arthur Holmwood, Texas man of action Quincey Morris, and Dutch vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing to try and defeat their powerful adversary. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)</p> <strong>Cast:</strong><br><p>Jonathan Harker: <a href="">mb</a><br>Mina Murray Harker: <a href="">Elizabeth Klett</a><br>Lucy Westenra: <a href="">Arielle Lipshaw</a><br>Dr. Seward: <a href="">Denny Sayers</a><br>Quincey P. Morris: <a href="">Eric Zetterlund</a><br>Arthur Holmwood: <a href="">Brett W. Downey</a><br>Cutting from The Dailygraph: <a href="">Kara Shallenberg</a><br>Log of the Demeter: <a href="">Chuck Burke</a><br>Samuel F. Billington &amp; Son: <a href="">Katalina Watt</a><br>Carter, Patterson &amp; Co: <a href="">Robert B.</a><br>Sister Agatha: <a href="">Availle</a><br>Abraham Van Helsing: <a href="">Rismyth</a><br>The Pall Mall Gazette: <a href="">Lucy Perry</a><br>Patrick Hennessey: <a href="">Dee Wyckoff</a><br>The Westminster Gazette: <a href="">David Lawrence</a><br>Mitchell, Sons, &amp; Candy: <a href="">Robert B.</a><br>Rufus Smith Telegrams: <a href="">Nadine Eckert-Boulet</a><br><br><strong>Audio edited by:</strong> Elizabeth Klett<br></p>

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Storytime Hour with Erica &amp; Jolenta show

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Recorded inside a closet in Clinton Hill Brooklyn, Storytime Hour offers a platform for storytellers and performers to share stories, yarns and outright falsehoods. Hosts and friends Erica Genereux Smith and Jolenta Greenberg create a variety show of DIY old-timey radio magic. Stories range from candid conversations with fascinating people to fully produced radio plays and all oddities in between.

By Erica Genereux Smith &amp; Jolenta Greenberg

Winter's Tale, The by SHAKESPEARE, William show

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<p>Mad with jealousy, King Leontes of Sicilia orders his best friend Polixenes killed, his child abandoned, and his wife put on trial for adultery. Sixteen years later, Perdita, raised as a shepherd's daughter, falls in love with Polixenes's royal son and returns to her father's kingdom. (Summary by Arielle Lipshaw)</p><strong>Cast:</strong><br><p>Antigonus: <a href="">John Doyle</a><br>Archidamus: <a href="">David Nicol</a><br>Autolycus: <a href="">Algy Pug</a><br>Camillo: <a href="">mb</a><br>Cleomenes: <a href="">Vicente Costa Filho</a><br>Clown: <a href="">Baggz</a><br>Dion: <a href="">Robert Fletcher</a><br>Dorcas: <a href="">Patti Cunningham</a><br>Emilia: <a href="">Laurie Anne Walden</a><br>First Gentleman: <a href="">Skythrock</a><br>First Lady/Servant/Third Gentleman: <a href="">musicalheart1</a><br>First Lord: <a href="">Guero</a><br>First Servant: <a href="">Sweetlilbirdy</a><br>Florizel: <a href="">Mark F. Smith</a><br>Gaoler: <a href="">Dennis D.</a><br>Gentleman/Narrator: <a href="">Jo Karabasz</a><br>Hermione: <a href="">Arielle Lipshaw</a><br>Leontes: <a href="">Bruce Pirie</a><br>Lord: <a href="">Rat King</a><br>Mamillius: <a href="">Susanna</a><br>Mariner: <a href="">David Lawrence</a><br>Mopsa: <a href="">Availle</a><br>Officer: <a href="">Bellona Times</a><br>Old Shepherd: <a href="">om123</a><br>Paulina: <a href="">Elizabeth Klett</a><br>Perdita: <a href="">Karen Savage</a><br>Polixenes: <a href="">David Goldfarb</a><br>Second Gentleman: <a href="">Martin Geeson</a><br>Second Lady: <a href="">Maria Therese</a><br>Second Servant: <a href="">Lucy Perry</a><br>Time: <a href="">Philippa</a><br><br><strong>Audio edited by:</strong> Arielle Lipshaw</p>

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