“The Flu”: A Brief History, by A. Mouritz

We’ve been here before. Medical historians are familiar with pandemics like our current one.

I find this book comforting as I read about the familiar symptoms of cough and fever and lung ailments. It puts our latest pandemic into perspective as I compare my state’s, country’s, and planet’s recent number of daily and total deaths with those of past pandemics.

The author’s ideas about causes, remedies, and prevention are old fashioned but food for thought as we figure out how to deal with the illness that is overwhelming us now.

Excerpt read by Grace Buchanan

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Image credits:
1918-1920 Spanish Flu Pandemic, Walter Reed Hospital Flu Ward,
Photographer: Harris & Ewing,
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C., USA,
Public domain.

1921 “The Flu” book cover,
Repository: Surgeon General’s Library at the U.S. National Library of Medicine,
Public Domain.

1921 “The Flu” title page,
Repository: Surgeon General’s Library at the U.S. National Library of Medicine,
Public Domain.

I dedicate this recording to my friend Liz in New York City who is recovering from the Coronavirus, and to all who have been touched by this pandemic.

A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin

I thought that the author was harshly judging the main character of this story for her selfish thoughtlessness, but then I started to see that there is a tone of compassion for people who give of themselves so selflessly that they become deliriously starved for self nurturance.
Read by Grace Buchanan · A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin

This short story was originally published in an 1897 issue of Vogue Magazine, and was then included in the author’s book, “The Awakening, and Selected Short Stories“. I like how the author’s voice trips along from one scene to another.

Please be careful as you tend to the needs of others, especially during this pandemic, to make sure that you are tending to your own creature needs. Please keep in touch with your sense of comfort, peace, and wellness.

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Kate Chopin Portrait, Photographer not credited / Public domain

This story was included in the LibriVox Short Story Collection 86. It is #17 of the 20 stories.

Miss Crespigny, Chapter One, by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Chapter One read by Grace Buchanan for LibriVox.


Listen to the entire book at Internet Archive. I recorded Chapters One and Two.

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This original book cover c. 1878 is in the public domain.

I wish that copyright law offered longer-lasting protection for artists. After all, when a person owns physical property, they can control how that passes down to their heirs. Conversely, authors and their heirs only own the stories for a limited time, and then anyone can reproduce and sell them however they’d like without permission from the creator or anyone else.

As stated in the Author’s Note at the beginning of this book, someone published Mrs. Burnett’s work without her permission, and in a way that she didn’t like.

I feel bad when I record books like this one that are in the public domain. The authors and their heirs don’t grant me permission to interpret and record the story the way that I choose to tell it. My intention is to uncover and express the artist’s intent, but I could be way off. I could even sell my recordings and make money without compensating the author’s loved ones for the time and effort that she put into creating the characters and scenarios. At least my recordings are added to the public domain catalog where I sourced the writings, but it still doesn’t feel right.

So then, why is my blog only protected by a Creative Commons license? Because I benefit from images that Creative Commons licensees make available. Choosing a Creative Commons license is my way of giving back to the Creative Commons community.

What do you think?

Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse

I’ve been listening to segments of many audiobooks to help me find my place in the voice acting world. Where am I needed? What are my limitations?

I was suprised to find that the audiobook versions that I heard of Siddhartha by Herman Hesse sounded like adventure novels. I understood it to be a poetic prayer of meditation, so I began recording my understanding of this text. Please let me know what you think.

Chapter One read by Grace Buchanan for the LibriVox First Chapter Collection 6.

Read the entire book at Project Gutenberg.

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Buddha, by nomo/michael hoefner, Creative Commons license BY-3.0

Hear Chapter One of Siddhartha in the LibriVox First Chapter Collection 6. My reading is #17.