The Great Stone Face, by Nathaniel Hawthorne

I resisted my dear one’s urging me to record Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Great Stone Face as long as I could. After all, Basil Rathbone mastered the job of telling the story, but our home-made cassette tape copy is wearing out, and we haven’t found a replacement after years of searching. So, I acknowledge and thank Mr. Rathbone, may he rest in peace, for his inspiration during my recording.

Excerpt recorded by Grace Buchanan.

Basil Rathbone was confined to the 20-minute length of a vinyl 33 1/3 LP record in 1960, so his version was edited, but I spoke the entire 1897 text.

Hear me read the entire story, #8 in the LibriVox Short Story Collection Vol 084 at Internet Archive.

A favorite line:
“behold a man who might have fulfilled the prophecy, and had not willed to do so.”

Are YOU pursuing your grandest dreams? I see that we are each a piece of a jigsaw puzzle. The picture is best when we each contribute our piece.

Read The Great Stone Face in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s collection of short stories titled Little Masterpieces at Project Gutenberg.

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Image credit:
“NH Franconia NH RPPC Rocky Outcrop Old Man of the Mountain also known as Great Stone Face or The Profile on Cannon Mountain in White Mountains Photographer Unknown Postmarked”
by UpNorth Memories – Donald (Don) Harrison
is licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0

The Great Stone Face was the 8th track in the LibriVox Short Story Collection 84.

Leave It To Psmith, Chapter 4, by P.G. Wodehouse

I have little patience for slapstick and vulgur English humor, but savor the restrained clowniness of certain British actors. John Reid of D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, and Edward Petherbridge of the Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery Series inspired me as I recorded Chapter 4 of Leave It To Psmith by P. G. Wodehouse, Painful Scene At The Drones Club.

 

Hear me read Chapter 4 at Internet Archive.

You can read the entire novel at Project Gutenberg.

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The story, cover image, and recording are in the Public Domain.

Listen to the entire novel at Internet Archive.

Of Seneca’s Writings

When my son asked me to find and record something by the philospher Lucius Annaeus Seneca, I found his extant writings to be too interesting and specific to record just one; but this introductory article gave me a satisfying overview of his popular quotes from his books that are lost.

I had great fun untangling translator’s Sir Roger L’Estrange’s convoluted language, the way that I learned to with Shakespeare and poetry. I recorded his article true to his wording, and hoped that my phrasing illuminated the meaning for you. Let me know?

 

Hear this article at Internet Archive.

I was amused by the list of criticisms against Seneca, including his “tinkling” sentences; but even his critics commended him for his moralizing.

My favorite quick quotes from this article:
“They worship the images of the God…and yet…they have no regard at all to the workman that made it.”
“Philosophers… make me think of gallipots in an apothecary’s shop, that have remedies without and poison within.”
“There is no escaping from our keeper…There is no dividing us from ourselves…He that has a conscience gives evidence against himself.”
“Once in a year people may be allowed to be mad.”

The author of this article was the translator for the book titled, “Seneca’s Morals of a Happy Life, Benefits, Anger and Clemency”. This article was included in that book.

You can listen to the article as part of the LibriVox Short Nonfiction Collection Volume 70 at Internet Archive. My reading is #12 of 20.

Read Seneca’s entire book at Project Gutenberg.

Listen to all the work that I’ve done for LIbriVox.

This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information, or to volunteer, please visit: librivox.org.

The cover image, text, and recording are in the Public Domain.

Halloween, by Virna Sheard

My audiobook recording for LibriVox.

Hallowe’en
by Virna Shear (Canadian poet)

There is an old Italian legend which says that on the eve of the beloved festival of All Saints (Hallowe’en) the souls of the dead return to earth for a little while and go by on the wind. The feast of All Saints is followed by the feast of the dead, when for a day only the sound of the Miserere is heard throughout the cities of Italy.

Hark! Hark to the wind! ‘Tis the night, they say,
When all souls come back from the far away—
The dead, forgotten this many a day!

And the dead remembered—ay! long and well—
And the little children whose spirits dwell
In God’s green garden of asphodel.

Have you reached the country of all content, O souls we know, since the day you went From this time-worn world, where your years were spent?

Would you come back to the sun and the rain,
The sweetness, the strife, the thing we call pain,
And then unravel life’s tangle again?

I lean to the dark—Hush!—was it a sigh?
Or the painted vine-leaves that rustled by?
Or only a night-bird’s echoing cry?

Listen to 19 people read this poem at Internet Archive. I’m #8.


This poem was included in the poet’s book The Miracle and Other Poems at Project Gutenberg.

This poem and its cover image are in the Public Domain.