This recording was made by a man in New Jersey. He made it for his family, to tell them not to interfere with his plans to go on a diet that he hoped would cure him of AIDS. Logan Jaffe found this tape at a yard sale in Gainesville, Florida.
I went to this awesome house in Minneapolis for a poetry reading. The poets read in the back yard and we drank home brew that someone brought in a big cooler. There was a Barbie doll whose head had been replaced with an Ewok’s. One of the poets, John Colburn read these poems. You can read more of John’s work here.
Special thanks to Paula Cisweski and Jack Walsh for inviting us into their sweet back yard.
Giovanni Aldini was the first person to treat mental illness with electrical shocks to the brain. He’s said to be the inspiration for Marry Shelley’s Frankenstein. This is a poem about the man, the myth, the legend…Aldini!
My friend Dennis took a trip to Central America and while he was there he wrote and recorded a short story. Then he enlisted the help of some locals in San Pedro, Guatemala to be characters in the story. This is some raw tape and an excerpt form the project. You can hear the story in its entirety here.
When I was a kid growing up in Colorado I had this tape of field recordings that were made around the state between 1982 and 1987. Here are few of my favorite’s from the album in the order they appear on this episode:
Flag Song-Denver Dakota Singers
Dancin Doll-Bud Bartram
Letter From Home-Bud Bartram
Pork Chops (Some of What You’re Sittin’ On)-Millie Castine
I lent my friend Moose a tape recorder and he returned it with a tape full of interviews. One of those interviews was with Herbie, an artist who collaborated with a couple of friends on a sculpture titled Re-Neavus. I cut it up (the tape not the sculpture) and added some music by Barin Darnew.
I recently had the pleasure of taking the True/False Film Festival’s Speculative Stroll, a walking tour of Columbia, Missouri. One of the tour guides was Speed Levitch. You may recognize Speed’s voice from the film Waking Life or the fantabulous documentary, The Cruise. These are some highlights from The Stroll.
Luke Cumberland is a second-year student in the MFA writing program at Washington University. He is editor of the anthology “Faces of Virginia Poetry.” His most recent poetry has been published on StatusHat.org. He is from Virginia; he lives in St. Louis and he has never lost an arm wrestling match in his life.
Karim El Hakim spent the first days of the Arab Spring in Tahrir square filming the revolution as it unfolded on the streets of Egypt. On the first night of protests he was detained by the police. He told the story of what happened next at a live storytelling event at the True/False film festival where Karim’s film, 1/2 Revolution was screened.
This Mike West cover was performed by Walt McClement on banjo and Mary Go Round (the one time holder of the world record for spinning the most hoola hoops at once: 76 if my memory serves me correctly) on accordion and vocals.