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David Trumbull

Do the "Wright" Thing - 6-11-2017

  • ROBERT BENCHLEY, exerpt from "Advice to Writers," from Love Conquers All.

    Year of the Rooster - 1-28-2017

  • Luke 22:31-34;54-62 "Peter betrays Christ."

    It Was a Dark and Stormy Night - 10-29-2016

  • HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW, "The Wreck of the Hesperus".

    Mardi Gras - 2/6/2016

  • EDGAR ALLEN POE, except from The Masque of the Red Death.

    Diary - 8/2/2015

  • ERNEST GREY, excerpt from The Diary of a Surgeon in the Year 1751-1752 by John Knyveton (a literary fraud)

    Human Events - 7/5/2015

  • RUDYARD KIPLING, "The Reeds of Runnymede".
  • W.C. SELLER & R.J. YEATMAN, excert from Chapter VIII ("Magna Charta") of 1066 And All That.

    Bargain - 4/4/2015

  • EZRA DYER, "Food for Thought," for the April 10, 2013, Improper Bostonian.

    Wall - 11/22/2014

  • Wm. SHAKESPEARE, excerpt from Act. V Scene 1 of Midsummer Night's Dream.

    Blood - 10/31/2014

  • DAMON RUNYON, "The Bloodhounds of Broadway" (abridged).

    Future - 7/12/2014

  • EDWARD BELLAMY, excerpts from chapters 1, 2, 3, and 11 of Looking Backward: 2000 - 1887.

    Burns Night - 1/25/2014

  • A toast to friends.

    Bewitched - 10/31/2013

  • THORNE SMITH, excerpt from Chapter 2 ("Out of the Frying Pan") of The Passionate Witch.

    Work - 9/1/2013

  • PAT COOKSEY, The Sick Note, set to the tune, "In the Garden Where the Praties Grow," by John ("Johnny") Francis Patterson.

    Secrets - 4/25/2013

  • BILLY COLLINS, poem, "Victoria's Secret" with Explanatory Notes by D. Trumbull.

    A Christmas Story - 12/8/2012

  • COREY FORD, "The Office Party."

    For Those in Peril on the Sea - 4/13/2012

  • JOHN RUSKIN, Turner's "Slave Ship" from Modern Painters.

    Here There By Dragons - 1/20/2012

  • U.A. FANTHORPE, "Not My Best Side".

    Dark - 10/22/2011

  • BIBLE, The Gospel According to Saint John, Chapter 1, Verses 1-5 and 9-14 in Greek and in the English of the Authorized Version.

    Dry - 9/25/2011

  • BRUCE REYNOLDS, excerpts from Chapter 22 ("Athens") of A Cocktail Continentale and
  • LEWIS CARROLL, selection from Chapter III "A Caucus-Race and a Long Tale" of Alice in Wonderland.
  • Wet - 7/16/2011

  • ERNEST HEMINGWAY, excerpt (pg. 31-35) from The Old Man and the Sea.

    Gory/Gorey Valentine - 2/27/2011

  • DAVID TRUMBULL, song parody My Little Quirk to tune of "How About You" (Burton Lane); C. Morgan accompanied on guitar.

    Villians - 9/11/2010

  • IAN FRAZIER, "Lamentations of the Father," from Humor Me: Anthology of Funny Contemporary Writing.

    Heroes - 4/10/2010

  • COLONEL W.C. HALL, "A Medal for Horatius: The True Story," published in the British Army Journal, January 1953.

    "Dear John"/Lover Letters - 2/12/2010

  • PLUTARCH, abridgement of Consolatory Letter to His Wife.

    Disasters - 1/15/2010

  • JAMES THURBER, abridgement of "The Day the Dam Broke" from My Life and Hard Times.

    The Beat Goes On - 9/5/2009

  • DOROTHY PARKER, review of J. Kerouac's The Subterraneans.
  • DAVID TRUMBULL, "Pounding Ezra: Poem Parodies Are a Howl."

    Vice Verse - 2/24/2009

  • SHAKESPEARE, Iago's soliloquy from Othello, Act II, Scene 3.

    Winter - 1/11/2009

  • BILLY COLLINS, "Winter Syntax"
  • MICHAEL FLANDERS, "A Song of the Weather"
  • EZRA POUND, "Ancient Music"

    Hollywood/Bollywood - 11/14/2008

  • HELEN BANNERMAN, the tale of a local native Indian boy who was very brave, very cleaver, very resourceful, and good to his parents, Little Black Sambo.

    Rhymes with June - 6/30/08

  • H. ALLEN SMITH, excerpts from Chapter XV "Of Bananas and Crosbys" from Life in a Putty Knife Factory.

    Run for the Roses - 5/3/2008

  • WALKER PERCY, exerpts from "Bourbon, Neat" as published in the Claremont Review, fall 2001.

    Lovers' Leap - 2/17/2008

  • JOHN MILTON, Excerpt from Book I (lines 1-26, 34-49, and 242-263) of Paradise Lost.

    Burns Night - 1/27/2008

  • Toast to Robert Burns.

    Bounty - 11/18/2007

  • FRANCOIS RABELAIS, Book I Chapter 4 of Gargantua and Pantagruel (trans. THOMAS URQUHART)
  • D. TRUMBULL, "Thanks Giving and the Big Seven"

    Ghosts - 10/31/2007

  • JOSHUA SLOCUM, excerpt with the ghost of the pilot of the Pinta from Chapter Four of Sailing Alone Around the World.

    Ides of March - 3/18/2007

  • ROBERT BENCHLEY, abridgment of "On or Before March 15" from Chips Off the Old Benchley.

    Love is Magical - 2/18/2007

  • THORNE SMITH, excerpt "Jennifer's and Wooly's first kiss" from chapter "All Hell Breaks Loose, At Last" of The Passionate Witch.
  • Souls - 10/29/2006

  • JORGE LUIS BORGES, "Inferno V, 129."

    Baseball - 4/23/2006

  • ROBERT BENCHLEY, "Watching Baseball" from Love Conquers All.

    Anniversaries - 3/26/2006

  • JORGE LUIS BORGES, selections from the opening paragraphs of "The Aleph" and "The Modestry of History."

    Birthdays - 3/19/2005

  • COREY FORD, "How to Guess Your Age."

    Talk About Sex - 2/12/2005

  • TRUMAN CAPOTE, letter from Capote to Bennet Cert regarding "International Daisy Chain" from Too Brief a Treat: The Letter of Truman Capote.

    Masks - 10/30/2004

  • WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, selections from ACT IV of Henry V (read with S. Jens).

    Fallen Women - 9/25/2004

  • DANTE ALIGHIERI, selection from Paradiso (canto ix, "Rahab") from The Divine Comedy.

    Exotic Places - 6/19/2004

  • HERODOTUS OF HALICARNASSUS, selection from Book III of Histories.

    Avian Literary Night - 5/29/2004

  • ROBERT BENCHLEY, selections "High Life Among the Birds" and "End of the Chanticleer!" from My Ten Years in a Quandary.

    Food for Thought - 11/29/2003

  • H. L. MENCKEN, "A Bum's Christmas."

    Death - 11/1/2003

  • ROBERT SERVICE, "The Ballad of Blasphemous Bill"

    Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll - 8/18/2003

  • SPALDING GRAY, "College Girls."

    American Dream - 7/3/2003

  • JAMES THURBER, "The Greatest Man in the World."

    Idylls of March - 3/1/2003

  • [wanting]

    Fairy Tales - 4/21/2003

  • From Smithsonian Magazine of March 2003, "Once Upon a Time" (Fairy Tales as Written by Famous Historical People).

    Let me Count the Ways - 2/15/2003

  • JORGE LUIS BORGES, "Inferno v, 129."

    Heat up Your Holidays - 12/14/2002

  • "EZRA POUND, "Ancient Music" and
  • JOHN WATERS, "Why I Love Christmas" from Crackpot (read with A. Browne).

    A Chill up Your Spine - 10/27/2002

  • W.S. GILBERT, "Nightmare Song" from Iolanthe.

    Symposium - 7/2/2002

  • XENOPHON, selections from Book III of Anabasis.

    Dante and Chianti - 6/3/2002

  • HENRY LONGFELLOW, "Giotto's Tower" and
  • WILLIAM WORDSWORTH, "Venetian Republic."

    Poetry and Potation - 4/30/2002

  • ALFRED TENNYSON, "Ulysses"

    Expose Yourself to Literature - 5/26/2001

  • JORGE LUIS BORGES, excerpt from short story "The Aleph."