Brush up Your Shakespeare - 4-21-2018
NORMAN McLean, excerpts from Chapter 1 of A River Runs Through It (Shakespeare fishing equipment is the connection).
March Madness - 3-18-2018
STAN LEE and GEORGE MAIR, "Army Finance Department March exerpt from Chapter 3 of Excelsior: The Amazing Life of Stan Lee.
Who Let the Dogs Out? - 2-17-2018
ROBERT BENCHLEY, "Your Boy and His Dog."
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
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."