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Recommended Listening/Reading
Topic by: hardcle
Posted: May 14, 2007 - 7:05 PM PDT
Last Reply: May 17, 2007 - 2:43 PM PDT

author topic: Recommended Listening/Reading
hardcle
post #1  on May 14, 2007 - 7:05 PM PDT  
I heard a podcast of a wonderful story today that I wanted to share with everyone. It's science fiction, but since the characters are both cinephiles I think everyone will be able to appreciate it. If you'd like to listen to it you can download it here. It's ~45 minutes long and very well read. If you'd rather read it, the full text is available here.

Here's a taste:
Pete headed toward the classics section. He was a cinematic omnivore, but you could judge a video store by the quality of its classics shelf the same way you could judge a civilization by the state of its prisons. He looked along the row of familiar titles and stopped at a DVD turned face-out, with a foil New Release sticker on the front.

Pete picked it up with trembling hands. The box purported to be the director's cut of The Magnificent Ambersons by Orson Welles.

I can also highly recommend the Esape Pod podcast if you enjoy short-form science fiction.
Cinenaut
post #2  on May 15, 2007 - 10:14 AM PDT  
Ha! What a great idea for a cinephile fantasy. I haven't finished listening to it yet, but so far, it's great.

It'd be nice to have a few of these podcasts on a long car trip.
hamano
post #3  on May 15, 2007 - 11:12 AM PDT  
Heh, that was a cute story. With Pete's luck Ally will turn out to have incompatible plumbing... best to keep it platonic, like me and underdog...
artifex
post #4  on May 15, 2007 - 5:22 PM PDT  
> On May 14, 2007 - 7:05 PM PDT hardcle wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I heard a podcast of a wonderful story today that I wanted to share with everyone. It's science fiction, but since the characters are both cinephiles I think everyone will be able to appreciate it. If you'd like to listen to it you can download it here. It's ~45 minutes long and very well read. If you'd rather read it, the full text is available here.
>
> Here's a taste:
> Pete headed toward the classics section. He was a cinematic omnivore, but you could judge a video store by the quality of its classics shelf the same way you could judge a civilization by the state of its prisons. He looked along the row of familiar titles and stopped at a DVD turned face-out, with a foil New Release sticker on the front.
>
> Pete picked it up with trembling hands. The box purported to be the director's cut of The Magnificent Ambersons by Orson Welles.
>
> I can also highly recommend the Esape Pod podcast if you enjoy short-form science fiction.
> ---------------------------------

Wasn't that story in one of the SF magazines last year? Asimov's or F&SF, something like that :)
woozy
post #5  on May 16, 2007 - 12:16 AM PDT  
> On May 15, 2007 - 5:22 PM PDT artifex wrote:
> ---------------------------------
>If you'd rather read it, the full text is available here.
> >
> Wasn't that story in one of the SF magazines last year? Asimov's or F&SF, something like that :)
> ---------------------------------

Mmm-hmm. the link is to "asimov's". Very cute and I'd kill to see a director's cut of "The Magnificent Ambersons" or David Lynch's "Return of the Jedi" but I imagine Harlan Elison's "I, Robot" would be overrated and the world doesn't need a sequal to "the Breakfast Club".

So he gets the girl but loses the movies. It'd be ironic if it slowly dawns on him he got a bum deal. I thought it'd be amusing if it ended with him blowing it by obsessing on trying to convince her that he really is a movie fan rather than enjoying it while he could. I've been there too many times.

underdog
post #6  on May 16, 2007 - 12:30 PM PDT  
Cool listening.

My g/f had a story get on Escape Pod. I'm so proud. {sniff}

I've been enjoying film related podcasts lately - both Creative Screenwriting (good for budding scribes) and Elvis Mitchell's The Treatment (KCRW.org) are great listens.

Book I just finished that I liked: American Youth.
artifex
post #7  on May 16, 2007 - 12:55 PM PDT  
> On May 16, 2007 - 12:16 AM PDT woozy wrote:

> Mmm-hmm. the link is to "asimov's". Very cute and I'd kill to see a director's cut of "The Magnificent Ambersons" or David Lynch's "Return of the Jedi" but I imagine Harlan Elison's "I, Robot" would be overrated and the world doesn't need a sequal to "the Breakfast Club".

ok, yeah, so I missed the fact there were multiple links. I need to stop skimming these, I guess :)
hamano
post #8  on May 16, 2007 - 1:15 PM PDT  
> On May 16, 2007 - 12:30 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Cool listening.
>
> My g/f had a story get on Escape Pod. I'm so proud. {sniff}

And you're not gonna tell us which story it was? UNDERDOGGGGG!!!
underdog
post #9  on May 16, 2007 - 1:28 PM PDT  
> On May 16, 2007 - 1:15 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On May 16, 2007 - 12:30 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > Cool listening.
> >
> > My g/f had a story get on Escape Pod. I'm so proud. {sniff}
>
> And you're not gonna tell us which story it was? UNDERDOGGGGG!!!
> ---------------------------------


Oop, sorry! This very cute one aimed at kids and bear lovers. Hibernation.
woozy
post #10  on May 16, 2007 - 4:32 PM PDT  
>
> Oop, sorry! This very cute one aimed at kids and bear lovers. Hibernation.
> ---------------------------------

I thought that was a really good story! Nasty first comment though! I guess the story needed an ending so the "punchline" was okay, but I think it'd have been as good, if not better, "straight". I like the idea of fascination with something natural as rare and exalted and framing it as a freakshow in a artificial circumstance.

Um, another nasty comment called it a "rip off of a beutiful [sic] story published in a short fiction anthology a few years back". Do you know anything about that?

I like her straight forward mock journalistic style and I liked the comment about the Russian Dancing Bear Revolt of '06.

Is she/ has she writing/written/working on anything else lately/currently?

Um. I didn't know that anybody actually was named Madge...

underdog
post #11  on May 17, 2007 - 12:22 PM PDT  
> On May 16, 2007 - 4:32 PM PDT woozy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> >
> > Oop, sorry! This very cute one aimed at kids and bear lovers. Hibernation.
> > ---------------------------------
>
> I thought that was a really good story! Nasty first comment though! I guess the story needed an ending so the "punchline" was okay, but I think it'd have been as good, if not better, "straight". I like the idea of fascination with something natural as rare and exalted and framing it as a freakshow in a artificial circumstance.
>
> Um, another nasty comment called it a "rip off of a beutiful [sic] story published in a short fiction anthology a few years back". Do you know anything about that?
>
> I like her straight forward mock journalistic style and I liked the comment about the Russian Dancing Bear Revolt of '06.
>
> Is she/ has she writing/written/working on anything else lately/currently?
>
> Um. I didn't know that anybody actually was named Madge...
>
>
> ---------------------------------


I should see if I can get her to respond here, herself! She's been working on a novel and some other short stories. And yes, that first guy was a jerk, while that other guy basically seemed like a troll. I'm sure she'd appreciate your comments all the more!

woozy
post #12  on May 17, 2007 - 12:36 PM PDT  
> I should see if I can get her to respond here, herself! She's been working on a novel and some other short stories. And yes, that first guy was a jerk, while that other guy basically seemed like a troll. I'm sure she'd appreciate your comments all the more!
>
I'm sure she hates the "were you trying to say 'X'?" questions but was I at all on the right track about fascination with the natural and trying to view it in from an unnatural perspective?

Good luck to her.
Nenufar
post #13  on May 17, 2007 - 1:50 PM PDT  
> I'm sure she hates the "were you trying to say 'X'?" questions but was I at all on the right track about fascination with the natural and trying to view it in from an unnatural perspective?
>
> Good luck to her.
> ---------------------------------



I don't mind the questions :-) The story was actually born out of a writing exercise, which is probably why the troll on EscapePod thought it was 'ripped off'. In the writing exercise you use the first sentence of someone else's story to create your own.. so a few words from that first sentence came from somewhere else -- the bears, the circus and the covered wagon. I never actually read the story used to create the writing exercise, so I can't tell you if my story follows the same plot as the other.

The imagery made me think of the old Circus freak shows and a documentary I watched that talked about how many of the freak shows actually used fake freaks. For some reason that made me think, "what if the world were populated by bears..." I've found that stories become deeper than you intended and often say things that spring up out of the writer and the reader's subconscious mind. That's what makes writing fiction so much fun.

I have a short story coming out in July on a website called The Deepening called "Don't call it Frisco" about a haunted laundromat in San Francisco. I'm always working on new short stories, the problem is finding places to get them published.

btw.. my name is Madge (full name, not short for something else) and it is actually a real name :-) I was named after my great-grandmother.
woozy
post #14  on May 17, 2007 - 2:43 PM PDT  
> On May 17, 2007 - 1:50 PM PDT Nenufar wrote:
> ---------------------------------
>
> The story was actually born out of a writing exercise, ... In the writing exercise you use the first sentence of someone else's story to create your own.. so a few words from that first sentence came from somewhere else -- the bears, the circus and the covered wagon.

Well, here is a very lyrical short, short story from which the first line probably came.

> I never actually read the story used to create the writing exercise, so I can't tell you if my story follows the same plot as the other.

Not really.

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