Monthly Archives: November 2010

The Phonograph and the Graft by O. Henry

Two grifters decide to introduce the phonograph to South America. In a small country they meet the assistant to the President whose graft is that of being the only honest man in the country. They become involved in his attempt … Continue reading

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A Retreived Reformation by O. Henry

Americans love rogues. O.Henry gave us Jimmy Valentine, the master safecracker with a heart of gold. Jimmy has fallen in love, gone straight, become a successful businessman and now must risk all and crack one more safe to save a … Continue reading

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The Politician by H. L. Mencken

Mencken was a very outspoken journalist based in Baltimore. He had as firm a handle on the English language as anyone. There are several volumes of compilations of his articles available at libraries and in paperback. He was an original. … Continue reading

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Fables In Slang by George Ade

George Ade was a newspaper man from Indiana who made his mark in Chicago writing about the common man. His “Fables In Slang” elevated him above the fate of scribes (news reporters) and into the rarefied atmosphere of syndication. The … Continue reading

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Craphound by Cory Doctorow

How many extra-terrestrials do you get at your yard sales or see at the Salvation Army Thrift shop looking for cowboy and Indian gear? Copyright Cory Doctorow. Some rights reserved under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 3.0 license. This … Continue reading

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The Voyage by Washington Irving

Washington Irving describes what it was like on a sailing ship going from America to England in 1815. The text for this story may be found at www.gutenberg.org

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The Invisible Prince

The Prince of the Air spirits away a king’s only daughter. A prince from a neighboring kingdom sets out to bring her back and marry her.

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The Binding of Isaac

This story comes from Genesis 22. It tells of Abraham taking his son to be sacrificed. More ink has been spilled over this story than any other I know. It is read during Rosh Hashanah.

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Old Ticonderoga by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Hawthorne is known mainly for “The Scarlet Letter”. But he was a very prolific writer. This piece resulted from his visit to the ruins of Fort Ticonderoga. It tells of the reality of the place mixed with his daydreams of … Continue reading

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In the Land of Souls

An American Indian story. A young chief is to marry but the night before the wedding his intended becomes suddenly ill and dies. He is heartbroken and seeks to find her in the Land of Souls. This is a variant … Continue reading

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Gray Mole and the Indian

An American Indian tale. An Indian befriends a gray mole and they travel to the far water. The trees talk to them and tell them what they are useful for. A magic canoe takes them to the mole’s home on … Continue reading

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The Golem of Worms

This is a Jewish folk tale dating to the 16th century. In a time of great trouble for the Jews a supernatural being is created to protect them.

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An Earthquake Journal

This is my narration of the events following the Loma Prieta Earthquake in San Francisco in 1989. It first appeared in Perfect Vision magazine.

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The Runaway Asteroid by Baumann, Cooper, and Dodd Ch21

Ch 21 – The Asteroid Over Vanuatu

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The Runaway Asteroid by Baumann, Cooper, and Dodd Ch20

Ch 20 -Desperation

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The Runaway Asteroid by Baumann, Cooper, and Dodd Ch19

Ch 19 – Change of Guard

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The Runaway Asteroid by Baumann, Cooper, and Dodd Ch18

Ch 18 – Collision Course!

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The Runaway Asteroid by Baumann, Cooper, and Dodd Ch17

Ch 17 – The Enemy Revealed

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The Runaway Asteroid by Baumann, Cooper, and Dodd Ch16

Ch 16 – A Dark Spirit

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The Runaway Asteroid by Baumann, Cooper, and Dodd Ch15

Ch 15 – A Microwave Net

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