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This week marked the birthday of poet Sylvia Plath (b. 10/27/1932).

In honor of the occasion, here are some excellent recordings of her reading her poems…

The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath

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from the record Sylvia Plath Reading her Poetry
(Side 1)

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This wonderful recording surfaced online this week…

Stephen Colbert reading Flannery O’Connor’s short story “The Enduring Chill”

This story can be found in:

The Complete Stories
Flannery O’Connor

Paperback: FSG Books, 1971
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Marilynne Robinson

This fall promises the release of LILA, a new novel by Marilynne Robinson,

which among many readers of the ERB, seems to be the most anticipated new release of the season.  As we all await its release, we are delighted to offer this Top 10 list of online recordings of Marilynne Robinson, which includes interviews, readings and lectures!

Don’t miss the video of her appearance with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, which ends in typical form with quite the zinger!!!

*** Books by Marilynne Robinson ***

Hope you enjoy these recordings!

#10 – Reading from GILEAD

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Wendell Berry

Today is the 80th birthday of Kentucky farmer/writer Wendell Berry!

I realize that there is some irony in doing this (Berry was, after all, the man who stood firm and penned “Why I am not going to buy a computer“), but to commemorate the occasion we offer the Top 10 online recordings of Berry to date. These recordings, some brief and some long, serve as a wonderful guide to the breadth and depth of Wendell Berry’s work: fiction, poetry, technology, community, land, etc., all the great genres and themes in which he has written.

***  Books by Wendell Berry  |  Poetry   |  Fiction  ***

Hope you enjoy these recordings!

#10 – On Online Community

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Flannery O'Connor - Listen to Rare Recordings!I know many of our readers here are big fans of Flannery O’Connor…

Thus, it is with great delight that I share here these rare recordings of her reading her work!

“A Good Man is Hard to Find”
“In April of 1959–five years before her death at the age of 39 from lupus–O’Connor ventured away from her secluded family farm in Milledgeville, Georgia, to give a reading at Vanderbilt University. She read one of her most famous and unsettling stories, “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” The audio, accessible below, is one of two known recordings of the author reading that story.



Essay: “Some Aspects of the Grotesque in Southern Fiction”
[ Read the text of this essay here… ]

“Whenever I’m asked why Southern writers particularly have a penchant for writing about freaks, I say it is because we are still able to recognize one. To be able to recognize a freak, you have to have some conception of the whole man, and in the South the general conception of man is still, in the main, theological. That is a large statement, and it is dangerous to make it, for almost anything you say about Southern belief can be denied in the next breath with equal propriety. But approaching the subject from the standpoint of the writer, I think it is safe to say that while the South is hardly Christ-centered, it is most certainly Christ-haunted. The Southerner, who isn’t convinced of it, is very much afraid that he may have been formed in the image and likeness of God. Ghosts can be very fierce and instructive. They cast strange shadows, particularly in our literature. In any case, it is when the freak can be sensed as a figure for our essential displacement that he attains some depth in literature.”

Listen: http://bavatuesdays.com/files/audio/some_aspects_of_the_grotesque_in_southern_literature.mp3

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