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Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 061

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Seventeen short nonfiction works in the public domain independently chosen by the readers. Volume 61 features articles and essays on both current and timeless topics, ranging from whether marijuana is addictive (U.S. Gov.) to what constitutes foolish behavior (Erasmus, Gelett Burgess). Sermons in Stone, an essay by Oscar Wilde on classic sculptures displayed at the British Museum, is complemented by an actual sermon (The Carnal Mind, Enmity Against God by Spurgeon), while Frederick William Shelton muses on the fleeting beauty of a ripe peach (Incidents in a Retired Life). Truth and lies, luck, and individuality are essay topics by Mark Twain and John Stuart Mill.

Festive food (a recipe for Snow Pudding and Chocolate Sauce) is juxtaposed to a graphic account of Poisoning by Canned Goods, while A.A. Milne writes on the joys of fresh celery as an Autumn treat. Vol. 61 includes two historical accounts of tragedies: the wreck of the steamship Princess Sophia off the coast of Alaska in 1918 and the murder of abolitionist Elijah Lovejoy in Alton, Illinois in 1837. Finally, a retelling of how British landscape artist John Constable sold his first painting rounds out this nonfiction collection. - Summary by Sue Anderson (4 hr 5 min)


The American Invasion


Read by Peter Thomlinson (1940-2022)

The Carnal Mind, Enmity Against God, Sermon #20


Read by Leighton Garner

Classification of Fools


Read by Dale Grothmann

Elijah Lovejoy, Abolitionist Journalist, Killed at Alton, Illinois, 1837


Read by Sue Anderson

Incidents In A Retired Life


Read by Dale Grothmann

Individuality As One Of The Elements Of Well-Being


Read by Dale Grothmann

Is Marijuana Addictive?


Read by Craig Campbell

John Constable Sells His First Landscape Painting (1814)


Read by Sue Anderson



Read by Dale Grothmann

Marijuana's Lasting Effects on the Brain


Read by Craig Campbell

My First Lie


Read by Dale Grothmann

Poisoning by Canned Goods


Read by Colleen McMahon

Sermons in Stone at Bloomsbury the New Sculpture Room at the British Museum


Read by Peter Thomlinson (1940-2022)

Snow Pudding and Chocolate Sauce


Read by Availle

The Use of Fools


Read by Dale Grothmann

A Word For Autumn


Read by Dale Grothmann

Wreck of Princess Sophia Report


Read by Phil Schempf