Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 070

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Twenty short nonfiction works selected by the readers. “Shall we ever be able to visit the moon?” queries journalist Charles Nevers Holmes in 1920. Holmes was hopeful. Technology had come a long way since 1862, when balloonist James Glaisher made a daring ascent to 37,000 feet above the earth and passed out for lack of oxygen [Travels in the Air]. Glaisher had to best-guess the altitude to which his balloon had climbed while he was unconscious. Technology requires a rational system of accurate measurement [A Metric America]. Societies, however, are not rational. Some past eras were filled with horror [The Blues and Greens of Justinian; An Accursed Race]; others with heroism [Not to be Forgotten]. Some men view the public weal through stoic's eyes [Of Seneca's Writings] and some in a more hopeful frame of mind [Theodore Roosevelt on Applying the 9th Commandment]. Days of public observance tell a nation's concerns [Veteran's Day; 5th of November Act 1605]. Myths and legends speak to the importance of loyalty [King Arthur's Table] and to our trust that truth will win out [Merlin the Magician]. Sometimes a humorist like Mark Twain can make us laugh at ourselves [Poets as Policemen]. At other times grief overwhelms us [The Burning of Peshtigo, Wisconsin]. The single woman or man, wondering their place in this complexity, can make a difference: a woman stops to think about the food she buys for her family [How Much Shall We Spend for Food]; another woman sparks a bit of self-assertive feminism in a friend [The New Stove]. And, ever and again, in our search for meaning, we turn to artists [A Talk with Mr. Oscar Wilde; Oscar Wilde and the Aesthetic Movement; Post Impressionism in the Prose of Gertrude Stein]. - Summary by Sue Anderson (4 hr 56 min)


An Accursed Race 38:57 Read by Piotr Nater
The Blues and the Greens of Justinian 11:19 Read by Craig Campbell
The Burning of Peshtigo, Wisconsin (1871) 24:52 Read by KevinS
Girls 2:16 Read by ChadH94
How Much Shall We Spend for Food (1910) 7:05 Read by BettyB
King Arthur's Table 5:51 Read by BettyB
Merlin the Magician 8:48 Read by Craig Campbell
A Metric America: "A Decision Whose Time Has Come" - For Real (1992) 20:29 Read by Availle
The New Stove (1854) 9:46 Read by Sue Anderson
Not to be Forgotten: Merchant Men Heroes of WWI 7:17 Read by KevinS
Observance of 5th November Act 1605 6:20 Read by MichaelMaggs
Of Seneca's Writings 18:06 Read by Grace Buchanan
Oscar Wilde and the Aesthetic Movement 19:30 Read by Rob Marland
Poets As Policemen 1:28 Read by ChadH94
Post-Impressionism in the Prose of Gertrude Stein 14:09 Read by Sue Anderson
Senate Subcommittee Hearing on HR 7786, to Change Name of Armistice Day to Vete… 41:04 Read by TriciaG
Shall We Ever Be Able to Visit the Moon? (1920) 6:56 Read by Anita Sloma-Martinez
A Talk With Mr. Oscar Wilde 14:20 Read by Rob Marland
Theodore Roosevelt On Applying the 9th Commandment 19:46 Read by Anita Sloma-Martinez
Travels in the Air: A Balloon Ascent to 37,000 Feet (1862) 17:53 Read by Scott Danneker