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Curl up and fall asleep to the world's greatest short stories, the known treasures and the once-forgotten, purred to you as only Miette can.

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A Little Cloud, by James Joyce


Published: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 02:53:40 +0000
Summary: I know, I know, I'm late for Bloomsday, and at this point, I thought you'd have forgotten. My friends, why haven't you forgotten? I mean, you surely know that the world is breaking the sound barrier with how fast it seems to be going where this cozy ..


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A Mother


Published: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 04:54:06 +0000
Summary: Much love from my hidey-hole, where I spent the bedtime hours in recitation from the beginning of Ulysses in celebration of the hour at hand. My audience of one was sound asleep by the snotgreen sea...


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Counterparts


Published: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:15:31 +0000
Summary: In my many years of Bloomsday readings, I’ve neglected to tell you about my first run-in with the text. It was more years ago than I’ll ever admit, when I had recently moved to New York, and had almost immediately found myself a nice new literary ..


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The Housekeeper


Published: Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:26:45 +0000
Summary: Hello and would you just look at the calendar and where has the time gone? I would make excuses for the lapse in months or tell you what I’ve been up to, but that would be projecting, and if you want to know these things, I’m sure you’ll..


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A Painful Case


Published: Sun, 16 Jun 2013 14:20:51 +0000
Summary: I’m sitting on what may be the most beautiful beach in the world, trying desperately to avoid dropping my computer into the chasms dug in the sand by last night’s hatching turtles, and trying even more desperately to explain to you why it̵..


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Water Liars


Published: Wed, 09 Jan 2013 17:13:11 +0000
Summary: In the Wells Tower profile of Barry Hannah I reference in the spoken introduction to today's story (which you should treat yourself to), written before Hannah's 2010 death, the following is offered:..


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Strawberries


Published: Fri, 16 Nov 2012 19:30:22 +0000
Summary: A few weeks ago, there was a hurricane that you might have read about (unless it blew a rock on top of you and you decided to live beneath it, in which case, my sympathies). During this hurricane, I was away on what was supposed to have been a Caribbean ..


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While the Women are Sleeping


Published: Thu, 04 Oct 2012 01:56:06 +0000
Summary: I'm sitting here desperately trying not to listen to the U.S. Presidential Debate that's streaming into my earbuds, because the entire thing seems like such hot-twisted-metal train wreckage that the hairs on my neck get singed just listening to it. And I..


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Houses (Guest narrator: Patrick Scott)


Published: Sat, 08 Sep 2012 21:55:17 +0000
Summary: When Patrick Scott has been known to bail me out of a slump in the past, he’s done so with his passel of Old Reliables: Raymond Carver. Flannery O’Connor. Russell Banks. The indisputably great, in other words. So when this time, he sent this r..


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Clay, James Joyce


Published: Fri, 15 Jun 2012 22:35:26 +0000
Summary: In some parts of the world, it’s Bloomsday already, and in yours, it may be at the end of a summery Friday work-day, so perhaps The Big Day will greet you just as you’re weeding through your feedreader with an icy drink by your side while you ..


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Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning


Published: Fri, 25 May 2012 17:26:45 +0000
Summary: It’s been a while since I’ve last read, for reasons whose details I won’t serenade you with, but which have to do with huge, overwhelming, life-changing projects that ultimately will leave me with more time to do this more often (I’..


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Breaking Camp (from Danvis Tales)


Published: Mon, 12 Mar 2012 13:03:20 +0000
Summary: If, while listening to tonight’s story, you come to the dialogue and have no idea about what I am talking, you won’t be alone. I staggered across tonight’s author by way of the great Hayden Carruth, whose introduction to Rowland E. Robin..


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The Night of the Ugly Ones


Published: Tue, 31 Jan 2012 19:43:07 +0000
Summary: Sometimes a story catches you by title alone. I have a real soft spot, personally, for "The Night of the" stories, no matter the medium. Hunters, Iguanas, Living Dead, even Comets (to a lesser degree)... all of these things weaken my articulated joints...


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Illusion by Jean Rhys (Redux)


Published: Thu, 12 Jan 2012 19:31:52 +0000
Summary: Sometimes it just kills me how many stories I've read here. A lot, that's how many. And as much as I'm endeared to those earlier lo-fi bootleggy recordings, there are some stories which just aren't served by the lack of quality, and some stories that, a..


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Indiscretion


Published: Thu, 15 Dec 2011 20:17:33 +0000
Summary: You'll have to excuse the fact that this sounds somewhat as if it might have been recorded in a submarine in the icy waters beneath an alien planet; I haven't been around for a while, and my audio equipment was dusty and had been playing bingo in a church..


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The Young Workman’s Letter (Guest narrator: Chris King)


Published: Fri, 11 Nov 2011 19:21:29 +0000
Summary: Usually, when I think about this humble little project, it fills me with all kinds of amourpropre. Even when I'm temporarily removed from my own devices (audiotorily speaking), I can't help but self-congratulatorily pat myself backwise (I'm flexible) at ..


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I Am Awake (Guest narrator: Philip Shelley)


Published: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 16:12:41 +0000
Summary: Tonight's guest narrator owns and operates The Devastationalist Manifesto, a project I desperately wish would soon revive itself from its two-year hiatus, and not just because I miss the occasional chance for self-gam-gawkery.....


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The Man Who Lost the Sea (Guest narrator: Shig Vigintitres)


Published: Fri, 14 Oct 2011 18:26:03 +0000
Summary: Sturgeon's a presence which should have been established here long ago, and I was grateful beyond expression when tonight's guest reader volunteered to represent him. That said, I was only told there was.....


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Enoch and the Gorilla (Guest Reader: Patrick Scott)


Published: Fri, 07 Oct 2011 16:13:20 +0000
Summary: Some of you may remember the sweet sounds of Patrick Scott from earlier Miette Bailouts. When I put out the call for guest readers, he was quick to the case. But Patrick's a busy guy, now that he's a famous filmmaker, and so when you listen to his lustr..


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Frau Wilke (Guest narrator: Sam Jones)


Published: Tue, 20 Sep 2011 19:03:15 +0000
Summary: If you know Sam Jones from various internet outlets, you will be neither surprised nor disappointed that he chose to read Walser for his guest stint here. However, if you know Sam Jones from various internet outlets alone, you might not know.....


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Everything is Green (Guest narrator: George Carr)


Published: Wed, 14 Sep 2011 14:30:11 +0000
Summary: The voice you are about to hear is not my own, though today's guest narrator insists his distinctive lilt can be attributed to "equal parts whisky, speed, and diction practice." Which means that it's probably closer to my voice than we'd think at first l..


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Order of Insects by William H. Gass


Published: Wed, 03 Aug 2011 16:55:54 +0000
Summary: I know, it's been a while. I've been trying to Have A Summer over here, an effort thwarted by an adverse reaction to allergens purportedly getting caught up in butterfly currents on the other side of the world. Either that, or it's the Romantic Lady Wri..


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Two Gallants by James Joyce


Published: Thu, 16 Jun 2011 17:07:16 +0000
Summary: Bloomsday is here again, as you surely know, and as is my ritual, here’s another story from the Dubliners. This is the 7th such reading, and sometimes, the thought of keeping this up for eight more years to finish the collection is one I tend to avo..


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At the Anarchists’ Convention by John Sayles


Published: Wed, 08 Jun 2011 17:35:41 +0000
Summary: I yanked tonight's story from The Best of American Short Stories 1980, a volume edited by the great Stanley Elkin. If you take one look at it, you'll see that 1980, while not considered a boon year for American fiction, perhaps should be. Donald Barthel..


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The Truth and All Its Ugly


Published: Mon, 09 May 2011 20:45:25 +0000
Summary: Whenever an internet missive or blip crosses my screen with Kyle Minor's name attached, I open it up in awe of his apparently continual reading and writing and thinking acutely about the finer side of the bookish life. I don't know whether this relentles..


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First Confession


Published: Thu, 07 Apr 2011 16:19:59 +0000
Summary: I hadn't read Frank O'Connor's stories in a very long time-- he fell into the gutter of authors I'd studied to a point of boredom as a student, and while I've spent a good deal of my adult life sweeping those gutters and asking absolution from what I've s..


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Letter from a Hunchback Girl to a Metalworker


Published: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 15:43:47 +0000
Summary: Fernando Pessoa has been a long-standing point of not insignificant fixation in the writerly pursuits of Your Faithful (If Not Schedularly Published) Storyteller, for reasons that will be forehead-smackingly obvious to some of you. As for the rest of you,..


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Killer Whales, Susan Daitch


Published: Thu, 24 Feb 2011 14:12:37 +0000
Summary: There's a quite decent independent bookstore in the town in which I'm staying this week, a bookstore that will be closing soon for all the usual reasons. I plan to spend a fair amount of time later this morning vulturing my way through this store, and wa..


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The Force Acting on the Displaced Body, Christopher Rowe


Published: Fri, 28 Jan 2011 18:39:47 +0000
Summary: Are your toes frozen? I hope not. Especially if you're as big of a pansy about the weather as I am. Because the weather knows this about me and is a relentless jerk about this, my revenge is in the form of a seaside adventure story based largely on sou..


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A Woman of Properties, Jack Matthews


Published: Thu, 06 Jan 2011 20:22:34 +0000
Summary: Well, here we are having taken yet another circumnavigatory Gregorian tour together, and I hope that you've put away your party hats and crackers and are back to the grind, having disregarded all the unreasonable expectations you made of yourselves for th..


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The Balloon, Donald Barthelme


Published: Mon, 13 Dec 2010 19:50:15 +0000
Summary: If you've been listening for a while, you may know that I have an unfortunate habit of whining, incessantly and irrepressibly, in those months when the cold has rendered my extremities indistinguishable from assorted varieties of freezer section meats. I..


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The Masque of the Red Death, Edgar Allan Poe


Published: Tue, 23 Nov 2010 21:39:04 +0000
Summary: This story is brought to you by a very nice man named Jake, who requested it a while ago, and when I read Philip K Dick instead last week, expressed some disappointment...


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Roog, Philip K. Dick


Published: Wed, 17 Nov 2010 22:14:48 +0000
Summary: I got kicked in the inspiration after that bit of Nabokov (he has that effect), and was determined to give you new stories at least weekly. I'd cleared my schedule to dedicate more time to only these more self-satisfying projects, and then, disaster stru..


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The Vane Sisters, Vladimir Nabokov


Published: Wed, 27 Oct 2010 18:19:33 +0000
Summary: It had been some years since I've read any Nabokov, which I can only blame a youthful use of mind-shrinking substances or a two-mile-long to-read list. But recently, I made a full-length audiobook of Dustin Long's Icelander, whose completion set me on a ..


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Here Be Dragons, Alfred Chester


Published: Tue, 12 Oct 2010 19:51:46 +0000
Summary: The very first words of Gore Vidal's foreword to Alfred Chester's collected stories (Head of a Sad Angel Although it has been my misfortune to have at practically all the noted American writers of the last half century, I did have the great good luck nev..


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Helpmate, Ben Greenman


Published: Mon, 23 Aug 2010 18:08:56 +0000
Summary: Not long ago, I found myself in the unfortunate position of being deeply ensconced in a marvelous book while on a crowded public transportation system. “Nothing unfortunate about that, Miette,” you’ve said. I heard you. The unfortunate t..


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Disappearing


Published: Fri, 23 Jul 2010 17:58:17 +0000
Summary: It's that time of year, my dears, where I'm about to head off to foreign parts for what's known in various circles as "vacation," "holidays," or "days spent without LCD bathing." I can't believe it, either, actually, and am not sure I'll be able to pull ..


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A Small Circle of Friends


Published: Wed, 07 Jul 2010 16:24:20 +0000
Summary: I know; this is two posts in a row that make direct mention of ladies' underthings. I have three very good reasons for this:..


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After the Race


Published: Wed, 16 Jun 2010 16:38:12 +0000
Summary: Looking at the Bloomsday readings I've done to date, it's evident that my written prefaces have become some absurd equivalent of squealing fangirlish bra-tossing. I may (OR MAY NOT) be an excellent bra-tosser with perfect aim and pitch, and we all know t..


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Sex and/or Mr. Morrison


Published: Wed, 02 Jun 2010 15:43:39 +0000
Summary: A disclaimer for you on this happy June that will become self-evident soon enough: I love this story. I could read it a thousand times over and give you a thousand different insights. I love it in the peepish and borderline obsessive way its narratrice ..


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In the Avu Observatory


Published: Tue, 18 May 2010 17:16:18 +0000
Summary: A few days ago, I took a little trip to Toronto, where the jazz singers scat to sheet music, where wine is poured long before noon, and where the best booksellers refuse to serve the likes of me. While there, I spent a day in rooms full of brainy people a..


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Sono and Moso


Published: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 17:19:52 +0000
Summary: Last week's New Yorker magazine included a series of letters written by Saul Bellow to other writers. I've often thought epistolary exchange between writers to be the most nettly of writing, both the most effusive and the most sincere, the most pretentio..


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The Butterfly


Published: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 01:45:55 +0000
Summary: I've been wanting to read James Hanley to you for a couple of months now, ever since he was reintroduced to me a few months ago while I was yearning for a bathematic submergence in a foreign hotel...


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The Fifth Story


Published: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 13:14:32 +0000
Summary: I read recently about toxic bread in a sleepy French village, about mass hallucinations and the newly revealed hypothesis that the CIA was responsible for covert LSD experiments. Apparently, the same thing might have happened in the subways of New York. A..


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Sir Henry


Published: Sat, 27 Feb 2010 20:12:48 +0000
Summary: I have a good excuse to spare you my blathery scrawl about the show-stopping beauty in this story -- the hot cats at Electric Literature have done so in a flashier way, and before you even tap the PLAY button on your baubly mp3 players, you ought to watch..


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The Trojan Horse


Published: Wed, 10 Feb 2010 16:12:54 +0000
Summary: Sometimes I think you haven't lived until you've been given the shoulder by a drunken horse in a bar. Other times I think the very stuff of life happens from being the drunken horse in a bar. But usually, it has to do with neither of these things, and I..


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The Sorrel Colt


Published: Mon, 01 Feb 2010 18:50:09 +0000
Summary: The other day I was walking through a blistering, blustery, blinding-white below-zero snowstorm, cursing the day I decided not to live on a Caribbean island, and doubly cursing the day I decided not to be born with antifreeze for blood. Because if I had ..


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Gregory


Published: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 03:16:21 +0000
Summary: So, I know very little about the author of tonight's story. He has no Wikipedia page in any language that I can gather, one used copy of an out-of-print collection of stories available in English (that I can cursorily find, anyhow), and a slight dusting ..


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DiGrasso


Published: Wed, 06 Jan 2010 14:00:24 +0000
Summary: Oh, aren't we lucky!? A double-bluffed, double-dipped, double-headed dose of Isaac Babel. When you've had a listen here and discover that you're still running low on your recommended daily serving of Babel, you might head here to find a new recording of..


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On Hope


Published: Wed, 23 Dec 2009 01:15:50 +0000
Summary: I can think of nothing more apt for the rounding-out of a year than a fleeting little fable on outplaying inevitability. If you're anything like me, Inevitability is one collector you've managed to send off-course at least once this year, and that itself..


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