Indian Camp by Ernest Hemingway, reading by Tom O'Bedlam

What a gorgeous 1500 word story, early in his career, that established Ernest Hemingway as a great American author. Concise, impactful. So many layers to this story. The wisdom of the father, the innocence of Nick. The first Hemingway short story that presages the future for "Papa" Hemingway, when Nick asks his father about suicide and death.

With great appreciation for SpokenVerse, Tom O'Bedlam. Check out his youtube channel for many eloquent readings here:


"Nobody really knows or understands and nobody has ever said the secret.  The secret is that it is poetry written into prose and it is the hardest of all things to do." -- Ernest Hemingway


Cormac McCarthy from Blood Meridian

"That which exists without my knowledge exists without my consent."
— Cormac McCarthy (Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West

"They were watching, out there past men's knowing, where stars are drowning and whales ferry their vast souls through the black and seamless sea."
— Cormac McCarthy (Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West)


Jake Live My Ears Are Still Ringing

One of the best shows by a single performer that I've ever seen in my life. Jake S, an absolute genius on the four strings. Soft as a whistle, loud as a train, Jake can be lightening fast, or pluck as smoothly as a jazz guitarist. The audience of about 1500 was entranced. I sat, sixth row, and watched every finger motion. And between songs, Jake entertained us with tales of Hawaii of old, and childhood memories. At one point he said, "I love playing ukulele for live audiences because the expectations are so low," which got quite a laugh.

Jake S. Ukulele God at Bloomington, IL Performing Arts Center, Nov 9, 2011.


Casual Bossa Nova: Ipanema And An Orange

The Girl From Ipanema by ukulele expert Taimane Gardner on the absolute, most famous beach on planet earth.


Star Wars


Pencey was full of crooks. Quite a few guys came from these wealthy families, but it was full of crooks anyway. The more expensive a school is, the more crooks it has - I'm not kidding.
The Catcher in the Rye
Holden Caulfield in Chapter 1


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