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"vinegar peace" by michael bishop

StarShipSofa has posted the podcast of Michael Bishop's "Vinegar Peace (or, The Wrong-Way, Used-Adult Orphanage)" (published originally in Asimov's, July 2008). This is a science fiction story that Mike wrote in the months following Jamie's death; here's what he has to say about it:

I wrote "Vinegar Peace" — in August of 2007 — because I had to. Our 35-year-old son, Jamie, died on the morning of April 16, 2007, as one of thirty-two victims of a disturbed shooter on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Jamie, an accomplished digital artist who did lovely covers for four or five of my books, was holding forth in Room 2007 of Norris Hall in his German class more than two hours after his eventual murderer had slain two students in a dormitory on another part of campus. The administration failed to issue a warning — a warning that might well have saved many lives — in a timely fashion. However, some of its members secured their own offices and notified their own family members of this initial event; and so the worst school shooting in the history of the United States claimed our son, four other faculty members (including a man, Dr Librescu, who had survived the Holocaust and who held a table against his classroom door until all own students could escape), four of Jamie's students, and twenty-one other young people in Norris Hall, not to mention the first two victims in West Ambler-Johnston dorm. Another twenty-eight students were wounded by bullets or injured leaping from upper-story windows. Some of these young people will live with their injuries the rest of their lives.

All of the administrators, with the exception of a woman who later died of a stroke or a heart attack (a death that my wife and I can't help but attribute partially to the stress of living with the mistakes of the President and the other Policy Group members), remain in their positions. So much for accountability, and so much for justice.

In any case, "Vinegar Peace" grew from this disaster and from a grief that I can't imagine ever laying totally aside. Jeri and I mourn Jamie's loss every day in some private way, and we think continually of all the other parents and loved ones of the slain and injured who will carry a similar burden with them until they die. We think, too, of the parents and loved ones of the dead and wounded from the United States's optional war in Iraq, who long for their dead and who pray for their injured with an intensity not a whit different from our own. How ironic that our son died on American soil. How sad the wasted potential and disfigured lives resulting from violence everywhere. And forgive me the inadequacy of these remarks. Clearly, I wrote a story because I could not address either my outrage or my grief in any other way.

Mike Bishop

You can download the one-hour episode directly at the show page, or subscribe to the StarShipSofa podcast via iTunes.

(via The Flea King and Boing Boing)

free kessel free

Yes, I ripped the title from Gavin's post; it was too good not to steal.

John Kessel's new collection (his first authored book in more than ten years), The Baum Plan for Financial Independence and Other Stories (which I recently pointed to here), has just been released out into the world. To celebrate its publication, and to offset any doldrums caused by Tax Day, Kessel and Small Beer Press have done a very k3wl thing in also making the book available as a free download "in a number of completely open formats--with, of course, no Digital Rights Management (DRM)."

The Baum Plan includes Kessel's Tiptree Award-winning "Stories for Men" (gender inequality meet Fight Club . . . on the moon), "Pride and Prometheus," a mashup of Frankenstein and Jane Austen, and "Powerless," an amazing mix of pulp fictions, paranoia, and academia.

The Baum Plan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license, allowing readers to share the stories with friends and generally have at them in any remixing/interpretation/Web 2.0 huddly-cuddly noncommercial manner.

The collection is provided in these formats: low-res PDF, HTML, RTF, and text file. We encourage any and all conversions into other formats. Read more, download, and or order the collection here.

In addition, podcasts have been recorded of stories from the collection, and are also freely downloadable: "The Baum Plan for Financial Independence" (33:03), "Every Angel is Terrifying" (39:05, read by Gregory Frost), and "Pride and Prometheus" (Part 1 (1:02:25), Part 2 (27:52)).

lies and little deaths special presentation: "appoggiatura" by jeff vandermeer (updated)

Now up at my no-longer-neglected podcast, Lies and Little Deaths: A Virtual Anthology, is a special presentation of Jeff VanderMeer's novelette "Appoggiatura" (which was originally published in Logorrhea, an anthology edited by John Klima and published by Bantam Spectra).

As you may know, the short stories in Logorrhea are based on words that have won the Scripps National Spelling Bee. "Appoggiatura" (which means: an embellishing note or tone preceding an essential melodic note or tone and usually written as a note of smaller size) is the last story in the anthology, and uses all of the previous words in twenty small sections to tell a sprawling non-linear compelling narrative that only JeffV could write. A wonderfully ambitious undertaking that ranks as one of his best pieces of short fiction, and so I was naturally honored when he contacted me about podcasting it. It was a surprising amount of work (I had to keep resting my voice after four or five sections, and then do post-production immediately on each one, as the source files were getting too big for my hard drive), but I'm happy with how it turned out, and I hope I did JeffV proud.

As I say, the story is split up into twenty parts, and so is the podcast. You can subscribe via FeedBurner, or download each of the DRM-free MP3 files individually. It is not necessary to listen to each part in order, but as this was the way that the author chose to present them, I recommend sequentiality.

Intro and outro music has been provided by art-rock band The Church, and is used with permission.

"Appoggiatura" is copyright © 2007 by Jeff VanderMeer, and is made available through a Creative Commons License.

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Related VanderMeer LLD links:

Update: I've added links to all of the text entries blogged by the other Logorrhea contributors, so now you can read along as you listen to the podcast.

Update II: Dude! We got BoingBoinged!

Update III: Dude! We got GalleyCatted!
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grrr, arrgh

Just tried to record a 30-minute six-month retrospective for the podcast, and Audacity produced 2.2 Gigabytes of associated files that pretty much shut down my computer . . . and then for some reason deleted the recording. Dammit. I'm not sure if I'll be able to use Audacity anymore if it's going to do this from now on. I previously recorded podcasts longer than this on my PC, in some cases almost twice longer, without this problem. Is it a Mac thing?

I also still have GarageBand on the iBook, but haven't even tried figuring out how it works yet.
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friday quickies

Sigh of relief as I've heard from everyone I know in Minneapolis, who managed to avoid the bridge collapse yesterday. Barth and Haddayr and Lena and Dave and Alan and Kristin have all checked in. It's amazing that with such destruction at rush hour that there weren't more casualties, although my heart goes out to all you Minnesotans right now.

I've been meaning to write about scott_lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora and docbrite's Liquor novels, but have lately gotten claimed by the LibraryThing monster. Here's my catalogue so far, and I haven't even yet gotten to the books still boxed up in the storage room.

Okay, not much time to blog, so here are some Friday quickies:

Gah! Teh cuteness! My brainz haz exploded from teh cuteness! (via Scalzi)

Jon Armstrong is now podcasting his novel Grey, with a new chapter each week. He's read the first two chapters so far, and I'm digging both the story and his confident speaking voice.

The hawesome new lit journal A Public Space has just updated their site with excerpts from issue no. 4 (being released in just a few weeks). (via Bookslut)

ombriel's new short story "The Beacon" has just been posted at Clarkesworld Magazine. Yay Darja!

ajahn brahm

Some weeks ago, possibly months, I checked out a whole mess of Buddhist podcasts to see if there were talks out there that interested me and that I could get something out of. There were quite a few that I enjoyed, but which eventually lost my interest. Others dealt with the topics on my mind, but were presented clumsily, or with too much orthodoxy. There was one, however, that grabbed my attention, and has yet to let go.

Venerable Ajahn Brahmavamso Mahathera (aka Ajahn Brahm) is a distinguished monk, an Englishman now living in western Australia. He is is the Abbot of Bodhinyana Monastery in Serpentine, Western Australia, the Spiritual Director of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia, Spiritual Adviser to the Buddhist Society of Victoria, Spiritual Adviser to the Buddhist Society of South Australia, Spiritual Patron of the Buddhist Fellowship in Singapore (which hopefully means he may be giving some talks there), Spiritual Patron of the Bodhikusuma Centre in Sydney and is currently working with monks and nuns of all Buddhist traditions to establish the Australian Sangha Association.

And somewhere in all of that, he managed to write two books: Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung? and Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond.

His podcast currently boasts 17,000 listeners all over the world, and a new hour-long "episode" is typically posted each week. Recent talks have been on the Buddhist attitude to sensuality, control and freedom, laughter, homosexuality and Buddhism, death, pain, and injustice. He doesn't shy away from difficult topics, and he approaches them with wit, wisdom, patience, and a wonderful sense of humor, often invoking popular culture or quoting Groucho Marx. I'll happily continue to subscribe to the podcast, and am currently working my way back through three years worth of talks (all of which are available for mp3 download).


LLD series 2 episode 10 now online

With all the birthday hoopla (or something), I totally forgot to mention that I posted a new episode of Lies and Little Deaths yesterday evening. Series 2, Episode 10, in which I read my Clarion story "One Less" (big thanks to Karen Joy Fowler for the title), is now online. There are even sound effects!

And this will be the last episode for a little while. I need a break, at least for a month. So I'm going on a podcast hiatus at least until November, so I can focus on writing. Teaching eats into so much of my writing time anyway, and my progress has dropped to astoundingly low levels.

So I'll be back hopefully in November with the start of Series 3. I'll have more fiction and reviews, as well as a guest story by Hal Duncan and a guest review by Mark Teppo. Hope to talk at y'all then.