Twain—Episode One hundred eighty-five–Fall Bounty

Heather

Mother, knitter, spinner, writer, wife, weaver, host...not necessarily in that order...

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6 Responses

  1. Valerie says:

    I found your podcast by accident when I first signed up for Ravelry. I was browsing the groups and I was looking at some of the groups that were book related. I had only just found the Cast-on podcast a short while before that and started “collecting” podcasts to listen to at work. It was a natural fit, especially since the selection of books you have done is so wonderful.

    Who knew I would ever like Tale of Two Cities!?

  2. Jamie says:

    I do not know if this counts as “accident” find of Craft Lit, but I found it in iTunes when looking for podcast about quilting. It was listed at the bottom of the page as “what other also subscribe to page”. The name intrigued me, so I decided to check it out.

  3. Taphophile says:

    I’ve finally cuaght up (it’s taken 3 months to listen from the beginning) and feel I can contribute.

    I am loving Twain. The short story about learning to ride the bicycle whetted my appetite and reminded me of a humourous poem by Australian AB ‘Banjo’ Paterson (who wrote “The Man From Snowy River”), called “Mulga Bill’s Bicycle” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulga_Bill%27s_Bicycle). I’d link to a recording but both the Librivox versions are woeful.

    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is a delight.

    All the way through I keep thinking “Dad would have loved this” and wishing I could share it with him. The themes of equality and democracy, not to mention Twain’s irony, dry wit and our very, very flawed hero would have so appealed to my father.

    In the last few episodes, words and phrases and the information about his own religiousity that you, Heather, and other listeners have been contributing – his respect for (Protestant) religion, his own belief in an Almighty if not in a Church – tweaked my curiosity.
    And then today at the end of Chapter 30 the phrase “A man is a man, at bottom” – it’s Robert Burns’ “A man’s a man for a’ that” http://www.robertburns.org/works/496.shtml – Burns another (lapsed) Presbyterian and Freemason.

    Twain, like Burns and my dear Dad, was a Freemason. Not for long, according to Wikipedia (not the best authority, but for this purpose, enough), but other sources briefly viewed insist he held an esteem for the Craft and certainly his attitudes make sense when viewed through a fraternal prism.

    Others may know more, I’m not a Twain or a Masonic scholar, but thought this small insight might be of interest.

  4. S says:

    I found your podcast on Itunes during a search for craft related shows, this was when you were still living in NY. Although I have not listened to every book I enjoy your podcast.

  5. Jessica says:

    Hello! Since you asked, I decided to tell; in a roundabout way, I DID accidentally find your podcast…on the iTunes store!

    I believe that I found you in the new and noteworthy category a few months back. I’m not sure if that’s what you meant by accidentally finding you, but I wasn’t searching deliberately and I’m glad you were there!

  6. Brenda says:

    How about a short story for the next book? F.Scott Fitzgerald? I like Bernice Bobs Her Hair, or maybe a little Sherlock Holmes? Thanks for the great podcasts, I look forward to them.