An audio story is not mere words. It’s a door and a key.
It’s a road and a journey. It’s a thousand new sights, sensations and sounds. It holds experiences and life lessons. Audio stories encompass an entire world.
Before I get into why I wanted to do this, I just want to point out something I’d never really thought about before I started working on this story. And that is, it’s really hard to account for what it is that people love about archery. I sure remember my days in camp when we all used the standard bow and arrow, but I had no idea how much the sport has grown.
Here is the story of Sir David Lean, one of the greatest moviemakers of all time, director of such epics as Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, The Bridge on the River Kwai, and A Passage to India. Stephen M. Silverman spent the better part of a year meeting with Lean to secure firsthand information for this book. An intensely private man, Lean opened up to Silverman and shared with him the story of his life – from his Quaker upbringing, through his decade as Britain’s star film editor, to his work as a director, earning him through his intelligent, literate films a reputation for perfection.
Lean’s movies, which collected an unprecedented twenty-seven Academy Awards, are noted for their stunning pictorial content and strong narrative flow. Many of Lean’s colleagues have shared their personal recollections with the author, who has added a new afterword to the book. The memories and anecdotes from such film notables as Alec Guinness, Katharine Hepburn, Julie Christie, Maurice Jarre, John Mills, Omar Sharif, Judy Davis, and Sarah Miles serve to further enliven this already vivid biographical and critical study.
Like many things from our past, lemonade stands, once a staple of American life, seem to be disappearing. Jane French is a volunteer for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation which has raised more than $45 million since 2004 to battle cancer in children. The foundation encourages people of all ages to set up lemonade stands to raise money for a good cause. It offers marketing materials and “stand coaches” to help hawkers maximize the experience.
Chapter Nine – Inside Studio 54 – The Real Story of Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll
The Battle for the Liquor License
Written by Mark Fleischman, with Denise Chatman and Mimi Fleischman
In spite of the raid on Studio 54 in December 1978, the club remained open and hotter than ever for more than a year. Time passed, and for twelve months, Steve and Ian continued to plea-bargain with the Feds, and then finally in January of 1980, they reached an agreement and reported to prison on February 4. The night before his incarceration, Steve sang “My Way” at their going-away party, which was attended by Diana Ross, David Geffen, and many of the Studio regulars. Studio 54 remained open, with Steve and Ian issuing directives to General Manager Michael Overington from the prison public phone until February 29, when the liquor license expired.
Chapter 2 – Inside Studio 54 – The Real Story of Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll
Written by Mark Fleischman, with Denise Chatman and Mimi Fleischman
Chapter Two: The Raid on Studio 54
Studio 54 first opened in April 1977 and became the most famous nightclub of all time. Its quick ascent was confounding because creators Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager were just two guys from Brooklyn in their early thirties. But they had talent. Steve’s contribution was simple: people loved him and always had. He was the most popular kid in grammar school, high school, and at Syracuse University, where he met Ian. He was short—about five foot five—and slight, weighing probably no more than 125 pounds. Stevie, as he was often called, spoke with a thick Brooklyn accent and frequently wore a goofy grin. He exuded charm and charisma. You simply felt good when you hung out with him. He had unstoppable confidence. He knew you were going to like him.
Chapter 1 – Inside Studio 54 – The Real Story of Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll –
Written by Mark Fleischman, with Denise Chatman and Mimi Fleischman
Introduction and Chapter 1
“I’ve had a thing for clubs since childhood. Social clubs, officers’ clubs, nightclubs, and supper clubs—I love them all. It started the night my parents took me to The Copacabana for the first time. I was ten years old and it colored my world forever. Looking back, everything that has happened in my life from that point onward propelled me on a trajectory toward Studio 54.
I became the owner of Studio 54 in 1980 and from the very first night we opened, in 1981, I was swept up in a world of celebrities, drugs, power, and sex. I was the ringleader for nearly four years and I became intoxicated with the scene—bodies gyrating on the dance floor, sex in the balcony, and anything goes in the Ladies’ Lounge and Rubber Room. Every night, celebrities and stunning women made their way through the crowd, up the stairs to my office to sip champagne and share lines of cocaine using my golden straw or rolled up one-hundred-dollar bills. Nighttime can make you feel somehow protected, operating under a cloak of darkness. It alters your perception of right and wrong, sane and insane, in an arena far more cutthroat than the corporate world I had known before.”
Essay – Diversions and Dreams of Motorcycles By Jon Simon
This is a story about diversions and daydreaming about motorcycles, and wind in my face. Straddling a chugging V-Twin engine that was born of a childhood fantasy, one where I would be zipping over the treetops, scarf to the wind, oil stained goggles peering at the long winding road below as the open cockpit plane sang to the fields and streams.
Tom Gallagher sat in his favorite coffee shop in a town two thousand miles away from where he grew up, a widower, father of two out of the nest. At fifty years of age, he’d done well for himself, able to put his kids through college and retire all in the same breath. His spot in the rear of the shop afforded the opportunity to see everyone who came and went, he’d lift his gaze from his computer every time the bell rang above the door. Tom Gallagher was fit for fifty, his son and daughter pushed him to exercise all those years raising them, it’s what a single dad had to do. He devoted his life to work and the kids, his wife died when the kids were little and he never looked across the gate of love again, just devotion to family.
Learning the Craft of Writing, Reading the Craft of Writing, and Writing the Craft of Writing
An interview with the editor, author, and book publisher Randall Andrews.
I’ve done many interviews with authors, but only a few of them wearing two hats, that of being an editor, as well as an author. It was time for me to dig deep and learn about how they take on both tasks without having confusion set in. How do they separate these two very different areas of the craft of writing? These three crucial areas are learning the craft of writing, reading the craft of writing, and writing the craft of writing.
A four-lane highway passed over the Sparks yard at its eastern limit. The highway bridge had pedestrian spirals at each end and a jump-proof fence all across both sides. From mid-span, looking west, Lynden and The Duke could see the entire layout—freight cars hulking in the darkness, car-knocker’s lanterns bobbing like fireflies as they checked the couplings. A switch crew was making up a train at the west end, and on the main line a string of power units waited, ready to roll.
I lost time to a steady rhythmic swing and clicking of cars traveling over rails. Passing scenery like a thief with no passion for roots, just a traveler fictionalizing what might be in the stationary figures I skidded past. Doesn’t change for me, every day I slip back to her, and though time fades away I will always be right there with her, nineteen eighty-five, etched in eternity.
Welcome to Novel Books, readings that will take you on the author’s adventure, with stories you’ll enjoy listening to.
Today’s reading is from Chapter 1 of the novel Bone Necklace by Julia Sullivan. She started working on Bone Necklace more than twenty years ago, after visiting the Big Hole Battlefield in Wisdom, Montana. Julia first became interested in the Nez Perce story because of the great injustice that the tribe suffered.
Episode Eleven – I don’t like being used.
At her apartment, a cunning Suzanne Baxter defines what is and isn’t art to D’laska. Paul Ainsworth, D’laska’s partner and close friend is back from Montreal. When D’laska fills him in on all the case details, Ainsworth states, “When you are about to be killed, your time is divided between the DA and a priest. Calabrese doesn’t act like a man whose life is in danger.”
At a meeting with Chief McConnell, Deputy Commissioner Mulvaney and Deputy Inspector Larry Ring present their case of why D’laska should be removed from the investigation. They also have damaging information tying Gino Guzzetta, Calabrese’s partner, with a Mafia family. D’laska has many more questions than answers. Will he resolve some of them in the next episode?
45 years ago it was 1977, I look back at my photography career, thinking about all that I’d seen and photographed as I began my career as a photographer. Studio 54, the infamous disco was the calling card to my beginnings as an established celebrity photographer.
I don’t know how I did it, but I got in on opening night; it was like the gates of heaven opening before me (think of the 1941 movie “Here Comes Mr. Jordan”), or the 1978 remake “Heaven Can Wait”).
Kindness seems to have taken a backseat to rampant racism, abruptness, and violence.
It’s being selfless, caring, compassionate, and unconditionally kind. Like love, it takes practice to understand and feel it. We share love with others through kind acts such as a smile, a nice word, an unexpected deed, or a planned surprise.
This very personal audio essay is about growing up in the family that made me, where greed and avarice were a day-to-day experience as they climbed the social ladder of New York City, much more concerned about their vast art collection than the family. In doing so they left their children largely behind.
Reported by Celine Teo-Blockey, originally produced 5-8-2021 for KEXP Sound and Vision
On this episode, musician Ezra Furman talks about what led her to come out as a trans mom, and what it means for her to leave her young son at home once touring begins again.
Reported by Adam Scull – 6/10/2022
All too often, we take our modern lives for granted. Is the air conditioning broken? We call the a/c electrician. Did the car break down? We call the car mechanic. Doctor, we make an appointment. The Dentist, well, we reluctantly call them when we need a repair job on our teeth. It was in this situation that I found myself. Yet another cavity. I make my appointment for D-day, thinking of that long needle to numb the area before the grinding starts. A sound most of us dread.
Reported by Celine Teo-Blockey, originally produced 4/2022 for KEXP Sound and Vision
Today we hear the epic story of parenthood from Lowland Hum, who make “quiet music,” but their experience as new parents were anything but quiet (Cue a tornado, colic, and a miscarriage). Sound & Vision’s mini-series, “Apparently,” explores the stories of musicians, performers, and arts workers who are juggling parenthood with their art.
From the Archives – Australian Indie Rocker Courtney Barnett
Reported by Celine Teo-Blockey. Originally produced 11/18/2021
Australian indie rocker Courtney Barnett’s latest album Things Take Time, Take Time is an attempt to be kinder to herself. To not worry about the big picture of how to stay successful or even sane after achieving then sustaining global stardom against the backdrop of a world that seemed to be burning at each turn. Instead, she shifts her mind and focuses on the small comforts — regular Zoom calls with friends during the Pandemic, taking in the laid-back beauty of a Joshua Tree sunset, the blush of new love, and the acceptance of the cycles of change in life. By Courtney’s own admission she finds it hard to say the right thing in any given moment, and perhaps that’s why songwriting is such a precious outlet for her. Anonymous Club, a new documentary by her longtime collaborator and friend, Danny Cohen (scheduled for release in 2022) will reveal the scope of her turmoil during the darkest days of her last tour. But for now, she is employing her best defense, ‘being annoyingly optimistic.”
Many thanks for making this possible — Thank you Courtney for giving us a piece of your heart, even when it hasn’t been easy. To Mom & Pop Records for use of all songs. And to Katie Nelson and Grace Jones at Grandstand Media for all the support.
Songs Featured: “Rae St,” “Avant Gardener,” “Pedestrian At Best,” “City Looks Pretty,” “Nameless Faceless,” “Splendour,” “Oh The Night,” and “If I Don’t Hear From You Tonight.”
Too hot, too cold, just right. Americans may differ on where to set the dial, but they agree air conditioning is integral to modern life, a phenomenon we cannot live without today. We are spoiled in that respect, as we feel a sense of entitlement about what we have become accustomed to. It has shaped our world to the extent that people can carry on normal lives, especially during the hottest months of the year.
Thrift shops are much more than second-hand junk shops, they’re often treasure troves, chock full of goods, ready for the taking. They run the gamut, from quality clothing, furniture, jewelry, books, and other gently used items, that can be purchased for rock bottom prices. Many thrift shops are non-profit organizations, like Gulfside Hospice & Palliative Care, dedicated to good causes that not only aid families, but enrich the lives of others. You’ll find a little bit of everything therein, as new items hit the sales floor daily, and are displayed by the volunteers.
The Leesburg Bike Fest roars to life during the last full weekend in April. “Welcome bikers”, the sign reads upon entering the rally. The annual Gator Bike Rally at Leesburg, hosted by Gator Harley-Davidson has begun! Many profess it to be one of their favorite rallies.