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The Drum

Issue 4. September 2010

Drum Archives: Now Available Through Audible

While everything on The Drum is free to download or listen to on the site, our older material will eventually go into our archives, which you can find on Audible.com. Click here to see our materials on Audible--so far, our first six months' worth of audio. You can hear a brief sample of each piece on our site by clicking its play button.

DEBORAH MILSTEIN more for A Yiddish Vocabulary

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Sometimes great entertainment comes in tiny packages. Here is a tweet-sized clip from the interview that gave rise to Deborah Milstein's essay about Yiddish, her grandmother, and her response to her Jewish heritage. The essay can be found in our archives, through Nimbit. Follow the Nimbit link below.

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DEBORAH MILSTEIN A Yiddish Vocabulary

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A feisty grandmother, Yiddish nicknames, and a hospital stay come together in Deborah Milstein's "A Yiddish Vocabulary." Milstein's essay offers a reverie on Jewish heritage and on the words that bind family together.

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SANDRA JENSEN The Good Wife

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Sandra Jensen's "The Good Wife," set in the South Africa of the 1950s, explores difficulties facing a politically motivated woman who has given up her anti-apartheid activities to look after her husband and young son.

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ALEXIS STRATTON Burn

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In an excerpt from her novel BURN, South Carolina-based Alexis Stratton writes about a teenage girl dealing with the aftermath of a fire and her mother's curious take on fate.

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AARON TILLMAN Heeding Doctor Eisner

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In Newbury College professor Aaron Tillman's "Heeding Doctor Eisner," an over-analyzing academic comes undone as he clings to sociological theory and to questionable sources of advice in the figures of his boss, his student, and his fellow commuters.

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JAMYE SHELLEBY Twenty Five

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Pennsylvania writer Jamye Shelleby's short story "Twenty Five" contemplates the metaphysics of loss through a brother-sister relationship remembered through markers in time.

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LESLIE SCHULTZ Drowning

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As a young girl faces the break-up of her home town, she confronts a larger tragedy in her own family. The competing forces of dissolution and re-collection meet in journalist and fiction writer Leslie Schultz's short story "Drowning".

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A. IGONI BARRETT My Smelling Mouth Problem

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A. Igoni Barrett's "My Smelling Mouth Problem" brings together a Nigerian traffic jam, popular music, and a bad case of halitosis to tell a lively story about personal and cultural independence.

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