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Issue 6. November 2010

LYNNE GRIFFIN Sea Escape (a central chapter)

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At the November 15 Four Stories event, Lynne Griffin reads a central chapter from Sea Escape, her novel about the ties between a mother and her daughter, inspired by a collection of family letters. To hear Lynne read the first two chapters of the novel for The Drum, click here and here. (:33)

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BRET ANTHONY JOHNSTON Porn Star

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Bret Anthony Johnston starts off his reading at the November 15 Four Stories/Drum event with "Porn Star," his entry for a dictionary of dirty words. (:33)

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BRET ANTHONY JOHNSTON The End of Summer

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Bret Anthony Johnston spins a story about loss of innocence, loyalty, and betrayal from a simple prompt: one sentence from an author's correspondence. Bret's sentence? "Sex doesn't start on an eighteenth birthday at midnight." (:33)

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BRET ANTHONY JOHNSTON Boy

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Bret Anthony Johnston closes his reading at the November 15 Four Stories event by announcing he will be plagiarizing Jamaica Kincaid's famous story "Girl". Here is his short piece "Boy". (:36)

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MICHELLE HOOVER The Quickening

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Michelle Hoover reads from her novel The Quickening at the November 15 Four Stories event, choosing a scene that dramatizes the themes of loss and perseverance at the novel's core. (1:04)

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FAITH SALIE Four Stories Introduction

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Faith Salie welcomes the crowd at Cambridge's Enormous Room to the November 15 Four Stories event in collaboration with The Drum, goes over the ground rules--and opines on The Great Gatsby, pageants, and catheters. (4:38)

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ETHAN GILSDORF Just To See If I Could

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Reading at the November 15 Four Stories event, Ethan Gilsdorf begins with a boy facing a woodchuck, and leads us through a humorous and complex contemplation of the nature of play, cruelty, and kindness, in his essay "Just To See If I Could". (:31)

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SHARON BIALLY Veronica's Nap

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Sharon Bially's novel Veronica's Nap opens with the high winds of summer in the south of France, twin toddlers, and the pressures of painter's block. Hear the first chapter here, and read the rest at Veronica's Nap. (:31)

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ANN KING Plumbing Problems

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Ann King's "Plumbing Problems" sets a cancer diagnosis in the world of a plumbing supply company, where the bright white of a porcelain tub, and the cramped space of a backroom toilet give us a fresh look on an all too common event. (:34)

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ELYSSA EAST Dogtown

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Elyssa East’s first book, Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town, interlaces the true story of a grisly murder with the strange history of a wilderness ghost town and explores the possibility that certain landscapes wield their own unique power. She reads here from the prologue of the book, "The Prophetic Pictures." (1:04)

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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.

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