Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 085

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"A regard for decency, even at the cost of success, is but the regard for one's own dignity" was novelist Joseph Conrad's take on fame, a quote from the preface to his autobiography A Personal Record (1912). Other lives chosen by readers to examine in vol. 085 include the Borgias; the Cynocephali; Hermann von Helmholtz; Edgar Allan Poe; John Burroughs; a pre-Revolutionary War magnate named Browne, who built a mansion on the ridge of a hill; women as a social class; and an 1821 rabies victim named Thomas, who exhibited hydrophobia. Political history receives scrutiny in Some Materials and a Possibility; The House Famine; Cracow; The Dutch East India Company; and Across Africa by Air and Rail. The art of Japanning illuminates an ancient craft. Literature, by Irvin Cobb, is welcome humor. And for hungry souls, there are recipes for ice cream and for Army chow! Summary by Sue Anderson. (6 hr 17 min)


Across Africa by Air and Rail (1923) 12:38 Read by BettyB
The Borgias 4:35 Read by Dale Grothmann
John Burroughs' Memories of His Boyhood 1:13:16 Read by Sue Anderson
Browne's Folly 7:10 Read by Veronica Maresh Mead
Cracow (Pol. Kraków) 10:09 Read by Piotr Nater
The Cynocephali (From The Library of Photius) 6:01 Read by Craig Campbell
Dutch East India Company 9:47 Read by Piotr Nater
Edgar Allan Poe, Part 1, An Appreciation 20:15 Read by George Emerson
Edgar Allan Poe, Part 2, Life 25:25 Read by George Emerson
Edgar Allan Poe, Part 3, Death 23:38 Read by George Emerson
A Familiar Preface 22:25 Read by Peter Thomlinson (1940-2022)
Hermann Von Helmholtz, an Autobiographical Sketch 39:37 Read by Michele Fry
The House Famine 2:55 Read by Dale Grothmann
Hydrophobia 2:24 Read by Mary in Arkansas
Ice Cream and Ices 14:22 Read by BettyB
Japanning 3:20 Read by Availle
Literature 24:02 Read by Mary in Arkansas
Of Women 5:07 Read by Craig Campbell
Recipes Used in the Cooking Schools, U. S. Army 49:47 Read by James R. Hedrick
Some Materials and a Possibility 20:38 Read by Peter Thomlinson (1940-2022)