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Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 057

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Fifteen short nonfiction works in the public domain, independently chosen by the readers. Natural cataclysm is the subject of several readings: the 1899 Alaskan earthquake, which uplifted cliffs at Yakutat Bay 47 feet; a terrifying forest fire in Northern Wisconsin in 1899; the fiery sunsets which followed the volcanic eruption of Krakatoa in 1883; a storm at sea which sank the English frigate Anson in 1807; and the explosion of a hydrogen-filled dirigible over Chicago in 1919. Natural beauty, also a topic, includes a guide to the Antrim coast of Ireland, observations on Black Walnut trees and the communal life of Yellow-Jacket wasps, and an essay on how to paint reflections. Two colloquies of Erasmus explore a young woman's choice to become a nun and the "preposterous judgments" of people who value the names of things more than the Things themselves. Progress--envisioned as the age of electricity; changes in burglary; and Nostradamus' prognostications for the future round out the volume. -summary by Sue Anderson

Elizabeth G. Peckham was the co-author of "Communal Life of Yellow-Jacket Wasps"
Fifty Quatrains of Nostradamus was translated by Theophilus de Garencières (4 hr 23 min)

Chapters

The Black Walnut

4:50

Read by April6090

Can Radio Ignite Balloons

17:47

Read by Availle

Communal Life of Yellow-Jacket Wasps

21:11

Read by Sue Anderson

Fifty Quatrains from Nostradamus

14:49

Read by Craig Campbell

A Forest Fire in Northern Wisconsin

16:22

Read by Phil Schempf

The Great Alaskan Earthquakes of 1899, Part 1

28:38

Read by J. M. Smallheer

The Great Alaskan Earthquakes of 1899, Part 2

10:42

Read by J. M. Smallheer

A Guide to the Giant's Causeway, Ireland

36:13

Read by Colleen McMahon

The Krakatoa Sunsets

16:15

Read by Sue Anderson

The Loss of His Majesty's Frigate Anson

21:38

Read by Lynne T

Modern Burglar's Strange Evolution

6:57

Read by Colleen McMahon

Of Things and Words

17:07

Read by Craig Campbell

Painting Reflections

16:20

Read by Sue Anderson

Progress

4:31

Read by April6090

The Virgin Averse to Matrimony

30:11

Read by Craig Campbell