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Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 073

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Twenty short nonfiction works chosen by the readers. "Salve! ye dumb hearts. Let us be still and wait by the roadside." With these words, Kate Chopin decries the "crushing feet, the clashing discords, the ruthless hands and stifling breath” that power the “mad pace" of everyday life. Broadway: the Backbone of New York presents a more up-beat view of city life. Reflections on difficult times are the substance of several volume 073 readings (The Influenza Epidemic of 1918; Plague in Ireland in the Tudor Period; Soren Kierkegaard in his Life and Literature; and Remarks to Madame Curie); while the clash of people and cultures is examined in Everyday Japan (1903), the Passing of Princess Kaiulani, Inca Land, Northern Europe and the Swiss Confederation, the Struggle between the Teutonic Order and Poland, and Pan-Turanism. Individual response to life's stresses and demands is the theme of Women Friendships, The Unadmiring, Spittler's Prometheus and Epimetheus, and Martha Maxwell, Taxidermist. Imagining the pleasures of home, Robert Louis Stevenson, in his The Ideal House, writes that "Bold rocks near hand are more inspiriting than distant Alps," and concludes "even greatness can be found on the small scale; for the mind and the eye measure differently." The mind-eye divide is what allows the illusionist to create amusing hand shadows (Dog and Rabbit); the novelist to create worlds from words (John Galsworthy, A Notable Englishman); and the mathematician Sir William Rowan Hamilton, to inscribe, with his pocket knife, in the stone of Brougham Bridge, the fundamental formula for quaternion multiplication, which had come to him in a flash of inspiration as he was out walking with his wife. Summary by Sue Anderson

Northern Europe and the Swiss Confederation and The Struggle Between the Teutonic Order and Poland were translated by John Henry Wright - (6 hr 48 min)


Broadway: New York's Backbone (1905)


Read by BettyB

Carl Spitteler’s Prometheus and Epimetheus


Read by Craig Campbell

Everyday Japan (1903)


Read by BettyB

The Ideal House


Read by Paul Fleischman

Inca Land: Discovery of Machu Picchu


Read by hayduo

John Galsworthy - a Notable Englishman


Read by Availle

Martha Maxwell, Taxidermist, at the Centennial Exposition (1876)


Read by Sue Anderson

Northern Europe and the Swiss Confederation in the Fourteenth Century


Read by Piotr Nater

Novel Hand Shadows: Dog and Rabbit


Read by Sue Anderson

Pan-Turanism (1917)


Read by KevinS

The Passing of Princess Kaiulani


Read by Anita Sloma-Martinez

Plague In Ireland In The Tudor Period


Read by ChadH94

A Reflection


Read by April6090

Reflections on the Influenza Epidemic that Afflicted Washington, D.C. (1918)


Read by TriciaG

Remarks by President Harding to Madam Curie


Read by Anita Sloma-Martinez

Sir William Rowan Hamilton (1805-1865)


Read by hayduo

Soren Kierkegaard in his Life and Literature


Read by Craig Campbell

The Struggle Between the Teutonic Order and Poland until 1466


Read by Piotr Nater

The Unadmiring


Read by Kelly S. Taylor

Women Friendships


Read by Kelly S. Taylor