Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Books on Tape

For the last week, I have wandered around looking like Warren from There's Something About Mary. (For those unfamiliar with the reference here is a photo and YouTube Video)

In the dining halls, through the quad and on the 1.4 mile jaunt to and from school, I walk along with the disconnected yet pleasant grin of a post-lobotomy patient. Instead of listening to the Top Gun soundtrack on repeat, as I expect Warren or a heavily medicated psychiatric patient would, I am captivated by the words of Jack London, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner or Ernest Hemingway through the headphones of my Presidian portable cassette player.

Procuring a stash of good literature was the easy part. Colby boasts an extensive library full of books, movies, periodicals and most importantly, books-on-tape. Nestled between its peers of technologies of yesterday, I found a two- to three-hundred cassette collection of audio books and filled my backpack with anything I fancied.

Finding a working cassette player, however, was a task for the intrepid. I spent the better half of Sunday searching through strip malls inquiring about the whereabouts of this once common technology. I almost gave up when the fine people at Walmart told me to go fish. I finally found one at a small thrift shop. Since Sunday, I have crushed The Great Gatsby, The Old Man and the Sea, and The Call of the Wild and am now working on Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods. Being in my own world is fun.

Here are some more links,
Books on Tape (Picasa),
Presidan Cassette Player.


james at 10engines said...

library for the win. good job restless.

Foster Huntington said...

thanks games, i am listening to a walk in the woods right now.

greenjeans said...

Wow I wonder what it's like to hear someone read "My mother is a fish". Faulkner on tape for the win.

C said...

As a future English teacher, I'm not sure how I feel about books on tape. There is something about the written word that doesn't translate to audio.

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Joseph Conrad's books about S America are amazing. Try VS Naipul outloud. Who read the Old Man in the Sea? They usually get excellent readers with great voices for these books. Which was your favorite reader?

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