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A stranger to myself

Show #174 on July 15, 2018…In which Mr. Bear begins to read Franz Kafka's "Metamorphosis." What's it like to wake up as a giant insect? Gregor Samsa and his family are about to find out.

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Wild is the heart

Show #173 on June 17, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads the riveting work of Annie Frazier and Jad Josey. Horses, fruit trees, mapping the things that count, naming the creatures you love — these stories are rooted in the beauty of the earthly and ephemeral, in the vulnerability and power of caring.

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Interstate music

Show #172 on June 3, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads from "Actual Miles," Jim Warner's book of poetry with Sundress Publications. These poems are beautiful tapestries of words, a weaving of time, identity, family histories and relationships, broken hearts and damaged hearts, roads of asphalt and of memory.

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Show #171 on May 20, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads the darkly compelling work of Yael van der Wouden in Déraciné Magazine: small towns, dead girls, fevers, curses, stories told and retold over generations, memories carried by scent. Does anything truly change?

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Keepsakes

Show #170 on May 6, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads the dreamy work of Dina L. Relles, Jennifer Harvey, Eleanor Pearson, and Eva Papasoulioti from Monkeybicycle, Fictive Dream, and Syntax & Salt. What's remembered? What's forgotten? Souvenirs of a life, a phone line to childhood memories, a house of mirrors, breathing clay…these stories delve into what we hold onto and what we let go.

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Bubble and squeak

Show #169 on April 29, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads a feast of good writing by Maureen Langloss, Tara Isabel Zambrano, Melissa Ragsly, Sudha Balagopal, C.B. Auder, and Damhnait Monaghan in Sonora Review, Lost Balloon, Split Lip Magazine, New Flash Fiction Review, Longleaf Review, and Jellyfish Review.

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Going to eat you up

Show #168 on April 1, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads from Anna Lea Jancewicz's marvelous Widow |+| Orphan book "[m]otherhood." Sinister, funny, sad, painful, ghostly, corporeal, these stories write new definitions of what it means to be a mother, to want a baby, to not want one, to be an alien in your own body, to desire and dream and live both with and against what is expected of you.

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Show #167 on March 25, 2018…In which Mr. Bear offers a tribute to the life and words of Zachary Doss, 1984-2018. Daughters multiplying on a man's doorstep, a mysterious egg gifted by a hunter to his wife, a girl with too many arms: these stories are sad and strange and luminous and will leave you with a sense of wonder and heartache.

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Family fugue

Show #166 on March 18, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads excerpts from Leesa Cross-Smith's heart-hurting novel "Whiskey & Ribbons." Music, light, sorrow, faith, and the complicated bonds of family and love are all threads weaving together the stories of Evangeline, Eamon, and Dalton, characters who will take up residence in your heart and stay long after the last pages.

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Chasing rabbits

Show #165 on March 11, 2018…In which Mr. Bear reads the beguiling work of Jacqueline Doyle in FIVE:2:ONE, Spelk, A--Minor, 100 word story, Monkeybicycle, Flash Frontier, and Bluestem Magazine. New twists on Alice in Wonderland and Little Red Riding Hood, mythological rivers, failed magicians, almost drownings — these stories blend ancient and modern magic, shining a sympathetic light on the human condition and elusiveness of dreams.

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