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Oneiric shadows

Show #107 on August 23, 2016…In which Mr. Bear reads the disquieting work of Clio Velentza. Teeth, animals, lilies, dirt, and rhododendrons all take on deeper and darker meaning in these stories that will cling to you like half-remembered dreams. Sip on a glass of retsina and wait for the smoke to clear.

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Playing with time

Show #106 on August 16, 2016…In which Mr. Bear reads excerpts from David Olimpio's "This Is Not a Confession." Time and memory and math intersect in these lyrical meditations. Don't count the minutes — sit a spell and let time freeze.

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Shaken, not stirred

Show #105 on August 2, 2016 (sorta)...In which Mr. Bear (in the never-to-be-released live, in-studio version) does a shambles of a show (rambling incoherently with someone in the studio working on a film projector in the background and eventually giving up) but the music is good...SO...here is a new and improved podcast for your listening pleasure. Take a break from reading and your literary woes and join Mr. Bear in learning how to make a variety of vintage cocktails. Rum Puff, Bergerac Frappe, or Tequini, anyone?

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Show #104 on July 26, 2016…In which Mr. Bear reads the shimmering work of Alina Stefanescu, where sunsets and birds and stamps and mothers-in-law and boats are tied together with threads of light, color, missing, desire, searching, secrets almost translated. These stories are like looking at your heart through a kaleidoscope — prepare to be dazzled.

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Show #103 on June 28, 2016…In which Mr. Bear reads the beautifully unsettling work of Anna Lea Jancewicz. Like Alice, you will find yourself tumbling down a deep hole into another world, where lines blur between reality and enchantment. The ordinary and mundane become eerie and disturbing — and no, it's not a dream.

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Show #102 on June 14 (and 21)…In which Mr. Bear continues reading "Peter Pan," where we encounter children learning to fly, jealous fairies, and make-believe come to life. Next stop: Neverland!

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Show #101 on June 7, 2016…In which Mr. Bear reads bewitching work by Abigail Beckel and Françoise Harvey. Birds, walruses, frogs, monkeys, jellyfish, and other creatures small and large populate these poems and stories of human desires, fears, and dreams. Which animal are you?

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Show #100 on May 31, 2016...In which Mr. Bear begins reading J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan." Meet the Darlings and let the journey begin.

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Don’t tell a girl

Show #99 on May 24, 2016…In which Mr. Bear throws a birthday party for the fabulous Beth Gilstrap, author of “I Am Barbarella." Grab a slice of cake and listen to stories of love, longing, dreams deferred and denied, damaged hearts … and hope. Keep the tissues near and the champagne flowing.

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Wear it well

Show #98 on May 17, 2016…In which Mr. Bear reads work by the fabulous Tabitha Blankenbiller that explores growing up, self-acceptance, the cruelty of children, fitting in, style meditation, forgoing motherhood, and more — all through the lens of clothes and accessories. Say yes to the dress (and sweater and hat and fascinator…) and say yes to these beautiful essays. Note: this podcast goes well with all outfits.

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