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Show #153 on November 21, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads from DeMisty D. Bellinger's "Rubbing Elbows," a book of poems about iconic figures. Consider Billie Holiday, Madonna, Taylor Swift, Jimi Hendrix, George Sands and Frédéric Chopin, Whitney Houston, Yoko Ono, Typhoid Mary, and others in an intimate new light.

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Quiet consequences

Show #152 on November 14, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads the darkly mysterious work of L.L. Madrid. Ordinary objects like bottle caps and combs and ballet slippers glimmer with an otherworldly beauty in these stories even as death and loss hover nearby.

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Show #151 on November 7, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads the bittersweet work of Melissa Goode. Bodies, relationships, art museums, music, and more figure in these sharp, shining flashes of life. This podcast is like an éclair for your ears: go ahead and indulge.

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Ghosts in the water

Show #150 on October 31, 2017…In which Mr. Bear shares a bag of literary treats for Halloween. Bewitching work by Jennifer R. Donohue, Holly Tavel, Kathryn Kulpa, Jessica Lampard, and Sophie van Llewyn in Syntax & Salt, Corium Magazine, Jellyfish Review, A-Minor, and Hermeneutic Chaos Journal.

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Strange problems

Show #149 on October 24, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads a story by Anna Katharine Green, who has been called the "mother of the detective novel" and inventor of the girl detective with her character of Violet Strange. In "An Intangible Clue," Violet Strange seeks to discover who brutally murdered an old woman in her home without leaving a trace of their identity behind. Embroidery, blood, a dropped wallet, a secret wedding…put on your sleuthing cap and follow the trail!

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Show #148 on October 17, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads from Kelcey Parker Ervick's "Postcards to Bozena," one section of her Rose Metal Press book "The Bitter Life of Bozena Nemcova," a biographical collage about the Czech fairy tale writer. These postcards offer reflections on language, reading, writing, marriage, history, happy endings, and more. Wish you were here...

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Show #147 on October 10, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads from a book of parlour games. Do try these at home, parlour not required. Now that's entertainment!

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Take away the guns

Show #146 on October 3, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads the names of victims of mass shootings in the U.S. from 1982 to today, including a partial list of those killed in Las Vegas this week.

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Once upon a wolf

Show #145 on September 26, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads ferociously good work by Sam Rasnake, Marsha McSpadden, Matthew Zapruder, Tyrese Coleman, Elise Winn, and Laura Jean Moore from the now-defunct Emprise Review, Corium Magazine, Fairy Tale Review, Lost Balloon, and Change Seven. The wolf takes on the shape of writer, mother, lover, brother, danger, desire, and more in these piercing tales and poems that will leave an echo of howling in your heart.

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Show #144 on September 19, 2017…In which Mr. Bear reads Frances Hodgson Burnett's "Racketty-Packetty House," a delightful tale about two doll families. There's romance, danger, dancing and somersaults, a not-very-nice little girl, a nicer little girl, and, of course, Queen Crosspatch and her fairies. What do dolls do when you're not looking?

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