Mister Ron's Basement II
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Thu, Dec 25 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1246

Our special Christmas Episode features the original 1921 F. Scott Fitzgerald story 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.'

A wonderful motion picture adaption of this story starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett is being released to movie theaters right now. It is a great movie. But the original Fitzgerald story is a work of genius, and the movie differs from it dramatically.

We had considered serializing it across the span of a week, but instead offer the lengthy tale in its entirety. It is almost an hour long. Please download this, relax, and enjoy. Your feedback is especially welcome. Please write to: revry@panix.com

Time: approx fifty-five minutes

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Direct download: revry-2008-12-25.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:45am EST

Wed, Dec 24 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1245

SUNDAY SALAD offers up a special Spoopendyke Christmas story from 1880 that was possibly done special for the Washington Post at the time (yes, we know that we thought there were no more of Spoopendykes, but we stumbled into this one).

Stanley Huntley had previously been the Post's first City Editor back in 1877-78, and was good friends with the paper's founder, Stilson Hutchins. Today's story also sheds some light on who Huntley modeled Mrs. Spoopendyke after.

Enjoy then, 'Mrs. Spoopendyke's Christmas Gift.'

Time: approx eight minutes

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The Stanley Huntley and Spoopendyke Catalog of Stories is at:

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Direct download: revry-2008-12-24a.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:42pm EST

Wed, Dec 24 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1244

We are wrapping up a short week (technical difficulties) of stories from George Fitch's 1916 collection, 'Vest Pocket Essays' with a fascinating, fun view of 'Cigarettes.'

Time: approx four minutes

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Direct download: revry-2008-12-24.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:40am EST

Thu, Dec 18 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1243

We are continuing with a second week of stories from George Fitch's 1916 collection, 'Vest Pocket Essays.'

Today we get the scoop on a friend of humanity -- 'The Dollar.'

Time: approx five minutes

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Direct download: revry-2008-12-18.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:38am EST

Tue, Dec 16 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1242

We are continuing with a second week of stories from George Fitch's 1916 collection, 'Vest Pocket Essays.'

Feeling lucky? Then don't miss today's essay, 'Luck.'

Time: approx four and a half minutes

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Direct download: revry-2008-12-16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:37am EST

Mon, Dec 15 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1241

For Mark Twain Monday, we present Chapter Twenty-Five of 'A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court' from 1889 -- Where the Boss learns exactly what qualifications a candidate must have to become a military officer in 'A Competitive Examination.'

Time: approx twenty-six minutes

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The Mark Twain Catalog of Stories is at:

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The Mark Twain Connecticut Yankee Novel Index of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Connecticut.html

Direct download: revry-2008-12-15b.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:33pm EST

Mon, Dec 15 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1240



SUNDAY SALAD offers a truly intriguing, if somewhat lengthy piece by Stanley Huntley from 1882, relating his experiences aboard a Pilot Boat, one of many that brought big ships in to New York's harbor from the High Seas back then. This colorful tale showcases Huntley's unique talents as a newspaper feature writer, and may be one of the best stories we have ever read in the Basement.

It's called 'Life On A Pilot Boat; the Men who go Down to the Sea After Ships.'

Time: approx thirty minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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The Stanley Huntley and Spoopendyke Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Spoopendyke_Stories.html

Direct download: revry-2008-12-15a.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:28pm EST

Mon, Dec 15 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1239

'Mr. Bowser Does the Wash' by C. B. Lewis, from 1890. What else needs to be said?

Time: approx nine minutes

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The M. Quad (C. B. Lewis) Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/quad.html

The M. Quad (C. B. Lewis) Mister Bowser Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/mrbowser.html

Direct download: revry-2008-12-15.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:26am EST

Sat, Dec 13 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1238

George Helgesen Fitch wrote a popular syndicated newspaper column in the early twentieth century called 'Vest Pocket Essays.' He collected the best of these in a 1916 book of the same name, which we have been reading from this week. Today we offer a treat for the bugs -- 'Picnics.'

Time: approx four and a half minutes

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Direct download: revry-2008-12-13.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:24am EST

Thu, Dec 11 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1237

George Helgesen Fitch wrote a popular syndicated newspaper column in the early twentieth century called 'Vest Pocket Essays.' He collected the best of these in a 1916 book of the same name, which we are reading from this week. Today, we take a whiff of a tasty treat -- 'Cabbages.'

Time: approx four and a half minutes

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Direct download: revry-2008-12-11b.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:23pm EST