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Fri, Oct 31 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1195

We are featuring another truly odd story from Charles Battell Loomis written in 1906 -- it's not exactly Science Fiction -- but in it we get a report from someplace not of this Earth -- about 'The Poets' Strike.'

Time: approx nine and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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The Charles Battell Loomis Catalog of Stories is at:

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Direct download: revry-2008-10-31.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:44am EST

Wed, Oct 29 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1194

Here's another quirky (but very short) 1902 story from Charles Battell Loomis -- it's called 'Five Hundred Dollars.' You can draw your own conclusions to this enjoyable tale.

Time: approx four minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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The Charles Battell Loomis Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/charlesbattellloomis.html

Direct download: revry-2008-10-29.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:41am EST

Tue, Oct 28 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1193

Charles Battell Loomis wrote an astonishing array of short stories. This week we will explore some of them. Today we have a 1900 tale of a boy with a unique talent entitled 'The Boy Who Turned Books Into Food.'

Time: approx nine minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Charles Battell Loomis Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/charlesbattellloomis.html

Direct download: revry-2008-10-28a.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:39pm EST

Tue, Oct 28 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1192

For Mark Twain Monday, we present Chapter Twenty of 'A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court' from 1889 -- 'The Ogre's Castle' -- where Sandy and The Boss reach the goal of their quest -- sort of...

Time: approx sixteen minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Mark Twain Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Twain.html

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

http://ronevry.com/Connecticut.html

Direct download: revry-2008-10-28.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:31am EST

Sun, Oct 26 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1191

SUNDAY SALAD offers TWO Stanley Huntley stories from 1882 -- neither of which features the Spoopendykes! Yes, it has finally happened! Unless something so far undiscovered turns up, we have, sadly, run out of Spoopendyke stories.

Nevertheless, we will keep looking, and in the meantime we have two tales -- in the first, a reporter tries to write up a Church Picnic in Medieval style in 'Early English' and a family adopts a unique pet in 'Taming an Alligator.'

Time: approx ten and a half 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-2008-10-26a.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:29pm EST

Sun, Oct 26 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1190

Our favorite old crank comes up with a few ideas to eliminate poisonous gasses and bacteria in his home in C. B. Lewis's 1889 tale, 'Mr. Bowser Has Theories.'

Time: approx eight minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

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-2008-10-26.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:27am EST

Sat, Oct 25 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1189



Fans of the movie 'Ghostbusters' may find some intriguing resemblances to that film in Gellet Burgess's 1905 story, 'The Ghost-Extinguisher.' Your comments on this amazing (and fun) find are more than welcome! Send them to revry@panix.com.

Time: approx twenty-five minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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Direct download: revry-2008-10-25.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:22am EST

Thu, Oct 23 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1188

Today we offer the sad tale of a ghost of a man who is still alive! It also features romance, and some serious miscommunication, in Frank R. Stockton's 1884 story, 'The Transferred Ghost.'

Time: approx twenty-five and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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Direct download: revry-2008-10-23.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:19am EST

Tue, Oct 21 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1187

With Halloween approaching, we are reading some spooky (and fun) ghost stories this week! Today's 1903 tale by Rose O'Neill concerns a strange spirit and a forgetful lady. It's called 'The Lady and the Ghost.'

Time: approx eleven and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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Direct download: revry-2008-10-21.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:16am EST

Mon, Oct 20 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1186

For Mark Twain Monday, we present Chapter Nineteen of 'A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court' from 1889 -- 'Knight-Errantry as a Trade' -- where Sandy gives The Boss an Earful.

Time: approx eight and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Mark Twain Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Twain.html

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

http://ronevry.com/Connecticut.html

Direct download: revry-2008-10-20.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:11am EST

Sun, Oct 19 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1185

SUNDAY SALAD reveals the depth and range of Stanley Huntley's humorous writing with THREE pieces!

First, a tough cowboy faces town a truly mean gambler in Bismarck, Dakota in the 1882 story 'A Piece of Carelessness.'

Then an all-too-familiar poem is rewritten as it would be by four classic writers in 'Mary's Little Lamb - Verses Culled from the Different Authors,' also from 1882, and finally, what may be our last Spoopendyke story, our favorite couple visit 'The Legislature' from 1883.

Time: approx eleven and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Stanley Huntley and Spoopendyke Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Spoopendyke_Stories.html

Direct download: revry-2008-10-19.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:35am EST

Sat, Oct 18 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1184

'Mr. Bowser Tries to Show His Wife How to Clean A House,' written by C. B. Lewis, back in 1889. What else needs to be said?

Time: approx eight minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

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-2008-10-18.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:33am EST

Fri, Oct 17 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1183

George Ade takes a look at a young married couple who separate for the first time in the 1902 tale 'The Fable of the Reckless Wife who had no One to Watch Her.'

Time: approx four minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The George Ade Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/AdeCatalog.html

Direct download: revry-2008-10-17.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:31am EST

Thu, Oct 16 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1182

When you get right down to it, some people don't appreciate a good joke, as happens in George Ade's 1900 tale, 'The Fable of the Inveterate Joker Who Remained in Montana.'

Time: approx five and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The George Ade Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/AdeCatalog.html

Direct download: revry-2008-10-16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:29am EST

Wed, Oct 15 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1181

A century or so ago, Phrenologists, who would read fortunes and character from the bumps in peoples' heads, were quite popular. Today's George Ade story, from 1899, deals with just that. It's called 'The Fable of the Visitor Who Got A Lot for Three Dollars.'

Time: approx five minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The George Ade Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/AdeCatalog.html

Direct download: revry-2008-10-15.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:28am EST

Tue, Oct 14 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1180

It's been awhile since we offered any of George Ade's Fables, so let's do some this week! We'll start with an 1899 tale of a conundrum with a terrific moral -- 'The Fable of the Caddy Who Hurt His Head While Thinking.'

Time: approx four minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The George Ade Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/AdeCatalog.html

Direct download: revry-2008-10-14.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:25am EST

Mon, Oct 13 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1179

For Mark Twain Monday, we present Chapter Eighteen of 'A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court' from 1889 -- 'In the Queen's Dungeons' -- where The Boss sets a lot of prisoners Free.

Time: approx twenty-three minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Mark Twain Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Twain.html

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

http://ronevry.com/Connecticut.html

Direct download: revry-2008-10-13.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:21am EST

Sun, Oct 12 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1178

SUNDAY SALAD offers TWO of the BEST Stanley Huntley stories we've ever presented! First, from 1880, comes a classic tale of old Bismarck, Dakota -- 'The Gentleman from the Bad Lands.' Then Mr. and Mrs. Spoopendyke examine a rarely worn coat in 'Preparing for the New Years' from 1882.

Not to be missed!

Time: approx twenty minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Stanley Huntley and Spoopendyke Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Spoopendyke_Stories.html

Direct download: revry-2008-10-12.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:18am EST

Sat, Oct 11 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1177

From 1889, C. B Lewis, writing as M. Quad, brings us a lesson in commerce in 'Bowser Speaks Slightingly of His Wife's Business Methods, But --'

Time: approx seven minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

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-2008-10-11.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:15am EST

Fri, Oct 10 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1176

In today's 1875 story, Eli Perkins considers the effect of a glut of jewels on the market in 'Solitaire Diamonds.'

Time: approx five minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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Direct download: revry-2008-10-10a.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:12pm EST

Fri, Oct 10 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1175

The wild west was full of rough, lawless characters, but no matter how wild they were, they had to pay their fares on the railroad, as we see in Eli Perkins' 1875 story, 'A Frontiersman.'

Time: approx five and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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Direct download: revry-2008-10-10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:10am EST

Thu, Oct 09 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1174

Today we join Eli Perkins and a law student vying for the attention of a lady at a dance in the 1875 story 'The Legal-Minded Man.'

Time: approx four and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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Direct download: revry-2008-10-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:08am EST

Wed, Oct 08 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1173

We'll be hearing some more fun stories from Eli Perkins' 1875 book 'Eli Perkins (At Large)' this week. Today we find out the results of naming someone as the 'most beautiful girl' in print in 'Eli Perkins in Hot Water.'

Time: approx seven minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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Direct download: revry-2008-10-08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:06am EST

Mon, Oct 06 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1172

For Mark Twain Monday, we present Chapter Seventeen (Part Two) of 'A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court' from 1889 -- 'A Royal Banquet' -- where The Boss gets an uncomfortable taste of medieval justice.

Time: approx fourteen and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Mark Twain Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Twain.html

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

http://ronevry.com/Connecticut.html

Direct download: revry-2008-10-06a.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:02pm EST

Mon, Oct 06 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1171

SUNDAY SALAD offers up TWO Stanley Huntley pieces this week -- first we get an inside scoop on the pharmacy business in 'A Dismal Druggist' from 1882, and Mr. Spoopendyke gets out in the garden in 'The Mild Mannered Man Tries His Hand at Transplanting' from 1883.

Time: approx eleven minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

The Stanley Huntley and Spoopendyke Catalog of Stories is at:

http://ronevry.com/Spoopendyke_Stories.html

Direct download: revry-2008-10-06.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:59am EST

Sat, Oct 04 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1170

Mr. Bowser gives his house a once over in C. B. Lewis's 1889 story, 'How the Man of the House Had It Painted and What It Cost.'

Time: approx nine minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

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-2008-10-04.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:57am EST

Fri, Oct 03 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1169

There are mean men, and meaner men, but Eli Perkins' wrote a story in 1875 about 'The Meanest Man Yet'.

Time: approx three minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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Direct download: revry-2008-10-03.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:55am EST

Thu, Oct 02 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1168

Eli Perkins relates an 1875 story about a sad old miner, observing the young miners come into the bank, cashing in their gold dust. It's called 'A Lonesome Man.'

Time: approx four and a half minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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Direct download: revry-2008-10-02.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:54am EST

Wed, Oct 01 2008

Mister Ron's Basement #1167

With all the tragic news coming out of Wall Street these days, we may want to take a look at Eli Perkins' 1875 tale of a disconsolate broker. It's called 'A Sad Man.'

Time: approx five minutes

The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
http://ronevry.com/Mister_Rons_Full_Catalog.html

Direct download: revry-2008-10-01.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:52am EST