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Wed, Dec 30 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1546

We are continuing to celebrate the New Year this week with some fun stories.

Today we offer a Bill Nye story from 1877, which takes a peek at a young lady's diary, starting with January 1st. It's called 'Diary of a Saucy Young Thing.'

Time: approx four minutes

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Tue, Dec 29 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1545

We are celebrating the New Year this week with some fun stories.

Today's 1904 tale is from George Ade. It's called 'The Fable of Successful Tobias and Some of His Happy New Years.'

Time: approx seven and a half minutes

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John Kelly of The Washington Post has written a lively piece about the Basement. You can read it here.

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Direct download: Mister_Rons_Basement12-29-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:01pm EST

Mon, Dec 28 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1544

Just about everybody in the cast of this novel gets together for a picnic in Chapter 15 of Ella Cheever Thayer's 1880 novel, 'Wired Love,' in 'One Summer Day.'

This is the next-to-last chapter of the book, and some fascinating events occur.

Time: approx thirty-three minutes



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John Kelly of The Washington Post has written a lively piece about the Basement. You can read it here.

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Direct download: Mister_Rons_Basement12-28-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:55pm EST

Sun, Dec 27 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1543

With all the 'respectable' citizens going to jail these days for financial shenanigans, it is comforting to know that this is nothing new, as we hear in Stanley Huntley's SUNDAY SALAD story from 1883, 'Rather A Tough Experience'

Time: approx seven and a half minutes

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John Kelly of The Washington Post has written a lively piece about the Basement. You can read it here.

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Direct download: Mister_Rons_Basement12-27-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:10pm EST

Sat, Dec 26 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1542

Our Saturday Night Special story is by Seba Smith, whom we have not featured in the Basement in years.

From his 1856 collection 'Way Down East' we offer a tale of a young Yankee in business for himself in the big city, who regretfully breaks his own policy of making his customers Pay in Advance. The story has some fun twists and turns right up to the end.

It is called 'Peter Punctual.'

Time: approx twenty-five minutes

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John Kelly of The Washington Post has written a lively piece about the Basement. You can read it here.

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Direct download: Mister_Rons_Basement12-26-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:19pm EST

Fri, Dec 25 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1541

This week we are reading pieces that have something or other to do with Christmas.

Today we offer what could only be described as unique.

On December 25, 1881, The Brooklyn Eagle featured, in what they called a Christmas Supplement, on page one, a lengthy story by Stanley Huntley entitled 'Peggy's Christmas.'

Huntley described the story as being written by 'Charles Dickens, Edgar A. Poe, Sir Walter Scott, Bart., Victor Hugo, Bret Harte, and Jules Verne.'

Each chapter was written in a different style, and it is fun to try to figure out which chapters were supposed to written by which authors. 'Bart.' obviously refers to Bartlett's Quotations, as there are quotations at each chapter's heading. Here are Mister Ron's guesses as to the styles of each chapter:

Chapter 1 - Dickens
Chapter 2 - Verne
Chapter 3 - Poe
Chapter 4 - Scott
Chapter 5 - Dickens (?)
Chapter 6 - Harte
Chapter 7 - Hugo
Chapter 8 - Verne
Chapter 9 - Poe
Chapter 10 - Scott
Chapter 11 - Harte
Chapter 12 - Poe

This tale is lengthy and at times confusing, but still fascinating.

Time: approx One Hour and three minutes

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The Stanley Huntley and Spoopendyke Catalog of Stories is at:

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John Kelly of The Washington Post has written a lively piece about the Basement. You can read it here.

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Direct download: Mister_Rons_Basement12-25-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:15pm EST

Thur, Dec 24 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1540

This week we are reading pieces that have something or other to do with Christmas.

Tonight we have a special story for Christmas Eve, from the sharply satirical pen of James L. Ford and his 'Literary Shop.' This episode is especially dedicated to the members of the press, who may find it strikes a familiar chord. From 1894, we bring you 'The Society Reporter's Christmas.'

Time: approx fourteen and a half minutes

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John Kelly of The Washington Post has written a lively piece about the Basement. You can read it here.

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Direct download: Mister_Rons_Basement12-24-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:25pm EST

Wed, Dec 23 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1539

We are continuing with pieces that are (sort of) about Christmas this week.

Today's poem has been reprinted ad infinitum over the last century, and been read online a considerable number of times (Librivox has at least one nice version). Up until now, virtually all of the reprints and readings have been credited to a writer named 'John Challing' whom we have discovered was a nom de plume for world-famous poet James Whitcomb Riley.

Here then, from 1905, is the delightful 'A Rhyme for Christmas.'

Time: approx four and a half minutes

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John Kelly of The Washington Post has written a lively piece about the Basement. You can read it here.

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Direct download: Mister_Rons_Basement12-23-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:20pm EST

Tue, Dec 22 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1538

We're beginning a week of Christmas stories with a piece that barely mentions the holiday at all, but is worth hearing nevertheless. From George Ade's 1912 collection, 'Knocking the Neighbors' we bring you a tale of 'The Dancing Man.'

Time: approx four and a half minutes

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The George Ade Catalog of Stories is at:

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John Kelly of The Washington Post has written a lively piece about the Basement. You can read it here.

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Direct download: Mister_Rons_Basement12-22-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:58pm EST

Mon, Dec 21 2009

Mister Ron's Basement #1537

Quimby faces up to his 'proposal in the dark' in Chapter 14 of Ella Cheever Thayer's 1880 novel, 'Wired Love,' in 'Quimby Accepts the Situation.'

Time: approx eleven and a half minutes



The Mister Ron's Basement Full Catalog can be found at:
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The Wired Love index is at:

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John Kelly of The Washington Post has written a lively piece about the Basement. You can read it here.

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Direct download: Mister_Rons_Basement12-21-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:09pm EST