Today’s Comment of the Week: Halloween Lizards and the Accidental Listener

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Wonderful Listener Rose Red writes:

I thoroughly enjoyed [episode two of the Jacke Wilson Show], which I had to listen to because I knew the Beatles would be mentioned. I am listening to the Halloween one and I think I just wet myself laughing at your take on the geckos in space. “Do they not have feelings?”

Thank you! I’d like to think they do. And I know I have feelings, and your comment made me laugh and feel proud and…a little apologetic! I didn’t mean to cause an accident! Maybe some laundry postponement but that’s as far as I was hoping to go!

I hope things turned out okay. And of course I’m very tickled by the comment. Thank you, Rose Red!

You can listen to the Halloween episode by subscribing to iTunes, following this link to download the mp3, visiting this show page, or pressing this button:

Fun for everyone. Even our dark master Edgar (pictured above in a great drawing by KAL for Raven Beer) makes an appearance in a short story as heard through the filtering mind of Jacke Wilson Jr.

Happy Halloween everyone!

Top Ten Writers Laughing: The Very Best!

Okay, we already looked at numbers 10 through 6. Let’s take a look at the top five from our very popular Writers Laughing series. Away we go!

Number 5: Kurt Vonnegut and John Irving

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Number 4: Samuel Beckett

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Number 3: Flannery O’Connor

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Number 2: George Orwell (this was close – he was overtaken on the final day!)

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And the number 1 Writers Laughing are…

Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir!

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Congratulations, winners! Now everyone, let’s all try to make laughter part of our day today. Come on! We can do it!

Note: Commentary and image credits are on the original links.

The Jacke Wilson Show – Subscribe on iTunes!

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One… one one… one one… It’s the Jacke Wilson Show!

And now you can subscribe on iTunes. Every episode, downloaded to um… the device of your choice… um, it streams to ah… HEY LOOK. IT WORKS ON IPODS. PHONES. IPADS. COMPUTERS. ALL STUFF LIKE THAT. WHATEVER YOU OWN AND USE.

Ahem. Some of us are not always up on, say, technology. But we try. We make do, as my mother said as she wiped my nose with a leaf after a cataclysmic sneeze disrupted my walk to kindergarten.

How do you partake in these glories? Just click this link. Or this graphic:

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And you will hear the lost scenes of Macbeth, the Fall OFF the House of Usher, the new Michael Jackson play (starring Bryan Cranston), lusty lizards, Tolstoy and his horse, Jacke Wilson Objects galore, philosophers galore, great books galore, morning thoughts, late-night thoughts, prehistoric fish, Tibetan rainbows… it’s a journey, people. We can take it together.

And I promise I won’t make myself laugh so much in the future! I’m getting more professional, episode by episode.

Enjoy!

SUBSCRIBE TO THE JACKE WILSON SHOW IN ITUNES.

Prefer to download directly? Or stream on your computer? You’re in luck! Here are the episodes:

Download the mp3 file: The Jacke Wilson Show 1.2 – Perception and the Mind

Or download The Jacke Wilson Show 1.1 – the Halloween Episode or listen to it here:

Virginia Woolf on How to Read a Book


Via Maria Popova’s Brainpickings (of course!), we get this amazing overview of Virginia Woolf’s amazing advice on how to read a book.

The whole post is worth reading, but here’s a taste:

To read a novel is a difficult and complex art. You must be capable not only of great fineness of perception, but of great boldness of imagination if you are going to make use of all that the novelist — the great artist — gives you.

Virginia made a cameo here on the Jacke blog once before, when she visited Stonehenge. Glad to have you back, Virginia!

Let’s try a little K.T. Tunstall for our onward and upward. With the legendary Daryl Hall. Can’t we all just go hang out there, at Daryl’s house?

Writers Laughing: The Top Ten!

What can I say about the Writers Laughing series? It’s hugely popular and it’s not hard to see why. We all love books, we all love authors, we all love seeing them in their unguarded moments. And laughter is a beautiful thing. I suppose I’ve posted about 30 or so of these. Time for a top ten!

Number 10 (tie): Gertrude Stein, Zora Neale Hurston, Carson McCullers

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Number 9: Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald

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Number 8: Seamus Heaney

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Number 7: Lorrie Moore

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Number 6: Alice Munro (with special guest Margaret Atwood)

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That’s it for now…bask in the happy mood and check back for the top 5!

Note: Commentary and image credits are at the original posts.

Small Press Shoutout: Owl and Zebra Press!

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. Longtime readers may recall the Small Press Shoutout series, in which I celebrated those independent, brainy, well-intentioned, focused, even more focusedadorable, craftsmanlike, inspiring, dazzling, successful, friendly, quirky, cutting-edge corporate governance-y small presses. Here’s a list, with links:  Continue reading

Today’s Comment of the Week: The Folder of Laundry!

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Wonderful Reader [or I guess Wonderful Listener] R listens to Episode 2 of The Jacke Wilson Show and writes:

I love your whole thing about philosophers and drug effects. I had to laugh as you explained some Conte-crazed college kid jumping on a table and making some life-changing announcement. It’s amazing how ideas can MOVE people. Also thoroughly enjoyed your two segments. Honestly, just the idea of some deep-sea fish spending it’s life in darkness, unrealized by humans, BLOWS MY MIND. And the “Sign” is great. The ending is tricky with these epiphany stories. I feel they go one of two ways: Either the sign is real and he is right, or the sign is fake and the story tries to drop the other sarcastic shoe just as the reader is getting her hopes up. But your ending was much more thoughtful than either of these, and honestly I stopped what I was doing (folding laundry!) just to listen. Jacke’s reaction to the insurance lady is just hysterical! I love it! Thank you for your work, always nice to meet a fellow thinker ;)

This is so much fun for me! I don’t know why I started a podcast, other than I enjoy listening to them myself and I thought it would be a good way to try to connect with other people. Maybe to entertain, maybe make some people think. Maybe throw some ideas out into the world and see if anyone is as crazy as me.

I have a noisy household and a full-time job, so I have to record these things at 4 in the morning. (Also known as “Writing Time.”) The oddest thing about the process is not having an audience. Well, writing is like that too, but recording a podcast is even stranger, at least for me.

After I released Episode 1, I got some wonderful feedback, including some very warm comments from some longtime friends of the Jacke blog. And now this! To think that someone stopped what they were doing to listen – well, readers, I hate to admit this, but it got a little dusty in Jacke’s world today. You have to remember how many years I spent basically writing for no audience other than a few friends and family. I’ve talked about this before; it’s not something I need to go into again, other than to say how THANKFUL I am for each and every listener, reader, commenter, emailer, and generally receptive human being.

The world is a little less lonely, the sense of community feels a little stronger today. Thank you!

You can listen to the Beatles, philosophers, prehistoric fish, and all the other epiphanies here:

Download the mp3 file: The Jacke Wilson Show 1.2 – Perception and the Mind

You can also download The Jacke Wilson Show 1.1 – the Halloween Episode or listen to it here:

PS: When I thought about the last time I gushed with appreciation over a reader’s comment, I thought to myself, “Well, it’s been about a year since I did that, so it’s probably okay to do it again.” Then I found the link and realized it was LAST MONTH. Stay with me, people! I’m not always so sentimental!