It’s The Jacke Wilson Show! Episode 5 – The Gift



Hmm, Episode 5 is shorter than usual. Maybe because I had TWO embarrassing vacuum cleaner stories and I only told ONE of them. I’ll have to save it for the Director’s Cut edition. It’s one of the cardinal rules of professional podcasting: do not tell two embarrassing household-appliance stories in the same episode of a podcast. You could look it up.

What we DO have is a quick look at the Dubliners series, some thoughts about Not Knowing What To Say, and a proto-Object “The Gift.” And some (hopefully) improved sound quality, as I figure out exactly what the hell I’m doing. If you’re like me, you shrink from the overly packaged. You like things a little RAW. Well, that’s what you’re going to get. Not sleek. Not clean. Not gleaming. Raw. Ragged. Broken.

Hope you enjoy the show!

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Or directly download the mp3 file: The Jacke Wilson Show 1.5 – The Gift

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Let me know what you think! Thank you for listening!

Show Notes:


Episode 5: Reading Joyce’s Dubliners, an uninvited vacuum cleaner, the phenomenon of Not Knowing What To Say, tricky marriages, a call for Life’s Unanswerable Questions, and a Jacke Wilson Object (“The Gift”). Music by Kevin MacLeod of

JACKE WILSON is the pen name of a writer whose books have been described as being “full of intrigue and expertly rendered deadpan comedy.” Born in Wisconsin, Jacke has since lived in Chicago, Bologna, Taiwan, Ann Arbor, Seattle, Mountain View, and New York City. Jacke now lives and works in the Washington D.C. area. Like his writings, the JACKE WILSON SHOW takes an affectionate look at the absurdities in literature, art, philosophy, great books, poetry, current events, hard news, politics, whatever passes for civilization these days, and the human condition (that dying animal). For more about Jacke and his books, visit Jacke at


3 thoughts on “It’s The Jacke Wilson Show! Episode 5 – The Gift

  1. There’s so much here! I’ll hit the high points. I remember Ben Franklin- what a great store. They had everything. I heard you say ‘dime store’ and my ears twitched. I haven’t heard that phrase in such a long time.
    Oh you made me cry with poor Jacke and his gift. We do want to please our mothers don’t we? I broke everything I touched and my knees looked like I had been to ‘nam. I remember the transition between making a gift and buying one. It was pivotal.


    1. Thanks, Rose Red. This comment really warmed my heart. I didn’t mean to make you cry, but I’m glad that the sentiment got across. The desire to please one’s mother is such a powerful thing! Thank you again!

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      1. True, but that is what happens with a good storyteller-we laugh with you and cry with you.

        I am curious if you have a favourite short story writer (s). I have a particular style that I like.


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