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The Strange Recital

The Strange Recital is an audio anthology of short fiction. It is not genre-specific and delights in perceptions of reality that warp and fold in unexpected ways. The literary works we showcase might be odd, humorous, or surreal.... They might remind you of Borges, Nabokov, Kafka, Pynchon. Or none of the above.
 
Each podcast episode features one writer and runs about 20 minutes. It includes a story reading – the Recital – a brief musical interlude, and an author interview with a twist – the Post Recital. Subscribe to get a new episode twice a month. It's free.

Oct 9, 2017

"Three horses cantered across the plain: a grey Arabian, a Palomino and a Roan. Their riders wore spacesuits... but this was not the moon."

 
Books and old instruments. Extinct beasts. Can there be a wealth of detail but a paucity of meaning? Where is the border between sense and nonsense?


Sep 24, 2017

"Giovambattista put his foot down on the accelerator as he left the crowded streets of Paris and headed southwest towards Versailles..."

Why is an 18th-century doctor driving a Jaguar? A deeper question: where is that space in which we meet those who are long dead?


Sep 8, 2017

"The model is finished and the boy regards the day’s effort with quiet, contemplative satisfaction.... He studies the span of the wings and the four mounted engines."

Where is the borderline between imagination and reality? Does such a boundary even exist?


Aug 20, 2017

"Following the application of the voltage, he had found himself possessed with the ability to hear color -- the sound of color. Painting became obsession."
 
A late train, electric hum, conductor-artist, a canvas and a girl... and finally... haiku. Am I hallucinating?


Aug 6, 2017

"She is offering her wings to me; isn’t that what I came down here for after all?"

If you see something strange, should you just keep on driving? Or stop for whatever adventure awaits at the edge of the road?