Friday, November 28, 2008

Charles Laughton Reads Jack Kerouac

Here's a little something for the holiday weekend, from a blog entitled Hootsbuddy's Place:

Charles Laughton Reading Jack Kerouac

Per instruction, you'll need to slide the bar to the 35 minute mark to pick up the Laughton reading of a scene from Kerouac's Dharma Bums, which, though brief, is quite good. Also Laughton tells stories about the sculptor Henry Moore, modern art, Chartres Cathedral, Psalm 104, and so much more. He categorizes all as religious experiences which indeed they are.

Happy Black Friday.



Ed Baker said...

hey I just mentioned thwe other day on Lally's blog where he lists Charles L I sya

Charles Laughton our Greatest 20 th Cenury actor and pointed to just one film The Beach Comber

now to listen to this two of my favorites

Charles Gramlich said...

I just realized I have to do some shopping today. OMG, that's horrible. I hate going out on this day.

Issa's Untidy Hut said...


Let me know if you like the audio ... I was really moved by his account of Chartres Cathedral and the tour he got ...

C, I guess it could be worse, you could be working like me ... no, wait, it's still worse, you have to go shopping ... Don

Anonymous said...

imagine all them emotions re Notre Dame Cathedral especially after CL Quasimodo! first time I went in I was B O G G L E D

the reading that you linked too well I got undr -whelmed with/by the holiday tone of it at the opening

and never got into the second hour where what I wanted to listen to was / in fact only got about 5 mins into it...then "booked"
all holiday's too divisive so, I don't celebrate any ..

so I went over to see what JM hasin current Otoliths... neat!

Issa's Untidy Hut said...


Yes, hence the instructions to "slide" to minute 35 ... holiday spirit always being a bit of a drag -

But beautiful, inscrutable haiku:

"what JM has in current Otoliths... neat!"


Anonymous said...

here is what I got second hour of John Birge's program:

my slide don't work /it "can't demultiplex" /into
35 mins of fst day winter

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

A: Sorry you had to sit through the first part, must have been tedious.

How was the Galway Kinnell?


John Ballard said...

Thanks for the link. I see from the comments that about half of everybody had neither the time nor the patience to find a "pearl of great price" but those who did, like you and I, found it worth the trouble.

It's too bad that simple audio streams must compete for attention with their more glamorous video cousins. I'm a big fan of radio. People like Ira Glass, Terry Gross, Blob Edwards and Garrison Keillor have been doing loads of great work for years. And they're still at it.

Maybe someone with good taste will some day put up a good YouTube site (or free-standing) with a menu of gems like the ones we like. FORA TV is doing it for video speeches. Check it out.

Ed Baker said...

I grew up watching radio...
on Sunday nites STILL
I think a pbs station from 7 pm til 10 pm plays old serials..

WOW just looking at this list I drool!
Red Ryder! Uncle Miltie!

Fibber Magie and Molly! The Great Gilder Sleeve! Amos and Andy (not the tv guys)

baseball football on the radio...Redskins/Giants..

the prize fight from Madison Square Garden, etc this Lewis/Schmeling fight just 5 year before I was born, will give you an idea...

and here is the Ild time radio link

in 1949 or 50 we got a television set.. first one on 7 th Street, N.E.

was all live tv shows not too long when broadcasting went of we (and some of our (Grocery store) customers used to watch the test patterns of the 3 channels...

I forgot what I was replying to!

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

John Ballard: Yes, the pearl was "it" - I was very moved, how he told the story and its resonance for him all those years later -

Thank you very much for the link. High quality. I'll be adding it to the website.

Ed, yes, watching the radio, I would add Jean Shepherd to that list of radio greats ... although he was late, one of the last to the table. Though Keillor, among some of the others John mentions, gives us hope that the medium will find its level, ironically probably through the newest medium, the net.


Ed Baker said...

and poetry on the radio?

Cid 'invented' it in Boston..

and, here in D.C the same A.U. station that has Diane Rhems
(a national treasure) has Old Time Radio for 3 or 4 hours Sunday nites