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The poem says, "Human voices wake us, and we drown." But I’ve made this podcast with the belief that human voices are what we need. And so, whether from a year or three thousand years ago, whether poetry or prose, whether fiction or diary or biography, here are the best things we have ever thought, written, or said.

Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com.

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The poem says, "Human voices wake us, and we drown." But I’ve made this podcast with the belief that human voices are what we need. And so, whether from a year or three thousand years ago, whether poetry or prose, whether fiction or diary or biography, here are the best things we have ever thought, written, or said.

Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com.

    The Great Myths #8: The Dream of Óengus (Celtic)

    The Great Myths #8: The Dream of Óengus (Celtic)

    In beginning a new series of Great Myths, now delving into Celtic mythology, I read the short but representative story, "The Dream of Óengus" (Aisling Óenguso). I also discuss how many aspects of the story serve as a nice introduction to the larger stories I will talk about and read from in future episodes.

    The translation of "The Dream of Óengus" that I use comes from Jeffrey Gantz's wonderful book, Early Irish Myths & Sagas.

    For anyone entering into these stories, I will also never stop recommending James MacKillop's Oxford Dictionary of Celtic Mythology. It is one of the great reference books.

    Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make in later episodes, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com.

    I assume that the small amount of work presented in each episode constitutes fair use. Publishers, authors, or other copyright holders who would prefer to not have their work presented here can also email me at humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com, and I will remove the episode immediately.

    • 25 min
    Walt Whitman: "As I Ebb'd with the Ocean of Life"

    Walt Whitman: "As I Ebb'd with the Ocean of Life"

    A reading of Walt Whitman's poem "As I Ebb'd with the Ocean of Life." The reading is from the earliest published version of the poem, in the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass, where it is titled "Leaves of Grass #1." The full text of that version is here; the final revision of the poem is here.

    The best place to find Whitman's poetry online (or anything about him at all) remains the Whitman Archive, and you can find every edition of Leaves of Grass here (as plain text downloads) and here (facsimiles of the original editions).

    While there are hundreds of editions of Whitman's poetry in print, the best editions for me are Gary Schmidgall's Walt Whitman: Selected Poems 1855-1892, which present his best poems in their earliest published form (this is the book I am reading from here); the second includes the first and last editions of Leaves of Grass, along with a huge selection of Whitman's prose.

    Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make in later episodes, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com.

    I assume that the small amount of work presented in each episode constitutes fair use. Publishers, authors, or other copyright holders who would prefer to not have their work presented here can also email me at humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com, and I will remove the episode immediately.

    • 8 min
    H. D.: "Lethe"

    H. D.: "Lethe"

    A reading of H. D.’s poem “Lethe,” from her 1924 collection, “Heliodora.” Buy her Collected Poems 1912-1944.

    Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make in later  episodes, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com.

    I assume that the small amount of work presented in each episode  constitutes fair use. Publishers, authors, or other copyright holders who would prefer to not have their work presented here can also email me at humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com, and I will remove the episode immediately.

    • 2 min
    Walt Whitman's Life pt. 1: The Long Foreground

    Walt Whitman's Life pt. 1: The Long Foreground

    This is the first in what will be a long series of readings from biographies of Walt Whitman. For the next month or so, the book I will be reading from is Paul Zweig's Walt Whitman: The Making of the Poet, which focuses on the years preceding the publication of Leaves of Grass, and and the decade or so after, which Zweig and many others identify has the period in which he wrote his best poetry. 

    The best place to find Whitman's poetry online (or anything about him at all) remains the Whitman Archive, and you can find every edition of Leaves of Grass here (as plain text downloads) and here (facsimiles of the original editions).

    While there are hundreds of editions of Whitman's poetry in print, I   prefer the two editions published by the Library of America: the first includes the 1855 and 1892 versions of Leaves of Grass, and the second includes the same, along with a huge selection of Whitman's prose.

    Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make in later episodes, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com. 

    I assume that the small amount of work presented in each episode constitutes fair use. Publishers, authors, or other copyright holders who would prefer to not have their work presented here can also email me at humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com, and I will remove the episode immediately.

    • 54 min
    George Orwell on War

    George Orwell on War

    A reading of three essays by George Orwell on the Allied bombings of German cities in World War Two, and the aftermath of the atomic bombs being dropped on Japan. 

    I am reading from the exhaustive (more than 1,300 pages) collection of hundreds of Orwell's essays, reviews and articles to be found in the Everyman's Library edition of George Orwell's Essays. For those who would just like to see find the text of what I've read from, their online counterparts are linked to below:


    As I Please #25, from May 19, 1944
    As I Please #33, from July 14, 1944
    You and the Atom Bomb, from October 19, 1945
    An online collection of all of his As I Please articles can be found here.

    Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make in later episodes, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com.

    I assume that the small amount of work presented in each episode constitutes fair use. Publishers, authors, or other copyright holders who would prefer to not have their work presented here can also email me at humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com, and I will remove the episode immediately.

    • 28 min
    The Great Myths #4-7: Ancient Egypt

    The Great Myths #4-7: Ancient Egypt

    A collection of four episodes on the mythology of Ancient Egypt. For a full list of readings used, visit the page for each individual episode, in the links below:

    Episode #4 (beginning at 00:36) is an introduction and reading of only a handful of the ancient Egyptian Pyramid texts.

    Episode #5 (beginning at 46:00) is an overview of the story of the Egyptian god Osiris, with readings from the most complete Egyptian and Greek sources

    Episode #6 (beginning at 1:27:15) is an overview of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, and a reading from Chapter 125.

    Episode #7 (beginning at 1:56:45) is a reading of Herodotus's account of Egyptian embalming/mummification practices, followed by a summing up of Egyptian myth episodes.

    Any comments, or suggestions for readings I should make in later episodes, can be emailed to humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com.

    I assume that the small amount of work presented in each episode constitutes fair use. Publishers, authors, or other copyright holders who would prefer to not have their work presented here can also email me at humanvoiceswakeus1@gmail.com, and I will remove the episode immediately.

    • 2 hr 34 min

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