Literature and Performance

Summer 2010

Girl in a Miniskirt Outside My Window by Charles Bukowski (read by Meg)

July 19th, 2010

During my second year of college, my creative writing professor had us read this poem. Personally, I see “Girl in a Miniskirt” one way when you first read it, and another way when you read it again. I also believe that it’s a beautiful, and very different poem to be read out loud, and will always depend how the narrator reads the poem, as well as how the audience accepts it.

Girl in a Miniskirt Outside My Window

“To Grow Old With Dogs” by Author Unknown-read by Kristin Magill

July 19th, 2010

Since my childhood I have shared my life with family pets of all sorts. I had cats, mice, gerbils, a tree frog, a dog and even Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. My mother instilled in me a great respect for and love of animals that has followed me my entire life. Since my fiance and I have rescued five animals (3 cats and 2 dogs) and added them to our family I have really learned to appreciate the unique relationships we can form with animals. I can’t imagine ever being without that companionship, even as a I grow older.
This poem, “To Grow Old With Dogs” is a reflection of the future that I hope for-filled with friendship, love and lots and lots of fur.

“To Grow Old With Dogs” by Author Unknown

“The Color of Joy” by Caroline Knapp-read by Kristin Magill

July 19th, 2010

My name is Kristin and I am dog crazy. “What is dog crazy?”, you might ask. To my friends dog crazy is canceling plans because my dog is sick. Dog crazy is not having any money to go shopping or to the movies because we spent it all on dog food. Dog crazy is referring to the dogs as my babies. Above all, being dog crazy means well…I’m crazy when it comes to my dogs.
To me, dog crazy is sharing an intimate and profound relationship with a creature of another species and it is the most rewarding and amazing experience I can think of. It’s a relationship rarely understood by those who haven’t shared this sort of bond with an animal.
This short story from “Dog Is My Co-Pilot” really spoke to me and the relationship that I have with my dogs that may seem a little bit…crazy…from the outside. Reading this short story has given me the nerve to say, “Yes, my dogs have changed my life and I’m not embarrassed by that”.

“The Color of Joy” by Caroline Knapp

The two rescue dogs that changed my life, Stella and Casey

First Chapter of Fight Club by Renee

June 17th, 2010

I chose to read a chapter from Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club because I love the clever language. It is one of my favorite novels and it was the first novel that I read straight through without stopping. I hate how innocent my voice sounds and I don’t think it does the language justice. Still, I hope it encourages you all to read the novel. Also, I was allergic to something in the recording room and tried not to cough or sneeze. Unfortunately, every time I recorded I couldn’t make it through the chapter without coughing–sorry for that.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge – Rime of the Ancient Mariner Pt IV & V

June 17th, 2010

I chose a selection from Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” because I thought it would challenge me a little more than some of the earlier readings I did. My first introduction to Coleridge was a reading done by a professor and there is something about the hearing poetry read out loud (and by someone who knows how) that makes it so much more profound and it has stuck with me since then. I don’t think my recording is anywhere near the level of my professor’s reading but, I am satisfied with the final product (funny how stuff sounds better in your head than when its a recording).

Samuel Taylor Coleridge – Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Pt IV & V)

Robocop Guy

June 17th, 2010


Lindsey’s Dance Evolution video reminded of theis video that I watched years ago.  This guy’s really awesome and he keeps his act going for almost ten minutes.  It’s insane.

Finding Nemo: Hoang and Annie

June 17th, 2010

Finding Nemo

Annie and I had fun doing the dramatic pieces so we wanted to do another one for our final performance.  Finding Nemo was the first one we thought of and one that almost everyone has seen and loved.  To keep it simple, there are only two characters, Marlin and Dory.  Annie plays Marlin and I play Dory; the audio is almost all the dialogue between the two as they are searching for Nemo.  If you notice longer pauses, that means that the scene has changed.  It is a long one, but we felt that cutting out any of these scenes wouldn’t help the audio flow as well.

The Kite Runner read by Megan

June 16th, 2010

I chose to read a section from Khaled Hosseini’s <em>The Kite Runner</em> because it is one of my favorite novels.  This heart wrenching story focuses on a boy, Amir, who spends the majority of his life trying to make up for the haunting act of cowardice that caused him to betray his best friend as a child.  I developed a strong sense of attachment to both the characters Amir and Hassan and really felt for them as they suffered.  I also found it extremely interesting to learn about Afghan culture, as I had a fairly limited conception of Middle-Eastern culture before reading this book.

The Kite Runner

“Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis

June 16th, 2010

Mere Christianity

C.S. Lewis is one of my favorite writers, especially about spiritual matters. His works “The Screwtape Letters” and “Mere Christianity” are both clear, profound, and completely devoid of the parts of Christianity which I myself prefer to avoid.

I’ve linked not only my own recording of the first chapter, but also a Youtube audio recording. The chapter reading starts at 6:20 in the Part 2, but I would highly advise listening to Part 1 and the beginning of Part 2, as it is the reading of the forward, which helps to explain Lewis’ motivation and some background on the piece. My chapter is finished up in Part 3 on Youtube.

Mere Christianity (Youtube)

The Book of Flying by Sydney

June 16th, 2010

The Book of Flying by Keith Miller

I chose to read the first few pages of “The Book of Flying,” written by Keith Miller. I really like the language in this book and the way he writes really drew me into the story with all of the imagery. The story is about a lonely librarian named Pico who lives in a town where there are both people and people with wings. Pico’s parents had wings, but he was born without any, and was left to live on the ground by himself. He falls in love with a winged girl, but she cannot love him because he doesn’t have wings. He decides to leave the city and go out in search of his very own wings.

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