09/04/2012 Charles reads “A Retrieved Reformation”, one of the most recognized short stories of American writer O Henry (1862-1910). The story follows the reformation of a bank robber. An interesting note is that the author himself was jailed for embezzling funds while he was working in a bank and many of his short stories were written while he was incarcerated.
09/18/12 Charles and Beryl share the reading of “The Consummation” by Charles Galsworthy (1867-1933), British writer best known today for “The Forsyte Saga”, made into a very successful television series on Masterpiece Theatre. Galsworthy used his writings as a commentary on social justice – the inequitable treatment of rich and poor in Edwardian England. Beryl followed this story with a reading of “Oliver’s Evolution” by John Updike, originally published in 1998 in Esquire magazine.
09/25/2012 Pam K. of “Stone Soup” fame, substitutes for Charles and Beryl. She reads poems of the poet hobo Iowa Blackie, who rode the tracks until his death at the age of 62, in 2011. Pam intersperses the poems with the musical poetry of trains riding the tracks.