Raise your hand if you know what these are. Bet you don't come across these things too often anymore. Curious to know who it is? Here, let me share a close up.
These are so cool. Thank you Portland Public Library for letting my library borrow them from you so that I can listen to selections from May Sarton's work. I loved Journal of a Solitude and was ready to read more right away, but I've not had a chance yet to pick up another of her books.
I don't know where I came across these (looking for something else online no doubt), but I liked the idea of listening. It's only a pity that they only seem to be available on audio cassette. I wasn't even sure I would be able to listen--whether I had a machine to play them on, and I had to borrow one. But here I sit typing and listening to Mary Sarton (at 82) talking about life and writing and her poetry. She will be reading one of her poems, too. There's is nothing like listening to an author read or talk about her work!
Andrea Itkin reads excerpts from Sarton's work on the other cassettes. I've listened to a bit of Plant Dreaming Deep and now have moved on to Journal of a Solitude. I wish I could make a short audio file of Sarton talking and I would share it with you . . .
And look what else I have found! I am on an audio roll it would seem. I snapped this up when it came across my desk just recently.
Now this probably looks a little more familiar. And I can even pop it into my computer--so handy! It is a juvenile picture book, Time for Flowers Time for Snow written by Glen Huser, illustrated by Philippe Béha and music by Giannis Georgantelis. This is a retelling of the myth of Persephone and Demeter, my favorite myth--is it weird to have a favorite myth? Well, this is mine.
The CD is the opera which is performed by more than 180 Quebec schoolchildren along with the Orchestre Symphonique Pop de Montreal. It is narrated by Terry Jones (of Monty Python fame according to the book blurb).
Needless to say it is a very cool book and a wonderful find. I have listened to a bit of the CD, but I will read the story first. Why didn't I have books like this when I was little? That's okay, I'll probably enjoy it more now anyway!
Yet more reasons to love your library.