Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 070

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Twenty short nonfiction works selected by the readers. “Shall we ever be able to visit the moon?” queries journalist Charles Nevers Holmes in 1920. Holmes was hopeful. Technology had come a long way since 1862, when balloonist James Glaisher made a daring ascent to 37,000 feet above the earth and passed out for lack of oxygen [Travels in the Air]. Glaisher had to best-guess the altitude to which his balloon had climbed while he was unconscious. Technology requires a rational system of accurate measurement [A Metric America]. Societies, however, are not rational. Some past eras were filled with horror [The Blues and Greens of Justinian; An Accursed Race]; others with heroism [Not to be Forgotten]. Some men view the public weal through stoic's eyes [Of Seneca's Writings] and some in a more hopeful frame of mind [Theodore Roosevelt on Applying the 9th Commandment]. Days of public observance tell a nation's concerns [Veteran's Day; 5th of November Act 1605]. Myths and legends speak to the importance of loyalty [King Arthur's Table] and to our trust that truth will win out [Merlin the Magician]. Sometimes a humorist like Mark Twain can make us laugh at ourselves [Poets as Policemen]. At other times grief overwhelms us [The Burning of Peshtigo, Wisconsin]. The single woman or man, wondering their place in this complexity, can make a difference: a woman stops to think about the food she buys for her family [How Much Shall We Spend for Food]; another woman sparks a bit of self-assertive feminism in a friend [The New Stove]. And, ever and again, in our search for meaning, we turn to artists [A Talk with Mr. Oscar Wilde; Oscar Wilde and the Aesthetic Movement; Post Impressionism in the Prose of Gertrude Stein]. - Summary by Sue Anderson

Genre(s): *Non-fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Author Source Reader Time Language
Play 01 An Accursed Race Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell Etext Piotr Nater
00:38:57 en
Play 02 The Blues and the Greens of Justinian Procopius Etext Craig Campbell
00:11:19 en
Play 03 The Burning of Peshtigo, Wisconsin (1871) Unknown Etext KevinS
00:24:52 en
Play 04 Girls Mark Twain Etext ChadH94
00:02:16 en
Play 05 How Much Shall We Spend for Food (1910) Mary Ellis Nichols Etext BettyB
00:07:05 en
Play 06 King Arthur's Table Frances Roberta Sterrett Etext BettyB
00:05:51 en
Play 07 Merlin the Magician Roger of Wendover Etext Craig Campbell
00:08:48 en
Play 08 A Metric America: "A Decision Whose Time Has Come" - For Real (1992) Gary P. Carver Etext Availle
00:20:29 en
Play 09 The New Stove (1854) Elizabeth Cady Stanton Etext Sue Anderson
00:09:46 en
Play 10 Not to be Forgotten: Merchant Men Heroes of WWI Elwyn A. Barron Etext KevinS
00:07:17 en
Play 11 Observance of 5th November Act 1605 The Parliament of England Etext MichaelMaggs
00:06:20 en
Play 12 Of Seneca's Writings Roger L'Estrange Etext Grace Buchanan
00:18:06 en
Play 13 Oscar Wilde and the Aesthetic Movement Stuart Mason Etext Rob Marland
00:19:30 en
Play 14 Poets As Policemen Mark Twain Etext ChadH94
00:01:28 en
Play 15 Post-Impressionism in the Prose of Gertrude Stein Mabel Dodge Luhan Etext Sue Anderson
00:14:09 en
Play 16 Senate Subcommittee Hearing on HR 7786, to Change Name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day (1954) United States Senate Etext TriciaG
00:41:04 en
Play 17 Shall We Ever Be Able to Visit the Moon? (1920) Charles Nevers Holmes Etext Anita Sloma-Martinez
00:06:56 en
Play 18 A Talk With Mr. Oscar Wilde Gilbert Burgess Etext Rob Marland
00:14:20 en
Play 19 Theodore Roosevelt On Applying the 9th Commandment Edward Howe Cotton Etext Anita Sloma-Martinez
00:19:46 en
Play 20 Travels in the Air: A Balloon Ascent to 37,000 Feet (1862) James Glaisher Etext Scott Danneker
00:17:53 en