Short Nonfiction Collection, Vol. 070


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

Group: Short Nonfiction Collections

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