“Holy Shit This is Hot!” – Gilbert Gottfried Reads Fifty Shades of Grey

When it comes – ahem – to sensual arousal a warm voice reading beautiful prose only has few rivals. Mellifluous tones wrapped around erotica language cooing from your earbuds only for you… as you reach forward to increase the incline on your elliptical at the gym. There’s sexy voices reading the great romances of the [...]

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The Altered Editions of Rachael Ashe

Everyone here at Books on the Radio is a big fan of Rachael Ashe and her work. Her Altered Books are incredible artifacts and beautiful specimens. Evidence of a unique curiosity, and a talent for playful and experimental approaches to turning the seemingly mundane everyday object into a thing of beauty. Thanks to the people [...]

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Leonard Cohen Reads From Beautiful Losers [Audio]

“You plagued me like the moon. I knew you were bound by old laws of suffering and obscurity. I am fearful of the cripple’s wisdom. A pair of crutches, a grotesque limp can ruin a stroll which I begin in a new suit, clean-shaven, whistling. I envied you the certainty that you would amount to [...]

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Patti Smith’s Just Kids, A History of Cool

I have been reading a lot of music journalism lately, particularly Lester’s Bangs‘ Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung. Rollicking, careening, bourbon-fueled prose. Words stitched together with the sweat soaked threads of one who had been there. That night, at that legendary show, backstage tilting back tequilas with the bass player. And later, passed out poolside absently [...]

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RIP Nora Ephron: 1941 – 2012

“Don’t underestimate how much antagonism there is toward women and how many people wish we could turn the clock back. One of the things people always say to you if you get upset is, don’t take it personally, but listen hard to what’s going on and, please, I beg you, take it personally. Understand: every attack [...]

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