Reading For Clams

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI like to read and write and talk about reading and writing. Anyone who knows me knows this already, duh. I read things on the radio occasionally and folks seem to like what I do.

One favorite of mine is a longish poem by Ford Madox Hueffer [author of Parade’s End as Ford Madox Ford] called “On Heaven.” It was recorded for this episode of WFHB’s Books Unbound: Heaven’s Cafe: A Miscellany for Solstice Eve.

I’ve read other things…of mixed quality due to equipment quality and user error, but it’ll do to give you a taste. You can find some of that here: Arrowhead Audio. If a link is broken, let me know.

Recently I read a book called The Power Within Us: Cabeza de Vaca’s relation of his journey from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536, by Haniel Long. It’s an imaginary “letter” to the King of Spain based on a real document that Vaca wrote. From the Wikipedia entry:

Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca…was a Spanish explorer of the New World, and one of four survivors of the 1527 Narváez expedition. During eight years of traveling across the US Southwest, he became a trader and faith healer to various Native American tribes before reconnecting with Spanish colonial forces in Mexico in 1536. After returning to Spain in 1537, he wrote an account, first published in 1542 as La Relación (“The Relation”, or in more modern terms “The Account”), which in later editions was retitled Naufragios (“Shipwrecks”). Cabeza de Vaca has been considered notable as a proto-anthropologist for his detailed accounts of the many tribes of American Indians that he encountered.

Long’s account is quite short and poetic–about 40 pages. I’d like to record it and share it. I’ve recorded the “Introductory Notes” for you by way of enticement. [6:53m]

I have no rights to do this–it was written in 1944 and so is under copyright–and I’d need permission to complete this–but if you were interested would you consider paying for it? And if yes, how much?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThat’s really what I’m asking. Would you pay me to read books for you–of any sort?

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