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Listening to Speak Well

Yesterday marked the 154th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln delivering his Gettysburg Address, an event that, of course, was not recorded by …

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Happy birthday to Kurt Vonnegut, born in Indianapolis, IN, November 11, 1922. His simple yet all-encompassing “so it goes” might be the …

Book of the Week: Starswept (Mary Fan)

In an effort to draw attention to quality self-published literature and in agreement with BlueInk Review, NSR highlights reviews published on BIR’s …

Less than the Sum of its Parts?

In its grasping attempt to move from ubiquitous to monopolizing, Audible’s new come-on for romance genre consumers apparently leaves the concept of …

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Monster squad, let’s blow out some birthday candles (it’ll take all of us, there’s 137 of them) for the fabulous pinch-faced bitty …

Book a Free Skype Visit with a Narrator

The Audio Publishers Association coordinates a literacy initiative, Sound Learning APA, to collect and disseminate research and guidance in support of multimodal …

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Happy 129th birthday to Eugene Gladstone O’Neill, born in New York City’s Barrett House Hotel on 43rd and Broadway October 16, 1888. …

I [Still] Want My Wikipedia!

Over 11 years ago, I co-wrote and edited an article for Library Journal with three librarians (during my days as Senior Book …

Opening the Mind’s Eye

Reading by ear allows for a variety of other activities likely to require sight—running, driving, frosting birthday cakes—or no physical access to …

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Happy 77th birthday to John Winston Lennon, born October 9, 1946. Oddly, if he still were alive he might actually look like …

#audiobookwish X 4

An underutilized hashtag on Twitter points up the books readers wish would migrate into listening format. Some are new titles, many are …

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Happy birthday to the one, the only Groucho, born October 2, 1890, on East 78th Street in Manhattan. October 2, 1959: Rod …

Rad Ref online reference on hiatus

Since 2004, Radical Reference has been providing online reference services to activists, journalists and researchers who requested help looking for information and …

Starting a Local Collective

Radical Reference local collectives are independent from one another and from the international group, which admittedly, is mostly dormant right now. (That …

Follett launches Book Fairs

Just in from Follett: Follett, the leader in PreK-12 education, has announced it is entering the school book fair market, a highly …

Hearing the Unacceptable

The not-quite-well-named Banned Books Week is upon us again, with the annual ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom’s collection of books most frequently …

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“As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a gangster” —Henry Hill, Goodfellas, September 19, 1990. Happy 89th …

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Birthday greetings to Brian De Palma, born September 11, 1940, in Newark, NJ. I assume he’s best known for the crime thrillers …

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“…and the things that were to come are too fantastic not to tell.” Happy 60th anniversary to Kerouac’s On the Road, released …

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August 28, 1978: John Huston, 81, dies of pneumonia linked to a variety of heart and lung ailments associated with heavy smoking. …

The Nazis in your library

Charlottesville Public Library. Wikimedia Commons. Let me tell you about Walter. You know, the 68-year-old retiree that volunteers at your library. The …

When Teachers Forget How to Listen

With the new American school year either poised to open or already entering its fifth or sixth day (depending on local practices), …

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Happy birthday to Ray Bradbury, born August 22, 1920, in Waukegan, Illinois. As a writer he could do everything, and he understood …

Expressions, Impressions

Just as authored, edited, and mass producted books comprise only one segment of the to-be-read universe, audiobooks are not alone in what …

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Happy birthday to Alfred Hitchcock, born August 13, 1899, in London. His films are still so much fun to watch. August 15, …

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August 7, 1934: The U.S. Court of Appeals upholds the lower court’s ruling that James Joyce’s novel Ulysses is art, not pornography, …

Laughing to Learn

Humor is a powerful force that can be put to work in advancing understanding. Whether it’s the witty raconteur of a math …

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July 29, 1954: “…that mad Baggins is off again” with Allen and Unwin’s publication of The Fellowship of the Ring. Hello Sam …

The Natural Listening Literacy Diet

Mark Schatzker’s popular science book, The Dorito Effect (audiobook edition read by Chris Patton for Dreamscape Media, 2015) delves into the industrial …

Book of the week: Swarm (Guy Garcia)

In an effort to draw attention to quality self-published literature and in agreement with BlueInk Review, NSR highlights reviews published on BIR’s …

Oral History, Aural Culture

Audiobooks offer access to the distant history of human artistic expression through technology, an ironic fact that flies in the face of …

Able Listening

Literature from every age has reflected fact and fantasy about a variety of human conditions named, in contemporary terms, disabilities. Chief among …

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July 2, 1961: In the early morning hours, Ernest Hemingway, physically, mentally, and emotionally ravaged and knowing he is finished as an …

Audio Drama for Education

Among real (physically present) experiences fewer and fewer children and youth meet in either entertainment or educational milieux is the live theatrical …

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June 26, 1997: Bloomsbury releases Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the UK. Game changer for sure. Happy 20th anniversary, Harry. …

Narrating from Personal Experience

Good audiobook narrators are trained actors who have developed deep skills in voice and breath management. In many cases, they, along with …

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June 11, 1979: John Wayne, 72, succumbs to stomach cancer. How could John Wayne die? “The fuckin’ Indians got him.”—Lefty Ruggiero, Donnie …

Voices for Canada

Canada, in spite of its southern neighbor’s too frequent assumptions, is not a cultural outpost of US art, literary, and literacy practices. …

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Remembering the great Ray Bradbury, who passed June 5, 2012. Five years gone. Visited Ray’s grave in Los Angeles last summer. Happy …

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May 30, 1593: Christopher Marlowe is killed in a tavern fight over the bill. Despite that official coroner’s record, the facts surrounding …

The Audies Turn 21

Last week the 21st year of Audie Award celebrations took place, an occasion in which the audiobook industry recognizes the best and …

Indie Author Day 2016

In last week’s article, The Rise of the Indie Author in Libraries, we looked at the indie author phenomenon and why it …

Reviewing in the Audio Literacy Ecosystem

How Review Resources Limit Awareness While popularly quoted statistics point to the burgeoning of both audiobook production and audiobook audience size, trying …

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Happy 158th birthday to the great Arthur Conan Doyle, doctor, author, spiritualist, and inadvertent father of forensic science, born in Edinburgh, Scotland, …

NEXT NYC MEETING: June 13, 2017

The next NYC radical reference meeting will take place on: Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 6:30-8:30 PMCenter for Jewish History (15 W 16th …

Literacy Happens When….

Dated Fiction Meets Ironic Narration Back in the mid-1960’s, a magazine writer who had some working experience in law enforcement, some living …

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Happy birthday to Henry Fonda, born in Grand Island, Nebraska, May 16, 1905. His mother, Elma, was friends with Dorothy Brando, mother …

When Kids Listen Again and Again

Anyone who has shared books with a child aged between two and four has probably experienced the “read it again” syndrome. You …

Own Voices

We Need Diverse Books (#WNBD) has gained energy and publisher awareness since its launch in 2014. The proportion of published kids’ books …

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May 1, 1941: Amidst a war with newspaper emperor William Randolph Hearst, RKO releases Citizen Kane. News on the March. Happy birthday …

NEXT NYC MEETING: May 4, 2017

The next NYC radical reference meeting will take place on: May 4, 2017, 6:30-8:30 PM Center for Jewish History (15 W 16th …