Friday, June 24, 2005


Tired of the everyday routine? May I offer you an escape?

And now a little something for the auditory learner . . .

The above picture is from a website that sells CD's of old time radio shows. On this site they have samples of some of the programs they are selling. I was pleasantly surprised to find a radio dramitization of Earth Abides. It is on a CD set from the radio program called Escape. This program ran from 1947 to 1954 and was very popular. It boasts having many celebrity guests and producing only quality work. In fact, on the web site, they are proud to state, "There are no clunkers."

This web site is a great look into the world of old time radio shows. The language of the period is at times hilarious:

"Bugaboos and Killer Roos! These horrifying and suspenseful tales will click your teeth and turn your hair white. So grab an extra pair of pants, settle yourself on the edge of your chair and let the spoooooooooks begin!"

Other times, the language reflects the patriarchal society of the time, "And it is wonderful adventure radio for the whole family, especially Dad."

The Escape radio program introduces Earth Abides as one of the most "unusual and terrifying stories of recent years. It is a story of such scope that the producers of Escape, in order to dramatize its full impact, present it in two episodes."

So now kiddies, if you have "an extra pair of pants," tune into the first episode of Earth Abides.


Visual Interpretation of Earth Abiding

While researching for my presentation on Monday, I found an interesting and beautiful site called FILE.

FILE's tag line states it is " a collection of unexpected photography." Anyone with an interest in photography (Joe, I'm thinking you would enjoy this one) or anyone who finds "unconventional observations" fascinating, should check this out. For everyone else, it is a nice break from the written word (Dr. Jones and other visual learners will be in their element).

The photo above is one of eleven by Beerzie Boy in his on-line gallery entitled "Earth Abides." Beerzie created this gallery in response to his reading of Stewart's novel. In an introduction to his work found on the home page of File magazine, Beerzie states:

"The title refers to George Stewart's novel Earth Abides, in which most of the world's population is destroyed by a virus. The subsequent reclaimation of the planet by the natural world always facinated me, and it has seemed to me that no matter how hard people try to control nature, it ultimately battles back. These are images that illustrate this battle."

I enjoyed these photos and feel Beerzie has created a fitting tribute to Stewart's work.
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