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About Magnanimous-Incident Literature

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

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by Mark Twain
16 minutes, 7 seconds
Unabridged Humor/Storytelling/Essay
1878

Twain

Twain proposes some realistic sequels to three common morality tales.

Read by Alex Wilson.


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The Art of War

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

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by Sun Tzu
1 hour, 19 minutes
Unabridged Military Treatise
600 BC, 1910 (translation)

The Art of War

The classic, definitive Chinese book on military strategies and tactics. For centuries it has influenced generals, rulers, and others interested in military intelligence. More recently it has become required reading for some businesses executives. Translation from the Chinese by Lionel Giles.

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Mark Twain Lies!

Monday, June 21st, 2010

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by Mark Twain
37 minutes, 26 seconds
Two Unabridged Humor Essays
1882,1899

Twain

Includes the Telltale Weekly comedic recordings of Mark Twain’s “My First Lie (And How I Got Out of It)” and “On the Decay of the Art of Lying.”

From “My First Lie (and How I Got Out of It):”


“As I understand it, what you desire is information about ‘my first lie,
and how I got out of it.’ I was born in 1835; I am well along, and my
memory is not as good as it was. If you had asked about my first truth
it would have been easier for me and kinder of you, for I remember that
fairly well. I remember it as if it were last week. The family think it
was the week before, but that is flattery…”

From “On the Decay of the Art of Lying:”

“Observe, I do not mean to suggest that the custom of lying has suffered any decay or interruption–no, for the Lie, as a virtue, a principle, is eternal; the lie, as a recreation, a solace, a refuge in time of need, the fourth Grace, the tenth Muse, man’s best and surest friend, is immortal, and cannot perish from the earth while this club remains. My complaint simply concerns the decay of the art of lying…”

Two humorous essays/speeches read by Alex Wilson.

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My Escape from Slavery

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

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by Frederick Douglass
36 minutes, 37 seconds
Unabridged Memoir / Essay
1881

Douglass

“In the first narrative of my experience in slavery, written nearly forty years ago, and in various writings since, I have given the public what I considered very good reasons for withholding the manner of my escape…” Frederick Douglass reveals the missing piece of his autobiography, in a tale that could not have been told without endangering others so long as slavery continued. Read by Alex Wilson.

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The Rediscovery of the Unique

Monday, March 15th, 2010

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by H G Wells
23 minutes, 16 seconds
Unabridged Science & Philosophy Essay
1891

H G Wells

“Science is a match that man has just got alight.” An important early essay on science and philosophy, offering insight into the unfettered mind that would a few years later belong to “The Father of Science Fiction.” Read by Alex Wilson. Not licensed in the EU.


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Five Speeches

Monday, January 18th, 2010

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by Mark Twain
29 minutes, 45 seconds
Unabridged Humorous Speeches
1899-1908

Twain

Five speeches by the master at making them interesting and witty.

Theoretical Morals (1899)
“A man can’t become morally perfect by stealing one or a thousand green watermelons, but every little bit helps.”

The Alphabet and Simplified Spelling (1907)
“Simplified spelling is all right, but, like chastity, you can take it too far.”

Education and Citizenship (1908)
“Now I want to tell a story about jumping to conclusions. It was told to me by Bram Stoker and it concerns a christening.”

Layman’s Sermon (1906)
“Now I am not modest. I was born modest, but it didn’t last.”

University Settlement Society (1901)
“Marvelous it is, to think of schools where you don’t have to drive the children in, but drive them out! It was not so in my day.”

Note: The podcast includes only “Theoretical Morals.” All five speeches are included in the downloadable bundles.

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Microsoft Research DRM Talk

Monday, December 7th, 2009

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by Cory Doctorow
53 minutes, 1 second
Unabridged Speech on Technology and Business Issues
2004

Cory Doctorow DRM Talk

On June 17, 2004, science fiction author and EFF spokesman Cory Doctorow talked to Microsoft Research Group and other interested parties about Digital Rights Management (DRM), copyright, and the technology that cleaves them together and apart. In five parts, Doctorow covers everything from DVD region coding and the player piano to the Apple iTunes Music Store and why Sony didn’t create the digital successor to its once-ubiquitous Walkman. Everything you ever wanted to know about DRM, but were afraid to tell Microsoft.

Read by Alex Wilson. The text of this speech is freely available online [new window].



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Civil Disobedience

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

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by Henry David Thoreau
1 hour, 20 minutes
Unabridged Essay
1849

Thoreau

Originally entitled “Resistance to Civil Government,” the classic libertarian essay on self-reliance advocating the active refusal to disobey unjust laws. Note: the Spoken Alexandria podcast includes only the first part (of two) of Civil Disobedience. The full book is included in the zipped download options. Read by Alex Wilson.


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The Declaration of Independence

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

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of The United States of America
12 minutes, 35 seconds
Unabridged Historical Document
1776

The Declaration of Independence

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation…” The United States Declaration of Independence.

Read by Alex Wilson.

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Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)

Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical)
Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.




 

The Destiny of Colored Americans

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

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by Frederick Douglass
8 minutes, 13 seconds
Unabridged Essay
1849

Douglass

“The white man’s happiness cannot be be purchased by the black man’s misery.” A prophetic essay first published in his abolitionist newspaper, the North Star. Douglass started adding his initials “F.D.” at the end of his writing when it was questioned that such thoughtful, well-reasoned work could come from an ex-slave. Read by Alex Wilson.

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Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) was a Maryland-born author, educator, publisher, speaker, and abolitionist. As a young slave in the South, he started an illegal, secret school to educate his fellow slaves. After fleeing to the North, he published his famous autobiography and the abolitionist newspaper the North Star (later Frederick Douglass' Paper, and spoke out against racial inustice. During the Civil War, he served as an advisor to President Abraham Lincoln and, with the North's victory he saw the passages of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments. But he continued to fight for social injustice to the end of his days, speaking out against lynching and "Jim Crow" laws, and passing away shortly after attending an meeting on women's suffrage in 1895.


Alex Wilson is a writer and actor from northern Ohio and now based in Carrboro, North Carolina. His stories and comics have appeared/will appear in
Asimov's Science Fiction, The Rambler, Outlaw Territory II (Image Comics), Weird Tales, Futurismic, LCRW and elsewhere. Locus has called him a "promising new writer," and Publishers Weekly also has nice things to say. Website)

Alex has performed lead roles in the North American premiere of (Richard Taylor's musical)
Whistle Down the Wind and (Emmy-nominated director Jack Lucido's film) The Third Cord. He has recently appeared in the Deep Dish Theater productions of Hedda Gabler and Moon for the Misbegotten, and recorded narrations for Escape Pod and Night Shade Books. (Acting Resume/Reel) On early Telltale recordings, Alex is sometimes credited as "Alexander Wilson." He founded Telltale in 2004.