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New Testament: Philippians

Friday, April 6th, 2012

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from the King James Bible
16 minutes, 18 seconds
Unabridged Religous Work
First Century AD

The King James Bible

The eleventh book of the New Testament: the epistle of the apostle Paul to the Philippians. It was written during Paul’s first imprisonment in Rome, yet he emphasizes joy and rejoicing at the gospel.

Read by Alex Wilson.



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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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New Testament: Galatians

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

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from the King James Bible
23 minutes, 39 seconds
Unabridged Religous Work
First Century AD

The King James Bible

The ninth book of the New Testament: the epistle of the apostle Paul to the Galatians. Paul argues that redemption comes from grace rather than as a reward for adherence to laws, “for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”

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.

Note: the podcast MP3 includes only the first part of The Art of War. Find the complete recording in any of the zip files. Read by Alex Wilson.

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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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The Constitution

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

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of The United States of America
27 minutes, 29 seconds
Unabridged Historical Document
1787

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America…”

Read by John Jennens.

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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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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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