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Monday, July 05, 2004

The American Death

Click here to listen to an archived real audio stream of a 1998 episode of NPR's This American Life. It's subject: Last Words.

There are readings of short fiction by two writers I greatly admire, Luc Sante and Tobias Wolff (including one of my favorite short stories, Wolff's "Bullet In The Brain"), a bit on dead rock stars by Griel Marcus, an interview with the author of a book compiling transcripts taken from black box recorders in crashed aircrafts, and the especially moving story of a husband and wife who grapple with terminal illness.

My highest recommendation. If you have an hour to spare, are looking to kill some time, or are having trouble sleeping and looking for something to do, I suggest you give Last Words a chance.