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The New Yorker Out Loud Vol 2 [Spoken Word]
Genres: Special Interest, Pop
Themes of love and friendship loosely connect The New Yorker magazine's second spoken-word anthology, and unlikely romantic couplings bookend the album. Steven Millhauser's "A Visit" is a low-key account of the "oozy raptu... more »
Themes of love and friendship loosely connect The New Yorker magazine's second spoken-word anthology, and unlikely romantic couplings bookend the album. Steven Millhauser's "A Visit" is a low-key account of the "oozy raptures" enjoyed by a man married to a frog, while Annie Proulx's "Brokeback Mountain" (read with gender-bent affection by actor Suzy Amis) relates the tender tale of two Wyoming cowboys' ill-fated sexual passion. Back in the city, Jeffrey Eugenides paints a mean and funny portrait of fortysomething baby lust in "Baster," and Junot Diaz explains "How to Date a Brown Girl" (it involves "government cheese"). And though Public Enemy rapper Chuck D effortlessly captures the gothic Southern soul of Mark Twain in an excerpt from Huckleberry Finn, nothing else on the album is quite up to the divine pathos actor Viggo Mortensen puts across in a sound-effects-embellished performance of Jack Kerouac's road diaries. --Richard Gehr
FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one very cool audiobbok - does something wonderful that gets right inside your head - the performances (and the music) are astoundingly good... i didnt think it would be something that i'd play over and over again but there it is playing again. Chuck D is IN THA HOUSE - who else could make Twain so crucial. Viggo Mortensen's performance of the Kerouac Journals is masterful. Suzy Amis's reading will leave you breathless. The music is skillfully done - adds alot to the power of the stories. This is one very cool audiobook."