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“A Milonga for Manuel Flores” Episode 76 of The Word Count Podcast

WCPep76_PromptJack Gwaltney and I contribute “A Milonga for Manuel Flores,” a piece inspired by the photo above and the great Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges.  Below is a link to hear all the stories.

http://thewordcount.libsyn.com/the-word-count-podcast-episode-76

 

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Life After Death, Episode 75 of The Word Count Podcast

Jack Gwaltney and I contribute the story ‘Life After Death’ to episode 75 of The Wordcount Podcast. The piece is inspired by the Ted Hughes poem and a photo prompt of a wolf on the hunt.

http://rbwood.com/dir/index.php/2018/04/23/the-word-count-podcast-episode-75/

The Hustler, Episode 74 of The Word Count Podcast

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Jack Gwaltney and I contribute a story inspired by the great Walter Tevis novel to this month’s episode of The Word Count Podcast.

http://rbwood.com/dir/index.php/2018/03/25/the-word-count-podcast-episode-74/

 

 

The Weary Blues, The Word Count Podcast, Episode 73

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In The Weary Blues, Jack Gwaltney and I honor Langston Hughes, while telling a unique story about the Ardennes Forest, the Battle of the Bulge, and ice fishing.

http://thewordcount.libsyn.com/the-word-count-podcast-episode-73

 

 

A Burnt-Out-Case, The Word Count Podcast, Episode 72

Welcome to the season 8 opener where we welcome five authors to the show.

Host: R. B. Wood    Show notes: www.rbwood.com

The prompt for this week:

Guests:

Maria Haskins – “Mabel’s Pack”

Rob Edwards – “Cold Pursuit”

Jack Gwaltney & John McCaffrey – “A Burnt-Out Case”

W. B. J. Williams – “Johnny Talon and the God of Pestilence”

Eden Baylee – “Frozen Memories”

http://thewordcount.libsyn.com/the-word-count-podcast-episode-72

Dickens and Childhood Poverty

My new essay in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/opinion/guest-column/2018/01/25/childhood-poverty-leaves-imprint-adulthood/1064284001/

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Book Review: A Burnt-Out-Case by Graham Greene

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Graham Greene, I believe, was a writer who put more of himself – his thoughts and feelings, his inner conflicts, his desires and defeats – than most into his fiction, in such a way that the end work is not only painful to read, such is the vulnerability and reality of the emotions expressed, but impossible not to read. That said, A Burnt-Out-Case, a fast, compact book, feels more confessional than story. But what a story – a renowned architect, Querry, drained dry and numbed by society and success, tries to lose himself in Africa, ending up at a Leperosie where he falls in with an atheist doctor and a group of missionary priests who are working to heal and give dignity to these afflicted souls. To his astonishment, Querry also finds himself “recovering” as he helps to build a new hospital for the lepers. His reawakening, however, comes at a cost, reminding us all that happiness, in any shape or form, is fickle and fleeting and altogether precious.