My Favorite PodCastle Stories of 2013

My Favorite PodCastle Stories of 2013

These are by no means an assessment of talent or value, merely my personal favorites of the stories we’ve run this year. If you don’t know about my involvement with PodCastle, you can read this Medium post to find out just what this organization means to me.

This year was the year of really long titles, as my first favorite is episode 248, a story by Claire Humphrey titled “Bleaker Collegiate Presents an All-Female Production of Waiting for Godot”. Coincidently, my second favorite story is also by Claire Humphrey, “Nightfall in the Scent Garden” which we ran as episode 271. You can probably start to get a sense of the type of fantasy I lean toward by these choices. Both of these stories have only the slightest hint toward the fantastic and depend more on character and poetry to carry the reader into the stories. This style is also evident in Kenneth Schneyer’s story—the second really long title of the year—,“Selected Program Notes from the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer”. I do not pick this story because I narrated it, but because I love its subtlety and the way Schneyer blends joy and pain together in his descriptions of Latimer’s paintings.

In September we ran a lovely story by Amal El-Mohtar with a perfectly matched narrator, Tina Connolly. “A Hollow Play” not only has a John Cage joke, but is an understated and terrific meditation on love, friendship, and desire. Finally, with only a couple of weeks left in the year, we ran a haunting story by Ken Liu called “Maxwell’s Demon”.

So there you have it: my personal favorite stories from this year. I hope you will give them a listen if you haven’t already. Of course, we have plenty of other great stories at PodCastle, from Conan to L. Frank Baum, to kick-ass, warrior teddy-bears for you to enjoy.

New PodCastle Narration

I know I really need to do an wrap-up post about Road Trip 2013 and I promise I will (not so much for you, but for myself to think through and process some more of what I experienced). But in the meantime, I am very excited about this week’s story on PodCastle, Selected Program Notes from the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer by Kenneth Schneyer. Not only because I’m the narrator, but also because it’s the type of fantasy story that I love: subtle, poignant, sad, & joyful. This is my third full length story I’ve narrated for PodCastle, as well as reading a short, flash fiction piece and taking a character role in our 200th full cast episode. As the sound producer, I take great pride in the show and in being part of an organization that helps bring stories to thousands of people each week. I have previously enjoyed the stories that I narrated, but there is something special about this one and I can only hope that my narration serves the story well. I hope you will give it a listen and if you like it, let others know about PodCastle and also let Mr. Schneyer know that you enjoyed it. Thanks.