Vera Brittan serving as a nurse’s aide during WWI Vera Brittan lost her fiance, brother and two closest male friends in the first world war. She wrote Testament of Youth as a cry of outrage and agony, so that the futility of their deaths would be remembered. Eighty years on, it remains one of the most powerful and widely read war memoirs of all time. This short read is my favorite section of this book, where Vera and her fellow nurses (French) witness the arrival of fresh American troops in their sector of the battlefield. The contrast between her nervy war weariness, her cautious upswelling of hope where little was there before… it’s just a fantastic couple of paragraphs, and a perfect addition here. document.createElement('audio'); https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/download/v2va6m/westernfront-verabrittan.mp3 Initially recorded for my audio boom account, I am moving it on Airy Persiflage due to Audioboom’s pay policies.
From BY AEROSTAT TO HOOTING YARD, by Frank Key. Ch. 12 Having ushered in the New Year with some solemnity, I thought it would be appropriate to diverge from my spell of sadness by recording a piece for 3PoS’s sister blog, Airy Persiflage. Airy Persiflage is a less frequently tended garden of audio snippets I’ve either recorded or posted over the years and has been around since 2010. One of my favorite modern surreal writers is Mr. Frank Key, whom I was introduced to by listening to “The Goat God Catechism” on the Drabblecast podcast when I was out of town. The combination of Frank’s dry wit, mastery of the English language, and droll use of obscure literary references makes for a combination that usually has me sniggering, then guffawing, as I drive in to work in the morning. Not to mention meeting blank stares and head scratches when I get my colleagues to listen to the funny bits. I have struck up the occasional long distance correspondence with Mr. Key and he has graciou