Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Audio of My Recent Reading

For the many who did not attend my recent talk in which I discussed the art of letter writing, read a few of both my published pieces in the New York Times and various work on family and friends, here is the audio of that evening (or at least 90% of it - the last two works are not on the audio, but are linked).

Hope you take the time (about an hour) to listen and enjoy.

PS - I actually sang part of  "Now I'm 64." Be grateful that this did not find its way into the audio.


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Anonymous said...

Still enjoying your writings but I was pleasantly surprised and grateful for the chance to hear you read some of them. Although I stopped half way through, and know that I will continue tomorrow, I offer these comments:

Your use of subtle humor at appropriate times throughout your readings, made listening even more enjoyable. One of the greatest joys, for me of course, was hearing the beautiful sentiment and love expressed when reading the piece about your mother.


Anonymous said...

I just finished listening to your presentation

While I did enjoy it, your recounting of how much you love your mother, father, friend, wife and son (cut off before your daughter), I couldn't help but fear this was your swan song. Perhaps I'm overreacting to what was just your way of saying "I love you" to those who mean the most to you.

Reading about what your father means to you was heartwarming but hearing you speak about him with such great emotion, emphasizing your sense of love and loss, was heart wrenching. You were blessed to have such a great love. Unfortunately my father, who worked two jobs to take care of eight children and a wife, could not find much time to invest in each of us. My fondest memories are watching him as he sat in a big high-back brown leather chair reading several newspapers on Sunday mornings; when he would say "shake a shoulder" to get me to dance with him; and when he would refer to me as his "little Indian". Being one of the last born, and with his early death, I never got the chance to really know this big gentle soft spoken man with the beautiful bright smile.

I hope this presentation was not your swan song and you continue to enlighten your readers with your witty and brutally honest commentary of life as you know it to be.

By the way, don't sell yourself short on your contributions to the lives of others or to the world at large. You would probably be amazed if you knew the number of people that read your material. You inform, educate, enlighten, awaken, challenge, strengthen as well as embolden your readers. Try to imagine your life without us...I don't want to imagine my life without you.

Robert said...

I am truly grateful for the most recent remarks. So many years into this process, it is nice to know that there are those out there who find something of merit in what I have to say.

This, I hope is not my swan song, as I intend to keep writing as long as the spark remains. I will try to live up to your expectations.

Robert S. Nussbaum