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Episodes of The Strange Recital

Short stories, tall ideas.....mythic to modern, grim to whimsical.

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Episodes of The Strange Recital

Short stories, tall ideas.....mythic to modern, grim to whimsical.

Your comments are welcome, via our Contact page, or  iTunesStitcherSoundcloudGoogle Play MusicFacebookTuneIn, YouTube and iHeart Radio.

Coming soon.........Schräge Musik
by Bryan Maloney.

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Transit Authority

Released on August 20th 2017

Episode 17082

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“Following the application of the voltage, he had found himself possessed with the ability to hear color – the sound of color. Painting became obsession.”

 

A late train, electric hum, conductor-artist, a canvas and a girl... and finally... haiku. Am I hallucinating?

“Following the application of the voltage, he had found himself possessed with the ability to hear color – the sound of color. Painting became obsession.”
 
A late train, electric hum, conductor-artist, a canvas and a girl... and finally... haiku. Am I hallucinating?

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Eyes on the Road

Released on August 6th 2017

Episode 17081

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"She is offering her wings to me; isn’t that what I came down here for after all?"

 

If you see something strange, should you just keep on driving? Or stop for whatever adventure awaits at the edge of the road?

"She is offering her wings to me; isn’t that what I came down here for after all?"
 
If you see something strange, should you just keep on driving? Or stop for whatever adventure awaits at the edge of the road?

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The Colour of Time

Released on July 23rd 2017

Episode 17072

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"Anyway, until the final darkness closes in I shall keep on whistling. I shall read fairy stories and muse on the intricacies of parallel worlds...."

 

When did that cup of coffee become an orange? In a resigned but insightful monologue, an aging man reflects on the gradual onset of dementia.

"Anyway, until the final darkness closes in I shall keep on whistling. I shall read fairy stories and muse on the intricacies of parallel worlds...."

 

When did that cup of coffee become an orange? In a resigned but insightful monologue, an aging man reflects on the gradual onset of dementia.

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Electricity

Released on July 9th 2017

Episode 17071

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"I am over one hundred years old....And I say that what you are doing," he paused for effect, "is wrong. It is bad for you."

 

Is the old man in a poncho telling the truth? What will happen if you take his weird advice?

"I am over one hundred years old....And I say that what you are doing," he paused for effect, "is wrong. It is bad for you."

 

Is the old man in a poncho telling the truth? What will happen if you take his weird advice?

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Messenger

Released on June 25th 2017

Episode 17062

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"In the final year before the onset of Destruction, on the blessed anniversary of my birth, there will occur in the heavens an astrological Grand Cross. Yea, verily, He hath spoken!"

 

There are many kinds of messengers in this world. Hmm... should we heed the messages, or not?

"In the final year before the onset of Destruction, on the blessed anniversary of my birth, there will occur in the heavens an astrological Grand Cross. Yea, verily, He hath spoken!"

 

There are many kinds of messengers in this world. Hmm... should we heed the messages, or not?

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Tomorrowscape

Released on June 11th 2017

Episode 17061

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"Do you see that man over there, the one perched on that park bench fiddling with that envelope in his hand?

 

We can never know exactly what we will do tomorrow...how we could change everything. If we knew, could we alter fate?

"Do you see that man over there, the one perched on that park bench fiddling with that envelope in his hand?

 

We can never know exactly what we will do tomorrow...how we could change everything. If we knew, could we alter fate?

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Memory of Birds

Released on May 21st 2017

Episode 17052

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"A ship in a bottle washes up on a beach. It is found by a boy who jumps from rock to barnacled rock...."

 

A boy on a beach becomes the oldest man in the world. Meanwhile, everything everywhere happens at once. But what is the actual size of the sun?

"A ship in a bottle washes up on a beach. It is found by a boy who jumps from rock to barnacled rock...."
 
A boy on a beach becomes the oldest man in the world. Meanwhile, everything everywhere happens at once. But what is the actual size of the sun?

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Ryland's Bride

Released on May 7th 2017

Episode 17051

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“For as long as she could remember, Nina Malory had scoured archives and pored over the yellowed manuscripts penned in a madhouse...”
 
This wasn't merely a long-ago newlyweds' picnic gone awry. Does a weird ancient magic haunt the Catskills?

“For as long as she could remember, Nina Malory had scoured archives and pored over the yellowed manuscripts penned in a madhouse...”
 
This wasn't merely a long-ago newlyweds' picnic gone awry. Does a weird ancient magic haunt the Catskills?

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Grace

Released on April 23rd 2017

Episode 17042

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“The blind man picks a five-dollar bill out of his sax case and hands it to her. What does this tell her? He has the radar, she has the presence.”
 
A sixteen-year-old runaway in Manhattan... friends and enemies... a warrior queen. This episode challenges reality in more ways than one.

“The blind man picks a five-dollar bill out of his sax case and hands it to her. What does this tell her? He has the radar, she has the presence.”
 
A sixteen-year-old runaway in Manhattan... friends and enemies... a warrior queen. This episode challenges reality in more ways than one.

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Dewey and Fern

Released on April 9th 2017

Episode 17041

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"When Dewey Bustle found the shriveled monkey finger, he just didn’t know what to think. He asked his buddy Fern...."

 

Can love persist in the face of harsh circumstance? Maybe we are all like these, the small and the lost.

"When Dewey Bustle found the shriveled monkey finger, he just didn’t know what to think. He asked his buddy Fern...."
 
Can love persist in the face of harsh circumstance? Maybe we are all like these, the small and the lost.

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Beard

Released on March 26th 2017

Episode 17032

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“Hob died at Naseby aged 16, his breast pierced by a Roundhead pike. As he fell he cried three times 'Beard, Beard, Beard ', but such was the din of battle that no one heard him.”

Is this story about the unfathomable bond between boys and dogs? Or about the mysterious spiral of time? Let's just say it's our favourite kind of history lesson.

“Hob died at Naseby aged 16, his breast pierced by a Roundhead pike. As he fell he cried three times 'Beard, Beard, Beard ', but such was the din of battle that no one heard him.”
 
Is this story about the unfathomable bond between boys and dogs? Or about the mysterious spiral of time? Let's just say it's our favourite kind of history lesson.

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After the Rides

Released on March 5th 2017

Episode 17031

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“We took the shuttle to the entrance of the theme park. My father said, Remember our car is in Squiggly section C. The day was thrilling....”

Family life in the suburbs.... it can get very, very weird. Would the real “me” please stand up?

“We took the shuttle to the entrance of the theme park. My father said, Remember our car is in Squiggly section C. The day was thrilling....”

Family life in the suburbs.... it can get very, very weird. Would the real “me” please stand up?

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Jagged Profile

Released on February 19th 2017

Episode 17022

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"The dream was unwelcome when it came. The bottom of a stone spiral staircase. Air filled with stone dust and settled incense..."

Cathedral, boneyard, locked box... is this a nightmare or something else? And why does it end with an 11-word haiku?

"The dream was unwelcome when it came. The bottom of a stone spiral staircase. Air filled with stone dust and settled incense..."

Cathedral, boneyard, locked box... is this a nightmare or something else? And why does it end with an 11-word haiku?

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The Tennis Court

Released on February 5th 2017

Episode 17021

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"It was shocking to see Thundrel toss up the ball and drive it over the net with unimaginable force. Unkempt greasy hair flew back from both of his massive heads which towered above the trees behind him."

 

From convoluted speculations about hidden realities arises a valiant hero who saves humanity from evil giants by wielding a ... racket!

"It was shocking to see Thundrel toss up the ball and drive it over the net with unimaginable force. Unkempt greasy hair flew back from both of his massive heads which towered above the trees behind him."

 

From convoluted speculations about hidden realities arises a valiant hero who saves humanity from evil giants by wielding a ... racket!

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The Dead Pig

Released on January 22nd 2017

Episode 17012

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"I brought my father's Belgian-made Browning semi-automatic .22 caliber rifle with me to junior high school...."

If you think you know the line between life and death, think again. A bullet can never point the way to wisdom...or can it?

"I brought my father's Belgian-made Browning semi-automatic .22 caliber rifle with me to junior high school...."

If you think you know the line between life and death, think again. A bullet can never point the way to wisdom...or can it?

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Calliope

Released on January 8th 2017

Episode 17011

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"Every night for months, ever since Emma's death, I'd taken the same walk through the park, but this time, I went another way."

Is this how you bring back love? Or is it something much more twisted? By the way, what is coulrophobia?

"Every night for months, ever since Emma's death, I'd taken the same walk through the park, but this time, I went another way."

Is this how you bring back love? Or is it something much more twisted? By the way, what is coulrophobia?

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The Keeper of the Third Door

Released on December 18th 2016

Episode 16122

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"Albert slumped forward on his chair in the waiting room at the doctor's office. The floor had just stopped melting."

What do you do if you meet a king? And how do you get to the Land of Perpetual Afternoon?

"Albert slumped forward on his chair in the waiting room at the doctor's office. The floor had just stopped melting."

What do you do if you meet a king? And how do you get to the Land of Perpetual Afternoon?

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Kip's Auto Dome

Released on December 4th 2016

Episode 16121

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"I stand in white tennis shoes, as fresh sacrifice, outside double glass doors..."

Commerce or religion? Mundane or mystical? A glossy shrine as a gateway to a higher dimension...or not. Glimpse the true nature of ...what?

"I stand in white tennis shoes, as fresh sacrifice, outside double glass doors..."

Commerce or religion? Mundane or mystical? A glossy shrine as a gateway to a higher dimension...or not. Glimpse the true nature of ...what?

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The December Ninth Study

Released on November 20th 2016

Episode 16112

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"Amid fits of laughter and clouds of pot smoke, Dave and I would debate. Do thoughts have density? What is the weight of sadness, the volume of anger?"

Is this story a glimpse of a vast synchronistic web of invisible interconnections, or is it mostly a convoluted but loving tribute to John Lennon? You decide.

"Amid fits of laughter and clouds of pot smoke, Dave and I would debate. Do thoughts have density? What is the weight of sadness, the volume of anger?"

Is this story a glimpse of a vast synchronistic web of invisible interconnections, or is it mostly a convoluted but loving tribute to John Lennon? You decide.

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An English Story

Released on November 6th 2016

Episode 16111

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"In a land of reclaimed rivers, pulverized minerals and wheeler-dealers, were three men who formed a psycho-anarchic syndicate.
They all desired the same woman."

Is there any meaning in the random intersection of lives? And what makes this story English?

"In a land of reclaimed rivers, pulverized minerals and wheeler-dealers, were three men who formed a psycho-anarchic syndicate.
They all desired the same woman."

Is there any meaning in the random intersection of lives? And what makes this story English?

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Exhibition of a Rhinoceros in Venice

Released on October 23rd 2016

Episode 16102

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"You have come like an arrow to the target, flying towards your unmasking."

A woman's encounter with a strange old painting, and with herself...or selves. Do we all wear masks?

"You have come like an arrow to the target, flying towards your unmasking."

A woman's encounter with a strange old painting, and with herself...or selves. Do we all wear masks?

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The Halfway Café

Released on October 9th 2016

Episode 16101

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"The Halfway Café was almost empty. You might have thought it was a Monday night, but after you die, there are no Mondays, and no night."

A new angle on the afterlife...Do our ancestors watch us? Why would they care if we mourn?

"The Halfway Café was almost empty. You might have thought it was a Monday night, but after you die, there are no Mondays, and no night."

A new angle on the afterlife...Do our ancestors watch us? Why would they care if we mourn?

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Inertia and Voodoo

Released on September 24th 2016

Episode 16092

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"Sunlight glistened across the lower Hudson and made mirrors out of the distant skyscrapers of Manhattan..."

A commuter train...invisible connections between strangers...music, silence, science, faith...a shared destiny. This is a thoughtful, richly observed story about living now - followed by a compelling author interview.

"Sunlight glistened across the lower Hudson and made mirrors out of the distant skyscrapers of Manhattan..."

A commuter train...invisible connections between strangers...music, silence, science, faith...a shared destiny. This is a thoughtful, richly observed story about living now - followed by a compelling author interview.

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Centaurs

Released on September 10th 2016

Episode 16091

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"I can remember the time when the centaurs still used to come down to the market..."

A beautiful story of an ancient race of beings, told by a woman who has lived for many years in Greece.

"I can remember the time when the centaurs still used to come down to the market..."

A beautiful story of an ancient race of beings, told by a woman who has lived for many years in Greece.

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Refresh My Memory

Released on August 25th 2016

Episode 16082

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"Benson Randall awoke one morning with someone else's memories..."

"Benson Randall awoke one morning with someone else's memories..."

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The Best of Luck

Released on August 4th 2016

Episode 16081

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"If you are a person who dislikes work and has no desire to do anything at all, you can come to The Idle House..."

"If you are a person who dislikes work and has no desire to do anything at all, you can come to The Idle House..."