A somewhat nutty post on today’s chapter over at patell dot org. Have a look if you dare.
The chapter is read by Maureen Freely, writer, translator, senior lecturer at Warwick University. The illustration, Bone Texts (2011), is by “Big Read” co-curator Angela Cockayne, who reveals in an e-mail that today’s sound file is actually an aural palimpsest: “Poignantly the voice in the background of today’s recording belongs to an incredible academic and social reformer, Frank Hoover Longstreth who very sadly died last week. The recording was made very hastily, it is very pertinent to hear this now in relation to this chapter. A whale fossil vertebrae was placed in his coffin.”
Fans of the “Big Read” are strongly urged to read Angela’s blog, which contains interesting ideas about the novel, the project, and the whale, as well as more examples of her art.
The “Big Read” is asking its listeners to donate to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Fund. Click here for more information.