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Artist Track Album Label Year Format New Approx. start time
aritomo  the depths of the trasparent something   Options fearful sunshine filtering through foliage          0:00:00 (Pop-up)
chico mello  achado   Options do la do da voz          0:02:06 (Pop-up)
adventures in stereo  cry your love away   Options adventures in stereo          0:10:39 (Pop-up)
loving  only she knows   Options       Single  *   0:12:14 (Pop-up)
agnes jaoui  sur le pont de l'alm mia   Options dans mon pays          0:15:12 (Pop-up)
gray  drum mode ( paul mogg version)   Options anti ny          0:19:31 (Pop-up)
guided by voices  I Am A Scientist   Options i am a scientisst ep          0:25:29 (Pop-up)
kashmir boots  Tristesses de la Lune   Options           0:27:41 (Pop-up)
Vladimir Cosma &the London Symphony orchestra  la wally ( instrumental)   Options ost diva          0:28:33 (Pop-up)
the casa loma orchestra with lee wiley  A Hundred Years From Today   Options art deco v/a          0:31:30 (Pop-up)
 
marianne  gu   Options even a tree can shed tears          0:37:21 (Pop-up)
gyratory system  thermidor   Options barons court turret          0:43:04 (Pop-up)
Kevin Hewick & New Order  haystack   Options from brussels with love v/a          0:48:29 (Pop-up)
the green door kids  moody (esg cover)   Options           0:52:06 (Pop-up)
guerre froide  ersatz   Options des jeunes gens modernes post punk, cold wave et cuture novo en france 1978-1983 v/a          0:54:36 (Pop-up)
kaysound fashion  don't trust the brains trust   Options coffee table music v/a          0:57:47 (Pop-up)
 
kevin ayers  songs for insane times   Options joy of a toy          1:03:31 (Pop-up)
kassav  soleil   Options           1:07:44 (Pop-up)
kassin  digerido   Options relax          1:11:49 (Pop-up)
ken boothe  Ain't No Sunshine   Options Darker than Blue: Soul from Jamdown 1973-1980          1:15:36 (Pop-up)
kenny burell  love is the answer   Options god bless the child          1:18:18 (Pop-up)
baroque jazz trio  cesar go back home   Options Baroque Jazz Trio          1:22:13 (Pop-up)
au pairs  its obvious   Options Playing With A Different Sex          1:30:10 (Pop-up)
janko nilovic  roses and revolvers   Options Paris In the Spring v/a          1:35:45 (Pop-up)
kathy mc cord  candle waxing   Options fairytale lady v/a          1:40:20 (Pop-up)
kevin morby  my name ( recorded live at wfmu)   Options           1:43:24 (Pop-up)
ALA.NI  away go   Options acca        *   1:45:59 (Pop-up)
gal costa  lost in paradise   Options gal costa          1:47:50 (Pop-up)
Martial Solal  new york herald tribune   Options ost breathless          1:51:20 (Pop-up)
blueboy  cloud babies   Options If Wishes Were Horses          1:52:03 (Pop-up)
deerhoof  vivid cheek love song   Options the runners four          1:57:57 (Pop-up)
elo  Sweet Talkin' Woman   Options           1:58:10 (Pop-up)
 
priscilla ermel  cristal de fogo   Options origins da luz  music from memory  1986-94    *   2:05:52 (Pop-up)
luiz bueno  expirando a dor   Options uno com o todo          2:13:40 (Pop-up)
helen money  midnight   Options atomic  thrill jockey      *   2:20:25 (Pop-up)
cocteau twins  the itchy glowbo blow   Options blue bell knoll          2:25:22 (Pop-up)
piry reis  o sol na janela   Options Outro Tempo (Electronic And Contemporary Music From Brazil 1978-1992)  music from memory      *   2:28:16 (Pop-up)
letta mbulu  welele   Options free soul          2:33:11 (Pop-up)
 
barbara  si la photo est bonne   Options           2:38:27 (Pop-up)
alberta hunter  soon   Options           2:41:20 (Pop-up)
mole suit choir  table saw   Options doomsday lamp          2:44:23 (Pop-up)
the byrds  You Ain't Goin Nowhere   Options sweet heart of the rodeo          2:46:52 (Pop-up)
big star  try again (movie mix)   Options nothing can hurt me osst          2:49:22 (Pop-up)
liz durette  angel bells   Options delight        *   2:52:57 (Pop-up)


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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:00am David (in London):

Hello Trouble, and fellow Troubled Ones.
Avatar 9:01am Dances with Moomins:

Good Morning to the troubled. There is hope, there is Trouble!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:01am sphere:

good morning. thanks for being here Trouble. :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:01am mariano:

Hey Trouble and everyone.
Avatar 9:01am TDK60:

Good morning DJ T! Are you in the studio? They made you a Skeleton? Wow!
Avatar 9:01am duke:

Here comes Trouble
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:02am p20:

Hi Trouble! Thanks for all the great music. Are we going to hear from Dorothy Ashby today?
  9:02am John from Florham park:

Morning trouble and fellow troublemakers
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:02am Irene Trudel:

Goor morning Trouble and all listeners. Glad you're here for us!
Avatar 9:03am Snoochienucci:

morning all
Avatar 9:03am Julien à Montréal:

Bonjour Trouble, bonjour/hi fellow amis troublés (or "inquiets" or "préoccupés".
  9:03am John from Florham park:

@DIL anything for the president to do today:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:03am melinda:

Morning everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:03am Handy Haversack:

Hi, Trouble and all the Troubled.
  9:03am John from Florham park:

@Melinda morning
Avatar 9:04am ranjit:

Good morning!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:04am p20:

this is great! very pretty and very strange at the same time
Avatar 9:04am waters7:

hey! good morning, trouble!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:06am mariano:

Peut-être "dérangés", Julien? ;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:06am Trouble:

good morning thursday's homebound people! I am not one of the skeleton staff, I am one of the dj'ing from home peeps. we are all in this together even though we are working far flung
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:06am David (in London):

@John President - You have a conference call with the head of the World Health Organisaiton later. They wish to record a short interview, so your Churchillian authority can be used to encourage people around the world.
Avatar 9:07am Julien à Montréal:

@mariano: "dérangés" sounds about right. Thx!
  9:07am John from Florham park:

@DIL thank you oh wonderful chief of staff
Avatar 9:08am TDK60:

Oh, bonjour Trouble from home. Glad you're able to DJ from there.
  9:09am John from Florham park:

@Trouble you are on the air that is all that matters
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:09am Trouble:

in case you have some time on your hands: www.rollingstone.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:09am Ken From Hyde Park:

Good morning, Trouble and shut-in listeners. The station should have a noble Latin motto, like E Pluribus Woofum or some such mission statement.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:09am Crudbringer:

aayyy trouble glad you're broad casting live & die-wrecked, morning ever buddy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:09am mariano:

Our ears can't tell where you're sending the music from, Trouble.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:11am David (in London):

Trouble, how the Hell am I going to get ANY work done after looking at a link like that!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:11am sphere:

The whole remote setup seems to be working well.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:12am Trouble:

I could never have done this without the fantastic help of my musician husband. thanks andy!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:12am VT Knit Girl:

so happy to be working from home so I can enjoy your show. Thanks for being here.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:12am p20:

@Trouble: I picked up Keith Richards book. I didn't read the whole thing, but the parts I read were surprisingly good. "Life" is a pretty good title too (I joked that he could have stolen a title from the inimitable Georges Perec ... "Life: A User's Manual" ... with a different sense of "user" of course)
  9:13am ?:

Trouble thank you for turning it from confinement to cozy
Avatar 9:14am Dances with Moomins:

Bonjour Andy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:14am steveo:

neat, thanks to Trouble & Andy, & good morning everyone
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:15am p20:

.... and if anyone needs a long, involved book to distract them during this time, you could do worse than that Perec - one of my all time favorite books, maybe #1.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:15am David (in London):

P20 - Your Perec OuLiPo joke there is giving mariano's earlier hair / cat one some serious challenge. Hats off to you!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:16am Aaron Working In Newark:

Good morning trouble
  9:17am John from Florham park:

Thanks Andy for getting ione if my favorite DJs on the air
Avatar 9:17am Julien à Montréal:

I had no idea Agnès jaoui was also a singer. This show is always full of surprises.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:18am mariano:

Oh I see, David: throw me under the bus for some Johnny-Come-Lately ;) Seriously though, happy to concede to any Perec reference.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:18am Handy Haversack:

Yeah, @p20: that's a good one!
  9:19am allanToronto:

@p20. Hats off to you for reading Georges Perec's: Life A User's Manual.
Avatar 9:20am Kevlicki:

Hi Trouble, Thank you for providing this essential service to us listeners!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:20am p20:

@HH, @allanToronto: what's your favorite novel (or one of your favorites?)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:21am David (in London):

mariano - I said 'serious challenge'. I think you are still reigning champion. And don't forget, as Confucius once said, 'Only by being tested by good opponents will your true comedy strength be properly understood'.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:22am mariano:

Fair enough, David :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:24am p20:

@mariano: I come in peace! And not really such a johnny-come-lately, I've been listening to this station for 35 years and commenting on and off for a long time too. I change nicknames a lot :)
Avatar 9:24am Shagalov:

Still Good Morning Trouble <3
  9:25am allanToronto:

@p20. Weirdly, because it's so commonplace, Melville's Moby Dick remains one of my fave books. The whole world is in it. Plus, in its way, it goes well beyond what Greil Marcus termed "the old weird America". There are many others of course.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:26am David (in London):

p20 - No, he didn't mean that. Earlier on I proclaimed a gag mariano had made as Gag the Day', and he was digging at me for seeming to recant on that. It's was a gag about a gag, nothing more.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:26am Trouble:

lots of innovative switches in the art and music world: joe's pub is streaming archived shows: publictheater.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:26am thedunkel:

GBV "I shoot myself with Rock n Roll" GBV
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:26am p20:

@p20: sure, I get it
  9:27am johnk77:

@trouble enjoying the selections of music
thanks for posting memoir list
i would add all the rage
by ian mclagan
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:27am p20:

I have to stand up and jump around when GBV comes on....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:27am p20:

@thedunkel: I can never tell if it's "shoot myself " or "shit myself". It really sounds like the latter...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:27am mariano:

@p20 - No offense intended, sorry for dragooning you into my quip!
Avatar 9:28am TDK60:

Good news from Kosovo --its leader was ousted for refusing to take the pandemic seriously. I wish that could happen in my country...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:28am p20:

@mariano: No offense taken!
Avatar 9:28am Erella:

Hello there Trouble.
With the world so topsy turvy, I am so glad you're there (and that I am here to enjoy it)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:28am thedunkel:

@p20 I cant tell when I shouting the lyrics :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:28am Threemoons:

Goood morning from the home office here in Astoria
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:28am p20:

@TDK60: YES!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:28am David (in London):

Hey Threemoons.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:29am Phil in Charlotte:

Greetings everyone!
Avatar 9:29am ken krimstein:

la wally
Avatar 9:29am Snoochienucci:

this is an amazing set
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:29am p20:

@allanInToronto: Me too! I love Moby Dick and I tell everyone to read it, despite what they might think. What a fantastic book! Definitely one of my top 5
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:29am Trouble:

good morning erella! glad to hear from you, and glad to hear from everyone here today!
Avatar 9:29am ken krimstein:

amelie
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:29am Handy Haversack:

@p20, wow, it varies by the day! Infinite Jest? Ulysses? Perdido Street Station? Middlemarch? Moby-Dick? At the Mountains of Madness? All of Jack Vance? Brothers Karamazov?

I'm better when I can break it down into tranches. Favorite nineteenth-century English mystery! Favorite queer space opera! Favorite China Mieville of specific years! Favorite Jack Vance Planet of Adventure installment!
  9:29am John from Florham park:

Hey guys try to be good to each other please, I know we are all on edge
Avatar 9:30am ken krimstein:

on cello
  9:30am allanToronto:

Trouble, I never knew this existed as an instrumental' I only know the uber beautiful vocal aria.
Avatar 9:30am ken krimstein:

c'est triste et belle a la meme chose, vivant (with apologies to madame szabo and the entire freshman french class...)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:31am p20:

@HH: Thanks!! Now I have to read Perdido Street Station.... and At the Mountains of Madness... and I guess all of Jack Vance :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:31am woj:

present and listening! thanks to you and andy for making it happen, trouble!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:32am Handy Haversack:

(My inability to easily access diacritics and non-ASCII characters on this stupid laptop is a real frustration.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:32am p20:

@HH: I usually do a Google search for the foreign word I need, and copy/paste
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:32am Handy Haversack:

(@p20: The Kraken often vies with PSS for my favorite China Mieville, which means vying with it for favorite novel du moment aussi.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:33am Trouble:

@allantoronto: it's on the soundtrack to Diva, one of the best soundtracks evah
  9:33am johnk77:

for more on
old weird usa
melville's the confidence man
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:34am David (in London):

Handy, I'm still very fond of The City and the City.
  9:34am P-90:

Good morning, DJ Trouble. Primo choices.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:35am ParUbi:

Having a most excellent birthday here in Pittsburgh. I'm getting a budgerigar!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:35am Handy Haversack:

Me, too, David! I am already feeling bad about all the books I didn't mention. I am pretty sure the James Branch Cabell section of the shelf is mad at me.
  9:35am allanToronto:

J.G. Ballard's HIGHRISE might be a timely read.As with all his stuff, society unravels...it opens with a great scene of this guy roasting a dog out on the balcony of his swanky modern apartment in the sky. No one goes outside anymore....O_O
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:35am Handy Haversack:

ParUbi!!!!! Happy birthday, friend!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:36am listener james from westwood:

::waves toward coat closet::
  9:36am John from Florham park:

The birds are going nuts today
@Parubi morning
  9:36am TheoC in Sharon CT:

Love your play list Trouble!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:36am David (in London):

Recently, I loved Jeff Vandermeer's Southern Reach trilogy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:37am James in ATL:

Thank you so much for this live show! WFMU is my lifeline at this point. So terrific to hear your voice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:38am mariano:

Happy birthday ParUbi! It's Colleen's birthday too, we have the makings for one hell of a party. I vote for piñatas.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:38am jmr3:

@David (in London) - I really liked the City and the City. Can you remind me the author's name? Can you recommend anything else by him?
  9:39am John from Florham park:

Have a great one parubi
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:39am p20:

@HH: totally impossible to pick just one (or 10), I know! As for me, let me just name-drop Walser, Sebald, Sorokin, and Jesse Ball.
  9:39am allanToronto:

DIVA sdtrk....wow...guess I have heard that version of La Wally, because I've seen that film at least twice...like a hundred years ago
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:40am Crudbringer:

Regarding Cabell, I left my old copy of _Jurgen_ in the little-library nearby... that ol' boy and his staff...
Avatar 9:40am TDK60:

I need to read more. Reading Cider With Rosie by Laurie Lee now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:41am Trouble:

please spread this link to any artists or arts organizations affected by shutdowns: artscovid.org
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:41am ParUbi:

Thanks guys, and hello! :D Love Sebald and Walser, p20, so I guess I have to check out those others. What about Thomas Bernhard? I am also partial to Kafka and Lispector. What was the question?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:41am David (in London):

@jmr3 - The author is China Miéville. 'Perdido Street Station' always emerges as a firm favourite in his catalogue.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:41am p20:

@HH: Pynchon used to be on the list but he has slipped a bit. And when I was younger I devoured everything by P.K. Dick and Stanislaw Lem. But I don't really read much sci-fi any more.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:41am Handy Haversack:

@DIL: I was much more taken with the first book than the other two.

Someone recommended New York 2140, which is a great and long read and book that shows political *work* of and by people (though KSG's characterization is maybe an acquired taste!).

Also recent: Charlie Jane Anders's _The City in the Middle of the Night_ similarly shows the work of new and difficult politics.

And _Amatka_, by Karin Tidbeck tries to glimpse through the singularity to see what might be on the other side of Revolution.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:42am p20:

"Leaving the Atocha Station" by Ben Lerner was great.
Avatar 9:42am waters7:

I like the art today. will look up prunella Clough
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:42am steveo:

any yogis out there just hear lokah samitah sukino? probably just me (ex-yogi)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:43am p20:

@HH: These are fantastic suggestions, thanks!! How do you find time to read all these books when you are listening to WFMU and commenting here all day long?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:43am ParUbi:

My wife got me an excellent "literature in translation" series from our local foundation, "City of Asylum"-- the authors are largely refugees. I'm getting a book a month for half a year.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:43am Stanley:

Hi Trouble. Thanks for the links to the list of music memoirs. Funny, I do have a bit of time at the moment.
To the list I would add the memoirs of Tracey Thorn.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:43am David (in London):

Oh lord, I would jump off a cliff if it would bring Sebald back. I have deliberately never read The Emigrants so that there will always be some Sebald in the world left for me to read. Hopefully I can time it right and read it just before I cark it.
Avatar 9:44am TDK60:

Handy, I read Kim Stanley Robinson's New York 2140. It's ok. I like some of his others better.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:45am Irene Trudel:

Sounding great this morning, Trouble! So glad you were able to work out the technical issues to broadcast from home.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:45am David (in London):

Flann O'Brien's The Third Policeman too. That book still hurts / delights my head like Sun Ra's 'Astro Black'.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:45am Crudbringer:

Man, SAM would like this one.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:45am Trouble:

ri audubon society is streaming a live cam: peregrine falcon laying eggs. their eggs are sort of dark rust in color: so cool. goggle it
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:45am Threemoons:

Love the book suggestions!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:46am Trouble:

thanks Irene!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:46am p20:

@D(iL): I read "The Rings of Saturn" in English, then I got a copy in German, which I am *slowly* making my way through. My German is not that great - I can make my way through Kafka, but Sebald is harder. Like you, I'm comforted by the fact that I'll probably never finish it.
  9:46am allanToronto:

p20.Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain, if you really have the time and the ambition, and if you like the German writers...and if you're grappling with the meaning of life.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:47am sphere:

If you want deep SF, try the Book of the Sun tetralogy by Gene Wolfe. Guaranteed to knock your socks off, especially if you like Vance.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:48am Crudbringer:

that serious _tribal robot_ shit
Avatar 9:48am Itzall Gön'gett-Bettresuhnn:

Good morning Trouble, good morning pajama-people!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:48am ParUbi:

I only revisted Sebald recently because of that great series of episodes on FMU's "the Blind Tourist." What a trip that was! Now I'm hooked again.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:48am p20:

@allanToronto: Yes, I must read that one. I used to read a lot more books before the Internet took over my life. I've got to find my way back to that head-space.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:48am Handy Haversack:

@p20: well, I used to have my 40-min. commute by foot and subway in which to read ...

Oh! And

_Famous Men Who Never Lived _ by K. Chess and _This Is How You Lose the Time War_ by Amal el-Mohtar and Max Gladstone.

Need to get reading worked into the current situation. I have been very slowly finishing _Split Tooth_, by Tanya Tagaq.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:48am Crudbringer:

you guys haven't even mentioned _Lizard Music_.
  9:49am allanToronto:

Uncle Bill Burroughs' queer sci-fi western trilogy: Cities of the Red Night, The Western Lands, The Place of Dead Roads...ok..gonna drop out and LISTEN now
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:49am Phillippe Bastille:

Good morning Trouble and friends
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:49am briania:

Aw, Haystack. Thank you.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:50am Handy Haversack:

@sphere: good call! Those books (and the next series, too) are wild. Also _Fifth Head of Cerberus_ and _Seven American Nights_ by Wolfe -- very good.
Avatar 9:50am βrian:

Sheltering in place means Fresh Roasted Coffee. And Trouble. Good Morning.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:51am p20:

I'm going to print out a list of all the books mentioned here today and do my best to read them.
  9:52am ami ad:

Hello D.J. Hello all.Brooklyn calling.Hope all are doing well.Thanks for the tunes.Shalom.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:52am mariano:

Man, what a great reading list y'all are putting together. Definitely saving.
  9:53am John from Florham park:

I just finished up listening to the wheel of time series and it is 14 books and a cast of thousands
Avatar 9:53am Erella:

Oh my goodness! This ESG cover is either the worst thing ever or the best!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:53am Handy Haversack:

@TDK60: NY2140 had special resonance for me since I am already a human-powered boater in the Hudson/Passaic estuary (and live in a place that will surely be underwater in 50 years ...)
  9:53am allanToronto:

Maybe I'll try to tear off another 100 pages of tennis and depression (aka Infinite Jest) while there's downtime.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:54am David (in London):

Samuel Beckett's 'Watt' is another brain-bender that I have always loved.
  9:54am Little Mexican Girl:

Why not both?
Avatar 9:54am wizard frog:

yea yea
Avatar 9:54am TDK60:

Of course, Handy. I just thought some of the personal scenarios were a bit unrealistic.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:55am Handy Haversack:

@sphere: Have you read Jack Vance's autobiography, _This Is Me, Jack Vance! (Or More Properly, "This Is I")_? Very fun!
  9:55am paul:

Does anyone here like flannery o connor?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:55am David (in London):

And Mark Danielewski's 'The House of Leaves' which is definitely my favourite of this century. Proper freaked me out when I read it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:55am p20:

I've been trying to read "The Man Without Qualities" for almost 20 years. Just keep putting it down, forgetting about it, and going back to the beginning. I know the opening pretty well by now. This is not a recommendation.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:56am David (in London):

I look forward to the P20 Book Review Club muchly!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:56am p20:

@D(iL) I have some weird resepect for Danielewki, but that book was just 100% impenetrable for me. (Not trying to start an argument! You are a stronger reader than I am)
  9:56am allanToronto:

I wanna testify for Flannery O....yeah, Robert Musil...haven't gone there yet
Avatar 9:56am ottovonbqe:

I tried to read man without qualities once and couldn't do it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:57am Handy Haversack:

Ha, @p20 (9:55): ME TOO!

@TDK: I *hear* you. Sometimes I think KSR is running a very sophisticated narrative experiment with how his characters interact. And sometimes I'm just like, dude, have you ever had a conversation?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:57am mariano:

Been thinking of rereading Invisible Man for a while now. I've only read it once but it knocked my socks off.
Avatar 9:57am ottovonbqe:

I am working on a novel called The Man who read The Man Without Qualities. But I am thinking of just changing the name to The Man with Coronavirus.
  9:58am allanToronto:

ONe of the best American novels there is, Invisible Man
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:58am p20:

@ottovonbque: Good one! I like to joke about "The Man Who Mistook His Wife For The Man Without Qualities"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:59am David (in London):

p20 - No man, no need to qualify that. It's a dark, difficult and freaky read to be sure. I think it just rather suited my headspace at that time.
Avatar 9:59am TDK60:

Handy, I think KSR's Mars Trilogy is fab.
  10:00am John from Florham park:

Damn guys my TBR pile is going to be never ending:)
  10:00am johnk77:

for pynchon on old & weird try
mason & dixon
for pkdick on post-apocalypse
dr.bloodmoney, or how we got along
after the bomb
Avatar 10:00am HRM Patti Ann I:

Good morning, Trouble. Brand new listener to WFMU. Love your program.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:00am Handy Haversack:

Agreed, @TDK60! I love Antarctica, too, and really think Aurora is a masterwork.
Avatar 10:01am βrian:

The Man Who Mistook His Wife to California.
Avatar 10:01am βrian:

Les mouettes !
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:01am DJ Guin:

@mariano...Ellison or Wells? lol
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:01am David (in London):

We should collate these into a proper Lockdown List.
Avatar 10:02am Snoochienucci:

bring on the birds!
Avatar 10:02am TDK60:

Handy, I did read Aurora - gripping. Haven't read Antarctica.
  10:02am P-90:

Good birds in the coat closet today.
  10:02am John from Florham park:

@Handy listened to aurora very good
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:02am Irene Trudel:

My cats love your birdsong background and come running every time they hear it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:03am Crudbringer:

she is consulting her menagerie of birds
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:03am p20:

@D(iL): My addition to the Lockdown List: "The Divers' Game" by Jesse Ball. Or "How To Start A Fire And Why".
  10:04am John from Florham park:

@Trouble as long as I cab go out for walks I will be ok
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:04am Trouble:

that's funny, irene!
Avatar 10:04am V Priceless:

yay Kevin Ayers! Hello!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:04am p20:

YES KEVIN AYERS! He always makes me smile
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:04am Handy Haversack:

Ah, Scott W. began and ended with Kevin Ayers last night. Excellent.

Trouble, definitely loving the songs while nerding out over here!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:04am DJ Guin:

"HOME?? I have no home. Hunted, despised, living like an animal! The jungle is my home. But I will show the world that I can be its master! I will perfect my own race of people. A race of atomic Supermen which will conquer the world! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!"
  10:04am John from Florham park:

I meant can go for walks
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:05am David (in London):

And then there's always James Ellroy. I absolutely love Ellroy. But it's a little bit like eating an entire chocolate cake: it's delicious but there comes a point when one starts to feel a bit nauseated.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:05am Bend Sinister:

Funny, started "Planet of Adventure' again yesterday. Jack Vance my favorite author by a mile, one of a kind.
www.sf-encyclopedia.com...
Avatar 10:05am Roberto:

I think Scott kicked off his show last night with this one.
  10:05am PERSONATOR from Highland Park NJ:

I loved the new order track I had never heard of it w the alternate singer.

Thanks for playing great music I love your show.

Your voice w the birds is very calming.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:05am Trouble:

welcome aboard HRM patti ann I! @handy scott W is probably the biggest kevin ayers fan in residence at fmu
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:05am p20:

@Personator: Actually that was a totally different band
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:06am mariano:

Hey HRM Patti, welcome to the oasis!

@DJ Guin: Haha! Wells, of course (j/k). Actually, aside from War of the Worlds when I was a kid, I don't think I've read anything else by him. Interesting guy, probably worth a deep dive.

Love the Wood/Lugosi reference too!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:07am Handy Haversack:

Also: a good book during weird confinements: T. H. White (of OaFK), The Goshawk. Trying to train a hawk using methods 400 years out of date while self-exiling to avoid being hated by his friends for being a pacifist during WWII.

@mariano: Wells is *def.* worth a deep dive. There's a LOT.
  10:07am allanToronto:

heard this on Scott's show yesterday...Soft Machine's easy listening side
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:07am Marcel M:

Morning, all
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:07am p20:

@Personator: OOPS, sorry my information was wrong!! Sometimes I wish I could delete comments.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:07am mariano:

Ooh! Just remembered a Raymond Chandler project I began a couple of years back without getting very far. Can definitely see hunkering down with some Chandler.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:08am Handy Haversack:

@Bend Sinister: There's no one like him.
  10:08am johnk77:

from the summary of dr. bloodmoney:
the scattered survivors take comfort from a disc jockey endlessly circling the globe in a broken-down satellite
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:08am listener 126464:

off topic- just got the green door kids mp3's from boomkat
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:09am Handy Haversack:

@mariano: Fitting the context: "Trouble Is My Business"!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:09am DJ Guin:

@mariano...funny how no one is mentioning King's The Stand. circumstances are eerily similar. Captain Trips may have come to pass.
  10:09am Crei6hton:

Morning
Avatar 10:09am squinchy:

I just finished Ice by Anna Kavan. That is a disturbing book to read during these times. Really during any times...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:10am David (in London):

@Handy - That first paragraph in Bend Sinister with the puddle is just frackin' amazing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:10am Handy Haversack:

@squinchy: YES! Excellent book!

Agreed, DIL!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:10am Trouble:

very cool that the green kids music is for sale, i got it years ago off a much loved english blog that is of course now defunkt
  10:11am John from Florham park:

@DJ guin tge last thing I really want to read right now is the stand
  10:11am johnk77:

kassav rocked the party live
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:11am Trouble:

two of my fave used book stores are selling via instagram in these closed doors times; check out brickbatphilly and papernautilus
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:12am Bend Sinister:

@ Handy Haversack Still regret not signing up for Vance Integral Edition (VIE) at the time - too expensive alas
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:12am mariano:

Yes, that allusion was 100% intentional, Handy. [clears throat]

@DJG: The Stand has come up at least once in conversation recently. Actually, there's an English writer, Jim Crace, that I really got into in the early 2000s. Kind of lost track of him, but apparently he has one set in a post-Apocalyptic feudal USA, might be just the thing in these times.
  10:13am allanToronto:

James Ellroy's work is my designated TP replacement, for when the going gets rough.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:13am mariano:

I mean The Stand has come up in conversation with friends, not on the Accu far as I can remember.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:13am Handy Haversack:

@Bend Sinister: Agreed. Though I am a real sucker for the DAW yellow-spine pbk. editions.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:13am Phillippe Bastille:

@Mariano I've been on a bit of a Chandler run myself lately.
  10:14am John from Florham park:

@Trouble there is a place in the short hills mall called indigos they are based out of Canada but the customer service is better then Barnes and noble
  10:14am allanToronto:

Maybe Art of the Deal first, then James Ellroy...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:15am Handy Haversack:

@Phillippe (hi!) and mariano: I got the Library of America editions of Chandler from a friend who worked there. Stories in one, novels in the other. Excellent stuff.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:15am listener 126464:

found green door kids at boomkat limited
Avatar 10:16am Jack:

I just had to comment; you've mentioned 3 of my favorite authors: HG Wells, Kim Stanley Robinson & China Mieville. Just finished "Red Moon" & "The Year of Rice & Salt", got in the mail yesterday "The 3 Californias" & "Icehenge". "Perdido Street Station" "The Scar" & "The Iron Council"= my favorite trilogy, also Mieville turned me on to "Gormanghast"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:16am David (in London):

Handy, just reading that opening to BS made me completely rethink how to write and what could be achieved with the words you selected. Amazing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:16am DJ Guin:

@mariano...there are tons of dystopic post-apocalyptic novels out there..but, thinking about it..why nuke what you desire? a world population decimated by germs..those that survive could seize absolute power, if they wish
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:16am David (in London):

Hi Phillippe.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:16am Phil in Charlotte:

Great song, and record (darker than blue)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:17am David (in London):

Shit, we haven't even mentioned Cormac yet. Blood Meridian. Yikes! He always gives me the fear.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:18am Handy Haversack:

(@Bend Sinister: Kate and I both just said to each other, "No, *your* response is nuncupatory"!)

@DIL: I blew away my students once long ago by just reciting the first page of Lolita when they came into the room. Our transition from poetry to prose writing was chap. 1.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:18am Bend Sinister:

@ Handy Haversack Have practically everything in Dutch. For mysterious reasons Vance was widely published and popular in Holland in the 70s and 80s. "Emphyrio" and "The Face" my favorites.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:18am Handy Haversack:

@Jack! Gormenghast! How did we leave it off! Gah! The best!
  10:18am allanToronto:

Yeah Jack, if you can get into Peake's Gormenghast, it's well worth it. Bring along a dictionary. It is THE highest form of the fantasy novel (s).
It's....fantastic.
Avatar 10:18am squinchy:

@DIL, my friends and I used to wax poetic at length about who we would cast as various characters for a film version of blood Meridian
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:19am Trouble:

@john from florham park: words bookstore in maplewood is a pretty great indie bookstore. lots of instore author events.
Avatar 10:19am Jack:

"The Road" is the bleakest novel I'll never re-read (and I love post-apocalyptic fiction) "Blood Meridian" I couldn't read more than a few dozen pages and then...THE HORROR!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:20am Handy Haversack:

@BS: My good friend told me he took down Emphyrio the other day for some comfort reading -- and realized he had never read it! New Vance! The best gift of all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:20am David (in London):

@squinchy - Good work. Any firm decisions?
Avatar 10:20am ken krimstein:

nice groove from mr. burell
Avatar 10:21am Jack:

@allan - I re-read the Gormanghast trilogy on occasion. I love Mervyn Peake.
  Swag For Life Member 10:21am upstate sean:

hey trouble, everyone
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:21am sphere:

@ Handy - Never read the Vance autobiography so I guess I have something to do! BTW, fantasy authors that are worth your while (ie great writers) are Patricia McKillip, Robert Holdstock, R.A. MacAvoy, and Paul Park.
Avatar 10:21am squinchy:

I feel like at the time Christopher Walken was in there somewhere. Maybe, later, Michael Shannon. But to be honest these discussions were always late at night and sodden with booze and other things.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:22am Phillippe Bastille:

Yeah, I think Chandler gets overlooked due to the genre but that man can paint some word art:
“Man has always been a venal animal. The growth of populations, the huge costs of war, the incessant pressure of confiscatory taxation – all these things make him more and more venal. The average man is tired and scared, and a tired, scared man can’t afford ideals. He has to buy food for his family. In our time we have seen a shocking decline in both public and private morals. You can’t expect quality from people whose lives are a subjection to a lack of quality. You can’t have quality with mass production. You don’t want it because it lasts too long. So you substitute styling, which is a commercial swindle intended to produce artificial obsolescence. Mass production couldn’t sell its goods next year unless it made what is sold this year look unfashionable a year from now. We have the whitest kitchens and the most shining bathrooms in the world. But in the lovely white kitchen the average [person] can’t produce a meal fit to eat, and the lovely shining bathroom is mostly a receptacle for deodorants, laxatives, sleeping pills, and the products of that confidence racket called the cosmetic industry. We make the finest packages in the world, Mr Marlowe. The stuff inside is mostly junk.”
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:22am mariano:

@DJ Guin: You're probably right, though I was thinking that a post-apocalyptic novel might have the same strangely comforting effect as listening to sad music when you're down. Nah... Chandler sounds like the ticket. Plus some of the recommendations above.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:22am p20:

Vladimir Sorokin "Ice Trilogy"
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:23am Handy Haversack:

Chandler is exquisite. So good.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:23am steveo:

BJT RULEZZ
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:23am Handy Haversack:

You really started something, @p20!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:24am mariano:

Baroque jazz? What next, bebop cowboys?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:24am David (in London):

@Phillippe - Agreed. Chandler was a master with words. I think it's in The Lady in the Lake, Marlowe is being kept waiting deliberately in a reception area and Chandler chucks in a line about how "the minutes tip-toed past with a finger to their lips". Incredible imagery.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:24am sphere:

Nice to see there are other SF/F readers listening to WFMU.
Avatar 10:24am TDK60:

My fave writer is probably Ursula K. LeGuin.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:24am p20:

@HH: Trouble posted the original book list, I just added a little Perec reference...
  10:25am allanToronto:

Blood Meridian evinces the utter low evil savagery of 'the Indian Wars', the meridian being the line of longitude that served as the no-go boundary between Indian territory and "civilization" at that time. Every North American should experience the revulsion Cormac's novel sets off...and never forget it when thinking of the indigenous experience here in the 'new world'. Manifest Destiny. Yikes!
Avatar 10:25am Jack:

"The Earth Abides" (by George R. Stewart) is considered by many to be one of the best post-apocalyptic tales.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:25am sphere:

I am a huge Ursula K. Le Guin fan.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:25am Handy Haversack:

@sphere: I get a lot of new books to pick up from reviews here: strangehorizons.com
  Swag For Life Member 10:25am northcaroline:

Good tunes as usual, Trouble. Thanks for working from your closet!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:26am steveo:

rockin the harpsichord
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:26am p20:

re: Le Guin: Loved her "Wizard of Earthsea" as a kid. And now I love her translation of the Tao Te Ching.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:26am Phillippe Bastille:

...and there's “It seemed like a nice neighborhood to have bad habits in.” and “From 30 feet away she looked like a lot of class. From 10 feet away she looked like something made up to be seen from 30 feet away.”
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:26am Handy Haversack:

Station Eleven, from a few years back, Emily St. John Mandel, is a very good post-plague novel.
Avatar 10:27am βrian:

Breakfast Nachos are in the oven.

(I feel like were teaching the little one how to make junkfood out of perfectly wholesome ingredients.)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:28am David (in London):

Handy, I loved Station 11, too. I bought copies for more than a few friends.
  10:28am allanToronto:

@Phillipe. "Nice from far. Far from nice."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:28am listener 126464:

that's natcho breakfast
Avatar 10:28am Jack:

Also: "A Canticle for Leibowitz" by Walter M. Miller Jr. post atomic war.
Everybody! Thank you for the book recommendations.
And thanks again Trouble!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:29am mariano:

Yeah, loved Le Guin's Earthsea trilogy, need to read more of her. Same with CS Lewis's Space Trilogy. Been intrigued ever since I was a kid when I found them on my grandparents' shelf.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:29am zivilars:

love this harpsichord jazz!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:29am Phillippe Bastille:

@allan love that!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:30am David (in London):

@allanToronto - There's always a point in every Cormac novel where my stomach starts to tigthen up in dread. Often it doesn't even come to anything, but he's a master of getting you to that edge, even if he never actually pushes you off it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:30am Handy Haversack:

Also strong recommendation: The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson.

And Space Opera by Cathereynne Valente. A love song to David Bowie, Eurovision, and the possibility that the species might actually save itself.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:31am steveo:

@kenzo -- sets should be first class objects! (and clickystarrable!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:31am David (in London):

Peter Ackroyd's Hawksmoor, too. Very London-centric, but a real time-slip masterpiece.
Avatar 10:31am Erella:

The Au Pairs!!
Thank you

I think I will dig up the Raincoats after this show.
This is all perfect for me today. Thank you
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:32am melinda:

@mariano I read Invisible Man in high school because we had to pick a book off the shelf and write an essay after reading it, and Invisible Man looked like a short read. It turned out someone had put the Invisible Man cover on a different paperback for some reason, it wasn't a short read but yeah, knocked my socks off too.
  10:33am sue from brooklyn:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:33am Phillippe Bastille:

I've always liked Thomas McGuane's early stuff, like "Bushwhacked Piano" and "92 in the Shade".
  10:34am sue from brooklyn:

no emoji? beating heart!!
  10:34am Jay Goges:

Trouble your show today is AAA+ <3
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:36am Trouble:

merci@jay goges!
  10:36am P-90:

For what it’s worth, I recommend Cory Doctorow’s “Radicalized”, a quartet of four short stories set in near futures that that run from very dystopian to not do much. It’s a new book and very up-to-the minute in its point of view. And he writes well.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:36am TomDash:

Hey Trouble. Thanks for doing the show remote. Love this Au Pairs song! Who’s doing the board op this morning?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:36am Handy Haversack:

We haven't even TOUCHED on short stories. We really go through short story collections around here.

@DIL: Have you read Jo Walton's Small Change trilogy? "What if England went fascist in WWII?": Farthing, Ha'penny, Half a Crown. Excellent.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:37am Vanessa bikes:

We are dancing in the kitchen to your show...
  10:37am Micheal:

Mask of the Red Death by Poe is apropos these days. Imagining it reset at Mar A Lago is entertaining.
Stay safe all. Thank you for sounds of Spring, Trouble!
  10:37am P-90:

*from very dystopian to not SO much...
Avatar 10:38am βrian:

My habib'ti loved Station 11, though she was sure she wouldn't.
Avatar 10:38am Snoochienucci:

this ones hitting me nice
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:38am Trouble:

big thanks to Matt Warwick superstar board op this morning!!! ( thanks tomdash for reminding me...)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:39am steveo:

more harpsichord!
  10:39am Slaboch:

Great to hear you Trouble!
Avatar 10:39am Jack:

The first book I ever received as a child was a HG Wells omnibus: 2 novels and a bunch of short stories. "War of the Worlds" and "The Time Machine", but it's the short stories that have stuck with me almost 50 years later.
  10:39am allanToronto:

@D in London. Cormac, for North Americans at least, I think, sorta draws you up close and demonstrates that you've fallen OFF the ledge already, quite a while back. He pulls back the curtain (almost cruelly) so that you see real violence at the heart of this house of cards that we live in. It's hard and merciless and you're all alone really...it's the desert, and there's you and the those buzzards giving you the eye. That whore wants your boots. The rotgut's almost gone. Yer outta smokes. The wind is calling your name.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:41am Handy Haversack:

I recently edited a scholarly but very readable reassessment of Wells. THAT was a deep dive. Made me read some of his non-SF for the first time. _Tono Bungay_!
Avatar 10:42am ken krimstein:

nice acoustic vibe here...mccord
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:43am Crudbringer:

You got your garbage in my trouble!
You got your trouble in my garbage!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:43am Handy Haversack:

Ugh, I have an 11 AM meeting that will tear me away from you fine people, and I don't know that I will be back before 12.

Trouble, thank you so much. Thanks for being there and doing this and letting us all do the rest of this. Excellent show this morning!

And thanks, Matt!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:43am mariano:

@David: Yes, LOVE Hawksmoor. First Ackroyd I read. Perfect setting too: was staying in London with a friend, found it on his shelf, so I was able to go to some of the churches. Take care, @Handy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:44am TomDash:

Thanks Matt Warwick...and all the skeleton crew at 43! Great show Trouble
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:44am DJ Guin:

@Handy,,,just discovered that Wells had the Beets! Nice to know his zaftig girth had its drawbacks
  10:44am allanToronto:

I wonder how H.G. Wells plays in America. He's quite a lefty really. The Time Machine is a warning about social disenfranchisement/haves vs have-nots, and the monsters that will come back to eat a society once that sets in....maybe.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:45am David (in London):

@allanToronto - That's a good summation. I remember that scene in Outer Darkness where he lands the boat and sits around the fire with a group of unsavoury characters. The unspoken implication is that they are going to murder him, or maybe even eat him. I remember my heart starting to beat faster. They don't of course, but it was masterful writing.
  10:45am P-90:

It just seems a bit of a symptom of the underlying thinking (or lack of) that has made the present situation so difficult, when I see folks identifying with stories, like The Stand, about apocalyptic plagues. This is NOT that, this is the kind of not-apocalyptic pandemic disease event that will continue to occur once every few generations or so. We just don’t seem to have learned that lesson very well, or learned to prepare and plan well for the (actually routine) arrival of these things.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:45am David (in London):

mariano - Super cool. Do you remember which ones you went to?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:46am listener 126464:

kevin morby is live tonight with katie crutchfield on her IG
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:48am DJ Guin:

@P-90...President SprayTan sez things will be just ducky by Zombie Jesus Resurrection Day. We have already surpassed the workdwide toll of H1N1 (which lasted 20 months) in a shorter span. THIS is not a FLU. There are no 'cures' for viruses. You either survive or you don't. Antibiotics are over prescribed and just result in newer, resistant strains of Staph, etc.
  10:50am P-90:

None of which addresses my point...
Avatar 10:50am TDK60:

Well, I'm going to take a shower, and plan to also wash my hands while doing so. Back soon..
  10:50am Earth Walker:

ParUbi. Have Happy Healthy one !
  10:52am allanToronto:

Anti-biotics are just that. They are living organisms (bacteria) that destroy other bacteria. A virus is a chemical structure (not really alive), so antibiotics have absolutely NOTHING to do with viruses. This seems to be a huge basic misunderstanding of basic science that many people adhere to.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:52am DJ Guin:

My point is this going to much, much worse before people take it seriously. 1918 was a flu; 500 million contracted. 50 millions succumbed. Even with 'modern' medicine, we have become arrogant and reckless.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:53am mariano:

Short stories? Alice Munro, Chekhov, Flannery O'Connor, William Trevor, and my go-to comfort reading, Borges. @David: Christ Church Spittalfields, St George's Bloomsbury, and St Mary Woolnoth. It was the pre-Google Maps 90s and I have no sense of direction, so it's a miracle I made it to those three. On another trip I saw St Alphege's but didn't go in (staying with the same friend who'd since moved close to Greenwich).
  10:54am P-90:

Yes, when I hear folks bringing up antibiotics in the context of a viral epidemic, that’s exactly the lack of focus on the realities of these events that disturbs me.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:54am Trouble:

surprised no one has mentioned patrick modiano. and also, weird that most of the authors mentioned are male...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:56am DJ Guin:

@P-90..we are in agreement about that. I cringe when I hear parents give their children antibiotics everytime they fall ill. No matter what the illness.
  10:57am P-90:

@Trouble: Good point. Sorry.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:57am David (in London):

Trouble, then I will chuck in two personal favourites: Daphe Du Maurier and Shirley Jackson.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:57am Rich in Bay Ridge:

Deerhoof makes things better for a few minutes at least
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:57am p20:

Scanning my bookshelves here - how did I manage to completely forget Roberto Bolaño?
Avatar 10:57am Jack:

speaking of female authors...I recently read "Oryx and Crake' by Margaret Atwood. Boy, was that depressing! But I recommend it. Talk about dystopian!
  10:57am Bill W:

I've been reading the 1951 Anna Seghers novel TRANSIT, basis of last year's Petzold film, about a man stuck in Marseille in 1940. It resonates...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:58am Priscilla:

Happy song!
Avatar 10:58am waters7:

Thank you thank you thank you!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:59am ratso:

This makes me smile!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:59am James in ATL:

I never get tired of hearing ELO. Always makes me feel better.
  11:00am P-90:

duMaurier: great choice. “The Birds” is one of the all-time brilliant apocalypses in modern fiction.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:00am DJ Guin:

@Jack..the way women started dressing as Handmaidens after the series premiered only goes to show today's celebs are just...well, you know.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:01am Carmichael:

For later watching: www.youtube.com...

And good morning, Trouble and skeletons.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:01am David (in London):

p20 - Great call. 2666 is an absolute bloody monster.
  11:02am allanToronto:

Even physicians prescribe antibiotics for patients with a cold for instance, for a virus, Why? Because the patients insist, and medicine complies for some reason....is it really evil big pharma sell, sell, selling? It has no effect whatsoever on ANY virus, and in addition, it constantly exposes all know bacterial pathogens to the few known antibiotics, allowing them to evolve resistance to them, because bacteria produce a knew generation about every 12 hours, so their time/evolutionary scale is much accelerated compared to that of other organisms on this rock. It's insane really.
  11:03am P-90:

Atwood writes very well. And has played well the game of writing science fiction while skirting that label.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:04am mndave:

@Trouble - Tuning in late but it sounds fantastic, as if you were in the studio. Kudos to Andy and Matt ww!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:05am melinda:

I've read that antiobiotic use for cattle is a larger problem in terms of increasing the number of antibiotic-resistant strains. Not that over-prescription for humans isn't bad, but that the scale is different.
Avatar 11:06am wizard frog:

I'm working from home with a tub of ben & jerrys - such is life
  11:06am morphe':

David van der Stoke/book folks - I became angry/jealous when I first read Sebald because I was doing texts with images (getting nowhere$)except small magazines in NYC.. I let it go and just enjoyed him... was saddened at the early lost..
A good read: The Hidden Life of Trees - A German Forestiere who talks about the interconnectedness of trees and their environment and their active intelligence and their ability to communicate to trees around them..(rhizome communication networks!!! - fuckin' commies are everywhere!! Even in the soil!!!corrupting the tress!!!!)
  11:06am Reno D:

Get Carter! Jonathan Something mentions that film in his hilarious song Had an Ass Like Gold. Cracked me up.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:07am Carmichael:

I am sheltering in place at work. I'm in government procurement, and this is a high-stress and brain-twisting time for us.
Avatar 11:09am wizard frog:

Government procurement, couldn't even begin to imagine how that works let alone in a situation like this...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:12am mariano:

Muriel Spark and Doris Lessing - two more I've been meaning to get into for years after really enjoying some short stories. We should all get an extra life just for reading. @Carmichael - hope you're staying safe, thanks for helping to keep things running.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:12am Lewis:

Melinda - important to keep bacterial and viral infections separate in your mind. SARS-CoV-2 is a virus and viruses are not living in the way that bacteria are. Viruses are a really weird combination of proteins that use biological cells to reproduce. To stop a virus you need to either break the virus or interrupt is functioning inside of its host cells.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:12am -Ken:

Morning all!
  11:12am morphe':

Allan in Toronto.. Highrise is frightening ... let us hope there are will be no actual food shortages... Have you read Ballard's WHY I WANT TO FUCK Ronald Reagan?
A text for our time; Full text attached..Do not know if it is pre or post CRASH:
https://spurleditions.com/blog/2017/6/22/ballard-ronald-reagan
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:13am Lewis:

Hi Ken!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:15am Trouble:

some covid 19 resources :
www.cdc.gov...

nj.gov...

www.nj.gov...

www.fhfa.gov...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:15am Trouble:

from aminatta forna
lithub.com...
Avatar 11:16am TDK60:

I'm back from the shower, drying off. Now I plan to watch the latest speech from the NYC mayor or NY State Govt. I will ignore any press conferences with the national chief executive (as I'm not in a mood to vomit).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:16am David (in London):

Hello Kenmeister.
  11:17am allanToronto:

@Melinda. Yes. Factory-scale animal farming is brutal to animals to the degree that anti-biotics are used extensively to keep them alive. Those cows are chained standing in steel milking pens, on concrete floors that can be hosed cleanf, so under theri own weight their hooves split open and become infected (they have no choice but to stand in faeces all day)...so yadda yadda yadda...this stuff's in yer milk, yer meat, etc.....I know,this is a big downer...but you're right, industrial scale agriculture puts a lot of antibiotics into your food and water
  11:18am morphe':

Ballard's WHY I Want....
just re-reading it - forgot it was given out the 1980 convention on Republican letterhead (long live the Situationists!!!). Cannot believe I did not remember this in 2015-2014... The text needs a few name changes y Voila!! a text for our time "... Vaginal intercourse with “Reagan” proved uniformly disappointing, producing orgasm in 2 percent of subjects.
Avatar 11:19am meredith:

Oh, it's really @trouble today? <3 <3 thank you for some normalcy. I hope everyone is safe. Checking in from Chapel Hill, NC where we are all at home
  11:20am P-90:

Guten morgen, Herr Brodkastgruppenfuhrer Ken.
Avatar 11:21am Jack:

Wow! Who are you people? I literally have "The Complete Stories of JG Ballard" sitting right here in front of me. Well, my cat is sitting on them.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:21am Artie:

Listening at home in Raleigh NC today. Thanks, Trouble!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:22am Trouble:

raleigh and chapel hill checking in within minutes of each other: what are the chances? good morning!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:22am melinda:

@allanToronto I also heard that antibiotics are used routinely to increase growth, not just address infection.
  11:22am tim from Champaign (now washington):

Hi Trouble and everybody!
  11:22am P-90:

Ballard was always brilliant, and seems more and more relevant all the time, for his ideas AND his aesthetic.
Avatar 11:23am βrian:

Yeah, and it's not even understood *why* antibiotics increase growth in livestock. But hey, if it makes money ...
  11:23am tim from Champaign (now washington):

Mariano - I cant recommend Doris Lessing’s novels high enough. What are you going to start with?
Avatar 11:24am waters7:

goin' dark, gurl
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:24am Mick:

Good (late) morning Trouble and all. What a literary chat today - I'll be returning to the archive just to read the book recs. Many thanks!
  11:24am allanToronto:

@Melinda. That makes sense, in light of general health of the animals. A NOT SICK pig will grow unimpeded by difficulty into a bigger fleshier beast, a trait that can even be passed on to offspring. Health and growth are related.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:25am Trouble:

c'mon @ emily: the cello is never dark, always beautiful!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:25am TomDash:

My dog starting barking at the bells! Lovely piece...reminds me of Arvo Part
Avatar 11:25am waters7:

maybe I meant deep
Avatar 11:25am βrian:

We're all trying to do our Pärt.
Avatar 11:26am meredith:

Cocteau Twins = my mood for the past 30 days
Avatar 11:26am meredith:

Hey @Artie. Hope Raleigh is doing ok.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:27am mariano:

@tim FC: Usually when I make a project of a particular writer or school I go chronologically. But Lessing was so prolific that I get a near-panic attack looking at her list of works. Any recommendations?
  11:28am morphe':

Melinda/Allan: read about Thalidomide - was given in the 50s-60s as "morning sickness relief" med.. Led to deaths and birth defects - the most common was the hand coming out of the elbow(s)... When banned - it was sold to cattle farms as a growth hormone???? Found it ia a fiction: MY YEAR OF MEAT but true!!! Not the greatest novel but worth the read... = Desperate starving East Village writer(auto-bio part) takes on a paying project regading meat recipes..
  11:30am peter in SEA:

Good Morning Trouble and Thursday people. Wow, what a voice this singer has, hadn't heard of him before, once again Trouble & FMU with the new music for me! Grateful.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:31am Trouble:

start with the golden notebook @ mariano
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:31am Trouble:

hola @peter!
  11:31am peter in SEA:

Also, was there a plague-times reading list posted before? Can someone please re-post that list? Obrigado ;-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:32am mariano:

Thanks @Trouble!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:32am Artie:

Greetings, Meredith. My little corner of Raleigh is OK, AFAICT. Quiet/Surreal. Hope you're well. Best to ya.
  11:32am allanToronto:

Doris Lessing's Briefing For A Descent Into Hell is a short novel that is quite a mindfuck. Maybe, due to its brevity, it might be a good place to start also.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:32am Greg from ZONE 5:

Morning, Trouble & all!
  11:33am peter in SEA:

Bom dia, Trouble! Obrigado for the remote broadcast! Thanks Andy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:34am mariano:

Appreciate the recommendation, @allan. @peter - the list is scattered throughout the comments. I'm going to copy and paste the whole thing into a Word doc and extract the book titles.
  11:35am morphe':

My Year of Meat..Recollecting - dangerous for me ...My Year of Meat veers fromSouthern use pot roast recipe contests using RC cola or Pepsi to spouse abuse in Japan.... and....
  11:36am allanToronto:

Incidentally, (heh) I am really enjoying this show Trouble. I may never get out of this WFMU vortex that I've been sucked into now. Spending a lot of time exploring all of its mutant radio streams....getting tired..was up late listening to small change's set last night....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:37am Ken From Hyde Park:

Huh ... just received an email form Uber Eats with a promo code to save $120 on my first two orders, provided I spend $150 or more. I wonder if that is worthwhile or not?
  11:37am tim from Champaign (now washington):

Mariano - I agree that the Golden Notebook and Briefing for A Descent are great starters. The Good Terrorist is also a good one.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:37am David (in London):

mariano - Are you going to do that? I was planning on doing it too.
Avatar 11:38am TDK60:

In the NYC mayor speech I'm listening to he says, on the idea we can all be back together by Easter, he doesn't think so at all!, thinks April will be /worse/ than March in NYC. (Trouble I plan to listen to the rest of your wonderful show via the archive later).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:38am Carmichael:

People are referencing lots of great reading material, but I have 2 movie recommendations: Bergman's Seventh Seal, and Gilliam's 12 Monkeys. Perfect downer movies for these plague-ridden times.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:39am Kevin-san:

Barbara!!! <3
Avatar 11:39am Hubig Pie:

My year of sugar, grease, caffeine and alcohol
Avatar 11:39am Julien à Montréal:

La dame en noir..
Avatar 11:39am Jack:

An old blog of post-apocalyptic fiction: thefinchandpea.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:40am mariano:

With the list, you mean, David? Yeah, soon as the show's over. Thanks tim fc, going on the list.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:40am Carmichael:

Dude, that's my adulthood ...
  11:40am peter in SEA:

Thank you @Mariano! For the young ones amongst us: Feed, by MT Anderson ;-)
  11:41am allanToronto:

@morphe. One of the guitar players that used to work with Tav Falco in Memphis (Panther Burns) was a Thalidomide baby I think. He was a really manic psycho-billy guitar player, so when I saw him live I was surprised to see that he was holding his pick in a 'flipper'. He made the best of a bad situation. Real bad muthaf***a.
Avatar 11:41am UncleMarty:

So many novels ... upbeat - Zombie Survival Guide - Max Brooks ( I now have a machete under my bed)
Less so: Earth Abides – George R. Stewart ‘Men come and go, but earth abides.’
  11:41am peter in SEA:

Love the trilling "r" in so much French chanteuse music!
Avatar 11:43am ken krimstein:

could be in the masterpiece by lubitsch -- trouble in paradise -- watch it right after this show...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:43am listener 126464:

beautiful cardinal hanging around the back door here for a few days
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:44am mariano:

Haha! Speaking of Tinker, Tailor...
  11:45am morphe':

In the time of Le Peste forget not Camus' THE PLAGUE(heard the film is not so good so
stick to the text)
also - for visual effect: Bosch y Breugal
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:45am Stevel:

Great show as usual! Thank you, Trouble!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:46am Carmichael:

@mariano, did you know that your reference (and John Le Carre's, by extension) is to a very old "skipping song"? I guess Yanks call them hopscotch songs.
Avatar 11:46am jdaAndAnoukFromKöln:

hello from the home office. good thing: anouk is outside on the balcony laying in the sun…
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:46am David (in London):

@allanToronto - I don't think he was with them the one time I saw them here in London. Top man, though by the sound of it. Ian Dury was another who took his disability and turned it into rock and roll gold.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:46am Trouble:

thanks @stevel!
Avatar 11:48am waters7:

Thanks, babe! Until next week.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:48am Carmichael:

I saw Roger McGuinn perform this solo back in the 90s. Great song!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:48am Marcel M:

I've somehow never heard this cover.. love this song.
  11:48am allanToronto:

@Ken! That sounds like a shit-ton of takeout for 30 simoleons...could be a good thing, provided the delivery is germ-free. Therein lies the unadvertised excitement factor. Take the plunge. G'wan. Heh heh heh
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:49am steveo:

marcel go listen to this whole album!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:49am sphere:

recommended female authors in SF: C.J. Cherryh, Jo Clayton, Ann Leckie, Nnedi Okorafor, Octavia Butler, Nancy Kress, Martha Wells, Kameron Hurley.
  11:50am allanToronto:

@David. Yeah, Ian Dury was unstoppable. He used to teach art in East London somewhere too I think
Avatar 11:50am esha:

i love mole suit choir, such a pleasure to hear them on the radio, thank u
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:50am Trouble:

@sphere: add N K Jemisin
  11:51am morphe':

Sphere : Octvia Butler!!!!!!!
Avatar 11:51am TDK60:

Oh yeh Sphere, Octavia Butler is great.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:51am tw2sheds:

Connie Willis
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:52am mariano:

I knew it was something along the lines of a nursery rhyme, Carmichael, though I never knew anything specifically about its origin.
  11:52am morphe':

TDK - we might be cousins -
the name of our band!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:52am Carmichael:

A line from Dury's Body Song that has somehow always stuck with me:

The leg, a source of great delight.
Distributes weight and governs height.
  11:52am allanToronto:

Huh...I have Connie Willis Doomsday Book coming in the mail. Weird.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:53am Trouble:

great news: Liz Durette just put out a new digital album on bandcamp!!!
Avatar 11:53am Jack:

Karen Fowler, and don't forget Mary Shelley!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:53am David (in London):

@allanToronto - He went to the same school as I did, so I used to get teachers' recollections of him. He was one tough bastard by the sound of it. When asked to write a song for the disabled rights community, he delived Spasticus Autisticus - I don't think it was QUITE what they had in mind!
  11:53am morphe':

Thanks Trouble and all at FMU on Line University...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:53am Trouble:

thanks for sitting in this morn. see you next week!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:54am listener 126464:

Thanks Trouble!
Avatar 11:54am βrian:

Unpossible! The show is almost over??
Avatar 11:54am Julien à Montréal:

Merci mille fois Trouble! Thank you!
  Swag For Life Member 11:54am 12539:

Thanks for being there, Trouble.
  11:54am jim in the d:

@sphere and @trouble, Pat Cadigan for female sf list
  11:54am P-90:

Another, very contemporary female SF author is Peng Shepherd, whose recent “The Book of M” is a kind of “plague story”.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:55am steveo:

Liz Durette is wonderful! Thanks for the stupendous show, Trouble.
  11:55am morphe':

Ian Dury doc is amazing..
He got the polio in a public swimming pool
never knew that
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:55am mariano:

Thank you Trouble and Skeleton Crew! Great talking with everyone as always, will turn the book recommendations into a list and later on if anyone is interested I can post/send a pdf. Be safe y'all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:55am Phillippe Bastille:

Thanks Trouble. Stay safe everyone!
Avatar 11:55am esha:

also love liz durette. baltimore forever
  11:56am allanToronto:

@David. Hah. Yup, I'm pretty sure Dury defied expectations. Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick was one of my fave early videos. And New Boots and Panties remains one of the finest album covers ever run off of a press. I loved that guy. He should still be here. Oh well.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am sphere:

thanks trouble
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am p20:

I'm collating all the books and authors mentioned today here: docs.google.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am Handy Haversack:

Back just in time to say goodbye. Thanks, Trouble, Matt. L8r, friends!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am Priscilla:

Thanks Trouble!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am p20:

Just getting started filling it out. But it will be completed soon.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am David (in London):

@allanToronto - I second that emotion. Let's raise a glass to him tonight.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am Marcel M:

@Steveo: will do!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58am Phillippe Bastille:

Thanks P20 -- I was just on WordPress trying to set something up but the Google doc is better
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58am David (in London):

Thanks Trouble and all you wonderful groovers.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58am mariano:

Thanks p20!
  11:58am P-90:

Catherine Asaro is another female SF author worth checking out.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58am Handy Haversack:

(Don't let Mark Hurst hear you say that, PB!)
  11:59am P-90:

Thanks, DJ Trouble!
  11:59am peter in SEA:

Thank you Trouble!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:02pm tw2sheds:

Just occurred to me, you need a tiny little pen to address a point......TY Trouble
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