Song of the Day 12/15/2009

December 15, 2009 at 8:54 am (album of the year, america, Current events, Free, free song, mp3, qotd) (, , , , , , )

On this day in 1944 – A single-engine plane carrying U.S. Army Major Glenn Miller disappeared in thick fog over the English Channel while en route to Paris. The true fate of the plane and its passengers has never been determined.

SOTD: Rhodes Kids – Santa Loves Rock ‘N’ Roll Music




Question of the Day:

What is your favorite short story?

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  1. Steve said,

    Oh that easy…hands down, “Bartleby the Scrivener” by Herman Melville.

  2. ab said,

    The Lottery.

    I like the way the story reveals customs/traditions as significant social undercurrents. It really highlights how tradition can really normalize otherwise ridiculous behaviors.

    By no means am I suggesting we take away Santa Claus! I mean, he brings Christmas spirit! He divvies up gifts for everyone who makes his list! He generally makes the Western world act less like heathens for about a month out of the year!

    *Not to mention gives me a danged good excuse to get crazy with the egg nog.

  3. John said,

    Mine’s “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut.

    I like stories that deal with socialism in general and demonstrate what could happen if the quest for “equality” is taken too far, and this is a great example of that.

    • Steve said,

      I love Vonnegut. I’m going to have to give this a read.

    • Kel/y_H said,

      Have you read Cold Turkey? I think it was more of an essay than a short story, but I think it was the last thing he published in his life, and it’s really amazing.

  4. Kel/y_H said,

    Too many to name. Probably “The Descent of Man” by TC Boyle.

  5. nattya61 said,

    I can’t pick just one, but my favorite collection of short stories is probably The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter. If you like twisted fairy tales, definitely read these.

  6. Megan said,

    IDK if it’s considered a short story… it’s a small book that my Dad and I’ve been trading for the past 8 years. “Skipping Christmas” by John Grisham. Christmas at the Kranks was based off this book. Another favorite is “The Christmas Train” by David Baldacci. These 2 usually get me into the Christmas spirit and to make me remember that it’s not all about the stress and everything being PERFECT… it’s about FAMILY.

  7. amber said,

    If i think about it for too long I’ll never be able to choose, but the first one that came to my head is “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The first time I read it I was simply amazed by Gilman’s vivid descriptions, AND her not-so-subtle commentary on gender, not to mention creativitiy and mental health.

    • nattya61 said,

      Love “The Yellow Wallpaper.” That and Chopin’s The Awakening (and some Virginia Wolf) are really the works that made me want to become a writer.

  8. Shannon said,

    “A Study in Emerald” by Neil Gaiman. It’s a Sherlock Holmes story that takes place in an H.P. Lovecraft world. It’s just as fantastic as you might guess a thing like that would be.

  9. Sabre said,

    Jerusalem’s Lot

  10. Kevin said,

    “Witch War” by Richard Matheson

  11. Marlo Miller said,

    I don’t have an answer to your question but I do have a suggestion. My daughter’s first grade class is wearing pj’s to school tomorrow and watching Polar Express. Then they will write about it. Can we implement this idea at work? Who is with me?

    • ab said,

      I am with you. I will even tote in my fuzzy slippers. Seems fitting after seeing all those Jingle Jammies commercials from Old Navy!

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