Middle of the Desert Discs, 20/10/2016

In our endeavour to get to know our neighbours better, every month we ask a prominent citizen of the town to tell us what book they would take with them to the Middle of the Desert, apart from the complete works of Tolkien and Cervantes. This week we have asked Laurel Lewis:

“A favourite book? I’m quite selective about what I read. A lot of people recommended American Gods recently, and though I enjoyed some parts, I don’t think I would put it between my top books. I mean, when you are one of the most powerful people in the known Multiverse, not much is surprising. If I am to make a confession here, I will say that I read obscure and mostly unknown Basque poetry from the XIXth and XXth centuries”.

Middle of the Desert Discs, 22/09/2016

In our endeavour to get to know our neighbours better, every month we ask a prominent citizen of the town to tell us what book they would take with them to the Middle of the Desert, apart from the complete works of Tolkien and Cervantes. It has been a while since the last installment of this series, which was interrupted due to the Apocalypse and the recent heatwave. For this reason, we have thought it appropriate to ask the town librarian, Erin Pyp:

“Well, of course, books are an essential part of my life, having always been the librarian of the Library City. There is a lot I could tell you about books, about our collection, or about the rules that govern the treatment of books in Fiery Creek. The Library City contains all of the books ever written by any species, in any language and in every dimension, and, best of all, the collection updates itself, which means that the Library City dimension is ever-growing. There are, thus, about 7,2 million different versions of Anna Karenina, sometimes with minor changes, and sometimes with major changes. Books in Fiery Creek are protected by strong spells that make them indestructible – thank God I did that in time, that way I can preserve the collection intact from the hands of book burners -. Of course, having read all of the books in existence, it’s quite difficult to choose a favourite, but I think as a librarian I have to choose Fahrenheit 451”.

Middle of the Desert Discs, 21/07/2016

In our endeavour to get to know our neighbours better, every month we ask a prominent citizen of the town to tell us what book they would take with them to the Middle of the Desert, apart from the complete works of Tolkien and Cervantes. This week we had intended to feature town hero Vee, who saved us from the Ancient Egyptians, but Neighbourhood Watch founder and sole member Doris Waters got on the way and we now have to include her answer because she has been stalking every single member of the team that works in this publication and is probably going to explode if she cannot read her own babble:

“That’s actually quite a difficult one to answer… I am not a very keen reader. I mean, a lot of those books give you ideas. And ideas are a bad thing if you want to keep a good neighbourhood. I don’t mean to say that all books are bad, in fact, Pride and Prejudice is a lovely novel when you read it superficially, without thinking at all and seeing it as the love story alone, without the context, or the critique to the state of the society of the author’s time, or all of that other stuff. But how can you know whether a book is going to give you ideas before reading it? It’s not like they are tagged or something! It’s all because publishers are an evil bunch that want to disrupt the good thoughtless American lifestyle. That’s why I have petitioned the Council to ban books from town. They tell me that they are trying their best, but that some powerful magic does not allow them to do so. I think this is some sort of conspiracy, because the other day I saw my 14-year-old niece Julia reading a book, “The Hungry Games” or something like that. I snatched the book from her and tried to burn it, and the book didn’t burn. Can you imagine? I think that…”

The journalist that had been caught in this trap somehow managed to escape at this point, which is the reason why the monologue was interrupted. The journalist has received medical treatment and is in a good physical state, but we cannot tell whether he will ever recover from the PTSD of this event.

Middle of the Desert Discs, 23/06/2016

In our endeavour to get to know our neighbours better, every month we ask a prominent citizen of the town to tell us what book they would take with them to the Middle of the Desert, apart from the complete works of Tolkien and Cervantes. This week we have asked Liza Kulmala:

“I have alwayz been a keen reader. I like to read ze clazzeecz, in particular ze Ruzzian auzorz. Ven I waz young I uzed to read a lot of Dostoyevski, but now I zink I prefer to read Sartre. One of my favouritez iz hiz No exit, in which he wrote ze famouz line “Hell is other people”. I read it to my children, uzually after Peter Rabbit, right before bedtime”.

Middle of the Desert Discs, 25/05/2016

In our endeavour to get to know our neighbours better, every month we ask a prominent citizen of the town to tell us what book they would take with them to the Middle of the Desert, apart from the complete works of Tolkien and Cervantes. This week we have asked Ba’al, Prince of Hell:

“I think I would take the Book of Revelation with me. It is a classic, me being a Prince of Hell and whatnot, but I enjoy the imagery presented by John. It reminds me of the good ol’ times, when Satan and I were buddies. Yes, the same Satan that is currently stomping the Black Warlock Overlord in the elections. We fell out during the XVI century – the Spanish Inquisition was involved – and I came to the Earth. But when Mary Clark destroyed Hell, Satan had nowhere else to go, so he stayed here and we have contacted each other again. It’s not the same as it used to be, though… So, yes, the Book of Revelation, definitely. For the good ol’ times”.