Jul 12, 2017
Cameron Johnson is the Lone Reader.
Jun 6, 2017
Retired Colonel and military historian Andrew Bacevich chronicles American military missteps on the Middle East since 1979.
May 9, 2017
Wherein an immunotoxicologist reframes humanity to include our microbiotic collaborators.
Music: "Black Rainbow" by Pitx.
Apr 11, 2017
Celebrated biologist E.O. Wilson ruminates upon the fragility of human existence.
Feb 14, 2017
Cameron Johnson is the Lone Reader, of Everett Public Library in Everett, WA.
Music: Klincek stojo pod oblokom, by Tomo Sombolac
Dec 13, 2016
Yunte Huang's biography of the real-life Charlie Chan, aka Chang Apana, , a wiry, bullwhip-wielding ex-cowboy, the scourge of criminals in Honolulu's Chinatown.
Nov 8, 2016
A detailed history of the eruptions of Vesuvius.
Oct 11, 2016
Wigmaker Thomas Paine Kydd is is pressed into Nelson's navy during the Napoleanic wars and painfully (and literally) taught the ropes.
Sep 13, 2016
The Lone Reader talks about Social Insecurity, by James W. Russell.
Aug 9, 2016
Author and football fan Steve Almond questions his own homage to America's secular religion: Football.
Music: Ignition, by Collision Process
Jul 19, 2016
The Lone Reader; one librarian talks about the books he reads. The Lone Reader looks at Mill Town, Norman H. Clark's magisterial history of early Everett and of the Everett Massacre. Time: 0:02:36 Size: 2.38 Mb Music: "Powerhouse," by Raymond Scott. Courtesy of Internet Archive. Sound effects, from Freesound: Bench Saw Crosscutting, by Benboncan Metal Saw, by qubodup War, gunfight, shooting, etc., by ylearkisto
Mar 8, 2016
The Lone Reader; one librarian talks about the books he reads. Told through the voices of band members, roadies, family, and friends, Alan Paul's One Way Out is the story of the rise and fall of an iconic rock band of the sixties, the Allman Brothers Band. Music: A Messy Blues, by Steve Hill Time: 0:02:20 Size: 2.15Mb
Jan 25, 2016
The Lone Reader; one librarian talks about the books he reads. Greenberg's book tells how during the 19th century billions of passenger pigeons were shot, clubbed, burned, crushed, flailed, speared, drowned, and blown up; a species' extinction by wanton human butchery. Music: 1812 Overture, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Time: 0:02:23 Size: 2.19Mb
Jan 25, 2016
The Lone Reader; one librarian talks about the books he reads. The "Ultimate Cheapskate" Jeff Yeager teaches us how to live small, save money and enjoy life to boot! Yeager has turned penny pinching into an art form—Matt Lauer. Music: Black Rainbow, by Pitx. Time: 0:02:14 Size: 2.04Mb
Nov 25, 2015
The Lone Reader; one librarian talks about the books he reads. Through interviews with real Americans, Packer relates the "unwinding" of institutions we have taken for granted: banking government, the courts, and labor unions. The book won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2013. Music: Dance of the Geisha, by Joe Hill. Time: 0:02:25 Size: 1.11Mb
Oct 12, 2015
The Lone Reader; one librarian talks about the books he reads. Part Upstairs Downstairs and part Hotel Babylon, Jacob Tomsky's Heads in Beds spills the beans about how high-end hotels really work. Insider advice leavened with great stories and snarky commentary about guests. managers, clerks, housekeepers and other denizens of this quirky subculture. Music: Blues Jam 2011, by Steve Belong. Time: 0:02:13 Size: 2.12Mb
Sep 17, 2015
The Lone Reader; one librarian talks about the books he reads. A rarity, a successful war satire. Billy Lynn is a soldier in Bravo Company, captured on film by Fox news in a chaotic firefight with Iraqi insurgents. Bravo wins a boatload of medals and is dispatched across country in a "victory tour" to shore up American opinion about the war. The book's setting is during the final surreal event of the tour, a cold Thanksgiving Day football game in Dallas Texas, as the Bravos are feted as heroes by the Dallas Cowboys fans and brass. Music: Back Porch Banjo Stand, by Eric Kanold Time: 0:02:19 Size: 2.12Mb
Aug 17, 2015
The Lone Reader; one librarian talks about the books he reads. Relates the often surprising story of America's adoption of electricity, including its oddities: streetlighting schemes which used "artificial suns": powerful arc lights on 150 ft. towers scattered about a city. Got shadows? Music: Bam Bam Bamy Shore, by Paul Ash and His Orchestra, courtesy of Internet Archive. Time: 0:02:19 Size: 2.12Mb
Jul 14, 2015
The Lone Reader; one librarian talks about the books he reads. Springer and Chavez tell the story of Jerry Quarry, a great heavyweight boxer in an era of greater ones. His rise to pugilistic glory is mirrored by his heartbreaking fall, in the most brutal sport of all. Music: Violin Concerto, by Ludwig van Beethoven. Time: 0:02:23 Size: 2.18Mb
Jun 17, 2015
The Lone Reader; one librarian talks about the books he reads. Social anthropologist Kate Fox unravels the codes of modern British behavior. Music: Rule Britannia, courtesy of the Internet Archive, https://archive.org Time: 0:02:32 Size: 2.32Mb
May 19, 2015
The Lone Reader; one librarian talks about the books he reads. Highly decorated Vietnam War veteran Karl Marlantes, author of Matterhorn, the best novel about the Vietnam War, reflects on the terrible cost to soldiers of combat. Music: Tuzan (Sad), by Tomo Sombolac Time: 0:02:18 Size: 2.11Mb
Apr 16, 2015
The Lone Reader; one librarian talks about the books he reads. Audio book review of David Abrams's lacerating Iraq war satire, Fobbit. Music: Thickener, by Jerry & the People Time: 0:02:33 Size: 2.33 mb
Mar 17, 2015
The Lone Reader; one librarian talks about the books he reads. Jason Webley's "Margaret" project, a musical evocation of the tragic life of Margaret Rucker, daughter of Bethel Rucker, one of the founders of Everett. The book contains two essays about the project, and the accompanying CD has fifteen original songs by various artists based on scraps of Margaret Rucker's life. Music: Adagio for Strings, by Samuel Barber, courtesy of The Internet Archive. Time: 0:03:10 Size: 2.90Mb