When radio was the predominant form of a family's entertainment after dinner, the people who worked in radio spared no expense. Not special effects, not costumes (as none were required); the real budget was spent on finding the best voices in the business...finding the foley artist who could make that perfect blending of real and manufactured noises...the music, and of course--THE STORY!
How many times have listeners tuned out in less than ten minutes of a lackluster performance.
Orson Welles had an idea that not only created a truely new direction for the RADIO DRAMA, but went so far as to disregard convention. He left little clues, though. Clues such as the fact that this was aired on Halloween (he wanted people to realize that it's a little scary story); unfortunately, phone lines burned with panicked callers. People actually committed suicide while this live performance was underway.
Many huddled in actual panic, thinking that the story was in fact reality, and that the world as they knew it was over.
After the fallout, it was realized that he took the artform of drama, and brought it into laser focus through mere sound.
When you can close your eyes, and see it all...the Theatre of The Mind.
When the main character and a squirell make eye contact for a brief period of time; the narrator wonders if they both felt the same feeling...the joy of seeing another living thing.
I was most drawn to how absolutely committed he was to the passionate opening, from a stumbled, confusing emotional response, to the people he cast to play the role of extras; whose collective screams, moans, and comments added that eerie touch of the real.
It's only 59 minutes. It's the perfect little tale for that hour long drive.
Persons who stumble onto this will also love the original 3D Audio version of THE MIST by Stephen King; and for the same reasons.
1. Committed performances by the cast
2. A good story that's feasible
3. The 59 minute format, making it worth taking along for that hour long drive
What's amazing is that you'd think the digital quality of the Stephen King story would be superior...it's not.
The radio's hiss, sizzle, pop, and fade are also a part of the show!
She's a great teacher! On the Frontline Episode she interviewed for (regarding the Bank Bailouts and Credit situation for Americans on the brink), her tears told the whole story.
That story is that a handful of people in a position of power and trust abused both, and left the rest of America to pay the bill when the margin call came. She isn't afraid to tell you what she thinks, and will say it on the record... "The game is rigged!"
In this book, however, what you get is more about what makes her the person that she is now. She's sharing painful things that shaped her life, and stiffened her resolve to make America work the way it's supposed to. She is now a Senator, and believe me, she's not going to take her teeth off the hind ends of those who have been abusing their power in DC.
For the record, I am not a resident of her state, nor a member of her political party. I am writing this as a person very moved by what I heard; it makes me want to know more about her monetary policy, and how her financial theory could dig the US out of the hole we're in.
AYN RAND's Atlas Shrugged, because it too showcases how corruption destroys a nation of creators, builders, and leaders.
The only difference is that Senator Warren isn't suggesting that those who produce and create something of value break off and form their own society. She (Senator Warren) wants those people to work with her to fix this broken economy, and punish those responsible (even criminally in some cases)!
Her voice and emotion add depth to the words she's written. It's her story, in her words, and in her voice; who better to tell it?
If you've got a drive across the country, this book will take care of you for about twelve hours; when you arrive in Washington, DC...you'll want to visit your representative in person, and with the information she's given you in this book, ask those questions they don't want to hear, and demand an answer.
Then, pay a visit to Senator Warren's Office, and ask to shake her hand, and say, "Thank you!"
We've got to start being responsible for ourselves again, because the people placed in office are sometimes asleep at the switch. Sometimes they are literally looting the place for whatever they can get their hands on while in office. Regardless of political belief, a thief is a thief, and Senator Warren is going to expose each and every one of them.
Very compelling, it's hard to go through without feeling very moved. Sad ending, but worth it.
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