Stories. House of Light & Shadow, by Nicholas Gage

Nicholas GageIn February 2008, CPG, a fifth year student studying at EOI Goya, gave me a little present – The New York Times Magazine, the 15th of Jan issue, 2006, which is where I found this story. I didn’t know the author, and it’s been a pleasure reading it. I like the story because it includes childhood memories, dreams, a house in an open landscape, which I imagine very beautiful because it’s in Greece, and it also includes thoughts and feelings you get throughout your life, as you grow older. I hope this inspires you to write about your own childhood memories, so you can practice using the past tenses, including the modals! You could just write short 150-word pieces, and send them in for publication! (Check out the TP section Your Stuff!)
So, here it goes. Enjoy! And… Read the story!

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Stories. There’s a Man in the Habit of Hitting Me on the Head with an Umbrella, by Fernando Sorrentino

Fernando SorrentinoRead the story (for intermediate students, there is an abridged version – by me!).
More: Fernando Sorrentino’s website. We found this story at this site: East of Web.
Listen to this story, as it was translated by Clark M. Zlotchew into English.

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Stories. The Debutante, by Leonora Carrington

Leonora CarringtonHalf of this audio is me talking about the writer Leonora Carrington first, a Surrealist artist (painter and writer, trilingual! She does/did that in English, French and Spanish!) and then comes her story “The Debutante,” so you can listen to it in two 5-minute sessions!
More on Leonora Carrington at Talking People (Literature).

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Stories. A Tree, a Rock, a Cloud, by Carson McCullers

Carson McCullersA story which is hard to read, especially if you want to teach students to pronounce the endings and the consonant clusters!!! 🙂

Read the story.

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Stories. Ada, by Gertrude Stein

Gertrude Stein, a vital explorer of life and art,  tried to write like Cezanne painted.Gertrude Stein It’s hard to explain.
Ada is a story to her lifelong loved one.

Read  Ada and read about Gertrude Stein.

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Stories. Coyote Kills a Giant, by the Navajo People

Welcome to the TP Podcast! Today, a Coyote story, by the Navajo/Diné Nation.
Read the story
Comment the story
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Stories. A Perfect Day for Bananafish, by JD Salinger

JD Salinger, happyIf you don’t know J.D. Salinger, listen to this story.
It’s a good way to start – it records a key moment in his life and to understand his work. If you already know him, and enjoy his literature, you’ll love this story. It’s lifelike – daily, undaily, warm and softly funny, very sweet, endlessly sad and tragic.

Check out the Talking People webpage for Salinger.

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