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Sunday Night Listening

December 16, 2011

I was on a bus yesterday overhearing a conversation between school kids, who were bitching about one of their teachers. The teacher in question was out of touch with the progress of technology and had asked one of them if they knew what a radio was. Of course she knew what a radio was, she had replied, disgusted. While it was a silly question, I sympathised a little with the teacher. I’d done a lecture a little while ago in which I mentioned Choose your own Adventure books. The students, all of whom grew up in the 2000s, had no idea what one of these was and my explanation was enthusiastic but unconvincing (that is meant to be fun?).

If the schoolgirl is listening to the radio this Sunday night, she will hear the person sitting in front of her on the bus talking about her latest zine, Band T-Shirt, and playing some songs she’s dug out from her collection. Yes, that’s right, I’m a guest on Local Fidelity this Sunday night on Fbi Radio, from 7pm, which you can listen to as your driving around, or making dinner, or writing your Christmas cards. I’ll be telling some stories and might even give away a zine or two.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 19, 2011 11:33 am

    i used to write choose-your-own adventure stories when i was in primary school. they were pretty lame tho – options like ‘Do you go outside & investigate the strange noise, or, go back to sleep?’ god i miss those times.

  2. Vanessa Berry permalink*
    December 21, 2011 1:03 pm

    I have a Choose your own adventure book called “Night of a Thousand Boyfriends”, although it’s called “a date with destiny adventure” as I guess “choose your own adventure” is copyrighted. It’s a kind of chick lit book, and at the start you can choose to go on a date or stay home with you roommate. If you choose to stay at home you get stuck in a neverending loop as your roommate reads you her poetry!

  3. January 10, 2012 9:51 am

    but maybe your roommate is really attractive, & she’s the one your destined to spend eternity with…

    i’m gonna start writing a new one today: do you choose to begin reading this choose-your-own-adventure book by turning the next page, or, do you choose to put it down & confront ‘life’, where you will face an endless series of perplexing choices which will often result in no clear result?

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