Saturday, July 11, 2015

Episode 23: Bruni, Mesling - Aoife's Kiss

That's right, we're back! Thanks for noticing. We're pretty sure you're about to find the wait worthwhile, too. Episode 23 is a Radio Gothic Experience, featuring two stories from the December 2008 issue of Aoife's Kiss, both narrated by Pete Mesling. Yes, we've done a little excavating to bring this one to you.

First up is John Bruni's "Virtuoso," a tale of rock and roll, friendship, and heartbreak. There's usually a primary reason that we like a story. Maybe it's the poetry of the language. Maybe it's the charm of the characters. Maybe it's the author's voice. And sometimes ... Well, sometimes it comes down to the strangeness of the goddamn thing. That is certainly the case with "Virtuoso," which is not to say there aren't other reasons to dig it. There are. But odd wins the day with this little gem.

Bare Knuckle narrator Pete Mesling follows up his reading of Mr. Bruni's tale with a reading of his own "The Singular Talent of Nisqually Joe." If there's a lesson in this one it's that unearned success is built on a rickety scaffold at best. But the thing is ... there really is no message to be had. No hope, no guidance, no advice. Just wonder and terror in more or less equal amounts.

If you enjoy this episode as much as we've enjoyed putting it together, consider yourself in high cotton.

John Bruni, by the way, is the author of Tales of Questionable Taste and Poor Bastards and Rich Fucks through StrangeHouse Books, as well as STRIP (formerly of Musa, now with Riot Forge). He expects to have two more books out by the end of the year. He lives in Elmhurst, IL.

You can learn all you need to know about Pete Mesling at his website: Subscribe to his blog and newsletter while you're there!

Thanks for tuning in, folks. You make it all worthwhile. Catch you next time.

UPDATE: You can now read Mesling's "The Singular Talent of Nisqually Joe" for free at his None So Deaf blog!