Saturday, April 29, 2006

The Ice Queen

#42, Aw, who am I kidding?

To hear The Ice Queen, approach her hiding place.

To read The Ice Queen, click on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who must be spinning in his grave about now.

This week in The Prattler, "Alloyed Praise for George W." and a political cartoon depicting Grover Cleveland.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Ida, Redeemer

Story #41, a true tale but otherwise more or less the DaVinci Code in which Doug uncovers a Church's secrets.

To hear the word, enter Atlanta's Lutheran Church of The Redeemer

To read the word, come to the library.

This week in The Prattler, "Absent and Unaccounted For". I've arranged with Periodyssey Press, publisher of The San Francisco Wasp: An Illustrated History, to use cartoons from The Wasp, a weekly where Ambrose Bierce was columnist and editor-in-chief in the 1880s.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

The Case of The Missing Ivory

Story #40, in which Marlowe meets a maiden.

To hear the story, Bogart the cigarette

To read the story, click with the box set.

This week in The Prattler, "The Party Line."

Saturday, April 08, 2006

A Roman Peace

Story #39, in which Rome learns a new way.

To hear the story, enter the Colosseum

To read the story, salute those who are about to die.

This weeks column is up on Prattle.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Waking Ambrose

Story #38, how it all began.

To hear the story, say howdy to Doug

To read the story, salute Señor Bierce.

Santa Clarita, California April 1, 2006
A lonely blogger in this dusty desert hamlet of 150,000 souls added a weekly column to Prattle, to be written on contemporary issues in an imitation of Ambrose Bierce's sinister style. Doug Pascover has spent the last of the best years of his life imitating Bierce's lexicography but reports feelings of guilt and inadequacy after reading on the website of The Ambrose Bierce Appreciation Society that he had revived Bierce's column, Prattle, when he knew he had only plagiarized the title. The introductory column can be found on Prattle on the page listed as "The Prattler." Future columns are intended to appear on Saturday, the day The Wasp, the weekly for which Bierce's column appeared in the 1880s and 90s was published. Mr. Pascover's dogs, Willie and Walela ask that you pray for his self-recollection.