The Trial by Franz Kafka

An Aged Quill Recording: The Trial by Franz Kafka is now available for streaming. Narrated by Joseph Voelbel. A philosophically laden and religiously overtoned excerpt from Franz Kafka’s, ‘The Trial’, Chapter Nine, “The Cathedral.” K.’s conversation with the priest and the parable of the Law. This conversation brings up several levels of religious philosophy, butContinue reading “The Trial by Franz Kafka”

The Zahir by Jorge Luis Borges

An Aged Quill Recording: The Zahir by Jorge Luis Borges is now available for streaming. Narrated by Joseph Voelbel. An investigation of the obverse side of a coin with magnetic and magical properities. One of the aspects most intriguing to me about this story is how the coin felt unncessarily heavy in the palm, andContinue reading “The Zahir by Jorge Luis Borges”

Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson

An Aged Quill Recording: Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson is now available for streaming. Narrated by Joseph Voelbel. Another essay in my endeavor to narrate all of Emerson’s Essays, First Series, which have had a profound impact on me and which I want to be easily available for others. The journey towards love is anContinue reading “Love by Ralph Waldo Emerson”

Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius by Jorge Luis Borges

An Aged Quill Recording: Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius by Jorge Luis Borges is now available for streaming. Translated by Emece Editores, S.A. Narrated by Joseph Voelbel. “I owe the discovery of Uqbar to the conjunction of a mirror and an encyclopedia.” Jorge Luis Borges (Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius) This recording contains the occasional sound ofContinue reading “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius by Jorge Luis Borges”

Franny by J.D. Salinger

Franny’s obsession with learning how to pray ceaselessly stands out as a singular and brilliant portrayal of the author’s search for God in the idiosyncratic upper crust east coast overly educated critics that are his Glass family.

The Roots of Coincidence by Arthur Koestler

An Aged Quill Recording: The Roots of Coincidence by Arthur Koestler (Excerpt) is now available for streaming. An intelligent and scientific discussion of meaningful coincidence provided by Arthur Koestler. Koestler highlights the research done by Viennese biologist Paul Kammerer, in his book published in 1919, entitled, “Das Gasetz der Serie” (translates as “The Law ofContinue reading “The Roots of Coincidence by Arthur Koestler”

The Notesbooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Marie Rilke

An Aged Quill Recording: The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (an excerpt) is now available for streaming. This is an excerpt from The Notebook of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke (1910). Translated from German by William Needham. Narrated by Joseph Voelbel. This was Rilke’s only novel, it was written in a water closetContinue reading “The Notesbooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Marie Rilke”

The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius

The by and large gist is knowledge of activities occurs in orders of perception. That is, an event is known by the knowledge of it; also, there are orders to knowledge: divine intelligence, man’s reason, the imagination, and sense-based experiences. Boethius thinks the way in which we know a thing is determined by the level at which we approach it. The act of observing a man walking and the sun moving simultaneously above him are both, in his terms, ‘necessary’ when observed. However, one is volutional, that is free-will based (the man walking) though necessary because of its clear observation, while the other is also necessary, (the sun’s movement), but is based on a higher order of cohesion.

The Secret Miracle by Jorge Luis Borges

An Aged Quill Recording: The Secret Miracle by Jorge Luis Borges is now available for streaming. The Secret Miracle is based on the notion that God can do anything, and grants a last wish of a man facing a firing squad to have enough time to finish composing his magnum opus. “Upon a courtyard flagContinue reading “The Secret Miracle by Jorge Luis Borges”