Say: Nicholson Baker reads me some John Updike. Updike then reads Nabokov. Nabokov does his RMSYL with a few exquisitely-chosen passages from Dickens, and Dickens closes the circle by reading from Nicholson Baker (I’m thinking that if Dickens were around today, he might quite like The Fermata).
Unfortunately, due to the deceased-person count in the above list, this dream chain is unlikely to ever be built, so let us return to the land of the living.
A few months ago, Etgar Keret read me a poem by Yehuda Amichai, who is also no longer with us. But Gus Ginsburg is! And as soon as I’d posted the Keret podcast he offered to read me his favourite EK short ‘On The Nutritional Value of Dreams‘.
Suggesting to a psychotherapist that you’re happy to read and discuss a short story about dreams, and indeed some of your own recurring dreams, is a bit like offering a train spotter a trip to the London Transport Museum on a 1923 G-Stock converted electric multiple unit underground train (reclassified as Q23 stock FYI) the first to have air sliding doors – oh yes.
Needless to say, I was in seventh heaven. The results of that can be heard here. Enjoy.