Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Jean Shepherd - July 4th









An Army Fourth - Shep during his Army days...


Cool cynicism runs up against patriotism. The 'put-down artist' rendered speechless by taking part in a parade. One of his best stories. Click to listen, right click to download.


And on the fascination of fireworks...
"There are muddle-headed souls who would tell you over and over that man is a basically peaceful and quiet creature, destined  ultimately to while away his golden days strumming lutes, penning odes, and watching birds. I have never yet witnessed a turtle preparing to ignite the portenteous fuse of a cherry bomb. No, it remained for man to concoct black powerder from the innocent elements of the earth and ultimately split the atom, all in pursuit of that healing balm -  the thundering report."


A story of near disaster: Ludlo Kissel and the Dago Bomb that Struck Back

More Shep holiday broadcasts HERE



Google book HERE