Friday, March 16, 2007
The Enormous Radio
Shortly after the Young's Market Fire, Gentle Viewer Leigh wrote to ask how I happened to be in the know and Johnny on the Spot with things like this. Presumably trying to get a confession of arson from me but the real confession is that I have an enormous radio.
John Cheever wrote a short story by this title in which the radio allowed it's owners for better or worse to listen in on the lives of other tenants in their building.
I liked the concept so at night, before I settle in for some Fibber McGee and Molly or Jack Benny, I scan the airwaves to see what's going on. Sometimes I get lucky and something is going on within walking distance and when it does, I carry my daguerrotype and glass slides down to the street and try to capture the images for posterity.
And you are the better for it.
Moved to the head of the line for ShutterDay: Radio, Radio.
Favorite radio song: Radio Ga Ga.