the memory palace

by Nate DiMeo

the memory palace

  

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Episode 170: Reed v.

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Music

  • As Old Roads by Goldmund

  • Wake by Taylor Duepree and Marcus Fischer

  • Sedentary II by Kyle Bobby Dunn

  • Talk to the Church by Gaussian Curve

Notes

  • The best resources I found for Sally Story (it’s easy to find out more about Reed v. Reed) came from a couple of sources: 100 Americans Making Constitutional History, A Biographical History, edited by Melvin L. Urovsky. And Natalie Wexler’s article, “Sex Discrimination - a Search for a Standard.”


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Posted on 20 October 2020 | 3:16 am


The Masque of the Red Death, by Edgar Allan Poe

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This episode contains a full reading of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, The Masque of the Red Death. Use your discretion before listening. It is both one of the more macabre stories from Poe and it is hitting harder than usual during these peculiar times.


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Posted on 4 October 2020 | 10:26 pm


From a Parking Lot, a special bonus episode for the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival

This episode of The Memory Palace was commissioned by the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival and the New York State Council of the Arts in 2019.

It’s ideally meant to be listened to at the corner of Corinthian and State downtown. But, you’ll likely enjoy it wherever you are.

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Posted on 15 September 2020 | 10:13 pm


High Falls, a bonus episode for the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival

This episode of The Memory Palace was commissioned by the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival and the New York State Council of the Arts in 2019.

It’s ideally meant to be listened to at the Pont du Rennes while viewing High Falls. But, you’ll likely enjoy it wherever you are.

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Posted on 15 September 2020 | 10:10 pm


Episode 169: Beautician

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A note on notes: We’d much rather you just went into each episode of The Memory Palace cold. And just let the story take you where it well. So, we don’t suggest looking into the show notes first.

Music

  • Them by Nils Frahm

  • Feathers by Poppy Ackroyd

Notes

  • You can read Myles Horton’s book.

  • I found The Birth of Citizen Schools: Entwining the Struggles for Literacy and Freedom by David P. Levine particularly useful.

  • And especially Clare Russell’s “A Beautician Without Teacher Training: Bernice Robinson, Citizen Schools and women in the Civil Rights Movement.”


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Posted on 7 September 2020 | 7:27 pm


Episode 168: The Traveling Stones

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Music

  • Ruby by Ali Farka Toure

  • Party’s End, from Bernard Herrmann’s score to The Egyptian

  • Future Green by Masuhiro Sugaya

  • The Boy and the Snake Dance by Charles Cohen

  • Vier Stucke for Xylophone as performed by Guniid Keetman

  • Opening from Marcelo Zarvos’ score to Please Give

  • Herbert’s Story from Mark Orton’s score to Nebraska

  • Solitary Living by The Flashbulb

Notes


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Posted on 25 August 2020 | 5:11 pm


The Wheel

In a terrible summer often filled with stories about monuments to terrible men, here is a story about an American hero. Build monuments to Robert Smalls.

Originally released on February 10th, 2016.

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Music
* Julia Rovinsky plays Phillip Glass’ Metamorphosis I, from her album Dusk.
* There’s an excerpt from Paul Drescher’s “Casa Vecchia,” from the Mirrors: Other Fire album.
* There’s a chunk of Jose Gonzalez’ “Instrumental” from his Stay in the Shade EP.
* “Manny Returns Home” from Bernard Hermann’s score to The Wrong Man.
* Branka Parlic plays Philip Glass’ “Mad Rush.” Twice.
“Quiet Fan for SK,” by P.G. Six.
* Things get heavy to “Particles of the Universe (Heartbeats)” from Dan Romer and Ben Zeitlin’s score to Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Notes
There’s a lot written about Robert Smalls, with a lot of contradictory information. I found Edward A. Miller’s Gullah Statesman: Robert Smalls from Slavery to Congress particularly useful to sorting it all out.
Some other sources I consulted while researching this piece:
* The Negro’s Civil War: How American Blacks Felt and Acted During the War for the Union by the Don, James McPherson
* From Slavery to Public Service: Robert Smalls, 1839-1915, by Okon Uya.
* And, for what it’s worth, Robert Smalls: The Boat Thief from RFK Jr.’s American Heroes Series is an enjoyable and surprisingly thorough version of the story for young readers, if you’re ever looking for that sort of thing.


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Posted on 7 August 2020 | 8:22 pm


Episode 167: A Brief Eulogy for a Minor League Baseball Team

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A note on shownotes. In a perfect world, you go into each episode of the Memory Palace knowing nothing about what's coming. It's pretentious, sure, but that's the intention. So, if you don't want any spoilers or anything, you can click play without reading ahead.

Music

  • Adrift by Yameneko

  • Lagrimas Negras by Antonio Maria Romeau

  • Rainfall by Michael Jones and David Darling

  • The Big Ocean by Ben Sollee


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Posted on 22 July 2020 | 9:16 pm


Episode 166: The Silent Room

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A note on shownotes. In a perfect world, you go into each episode of the Memory Palace knowing nothing about what's coming. It's pretentious, sure, but that's the intention. So, if you don't want any spoilers or anything, you can click play without reading ahead.

Music

  • Peri Banu vid Sjon (VERSION) by Dungen

  • In a Landscape by John Cage

  • Quartet for Four Percussionists IV: Fast by John Cage

  • Dream by John Cage

  • Completely Gone by Ludwig Gorannson

  • The Introduction and Chi C’e Per Farmi i Rici from The Girl of the Golden West

  • L’approche Du Nuage by Sylvain Chaveu

Notes

  • The story of John Cage in the anechoic chamber was first told to me maybe twenty years ago by my friend Dave Panosky one night while walking around Providence. It was precisely the type of story that I wanted to one day make a show to tell. You can find it in a lot of places including in Cage’s own writing.

  • I first came across the second silent room in Alex Ross’ wonderful, The Rest is Noise.

  • I also tapped into Puccini and the Girl: History and Reception of Girl of the Golden West by Annie Randall and Rosalind Gray Davis.


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Posted on 4 July 2020 | 12:09 am