MechMuse Audio Anthology

Spring '06 - The Second Rat

Aug. 10, 2006

-- Subtitle -- Eternal life comes at a price. -- Description -- The Second Rat is a forty minute audio story by David Barr Kirtley. -- Excerpt -- "Now, Mr. Rawlins. You've made remarkable amounts of money investing in the marketplace. Tell us, what's your secret?" "It's really quite simple, Dan," I said. "You see, I can rewind life." There was long pause. I heard a technician cough. "I'm sorry," Findley said finally. "What was that?" "The way you rewind a tape. I can do it in real life. I can go back to any point in my past and start over. I observe which stocks do well, then rewind and invest in those." -- Author's Comments -- "The Second Rat was the first piece I wrote at the 1999 Clarion writer's workshop, when I was 21. I had spent the preceding weeks mulling over the idea, and had thought out the story very carefully and vividly. I did the actual writing in an intense creative frenzy, feeling half-feverish from the muggy summer heat in the non-air-conditioned dorm. When I typed the final lines, my eyes welled with tears. It affected me deeply. It's very special to have a story grab hold of you like that." (David Barr Kirtley) -- Credits -- Written by David Barr Kirtley Performed by Bob Barnes Art by Thomas Meldgaard Nielsen Music by James Guymon Produced by MechMuse Audio Anthology at -- 2:413F43:V:S:0:2 -- neither hosts nor alters podcast files. All content © its respective owners.