What I'm Reading

It's been a couple years since I did my last book review, but felt it was time to restart. This time around it will be a bit more eclectic as many of the books will be what's currently on a shelf (physical or digital).

Oftentimes, it will be a mixture of fiction and non-fiction. Some of them are research for novels, some are what I'm currently using for languages, and still others are ways I'm expanding my arts.

First up: Theater of the Mind by Neil Verma.

(side note: if  you click the book link, I receive a small stipend as an associate).

I bought this book earlier this year because I wanted to learn more about audio or radio dramas. The terms are used fairly interchangeably, but audio is becoming more common only because many of the dramas are on podcasts, not radio.

This is not a book about how to write audio dramas, as it's focus is radio dramas. Verma researched the history of radio dramas from the earliest known dramas up through the 1950s.

The book is divided into three parts: Radio Aesthetics in the Late Depression, 1937-1945; Communication and Interiority in 1940s Radio, 1941-1950; and Radio and the Postwar Mood (1945-1955). Each of these parts focuses on how radio changed its focus through the years.

As he describes each time period, Verma provides scripts as well sketches of how the script sounds to the audience. This gives us, the reader, a good way to understand what he means when we are often unable to listen to the actual dramas.

If you are interested in learning about the history of the early radio dramas, this is a good book. It's focus is technical and not anecdotal, but I recommend the book.

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