Thank you all so much for your generosity raising money for Hal Bush. We
are transferring $4500 to his family to help pay for his care.
Hal's family is now taking over the fundraising, so if you still want to
donate, please use this page:
We are hoping to gather a few more of you reading short works to Hal to
post. Hal's wife, Hiroko,
responded positively to the idea, so if you are interested, please do so
soon. I'd like to have 4-5
more people contribute a reading, if possible.
If you wish to contribute a reading, here are the steps:
First, you can contact me at [log in to unmask] with what you want to read
and an approximate date for when you plan to submit it. I will keep a list
of those doing the readings.
Please let me know if what you would like to read is in the public domain
(generally published pre-1922). Public Domain is easier but not a
dealbreaker, as we can have those works publically available in a podcast
Second, record your selection. Matt Seybold has provided some suggestions
for recording that I have pasted below. Please introduce briefly yourself
at the beginning of the file, as well as what you are reading.
Third, share with me ([log in to unmask]). If the file is small enough, you
can email me directly. If it is larger, you may need to upload it to a
cloud location (GoogleDrive, Box, etc.) and share a link. When sending
through a gmail account, for instance, larger files are automatically sent
through Drive. If you have questions on that, let me know.
Fourth, that's it. We will work with Matt to get the files shared. Our
plan is to have public domain works shared on the Center for Mark Twain
Studies podcast and other works shared directly with Hal's wife.
Let me know if you have any questions. I hope to hear from you soon.
As many of you have been working and/or teaching remotely, potentially
including creating audio/video lectures, you are likely more sensitive to
recorded sound quality than you were a year or so ago. If you have a set-up
that you're comfortable with and which you think yields good audio for your
classes and other presentations, I suggest you use that and send us files
created through it. MP3, WAV, and M4A are the easiest to work with, but we
can convert from other formats if necessary.
For those who are uncertain how to make a high-quality audio recording,
here are some recommendations:
1.) Use your phone. For iPhones, there is a free and easy-to-use
application called simply "Voice Recorder." You can also use GarageBand,
which likely came loaded on your phone. Find a quiet space, the smaller the
better, and keep the phone as close to you as is comfortable OR, even
better, procure a pair of headphones which have an in-line microphone. You
can likely find a pair of earbuds with a mic for under $10 at your grocery
2.) Use Quicktime on your computer. Go to the File Menu, click on New Audio
Recording. When you're ready to start reading, hit the record button. When
finished, hit stop and save the file to your desktop.
3.) Use Zoom. Create a Zoom meeting for yourself. When you enter the
virtual room, go to "More" and hit "Record To This Computer." You will see
the recording icon appear in the top left corner. When you are finished
reading, stop the recording. It will prompt you to save the file upon
leaving the meeting. Hit "End Meeting For All" and follow the prompts. This
will yield a MP4 file, which includes video, but we will strip out the
video and only use the audio track.