MUSEIONCAST VOLUME 3 EPISODE 5 “ACCEPTING THE MYSTERIES” is now available for download.
N. Pendleton has taken two of my stories and transformed them into a lovely 30 minute listening experience. “Accepting the Mysteries” not only examines our desire to solve mysteries, but how we create mysteries to define who we are.
The first story, “The Locked Room”, is about a detective whose solution to the locked room mystery leads to a metafictional truth more frightening than anyone could possibly have imagined:
“We’ve been here before,” said the detective, standing at the doorway of a previously locked room, a dead man sitting upright in a chair. It had taken four officers to knock the door down because the only key to the room was tucked safely in the pants pocket of the corpse. There were no windows. Blood was everywhere, but no footmarks could be seen, and later it would be discovered that not one fingerprint exists in the room, not even of that of the dead man. Naturally, there was no weapon. The officers waited for the detective to continue. Finally, the detective said, “Well then, I have a theory.”
The second story, a non-fiction piece called “We’ll Gather at the River”, is a look at some of the mysteries of Wrocław, from the horrifying murder of Dariusz Janiszewski to the conflicting story of one engineer’s suicide on the eve of the opening of his revolutionary bridge:
It is December of 2000, the river Oder is still and cold, the brown water made darker by the gray skies above. The river cuts through Wrocław, a vein of water that has helped to establish the city as the Polish Venice with its one hundred and twelve bridges. As we look at the river, we can see clusters of tree branches and leaves moving slowly south. Eventually, something else catches our eye. We try to tell ourselves that it’s more branches or some trash, but we know a dead body when we see one. The corpse is that of a man, stripped down, apparently starved and tortured, knife wounds all over, his wrists bound behind his back, and a noose around his neck. His eyes are open, and like an open diary sitting on the table, we can’t help but look.
“We’ll Gather at the River” is one of my most favorite works, and it’s simply thrilling to listen to Pendleton’s production of the piece.
N. Pendleton not only narrated, he produced, recorded and mixed the podcast, with music by Johnathan Ewald, Bart Knol and Milieu.
If you enjoy this, don’t forget to check out earlier editions of the Museioncast.