NPR’s Radiolab came in with a wonderful birthday present this week. This week’s podcast is a brilliant reading of one of my favorite short stories: The Distance of the Moon by Italo Calvino.
If you’ve got a 30+ minute drive coming up, I highly recommend you download it here and take a listen!
Yes, the Moon was so strong that she pulled you up; you realized this the moment you passed from one to the other: you had to swing up abruptly, with a kind of somersault, grabbing the scales, throwing your legs over your head, until your feet were on the Moon’s surface. Seen from the Earth, you looked as if you were hanging there with your head down, but for you, it was the normal position, and the only odd thing was that when you raised your eyes you saw the sea above you, glistening, with the boat and the others upside down, hanging like a bunch of grapes from the vine.