Reading Stories Out Loud, S1E5: The Great God Pan (Chapter 5) by Arthur Machen

This is season 1, episode 5, and we are reading Chapter 5 of The Great God Pan, an 1894 novella by Arthur Machen.

A few months have passed, and Mr. Villiers once again runs into his friend Austin. Villiers has received a letter from Mr. Clark, telling him to drop his inquiries into the history of Helen Vaughan. Austin shows Villiers a letter and a book sent to him following the death of his friend Meyrick, and it contains a shocking illustration.

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Reading Stories Out Loud, S1E4: The Great God Pan (Chapter 4) by Arthur Machen

This is season 1, episode 4, and we are reading Chapter 4 of The Great God Pan, an 1894 novella by Arthur Machen.

Mr. Villiers goes to visit Clarke and tells him of his terrifying visit to the home of his old friend Herbert. He shows Clarke and picture of Herbert’s wife, and Clark has a startling and disturbing realization.

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If life doesn’t give you lemons, you’re not going to be able to make lemonade.

When I was in high school, we had a social studies teacher who was, as I would later figure out, an aging hippie-type. I think he must have felt like it was his duty to expose us—a bunch of ninth-graders—to alternative ways of thinking about the world. This was Indiana in the 1980s, so the list of ideas that might be considered “alternative” was quite long.

As part of this effort, he would periodically invite a guest speaker to talk to our class. Among the guest speakers was a meditation teacher, and my guess is that the stuff she was telling us would fit squarely within the mainstream these days, but back then (and to very sheltered fourteen-year-old me), it sounded like crazy talk.

That’s not the part that stuck with me, though.

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