life rattle show no. 1202
Presented on Sunday, april 29, 2012
Hosted by Laurie kallis
Martha Maclachlan reading her stories
Kathy Barney reading her stories
Tonight, on Life Rattle No. 1202, we bring you four Life Rattle classics. Two from 1990, written and read by Martha MacLachlin, whose “Radio Caravan” we heard last week, and two stories last aired in 1989, written and read by Kathy Barney.
Tonight’s first writer, Martha Maclachlan was born in Toronto and lived in Thunder Bay, Sault St. Marie and Duluth, Minnesota before she returned to Toronto in 1983, where she worked to organize co-op housing. We have been out of touch with Martha for almost twenty years, so her Life Rattle bio ends there. Martha, if you are listening, please get in touch with us!
Tonight’s second reader, Kathy Barney, came to Toronto from Guelph. Her story, “Our Toronto,” takes place in the early 1980s in a pool hall and a greasy spoon on Queen Street, before it was trendy. The narrator, a regular at the pool hall, presents an ordinary weekday there. Most of the regulars are out of work. They go to the pool hall instead of the office; They drink coffee, they read the paper and they see familiar faces. The lifestyle is outside the law but not in a romanticised unrealistic way. Drug abuse and theft are presented simply and undramatically. The narrator observes the characters without judging them, and so lets us see them more realistically, that is, less sensationally than most accounts of this community.
Tonight's stories contain situations and language that some people may find offensive. Listener discretion is advised.