March 4, 2020 Subject:
DoF for me speaks to the iconic Thor's Heavyweight Lead Hammer of Truth directed straight at the Head of the Class of Miscreants [me]. A sober reminder of years of misspent youth, roaming the hot summer streets of Newark, and knowing full-well that many fared much worse than those [I among them] that were able, due to factors I know now weren't necessarily authored by myself, the F-F-O-F* was capably at work charting the course of escape available only to those with sensitive vision, eyes sharpened to "see"; with ears tuned to "hear" the alternative routes leading to the escape hatches placed at physical and mystical intervals throughout the physical and mystical city. Locations only "found" by certain ones; the boys and girls, the ones whose hearts spoke reverently about The Treasure Hunt; those few hearts knowing it was a greater adventure than it all appeared to be. Battered, bent torn and worshipped Aldous Huxley paperbacks crammed into our Levis' backpockets, a badge as meaningful as the Silver Star worn by our former classmates now on patrol, dressed in blue.
Deep into the night and deep into the subjects hotly and meaningfully debated later on with one of The Great Martin Buber's brightest and best pupils, the also astounding late Dr Benjamin Kimpel presiding over our 'we must know it all by now' Doctoral Candidates informal get togethers at the Theological School of Religion and Philosophy at Drew University. Small gatherings, again and again, of our new crop of the BAB** in Dr Kimpel's private on campus apartment, an ode and sanctuary to the Gautama Buddha. Spring Semester Friday evenings, the most coveted invite on campus; and, as it should be; and of course, always is, the ONLY focus, and one, for me and a few others, that continues to this day, 30 years hence: Free Will v. Determinism.
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October 14, 2018 Subject:
As previously said, this is a budget version of The Whistler. Even though you know who did what, it's still amazing to listen to the events that lead to the protagonists downfall.
One of the better OTR shows, in my opinion, and definitely worth a go
September 2, 2016 Subject:
Ripoff of The Sealed Book
This series is essentially a ripoff of an earlier (and also short-lived) radio series called The Sealed Book, in which a narrator also opened large books in order to find a story to tell.
Unlike The Sealed Book, however, Diary of Fate stupidly gives away a story's ending at the start of each program--lessening the suspense--and is grossly and pompously overnarrated.
Still enjoyable in its way, though.
January 26, 2014 Subject:
Diary of Fate
Not a bad show, kind of a knock-off the much better Whistler, but still entertaining. It could do without the over-acted narrator and the corny organ music tho.
February 22, 2012 Subject:
Good Stories -- Corny, Over The Top Narration
These are likely to be fun for the OTR enthusiast, but may not be the best introduction to OTR, because the narration, read by "Fate" himself, is pretentious, pompous, and gives away the story.
The stories themselves involve how the lead character of each story is doomed by fate, once the poor sap has decided to "choose for evil". Since the stories are often about lower middle class guys, and, by design, involve the little accidents that bring the erring to death or lengthy imprisonment, these stories have a feel of film noir about them, that even a wheezing organ and the ever-portentious narrator can't dispel.
Worth a listen. Some of these are surpriingly good.