The Control of Teenagers dances on the corpse of self-help publishing;
The Control of Teenagers eschews the verb form “to be,” at least in all public descriptions; no actual teenagers were harmed in the course of the recording The Control of Teenagers, and at no time was an actual teenager present; The Control of Teenagers cuts things up, assembles them at random, and then breaks for lunch; The Control of Teenagers features the concealed voice of at least one celebrated NPR personality; The Control of Teenagers believes in the transmigration of souls; “The Control of Teenagers” depends on the Orange Vocoder; The Control of Teenagers avoids public nudity and obscenity; The Control of Teenagers, amounts to the last in a series; The Control of Teenagers returns to the negotiating table; The Control of Teenagers once gamboled in open fields; The Control of Teenagers has been there and done that.
The Control of Teenagers was produced for the 2008 ShortDocs Challenge: Radio Ephemera
Rick Moody is the author of five novels, three collections of stories, a memoir, and, most recently, a volume of essays On Celestial Music and Other Adventures in Listening. He also plays music in The Wingdale Community Singers, whose third album "Night, Sleep, Death" was just released by Blue Chopsticks Recordings.
Michael Hearst is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, writer, and producer. He is a founding member of the band One Ring Zero, which has released seven albums, including the acclaimed literary collaboration As Smart As We Are. As a writer, Michael's work has appeared in such journals as McSweeney's, The Lifted Brow, and Post Road. He hosts a podcast series with Rick Moody called 18:59 and is a producer for the Web site Cassette From My Ex. Hearst has appeared on such shows as NPR's Fresh Air, A+E's Breakfast With the Arts, and NBC's The Today Show.
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Radio Ephemera challenged any/everyone to produce a short audio work inspired by two books from the Prelinger Library in San Francisco, and featuring the voice of a stranger.
The Control of Teenagers
Inspired by: Control of Body and Mind / The Facts of Life for Teenagers
Strangers: Carl Kassell
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