It's funny — just as I started giving up on digital books, my appetite for aural stories intensified.
Last fall, I stopped using my Kindle. I haven't abandoned it for good but I think I was ready for a break from yet another screen in favor of some good old-fashioned paper. Soon after, I started getting deep into podcasts. I was late to the Serial bandwagon (as mentioned here) but by autumn I was already hooked on Planet Money, 99% Invisible and StartUp.
I listen to these podcasts on my 15-minute walks to and from work. I digest them quickly, easily, hungrily. I wonder how I can infuse some elements unique to aural storytelling — voice, background noise, inflection — into my own text articles. So far I've had limited luck in that regard. But I love them. I love them!
So I read with interest this article in the New York Times yesterday called "Hearing Is Believing." Its author considers podcasts as a "new literary form" and shares one example of a book crafted specifically to be heard, never read.
I find it funny how much I like podcasts because I never took to audiobooks, despite several tries and one nearly impossible-to-cancel Audible subscription. And even though our contributor Mariam has praised audiobooks (here and here), I think I still find episodic stories more interesting. How about you?
PS: The New York Times article linked above has one of the most mesmerizing gifs I've ever seen. It's worth clicking for that graphic alone.