The Memory Palace

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Episode 38:
A Stretch

Jul 05, 2011

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Music, Footnotes & Ephemera

Music: We’ve got three pieces (Chickens, Swamp, and Squirrels) from Orion Riegel Dommisse’s album, also, delightfully, called chickens. Windy bit is “Africastle” by Battles. Plucky, shuffly, stringy bit is from Alexandre Desplat’s score to The Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Notes: This episode was originally commissioned for the fine, fine design and architecture podcast, 99% Invisible. Hear a shorter version (and discover more about said fine, fine podcast, here). Also note: 99% Invisible is produced by my friend, Roman Mars. Until he was modestly internet-famous, Roman’s image was nearly impossible to Google-image as you’d just get a bunch of Roman statuary.

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10 Comments on A Stretch

  1. Rascus says:

    Hooray for Fantastic Mr. Fox! I smiled when I heard that piece.
    Happy the hiatus is broken, can we expect more?

  2. admin says:

    Yes, more on the way. Not, like, every day, but it won’t be months and months.

  3. Ryan says:

    Very happy to hear you back. For seven minutes and fifteen seconds, I closed my eyes and was in New York. Fantastic imagery, even though I’d already head the shortened version. I like your additions. Looking forward to more.

  4. alexandra says:

    Thank you for yet another amazing piece of history. It’s nice to hear you’re back in the Palace.

  5. Joe says:

    THANK YOU! …. it was so nice to hear you again. As usual, a beautiful production, the music, the story and your voice with another wonderful and informative report. And thanks to your sponsors 99% Invisible, too.

  6. Saragrace says:

    Great episode…just as an FYI-the Town Avon is pronounced “ahh-vonn” not “a-vonn.” So glad the memory palace is back in business. It was a rare treat on my way to work this morning!

  7. Colin says:

    So, are you still doing stuff for Grantland? I’m not sure if grantland can handle the palace (or vice versa) but I’d love to hear, I dunno, a memory Palace about Dock Ellis, Eddie Gaedel, the real Moonlight Graham, something like that. Plans? Oh, and this episode was fantastic.

  8. Thanks for your return, you’re featured as the first entry in my blog “The Perfect Cast Ep 4” on

    We have all missed your presence very much and can’t wait to hear more from you.

  9. Jacopo says:

    Love the show. But: why this episode has the voice on the left channel and the music on the right one? I tried to listen to it with headphones but it’s really, really hard to follow…

    [and, please, forgive me for my english, I’m italian :)]

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