A dialogue between Signor Ploppo, a man of parts, and Ambrose, a cunning and curd-hungry member of the avian family.
Read by Walter O’Hara (Signor Ploppo) and Garrett O’Hara (Ambrose)
From "Airy Persiflage" (http://misternizz.podbean.com) Garrett and Walter O’Hara recite one of the surrealistic/comedic gems of Mr. Frank Key. Recorded, Burke VA 2011
“The vicarage is bad indeed, as bad as any vicarage in Christendom. But the vicar whose sinecure it is is, shall we say, a fair to middling vicar. I would not call him good, but he is by no means as bad as the Bad Vicar of old.”
This is a very short story by Richard Matheson, a famous television writer and master of the short story form. Written as a parable about nuclear war (in 1953), it was not received well, and in some jurisdictions people actually wanted it banned. I rather like the darkly ironic tone and imagery of this short-short piece. I have always read it very differently from the author’s intent, and took the allegory as representing the madness of popular culture. Go figure!