A Small American City

duncan crary medium shotSomething to listen to this weekend: A Small American City, the new podcast from Duncan Crary. As you might guess because of Duncan's involvement, it's about Troy. From the blurbage:

It aims to re-acquaint listeners with small city life in North America through the voices, stories, history and urban fabric of [Duncan's] home city of Troy, New York. The program features spoken-word essays and intimate conversations with a cast of characters who bring this unusual Hudson River settlement to life. This is not a news program. It is not a talk show. It is a passport into the lives of the people who inhabit a place. You are a welcome eavesdropper.

He recently talked about the project with the Troy Record.

There are currently three episodes available, and the main part of each is an interview. Our favorite of the three was the interview with local author Jack Casey. (He tells a good story about the time a judge asked him if he was going to stop being an asshole.)

We are Duncan fans, obviously. And we're looking forward to new episodes, especially as Duncan polishes the concept. (If we had a vote, we'd cast it for more interview and less Achilles.)

Here's how to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes.

Also: Don't miss this excellent bird's-eye-view map of 1881 Troy.

Earlier on AOA:
+ Holiday wish list: Duncan Crary
+ Duncan Crary, downtown disciple


Ah, good to know. Duncan is always up to something interesting.

I have been a fan of Duncan's work for several years now from my perch over here in Cortland County. While the scale of the City of Cortland is different than Troy, the problems certainly rhyme. When I get depressed about the state of my small city, I often turn to Mr. Crary for inspiration. I still regret not taking the Troy/Albany commuter cruise he organized a few years ago. He is a gem of a resource by encouraging us to revitalize our upstate towns and cities. Wish we had a thousand more of him with his vision. Keep up the good work!

Well I think Achilles made the right choice. And so did I in including him. ;) Thanks for spreadin' the word AOA. (Troy to the world!)

Now on to my launching my next nefarious plot.... The League of Extraordinary Red Heads. We expect that AOA Mary will be in attendance at our gathering, this January 30.


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