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Kingsley Amis: The Darkwater Hall Mystery (39 min) Great Scott! Not another Sherlock whodunit? But wait – observe how Dr. Watson solves it in a completely Unholmesian way. Amis is a British novelist and poet, one of the original Angry Young Men – the name coined by Fleet Street journalists for the group of English writers who came into prominence in the 1950s. THE DARKWATER HALL MYSTERY, by Kingsley Amis, originally appeared in Playboy Magazine (May, 1978) ©1978 Playboy. Thomas Berger: Gibberish (34 min) Phipps told his boss exactly what he thought – and it did him nothing but good. Berger is best-known for his parody of genres taken seriously by other writers. Among his best is Little Big Man (1964) which was made into a hit film starring Dustin Hoffman. GIBBERISH, by Thomas Berger, originally appeared in Playboy Magazine (December, 1990) ©1990 Playboy. John D. MacDonald: The Annex (35 min) A force he could not resist drew him through the huge, crumbling husk of a hotel, down its echoing corridors to the threshold of a room that held within it a terrible augury. MacDonald was the creator of Travis McGee, a Florida-based private investigator, and a mixture of the rough detective of hard-boiled fiction and the compassionate investigator. THE ANNEX, by John D. MacDonald, originally appeared in Playboy Magazine (May, 1968) ©1968 Playboy. Joyce Carol Oates: The Swimmers (45 min) We didn't know enough about her – and we weren't likely to, either. Oates is a prolific poet, novelist, and short story writer. The late John Gardner called her “one of the greatest writers of her time,” and she won the National Book Award for her work, them. THE SWIMMERS, by Joyce Carol Oates, originally appeared in Playboy Magazine (December, 1989) ©1989 Playboy. Asa Baber: Deathball (30 min) It's Tucson versus Berlin in the 2045 World Series and a freaked-out redhead is pitching. Baber is a frequent contributor to Playboy, writing the popular Men column as well as short fiction pieces. DEATHBALL, by Asa Baber, originally appeared in Playboy Magazine (June, 1996) ©1996 Playboy.
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