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It's August 2007. Lauren Marks is a 27-year-old actor and a PhD student, spending the month directing a play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She's in a bar, standing onstage, performing a karaoke duet of 'Total Eclipse of the Heart'... and then a blood vessel in her brain bursts. When she wakes up in hospital, days later, she has no internal monologue, and a vocabulary of only forty words.
Put your headphones on for this episode: Martin Austwick composed a special score for it, based around 'Total Eclipse of the Heart'. It's a Bonnie Tyler brain aneurysm earworm.
- Aneurysm stats, if you want to reassure yourself/freak yourself out.
- Lauren Marks has compiled a big list of aphasia resources.
- You can also see pages from the journals she started keeping as part of her language therapy.
- Did Catherine the Great really die during sex with a horse, though?
- It's just one of many sexual myths about her.
- Here's a deep dive into the video for ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’.
- It is a pretty intense video.
- By listener request, here's an Aphasics' Special Edition of the episode, with only the speech.
- By listener request, here's Martin's music from the episode.
- The transcript of this episode is at theallusionist.org/transcripts/eclipse.
I'll be performing a new show at this year's London Podcast Festival. Come along! Tickets are here, and you get a discount if you buy ones for three or more shows, so you should see fellow Topes on stage: Criminal, The Memory Palace, Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything and The Bugle (guest hosted by me).
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YOUR RANDOMLY SELECTED WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY:
- Lauren Marks has written a book about her aphasia experiences, A Stitch Of Time, out now - find out more about it, Lauren, and aphasia at astitchoftime.com.
- This episode was produced by me, and scored by Martin Austwick. Martin does nearly all the music on this show, as well as his own - find that here, and the rest of his very varied work at martinaustwick.com. He also co-hosts the podcast Song By Song, examining the songs of Tom Waits in chronological order; there'll be a live show at the aforementioned London Podcast Festival, for which I will join him to consider the first three tracks of Raindogs. Click here for tickets.
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