“Charles Guiteau, Who Will Hang for the Assassination of President Garfield in 1882, Has Trouble Connecting with Women at Oneida, John Humphrey Noyes’ Free-Love Commune, in 1866,” by Tom Noyes
Appeared in the Kenyon Review MAR/APR 2019,
Volume XLI Number 2; read on Kenyon Review Out Loud; scroll down to listen here
Perhaps two thousand words?
Really enjoyed the voice but had a hard time following the first time I listened to it. The ending was so abrupt I thought I had missed something. Easier the second time around. A Barthelme-ish voice. Not conventionally realistic like a lot of other Kenyon Review stories.
The recording is not very good—I would recommend that the reader place a stack of books behind the mic to make the sound more resonant.