From the pages of Letcher County's pre-eminent weekly newspaper, The Mountain Eagle. As read by our very own poet-savant, Wiley Quixote.

Speak Your Piece: 03.26.14

SYP March 26 – 2014

In this week’s tumble into the germy, multicolored plastic ball pit of Letcher County’s weekly exercise in the anonymous expression of mostly-vague opinion, Speak Your Piece: Thank you for you for the tomatoes and noodles and whispers and kisses!  Hey, Old Man in Blackey–what’s your problem?  These young people only know how to microwave!  And more!

Our thanks as always to The Mountain Eagle.  You can hear Wiley Q. (pictured) read Speak Your Piece live each Wednesday near 5 o’clock on WMMT, and you can hear previous installments at our streaming archives.

Speak Your Piece: 03.12.14

SYP March 12 – 2014

In Zeno’s paradox of Achilles and the tortoise, the existence of motion itself is fundamentally thrown into question–if, given a head start, the sprinting uber-athlete Achilles can never even catch up to the methodical, lumbering turtle, then what does that say about our perception of space, motion, and the passing of time itself?

And just as generations of students and plutocrats alike have confronted this philosophical test case without satisfactory resolution; and, just as Achilles confronts the tortoise in the distance and attempts to catch up;  so do the citizens of Kentucky’s Letcher County confront their own problems and concerns on a weekly basis, by way of anonymous opinion delivered to that county’s newspaper of record.  But just like Achilles’s tortoise, the problems are never actually overtaken, the weekly concerns never cease, the turtle remains in the distance, and Speak Your Piece continues to be filled each Wednesday.

In this week’s installment: Just what are those mysterious, “hideous, unpainted structures” in Jenkins?  Mitch McConnell will help coal miners!  Mitch McConnell won’t help coal miners!  I tried to catch a black cat, “but it took off faster than a dose of salt through a widow-woman”!  And more!

Our thanks as always to The Mountain Eagle.  You can hear Wiley Q. (pictured) read Speak Your Piece live each Wednesday near 5 o’clock on WMMT, and you can hear previous installments at our streaming archives.

Speak Your Piece: 03.05.14

SYP March 5 – 2014

Philosophers and obnoxious friends alike say you cannot step into the same river twice, and yet, here we are again, gazing blankly at the ruddy, rushing waters of Letcher County’s weekly exercises in the Anonymous Expression of Often-Vague Opinion, Speak Your Piece, wondering if this day is indeed like all the others, if things really do ever change, if we are not, to a man (and woman) only pacing furiously within a giant hamsterwheel of momentary hopes and obligations, never to see Delaware, to know anything about good wine, or to experience just one Presidents’ Day free of the cryptic and crippling expectations we have for ourselves.

Nonetheless, this week we hear about:  Wishes for honest government, reliable leadership, and healthy living conditions!  Supporting Clintons Hillary and Bill, but not the Fiscal Court!  Churches ought to help local people!  Watch out for the gal that’s been married four times!  I’m the one that called you ‘Tater Head,’ and I miss you!  And more!

Our thanks as always to The Mountain Eagle.  You can hear Wiley Q. (pictured) read Speak Your Piece live each Wednesday near 5 o’clock on WMMT, and you can hear previous installments at our streaming archives.

Speak Your Piece: 01.08.14

SYP Jan 8 – 2014

In this edition of Letcher County’s weekly anonymous polka-dance with its own vague opinions and accusations, Speak Your Piece:

Unnamed County Officials Accused Vaguely of Womanizing and Beer-Drinking!  Rogue deerhunters all up and down Mill Branch!  I’m just looking for a good-hearted man; looks are secondary!  To the Woman In Coon Hollow–Kick Him Out!  And More!

Catch SYP live each Wednesday at 5(ish) on Ridin’ Around Listenin’ to the Radio, with our very own good-hearted rogue, Wiley Q.  Or check out previous installments at our streaming archive here.  And our thanks as always to The Mountain Eagle.

Speak Your Piece: 11.06.13

SYP Nov 6 – 2013

In this week’s stop on the never-ending above-ground-Appalachian-subway ride comprising Letcher County’s regular, anonymous thoughts of and about itself, Speak Your Piece:  Stolen pearl-white scooters and lawnmowers!  Vague gossip from the beauty shop!  Old flames buying dog food (and looking great)!  And to the blonde who drives the black car and lives on the hill: I wouldn’t do you that way!

Thanks as always to The Mountain Eagle.  For previous installments of Wiley Q. reading Speak Your Piece, check out our streaming archive.  You can catch the segment live each Wednesday at around 5 p.m. on the long-running, critically-acclaimed* Ridin’ Around Listening to the Radio with Wiley Quixote, on WMMT.

*Use of that phrase should require no listing of who those critics actually are, mind you.

Speak Your Piece: 10.30.13

SYP 10-30-13

In this week’s edition of Letcher County’s never-ending sonata composed (in rondo form) both for and about itself, Speak Your Piece: Rumors of Government-Mandated Microchips, and illegal deer feeders in Carbon Glow!  What exactly did you mean by “looking good”?  I refuse to eat barbecue if I cannot wash it down with a cold beer!  And that guy at the Food City parking lot is endangering the public with his extended cab vehicle!  And more!

Thanks as always to The Mountain Eagle.  For previous installments of Wiley Q. reading Speak Your Piece on air, check out our streaming archive.