Season Three of A Man of Letters is as follows:
The Theme to A Man of Letters is an excerpt from Alma en Pena by Carlos Molina (Victor 68426, 1933). Here it signifies the beginning of an episode.
The Introduction consists of these words: “I am A Man of Letters. I’ve been reading lately, and I have found some words I would like to share.”
The Body is devoted to one of several texts, including Undercover Mormon: A Spy in the House of the Gods (a memoir by Th. Metzger available as an ebook from Roadswell Editions) and The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.
The Commercial advertises products decades out of date. It signifies the end of the recitation, and is a memento mori.
The Closing consists of these words: “Thank you for listening. For more information about the words I have read and the music to follow, please visit A Man of Letters. amoletters.com. Until I return, I am… A Man of Letters.” As Epictetus said in The Enchiridion:
Never say of anything, ‘I have lost it;’ but, ‘I have returned it.’ Is your child dead? It is returned. Is your wife dead? She is returned. Is your estate taken away? Well, and is not that likewise returned? ‘But he who took it away is a bad man.’ What difference is it to you who the giver assigns to take it back? While he gives it to you to possess, take care of it; but don’t view it as your own, just as travelers view a hotel.
The Music includes songs I enjoy listening to which are of sufficient length to fill out the episode to fifteen minutes.
The Episode is the number of this episode.
The Theme to A Man of Letters here signifies the end of an episode.