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The Bottle King

From: Salt Institute for Documentary Studies
Length: 07:30

Come along on the hunt for buried treasure: antique bottles.

Bottleguy_small Alone in the woods, Bram Hepburn digs for buried treasure: antique glass bottles. After thirty years, his boyhood hobby is as much about the search as it is about the treasure.

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Alone in the woods, Bram Hepburn digs for buried treasure: antique glass bottles. After thirty years, his boyhood hobby is as much about the search as it is about the treasure.

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Review of The Bottle King

The first thing that strikes me about this piece is the skill of the presenter/producer. She writes really well, and poetically - she reads it with attractive clarity and ease, and the production is impeccably professional. The sound is recorded perfectly, and the many gems of actuality and sound that she has chosen shine like the colored bottles described in the piece. However, despite all that, I don't seem to be able to convince myself that the subject at hand warrants over seven minutes. It doesn't seem to go below the surface. It's a piece of Americana - a really appealling guy collects bottles in New England. Why? A link with the past? For me, it's all light and surfaces - I long for a theme bubbling under the surface to render talented and skillful work really great.

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Review of The Bottle King

Emily Sapienza enunciates her words well and what words they are. She is an excellent story teller. The listener meets Bram Hepburn, King of the Bottle Diggers. Bram is the kind of man who is so excited about his avocation that he even mentions "a guy's breath formed that" when speaking of an old bottle he's found. He feels a direct connection to the last person that held the bottle. Perhaps even more important than the bottle itself is the search . . . which could be applied to many things in life. This is a great piece that would fit in anywhere that one needed to fill a 7 minute slot. Good radio.

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