Get a little culture in your life. It’s free at the Bath House Cultural Center at White Rock Lake this month …

How cool was story time when we were little kids?

Maybe mom would tuck you into bed and then and pull out “Where the Wild Things Are”, or your elementary school teacher would let you put the text books away for an hour while she read from “James and the Giant Peach”— some of my fondest memories, those are.

But I was kind-of nerdy — this might just be a good opportunity to torture, um, I mean expose your kids (or spouse) to literature. Either way, Echo Reads, presented by Echo Theatre will hold readings this fall from various “provocative scripts”. Here’s what they are offering in October (Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m.):

“Brilliant Traces”, by Cindy Lou Johnson

As a blizzard rages outside, a lonely man is awakened by the insistent knocking of an unexpected visitor — a distraught young woman who has driven all the way from Arizona to flee her impending marriage. Thrown together by the confines of the storm, they explore the pain of the past and consider the possibilities of the present through theatrically vivid exchanges.

Says a New York Times critic of the manuscript, “… characters, story, and dialogue so fantastic that they could exist only within the enchanted realm of the stage.”