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Hosted by Isaiah Sheffer,Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story presents some of the finest artists in American theater and screen reading short fiction by classic, contemporary and bold new writers. Each program is recorded live at Peter Norton Symphony Space in Manhattan. The programs have featured works by master writers, from Chekhov to Wharton and Hemingway; stories by contemporary greats from John Updike to Alice Walker; and the fresh works of new literary talents, from Pulitzer Prize-winning Jhumpa Lahiri to promising newcomers like Rattawut Lapchararoensap and Etgar Keret.
Let Us Tell You a Story. Every week, great actors from stage, screen and television bring incredible stories to life.
Friday, December 6, 2013 10:00am
We reprise a popular show from last season. Guest host Neil Gaiman presents two ironic stories about wish fulfillment. In D.H. Lawrence’s classic, “The Rocking Horse Winner,” a young boy tries to help a family obsessed by money. Fionnula Flanagan reads. And Ben Loory’s provocative story “The Book” imagines an unusual bestseller. The reader is Jane Kaczmarek.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 10:00am
Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents four works about writing. An independent young woman counsels clueless male novelists in “The Writers Model” by Molly Giles. The reader is Kaneza Schaal. A wife and husband try “Creative Writing” in a story by Etgar Keret read by Girls star Alex Karpovsky. Joan Didion gives away her trade secrets in “On Keeping a Notebook,” read by Parker Posey. And T.C. Boyle dates Jane Austen. Isaiah Sheffer reads.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 6:42am
The American master John Updike uncovered the extraordinary in the ordinary in stories written over 50 years. In “Unstuck” a minor mishap strengthens a young couple’s marriage. Guest host Jane Kaczmarek is the reader. Two-time Oscar winner Sally Field reads Updike’s “Playing with Dynamite,” in which an aging man looks back on his life and loves.
Friday, November 15, 2013 10:00am
A character playing hooky from work gets trapped by “The Lie,” in this story by T.C. Boyle read by Stephen Colbert. Thomas Meehan has a great party in “Yma Dream,” until it turns into a nightmare. Christine Baranski reads. Guest host Wyatt Cenac finishes up with “Pride and Prejudice.” In twenty tweets. Really.
Friday, November 8, 2013 10:00am
Sherman Alexie offers a portrait of the courtship and long marriage of two Native Americans in “Do You Know Where I Am?” read by Keir Dullea. In Donald Barthelme’s “Game,” two paranoid men are sequestered with the atom bomb. David Strathairn reads.