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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.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 8:26amFive stories of romantic confusion. Patricia Marx tracks a difficult courtship in “Starting from Happy,” read by Kirsten Vangsness; she also takes us on an “Audio Tour,” conducted by a condo owner’s ex-girlfriend (as read by Anna Chlumsky). Simon Rich re-imagines the “Occupy” movement as a love triangle—Wyatt Cenac reads. Coaching a “Swim Team” is a cure for a broken heart in Miranda July’s story, read by Parker Posey, and a man is confounded by a confident woman in Aimee Bender’s “The Meeting,” read by Kate Burton.
Thursday, April 10, 2014 7:18amNovelist Michael Chabon offers a sweet tribute to his Mom’s cooking in “Art of Cake,” It’s read by David Furr. Tony-winner Robert Sean Leonard is gripped by fatal attractions in Mark Strand’s “True Loves,” and Colman Domingo reads a rite-of-passage story by Justin Torres—“Trash Kites.” We also visit a pie shop.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 6:35amOn this program, two stories in which adult children try to make sense of their parents’ lives. Leonard Nimoy reads the Delmore Schwartz classic “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities,” and Kate Burton reads Tess Gallagher’s “The Lover of Horses.”
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 9:33amOn this program, marriage and other complicated relationships. A woman confesses and a husband and wife renegotiate in two stories by Sherman Alexie, “Scenes from a Life” and “The Vow,” read by Cynthia Nixon and Amber Tamblyn; people become clouds in a story by Joe Meno, read by Kirsten Vangsness, and guest host Jane Curtin reads “The Storm,” by Kate Chopin.