Comic writers Patricia Marx and Simon Rich offer advice for the lovelorn on this show; Wyatt Cenac reads Rich's re-working of the "Occupy" movement as a love triangle.
The new season of SELECTED SHORTS begins with a program focusing on the mystery and allure of objects. In Steven Millhauser’s “In the Reign of Harad IV” a court miniaturist longs to create smaller and smaller worlds. Millhauser has commented on the fact that he moved from novels to short fiction—a reverse of the usual trend for authors—saying, “it’s as if the novel were a kind of preparation for the rigorous pleasures of the shorter form. For me, the shortness of a great story is part of its greatness.”
Three contemporary female authors, three splendid actresses and three rather different stories, each about women in transition—geographically, morally, or emotionally—make up this program.