Our Own Madness

Going a little crazy in two tales of modern life.

Two tales in which modern life is taking its toll.   In the first one, A.M. Homes’ “Adult Alone,” the married pair arrange, at long last, to have some quality time alone with each other.  The kids are dropped off at Grandma’s and there is nothing to prevent them from doing exactly what they want to as much as they want to.  In an interview with host Isaiah Sheffer that accompanies this story, author A.M. Homes says she was interested in how a marriage can deconstruct.  The reader is Christina Pickles, five-time Emmy winner for St. Elsewhere.

Host Sheffer says he found himself going a little crazy reading “The Knocking,” David Means’ twisting and turning monologue about a man obsessed by his upstairs neighbor’s knocking—or is that what this story is about?  Why does a failed marriage keep creeping into the diatribe?

The musical interludes are from Miles Davis, “Alone Together,” on Blue Moods.

The SELECTED SHORTS theme is Roger Kellaway’s “Come to the Meadow.”

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Announcing the 2011 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize.  This year's theme is stories set in restaurants and bars.  The judge is the author Jennifer Egan and the deadline is March 1, 2011.