Selected Shorts: Danger at Dinner

Revealing moments while dining and cooking dominate these two stories that were part of a program at the Getty Center in Los Angeles called “Delicious Fictions.” 

First Algonquin Round Table wit Dorothy Parker conjures up the dinner partner from Hell in “But the One on My Right,” read by four-time Emmy winner and SELECTED SHORTS regular Christina Pickles.  Next, in Lara Vapnyar’s of “Bunch of Broccoli on the Third Shelf," a Russian émigré learns to appreciate life through cooking.  Vapnyar is herself an émigré, coming to New York  from Moscow in 1994.  She frequently publishes stories in The New Yorker and elsewhere about Russian émigrés adjusting to their new lives in America.  The reader is Heather Goldenhersh, who appeared on Broadway in the play “Doubt” and in movies including “The Great Gatsy.”

The SELECTED SHORTS theme is David Peterson's “That's the Deal,” performed by the Deardorf/Peterson Group.

“But the One on the Right,” by Dorothy Parker, performed by Christina Pickles

“A Bunch of Broccoli on the Third Shelf,” by Lara Vapnyar, performed by Heather Goldenhersh

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Announcing the 2012 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize.  This year's theme is “objects of desire.”  The judge is the author Maile Meloy and the deadline is March 2, 2012.