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Monday, April 09, 2012

The Carpathia docked at Pier 59 to let off passengers it rescued from the Titanic in April 1912. The Carpathia docked at Pier 59 to let off passengers it rescued from the Titanic in April 1912.

This April 15 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, a maritime calamity that has resonated throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, inspiring hundreds of books and famous films like “A Night To Remember” and James Cameron’s hugely successful “Titanic,” which has just been re-released in 3-D.

Most of these stories focus on the experiences of the passengers, but this special webcast offers a different perspective, in a micro fiction by Jesse Lee Kercheval.

SHORTS literary commentator Hannah Tinti observes: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a writer do so much with so little. It starts with one idea: What was it like for the passengers on the Carpathia, one of the boats that picked up survivors from the Titanic? In just a page and a half, Kercheval sketches out an entire emotional world for her characters.”

Jesse Lee Kercheval teaches writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the author of 12 books of fiction, poetry and nonfiction. Her novel, "My Life as a Silent Movie," is forthcoming in 2013 with Indiana University Press.

Click on the link above to hear this vivid miniature read by SHORTS regular Barbara Feldon. For additional works featured on SELECTED SHORTS, please click here.

We’re interested in your response to these programs.  Please comment on this site or visit the SELECTED SHORTS web site. And for more thoughts on the stories in SHORTS, check out literary commentator Hannah Tinti’s web site.

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