Selected Shorts: Odd Couples

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Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents stories by two American masters that feature improbable relationships.

Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” is a unexpectedly humorous work by the author usually celebrated for his spare realism.  In James Naughton’s engaging reading, we meet a bewildered husband who is bemused, and a little nervous, when his wife’s blind friend comes to spend the night.  But in the course of a long evening, he forges his own bond with the man. 

Only the incorrigible TC Boyle could imagine taking the 18th century master of romantic comic fiction, Jane Austen, on a date.  And not just any date—but one involving a naughty film, a disco, and a duel.  SELECTED SHORTS late founder and host Isaiah Sheffer loved Boyle’s outrageous imagination, and never passed up an opportunity to read one of his stories.  We hear him in “Dating Jane Austen.”

“Cathedral,” by Raymond Carver, performed by Daniel Gerroll

“I Dated Jane Austen,” by TC Boyle, performed by Isaiah Sheffer

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

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Announcing the 2013 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize.  Check this link for details.