Pressing Engagements

A musical prodigy electrifies a local radio station; and in the not too distant future, America is housed under a gigantic dome, in two intriguing fantasies.”…”Things in the world now appear smaller, more toylike. An object that once towered above us—a tall pine, a steep hill, a snowcapped mountain—is itself dwarfed by the Dome, which by the ever-present fact of its vastness miniaturizes what it encloses.
--Steven Millhauser, “The Dome”


A musical prodigy electrifies a local radio station; and in the not too distant future, America is housed under a gigantic dome, in two intriguing fantasies.


“Stump Louie” by Lisa Halliday, read by Isaiah Sheffer “The Dome” by Steven Millhauser, read by Alec Baldwin The musical interlude is Irving Berlin’s “I Say It’s Spinach,” from the album “Face the Music.” The SELECTED SHORTS theme is Roger Kellaway’s “Come to the Meadow.”

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