Two Funny Guys

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Sunday, July 04, 2010

The two stories on this program deal with bizarre behavior in the workplace, and are read by two VERY funny guys, the writer and public radio personality David Rakoff, and the eponymous host of late night television's political send-up, THE COLBERT REPORT. 

The stories were read at a SELECTED SHORTS program devoted to goings on at the office—that hotbed of intrigue and thwarted ambitions.  First, Lydia Davis's "Alvin the Typesetter" chronicles the travails of one office worker.

 Our second story of office life is T. Coraghessan Boyle’s devilish tale, “The Lie.”  “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive” cautions Sir Walter Scott, and in this story the web gets hysterically tangled, even to the point of strangulation.  Stephen Colbert gives this moral tongue twister a zestful read.

“Alvin the Typesetter,” by Lydia Davis read by David Rakoff

“The Lie,” by T.C. Boyle read by Stephen Colbert

The musical interlude is “Day is Done” by Brad Mehldau.  The SELECTED SHORTS theme is Roger Kellaway’s “Come to the Meadow.”

For additional works featured on SELECTED SHORTS, please visit http://www.symphonyspace.org/genres/seriesPage.php?seriesId=71&genreId=4

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T.C. Boyle and Lydia Davis

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