Two Wild Guys

Two stories written by American women about really wild guys are the focus of this program.

The first, Louise Erdrich’s story “Gleason,” may remind listeners of the Coen Brothers movie “Fargo,” though without the gore.  Its faux murder plot leads to mayhem and complications in a similar vein.  Louise Erdrich is the author of twelve novels, including her most recent, Shadow Tag, The Antelope Wife, and Love Medicine, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction.   Her short fiction collections include The Red Convertible.   She is a member of the Native American Chippewa Tribe and much of her work explores the western plains of North Dakota, and the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation, where she grew up.  “Gleason” was part of a program of mystery fiction SELECTED SHORTS presented with The Getty Center in Los Angeles.  The reader is Robert Sean Leonard, whose many credits include a Tony Award for “The Invention of Love” and a featured role on the television series “House.”

Our second tale, also read on one of our annual visits to The Getty is by Maile Meloy, who was named one of Granta magazine’s “Best Young Novelists.”   She is the author of the story collections Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It and Half in Love, and the novels Liars and Saints and The Family Daughter. In “Red,” a disillusioned WWII soldier, waiting to ship out, picks up a girl and finds a moment of connection.  “Red” is read by the veteran television and stage actor Keith Szarabajka.

“Gleason,” by Louise Erdrich, read by Robert Sean Leonard

“Red” by Maile Meloy, read by Keith Szarabajka 

The musical interlude is Music for Prepared Piano, by John Cage.  The SELECTED SHORTS theme is Roger Kellaway’s “Come to the Meadow.”

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