Doppelgangers and Knights
Jonathan Hadary reads “What Happened Between Us” by Rivka Galchen, and Jane Curtin reads “Chivalry” by Neil Gaiman
Sunday, September 19, 2010
In this week's episode of Selected Shorts, a husband thinks his wife is a doppelganger and a knight in shining armor makes an appearance in a London suburb.
First, Jonathan Hadary reads Rivka Galchen's "What Happened Between Us." Galchen has said that her writing deals with what happens when the familiar and the strange change places, and this story demonstrates that idea beautifully. Some of the story was written at the Hungarian Pastry Shop on Amsterdam Avenue, near Columbia University, which is to Upper West Side writers what Les Deux Magots, on the Left Bank in Paris, was to Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and Ernest Hemingway.
The unfamiliar—or at least the wildly unlikely--makes an appearance in our second story also. It's Neil Gaiman’s charming tale, “Chivalry,” which is about a feisty widow finding the Holy Grail—in her local thrift shop—and a knight in shining armor turning up to reclaim it. Gaiman has been one of the top writers in modern comics for more than twenty years and is now a best selling novelist. His story collections include "Fragile Things" and "M is for Magic." He is also the author of the children’s book "Coraline," which was made into a feature film, and the Newberry-Award-winning children’s novel, "The Graveyard Book." Emmy Award-winning actor Jane Curtin reads Gaiman's story at the Mahaiwe Theater in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
The musical interlude is from Aaron Copland’s “Vitebsk.” The Selected Shorts theme is Roger Kellaway’s “Come to the Meadow.”
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