Friday, November 16, 2012
In this 1950 speech given at a Books and Authors Luncheon, W. Somerset Maugham lays out his surprisingly detailed plan for a foreign academy to promote the growth of American literature.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
This program includes four pieces exploring the ideas of time, place, and identity, beginning with SHORTS host Isaiah Sheffer’s reading of Jonathan Safran Foer's “Why I’m Not Where You Are, 5/21/63,” from his book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
In the fall of 2011 we celebrated the long-awaited publication of the big novel IQ84 by the prodigious Japanese writer Haruki Murakami with a Symphony Space marathon SELECTED SHORTS program called “Murakami Madness.” Earlier in this radio season we’ve heard portions from that epic evening, including the opening chapter of the novel, and several short stories which we selected to show the remarkable range and variety in subject matter, literary imagination, and diverse moods—from provocatively comical to truly frightening—that characterize Murakami’s work.
Sunday, May 01, 2011
The great epics of literature—from those by Homer to "Beowulf" to the "Song of Roland" and Dante’s "Divine Comedy"—are not short stories. For one thing, they are all rather long. But they were intended to be read—or sung—aloud before enraptured audiences. We’ll hear two such readings on this program, as well as a re-telling of"Moby Dick" from the whale’s point of view.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
A contemporary writer’s two worlds are tenderly revealed.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Failing a moral test, and the cost of love and loss in stories by American and Irish contemporary writers. Those are the themes in this week's episode, which features “I Am Not a Jew” by John Biguenet (read by Denis O’Hare), and “Everything in this Country Must” by Colum McCann (read by Amy Ryan).
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Ultimate acts in stories selected by Colum McCann, and a sharp-edged fantasy by Molly Giles).
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Bolaño's favorites include “The Shape of the Sword” by Jorge Luis Borges, performed by Charles Keating, and “On the Honeymoon,” by Javier Marias, performed by Ivan Hernandez.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Family is our focus on this edition of SELECTED SHORTS. One story, Peter Taylor’s “Porte Cochere,” is about an angry father, and his children and his house, and one story, Alice McDermott’s “Enough,” portrays a mother seeking to get the most out of life.