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W. Somerset Maugham Contemplates the Future of American Writers

Friday, November 16, 2012

WNYC

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.

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Selected Shorts: Where Am I?

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

 

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Selected Shorts: Couples and Mysteries from Haruki Murakami

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.

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Land of Oz

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Israeli novelist and essayist, Amos Oz, talks about his new collection of short stories: Scenes from Village Life.

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Selected Shorts: Tales of Terror

Sunday, August 14, 2011

This program is devoted to two classic tales of terror by two masters of the genre. "Dracula’s Guest" by Bram Stoker is read by Aasif Mandvi and "The Masque of the Red Death" by Edgar Allan Poe is read by Fionnula Flanagan.

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Selected Shorts: Tales that Surprise

Sunday, May 08, 2011

This program features four contemporary tales with unexpected plot twists and emotional surprises.

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Selected Shorts: Tales from the Great Epics

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.  

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Selected Shorts: Women on the Move

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Three contemporary female authors, three splendid actresses and three rather different stories, each about women in transition—geographically, morally, or emotionally—make up this program.

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Selected Shorts: The Private Paradise

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Finding paradise and fixing the world in stories by promising young writers and established humorists.

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Selected Shorts: Edwidge Danticat Writes of Haiti and New York

Sunday, April 10, 2011

A contemporary writer’s two worlds are tenderly revealed.

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Selected Shorts: Young Men on the Make

Sunday, April 03, 2011

A comedian tells all in a rib-tickling memoir, and a directionless young man fishes for a life, in this edition of SELECTED SHORTS featuring two tales about young men seeking their fortunes. 

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Selected Shorts: Wishing You the Best

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Praying to God, playing God, and mysterious ways in four tales comic and strange.

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Selected Shorts: Tale of Terror

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A man’s past envelops his present in this eerie tale by Dan Chaon.

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Selected Shorts: Please Don't Explain

Sunday, March 06, 2011

David Sedaris learns French, and three other tales involving elaborate explanations that only make things worse.

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Selected Shorts: Holding Fast

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).

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Selected Shorts: An Irish Ear: Colum McCann's Favorite Stories

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Ultimate acts in stories selected by Colum McCann, and a sharp-edged fantasy by Molly Giles).

 

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Selected Shorts: Roberto Bolaño and the Writers He Admired

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.

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Selected Shorts: Little Fellows

Sunday, February 06, 2011

We indulge in a bit of word play with this program, a SELECTED SHORTS event featuring two stories about short(er) people, and two fractured fairy tales.

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Selected Shorts: Happy Families?

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.

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Wild Western Women

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Chance encounters with unusual women in a provocative tale by Meloy and a darkly comic story by Ford.

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