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.