LATEST USER REVIEWS

  • podsmack
    A Pleasant Waste of Time

    A good option if you are looking for something oth...
  • The E Wilks Show
    Love it!

    Always great humor. Makes the day go by just a lit...
  • warrington carpet cleaners
    warrington carpet cleaners

    nice review...
  • Beautiful Failures
    this glass is half full

    Laid back, no-rush reviews of films that were box ...
  • The Megapods
    Good for all ears

    This show covers a vast amount of things. It was p...

Home > Arts > Selected shorts > Deepening Insight

PODCAST EPISODE

Deepening Insight

Selected shorts


An episode from Selected shorts

7/19/2010 | Download File (27.17 MB)

What unites this program's two rather different stories is that both are tales of deepening insight, stories whose main characters undergo profound and life-altering experiences. The program begins with "The Seventh Man," by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami, and it starts with an old fashioned device: On a dark and stormy night, a group of men sit around a circle and tell their stories. The reader is John Shea. In our second tale, Aimee Bender's "The Rememberer," the heroine's lover undergoes a remarkable transformation that changes both their lives forever. The reader is Tony Award-winner Marian Seldes. A brief interview with Seldes follows the reading.

< Back to Selected shorts Home

PAST SHOWS

Family Vacation--Not! Neil Gaiman's June Tale  play >

Family Vacation--Not! Neil Gaiman's June Tale

10/31/2014 | Download File (4.48 MB) - right click to download

Neil Gaiman reads his story, “June Tale”, in which an exasperated ‘tween recounts the endless quarrelling of her parents, but between the lines, there seems to be love.

Dreaming Out Loud: Neil Gaiman's Halloween  play >

Dreaming Out Loud: Neil Gaiman's Halloween

10/28/2014 | Download File (41.40 MB) - right click to download

Fantasy writer Neil Gaiman hosts a Halloween special featuring two of his own stories and a classic by John Collier. The title says it all in “When We Went to See the End of the World by Dawnie Morningside, Age 11¼,” read by “Criminal Minds” star Kirsten Vangness. Gaiman himself reads John Collier’s eerie “Evening Primrose,” about a secret society that inhabits a large department store. And we finish with another Gaiman, “July Tale,” in which a lovesick husband builds an igloo out of books. Gaiman reads.

Writers on Writing  play >

Writers on Writing

10/23/2014 | Download File (41.22 MB) - right click to download

Guest host Jane Kaczmarek presents four works about writing. An independent young woman counsels clueless male novelists in “The Writers Model” by Molly Giles. The reader is Kaneza Schaal. A wife and husband try “Creative Writing” in a story by Etgar Keret read by Girls star Alex Karpovsky. Joan Didion gives away her trade secrets in “On Keeping a Notebook,” read by Parker Posey. And T.C. Boyle dates Jane Austen. Isaiah Sheffer reads.

Tiny, But Mighty: Stories by Lydia Davis  play >

Tiny, But Mighty: Stories by Lydia Davis

10/16/2014 | Download File (40.44 MB) - right click to download

Guest host Jane Curtin presents four stories by Lydia Davis, a master of short-form fiction in which real-life situations are subtly altered to produce the funny and strange. We hear “Can’t and Won’t,” “If at the Wedding (at the Zoo),” “The Party,” and “The Two Davises and the Rug,” read by Davis, Kaneza Schaal, Cristin Milioti, and Dylan Baker. The final story, “The Egg Race,” is by John Updike. In it, a high school reunion triggers memories and regrets. It’s read by Alec Baldwin.

Chance Encounters  play >

Chance Encounters

10/8/2014 | Download File (40.81 MB) - right click to download

Guest host Jane Curtin presents three stories about unexpected encounters at night. In Steven Millhauser’s “Claire de Lune,” a teenage boy with insomnia wanders into an all-girl pickup game. It’s read by James Naughton. Comic Wyatt Cenac reads Sherman Alexie’s “Night People” in which a man who can’t sleep visits an all-night manicure parlor. And a young man struggles to protect a loving but alcoholic father in “Luck,” by Richard Bausch, read by Campbell Scott.

See All Episodes of Selected shorts >

< Back to Selected shorts Home