Selected Shorts

Sundays 5:00 p.m.
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Selected Shorts features some of the finest artists of the American theater reading contemporary and classic short fiction-the most distinguished works of the early masters such as Chekhov, Maupassant, Malamud and dozens of others.  

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Podcasts

  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015 11:00pm

    This reading by David Rakoff of Roberto Bolano’s “Gomez Palacio,” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “David Rakoff Remembered” hosted by David Sedaris.

     

  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015 11:00pm

    This reading by David Rakoff of Leonard Michaels’ “Cryptology” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “David Rakoff Remembered” hosted by David Sedaris.

  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015 11:00pm

    Guest host David Sedaris presents a program celebrating the late writer and actor David Rakoff. Rakoff read often for SELECTED SHORTS, and in this special tribute show, featuring two of his performances, we hear his exceptional ability to pull emotion and meaning out of a text, without getting in its way. David Sedaris, who was a friend of Rakoff’s, praises him as a “lover of language” who “could read anything.” Here, Rakoff reads Leonard Michaels’ “Cryptology,” in which a neurotic mathematician has a strange encounter, and Roberto Bolano’s “Gomez Palacio,” which is the name a dead-end town where a young man’s life nevertheless takes a turn for the better. Both stories feature bemused narrators with poetic turns of mind, and somewhat strange women.

    This program is a re-broadcast.

    “Cryptology,” by Leonard Michaels, performed by David Rakoff

    “Gomez Palacio,” by Roberto Bolano, performed by David Rakoff

     

    The SELECTED SHORTS theme is David Peterson's “That's the Deal,” performed by the Deardorf/Peterson Group.

    For additional works featured on SELECTED SHORTS, please visit http://www.symphonyspace.org/events/series/71/selected-shorts

    We’re interested in your response to these programs. Please comment on this site or visit www.selectedshorts.org

     

  • Thursday, January 22, 2015 11:09am

    This reading by Christine Baranski of Joyce Carol Oates’ “Where are You Going, Where Have You Been?” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Lost and Found” hosted by David Sedaris.

  • Thursday, January 22, 2015 11:08am

    This reading by Merritt Wever of Belle Boggs’ “Havahart” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Lost and Found” hosted by David Sedaris.