If there were a recipe for this program, guest hosted by Parker Posey, it would say “just add happiness, and stir.” First, novelist Michael Chabon is the author of such sprawling and convoluted entertainments as The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier & Clay and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, but his short essay “Art of Cake” offers [...]
Adult children untangle their pasts in two stories about fateful marriages and what comes down from parents to children. Jane Curtin hosts. Delmore Schwartz’s classic “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities” established his reputation as a new literary voice when it was published in 1937 in The Partisan Review. Written on his 21st birthday, it describes a [...]
Marriages, love affairs, and other complicated relationships are explored in these four stories. First, two works by a SHORTS stalwart—Sherman Alexie. A woman confesses to a long-ago affair with haunting consequences in “Scenes from a Life.” In “The Vow,” a married couple renegotiates the terms of their contract. Alexie says the idea for this brief [...]
Coming of age with Wyatt Cenac, running for your life with Alec Baldwin, and other funnies served up by guest host John Lithgow. First, New Yorker magazine writer and Algonquin Round Table regular Dorothy Parker describes the hangover from hell in “You Were Perfectly Fine.” First published in 1929, this hilarious tale of a young [...]
Five stories of romantic confusion. Patricia Marx tracks a difficult courtship in “Starting from Happy,” read by Kirsten Vangsness; she also takes us on an “Audio Tour,” conducted by a condo owner’s ex-girlfriend (as read by Anna Chlumsky). Simon Rich re-imagines the “Occupy” movement as a love triangle—Wyatt Cenac reads. Coaching a “Swim Team” is a cure for a broken heart in Miranda July’s story, read by Parker Posey, and a man is confounded by a confident woman in Aimee Bender’s “The Meeting,” read by Kate Burton.