The stories on this program hosted by Wyatt Cenac feature two exceptional children and a nervous parent.
“Solomon’s Big Day” by performance artist Toure follows a child prodigy as he tries to paint a masterpiece and escape pretentious adults. Toure is the host of Hiphop Shop and On the Record (on the Fuse TV channel) and co-host of The Cycle on MSNBC. He teaches at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His published works include The Portable Promised Land: Stories, Soul City: A Novel, and the essay collection Never Drank the Kool-Aid.
Reader Daniel Alexander Jones is also a performance artist and playwright. He is the head of the playwriting program at Fordham University.
In our second story, “Lars Farf, Excessively Fearful Father and Husband,” George Saunders imagines a father who goes to extremes to protect his family—from absolutely everything, including life itself. Among Saunders many honors are a MacArthur Genius Grant and inclusion in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list. His most recent collection is Tenth of December. “Lars Farf, Excessively Fearful Father and Husband” is read by Tony Award-winner James Naughton.
Our final story “Charles” is an uncharacteristically light-hearted tale by horror maven Shirley Jackson (“The Lottery,” The Haunting of Hill House). In it, a precocious kindergartener horrifies his parents all right, but it’s with tales of the class delinquent. “Charles” is read by Lois Smith, whose many film, television and theatre credits include performances in Twister, True Blood, and The Trip to Bountiful. Listen to the show