Guest host Ruben Santiago-Hudson presents three stories about parallel lives. First, he reads Percival Everett’s delightfully subversive “The Appropriation of Cultures,” which poses a funny solution to an ugly problem. The story appeared in Everett’s 2004 collection Damned If I Do. Like the protagonist of this story, Everett graduated from Brown University, and is now a Distinguished Professor of Literature at the University of Southern California. His many works include the novels Assumption, Wounded, and God’s Country, and the short story collections Big Picture and The Weather and Women Treat Me Fair: Stories.
Next, estranged brothers meet at Occupy Wall Street in Fiona Maazel’s “We Was Twins,” read by Cory Michael Smith. The story first appeared in Salon—one of a series of works inspired by the protest movement. Maazel’s other works include Woke Up Lonely and Last Last Chance: A Novel. Reader Cory Michael Smith has a featured role on the television series “Gotham.”
Finally, a feisty retiree doesn’t think much of her fellow library patrons in Mary Gordon’s “The Epiphany Branch,” read by Mary Cleere Haran. Gordon is the author of the novels Final Payments, Spending, Pearl, and The Love of My Youth, among others; the collection The Stories of Mary Gordon, and the memoir Circling My Mother. She teaches at Barnard College. The late Mary Cleere Haran had a distinguished career as a cabaret artist.