Guest host David Sedaris presents two stories about people who have guilty consciences—or ought to. In “Juniper Tree,” by Lorrie Moore, a trio of old friends visits a fourth friend—who’s just died.
Moore is the author of three novels and four collections of stories as well as the editor of several anthologies, including 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories. Her story collections are Self-Help, Like Life, Birds of America, and Bark. Honors include the PEN/Malamud and Rea awards. She is a Professor of English at Vanderbilt University.
“Juniper Tree” is read by Jill Eikenberry, best know for her work on the television series “L.A. Law.” Other television appearances include “Numb3rs”, “Law & Order,” and “Body of Proof.”
In our second story, Shirley Jackson’s “The Possibility of Evil,” there’s a poison pen at work in a picturesque town. Jackson, author of such classics as “The Lottery” and The Haunting of Hill House, was a master at low-key dread, and this story of a community blighted by malice is no exception. It’s read by Dana Ivey, whose award-winning stage work includes “Present Laughter,” “Sunday in the Park with George,” “Heartbreak House,” and “Driving Miss Daisy.” Her many film credits include “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “Sabrina,” “Postcards from the Edge,” and “The Help.” On television she’s appeared on “Law & Order,” “The Practice,” “Monk,” and “Boardwalk Empire.”